Friday Fiction – Fear Street

Fear Street coverCheerleaders: The Third Evil
Fear Street

Submitter: My middle school students love the Goosebumps series, but this little gem hasn’t left the shelves since 2005. I think the line on the front is my favorite: “Fight, fight, fight or die, die, die!” Sounds like a great companion to a B horror movie like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

Holly: I remember when these were popular. It’s hard to believe this one was 22 years ago! In most cases I would say these are an easy weeder if they don’t circulate anymore. However… R.L. Stine is apparently bringing these back in October 2014, so you might want to hang onto them for the resurgence in popularity. That said, I would only give them one more school year to show some circulation action. If your students aren’t into it, move on to something else.

Fear Street back cover

Fear Street Chapter 1: In the Soup



  1. This is the 3rd of these possessed cheerleader books, right? If you don’t have one and two, weed it. People like to read the entire series in order and not having the first and second evils will hold the third from being checked out.

  2. My family enjoys a “good” R. L. Stine now again! We enjoy it when my son reads them in voices! They are truly horrible, so horrible they are hilarious. His adult fiction is best, written just like Fear Streets with lots of sex and gore thrown in to make it “adult!”
    I love how this one starts out with a mention of the short’s fabric. Stine is obsessed with fabrics. In one of his novels he mentions sweaters, their styles and colors dozens of times! We kept track!

    He found a niche and got rich filling it.

  3. What a true title. I believed that cheerleaders were the third evil when I was in high school.

  4. This kind of thing just didn’t exist when I was a teenager. I wonder if I would have liked it.

    Though there were definitely scary books. Anybody remember The Whirling Shapes? Heck, that even scared my mother.

    And the classic Tripod books.

  5. This is making me want to go and re-read all these and the Goosebumps books. I don’t think any of my collection is left at my parent’s house though.

  6. I don’t know if this is a widespread thing, but the high schools in this area haven’t had cheerleader squads in years.

  7. These were the thing in late elementary and junior high school in the mid to late nineties. R.L. Stine seemed to be everywhere. I never read any of it, though, but I probably would have liked it. By then I was reading my mother’s Stephen King books but in hindsight Goosebumps and Fear Street would have been a lot more age-appropriate.

    I’m with Holly. It might be a keeper.

  8. I read a couple of Stines in library school. I think I’m glad I had to “settle” for getting my scares from Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe as a teen.

  9. Years ago I was a children’s librarian with the set of biographies of Children’s Authors (can’t remember the exact name now it’s been so many years, but annual additions every year). Anyway, when Stein’s Goosebumps books became popular, we looked him up. His entry was hilarious as he had previous published books under “Jovial Bob Stein”. He was pictured with bunny ears.

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