Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: March 1st 1996
Review by: Anonymous EntrantHave you ever wondered how R.L. Stine's Fear Street series began? How the "Street" became "Fear Street"? The Fear Street Sagas gives a glimpse into the history of the Fear family and Fear Street of Shadyside. A family feud between the Fears and the Goodes, have created a long history of fear, hate, mystery and wonder. Nora Goode and Daniel Fear had hoped to put their families' feud to an end through their marriage. Unfortunately, the night of their marriage announcement a fire rages through Fear Mansion, killing everyone except Nora and her unborn child, Nicholas.
After escaping an asylum, Nora finds a new beginning for herself and Nicholas, until she can no longer keep her son away from learning about the Fear family. Nicholas embarks on a journey to Shadyside to inherit his dead father's legacy, which in turn will allow his to marry the girl of his dreams. What waits for Nicholas is a legacy of secrets and death which he discovers rather quickly, a legacy that does not stay in the past but becomes his present and future.
This place calls to me, Nicholas thought. But why? For what purpose? For good...or evil?
R.L. Stine has created a haunting world for his characters, where ghosts, magic, good and evil roam free. He wonderfully creates some of the most memorable haunting scenes in young adult horror literature:
A large scorch mark covered the drapes. A scorch mark in the shape of a human body.
Nicholas edged closer to the drapes. the scorch mark grew darker. Thicker. It bulged out, straining away from the fabic.
Nicholas heard a tearing sound. The body is ripping through the drapes!
Growing up, I could not get enough of this series. R.L. Stine's writing is simple while at the same time heavy with meaning and mystery, making it very unique. This series is a perfect introduction for any Teen wanting to read horror literature, or for adults to revisit a part of their childhood.