Goosebumps Bonus: The Surprise On The 13th Floor by R. L. Stine and Cheryl Hotchkiss
Goosebumps / 28th February 2018

Title: Goosebumps – The Surprise On The 13th Floor, a.k.a. “Walt Disney’s Goosebumps” (Plus Bonus Story) Author: R.L. Stine and Cheryl Hotchkiss Artist: Michael Graeney Summary: N/A Initial Thoughts And now it’s time for something very special, possibly even rarer than “Goosebumps Haunted Library.” Disney Adventures magazine held a contest in the 1990s. In their November 1996 issue, they included the opening segment to a Goosebumps short story called “Surprise On The 13th Floor,” written by R.L. Stine. Contestants were to compose a 1200 word middle and ending for the story. The winner, Cheryl Hotchkiss, got a bunch of cool Goosebumps swag and their entry published in the March 1997 issue. I purchased the March ’97 issue for the sake of reading and recapping the completed story for Point Horror. The magazine included three illustrations by Michael Graeney, but unfortunately due to the size and the spine of the magazine I wasn’t able to include all of them in the post out of fear of ruining my copy. As a consultation prize, I will include a recap of  a short story published in the November ’96 issue, “Made In Transylvania.” [Wing: I had no idea this contest existed, despite liking…

Sweet Valley Twins #41: The Twins Get Caught by Francine Pascal
Sweet Valley / 26th February 2018

Title: The Twins Get Caught Summary: Against their better judgment… Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield can’t wait until Saturday night. Their friend Aaron Dallas is throwing “the party of the year” at a new teen club called the Hangout. Everyone from their class will be there—including Jessica’s latest crush, dreamy Todd Wilkins. But when Steven, the twins’ older brother, gets into trouble at the Hangout, Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield decide that the club is off-limits. That’s the last straw for Jessica. First, her parents wouldn’t let her get her ears pierced, and now they’re going to make her miss a great [Wing: Looking?] party! Even Elizabeth thinks they’re being unfair. Then Jessica comes up with the perfect plan to get them to the Hangout. But can she convince Elizabeth to go along with it? [Wing: Of course she can. There’s very little that she can’t talk Elizabeth into doing, including giving Jessica the shoes off her damn feet.] Tagline: Jessica’s scheming gets both the twins in trouble! [Raven: That’s literally the tagline for whole series.] Initial Thoughts When doesn’t Jessica’s scheming get them into trouble? It also sometimes gets them out of trouble. I’m more concerned about what’s going on with…

Bone Chillers #23: Romeo and Ghouliette by Betsy Haynes
Bone Chillers / 22nd February 2018

Title: Bone Chillers #23 – Romeo and Ghouliette a.k.a. “Hail, Hail Sirbania, A Land I Didn’t Make Up” Author: Betsy Haynes (Ryan Chipman (Based on the script by Regge Bulman and Clay Eide)) Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Tagline: What fright through yonder window breaks? [Wing: Okay, that’s kind of delightful.] Summary: Cooking up trouble… Lexi knows there’s something weird about Julie, the new girl at Edgar Allen Poe High School. [Wing: I want to go to school there.] Julie was practically drooling over a worm in biology lab. Then Lexi swears she saw Julie snatch a fly out of the air in homeroom – and eat it! Now Julie is after Lexi’s best friend, Fitz. And Fitz is totally falling for her. He loves everything about Julie – especially the cookies and candies she brings him. Lexi suspects Julie is fattening Fitz up for a feast – and that he’s going to be the main course! Initial Thoughts February is the month of LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUV, and even though I’d already done “The Abandoned” for Valentine’s Day I felt for the extra recap this would be an appropriate addition. Bone Chillers was another Goosebumps knock-off series from the 90s, one of the few that stuck…

