Goosebumps #10: The Ghost Next Door by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps / 30th April 2018

Title: Goosebumps – The Ghost Next Door Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Tagline: There’s a strange new kid on the block… Summary: “How Come I’ve Never Seen You Before?” Hannah’s neighborhood has gotten a little-weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door. But when did he move in? Wasn’t the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look so deserted? Shes not getting any answers from her new neighbor. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he’s so pale… Is Hannah being haunted by… …the ghost next door??? [Wing: Adorable summary.] Initial Thoughts Now we’ve reached one of the true classics of the original series, the tenth of the first twenty books back when Stine was still establishing the trends and style of the franchise. For those who’ve read the early books, you know already a number of them had an atmosphere that hasn’t been properly revisited in any of the later works. They seemed to carry with them a sense of real despair and fear before Stine began to realize the books might’ve been too scary for kids. [Wing: Which is a shame. Kids are better…

Fear Street #31: Switched by R. L. Stine
Fear Street / 24th April 2018

Title: Fear Street #31: Switched Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Bill Schmidt Tagline: A mind is a terrible thing to lose. Summary: She traded places with a killer… There’s a little cabin in the Fear Street woods where a girl can really lose her mind. In fact, she can change it into someone else’s. That’s what happened to Nicole and Lucy. Now Lucy is in Nicole’s body and Nicole is in Lucy’s. What a trip! But for Nicole, what a trap! Because Lucy is using Nicole’s body to get away with murder! [Wing: Why oh why oh why do people ever think switching bodies intentionally (or letting someone else take over their body) is a good idea in these books? Why? I’m looking at you, The Accident.] Initial Thoughts I’m really not sure what I can say about this book right now without spoiling things or making blatant hints about how it will end. I can’t compare it to the other entries, other than I can safely say the main character might qualify as one of the few genuinely depressed protagonists in these books. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome commission. (Nicole Darwin and Lucy Kramer by Jerry Gaylord –…

Shivers #24: The Ghosts of Devil’s Marsh by M. D. Spenser
Shivers / 16th April 2018

Title: Shivers #24 – The Ghosts of Devil’s Marsh Author: M.D. Spenser Cover Artist: Eddie Roseboom Summary: BIG GHOULS DON’T CRY… Samantha should keep smiling. Otherwise, tears of fear might ruin her summer and probably her life. But the summer was already bad news. There she was on the coast with her cousins. Boy cousins, always around, acting like—well, boys. But cousins can be cool! Especially when you might need them to save your life. Is that cozy coastal town they’re on really haunted? Could be! That might explain all those strange things Samantha sees and hears. It gets stranger and stranger when Samantha discovers the shocking truth behind the terror. Will all the cousins stay safe and sound or is it the beginning of the end for everyone? LISTEN FOR THE VOICE OF DOOM!!! Initial Thoughts You guys will remember the previous “Shivers” recap as one of the darkest books I’ve reviewed so far for this website. While this book isn’t necessarily as dark as “Weirdo Waldo’s Wax Museum,” I chose it because its primary theme is regret. And with the theme I’ve worked on for April 2017, an attempt to do some self-analyzing about my best friend’s death, …