Fear Street #45: Cat by R. L. Stine
Fear Street / 20th February 2018

Title: Fear Street: Cat, a.k.a. “I Really, Really, REALLY Hate Barry Allen Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Bill Schmidt Tagline: C-A-T- spells murder. Summary: The cat came back… [Wing: Damn it, I have been earwormed.] Marty never liked the cat – it always got in the way at basketball practice. But he never meant to kill it. Now Marty thinks he’s going crazy. He sees cats wherever he goes. He has nightmares about them. He knows they want revenge. Too bad Marty doesn’t have nine lives. Because his first one is almost over. Initial Thoughts So, sorry there wasn’t a Fear Street recap in January. I realized too late I was a bit burned out from everything I worked on in December, and asked to put the Fear Street recap off til February. Cat is another of those entries that sort of lurked in the background for me for a long time. I’ve only read it a couple of times but thought this one would peak Wing’s interest after reading some of her comments on my Goosebumps recaps. Although I was originally planning on doing a different book for her birthday with a similar concept, this one grabbed my attention for a reason I will get into…

Last Vampire #2: Black Blood by Christopher Pike
The Last Vampire / 15th February 2018

Title: Last Vampire #2: Black Blood by Christopher Pike Summary: Believing that she and her partner, Ray, are the last remaining vampires, five-thousand-year-old Alisa is stunned when she learns about a series of brutal murders in the United States that can only be the work of their own kind. Tagline: The wave of death spread like a plague… Initial Thoughts I know I’ve read this one before, but I have no memory of what happens. Apparently, my memory, like the last book, ends in that cliffhanger of whether Alisa will live or die. I mean, I’m assuming she lives, considering there’s still a number of books to go, but I suppose Ray could be the new last vampire. But I doubt it. Reminder: Last book ended with Sita: breaking her vow to Krishna and making another vampire; blowing up Yaksha, her creator; accidentally getting impaled by a piece of wood; and potentially dying in true peace because she realises she didn’t actually break her vow to Krishna. ALISA I’M BETTER THAN ALL Y’ALL PERNE ROUND TWO. Let’s do this.   READ AT DEVIL’S ELBOW

Crazy Moon (1986)
1986 Film Fest , Movies / 14th February 2018

Title: Crazy Moon (1986) Summary: No website can agree on an “official” synopsis of this film. Let’s just say it’s a “rom-com” before that was a thing, and it’s really… strange. Tagline: Sometimes acting crazy is the only way to stay together. Note: I found this on YouTube. I believe it is still there; this is a hard film to find, except maybe on VHS tape. So, what I’m watching isn’t the best in picture quality, but I’ll live. Initial Thoughts: Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! It’s kind of fitting that I ended up aiming to post this recap on the one day of the year that we’re all pressured to be romantic and shunned if we don’t have a partner. Crazy Moon is one of those “super quirky in an obvious way!” kind of films that I don’t think intended to be a “super quirky in an obvious way!” kind of films. ‘Weird’ is the adjective I keep using to describe this film to everyone I know. It’s a hot mess and needed a better director, writer, and editor. I see so much I want to fix. It’s painful how much I want to fix it. Because of its age…

The Abandoned by Sophie Campbell
Comics / 14th February 2018

Title: The Abandoned aka “Howard, They’re Zombies” Creator: Sophie Campbell Summary: Big-hearted volunteer worker by day, unruly rocker by night, Rylie is one of the most-liked residents of the small island-town of Buffalora. When she sets her sights on Naomi, the new girl in town, love is definitely in the air. Unfortunately for Rylie, so is a storm. The kind in which nothing good ever happens… suddenly all the adults die and quickly rise from the dead! These flesh-craving zombies seek out the last remnants of youth and hope for society. With death in the air and love on their minds, Rylie and Naomi must make their way through the vast swamplands to salvation. Initial Thoughts For Valentine’s Day I’ve given you all two things – lesbians and zombies, the gifts that keep on giving. Seriously though, “The Abandoned” was one of many OEL manga comics published by Tokyopop in the 2000s. This was written and illustrated by Sophie Campbell back when she was still going by the name “Ross” and it’s been out of print for a while. It’s a very gory but not too explicit zombie horror tale, one full of genuine despair and apathy. Sophie colors the…