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The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.


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The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.

30 review for The First Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    StephieLovesBooks

    I'm currently trying to track down these books from my childhood (used to be so obsessed with the R.L. Stine series), always going to the library or bookstore to pick them up and I had about every single one fo them (except for the reloaded version that came out, which I had no idea was around) and then donated them...now I'm having fun scouring used bookstores for the series for nostalgia sake and because I love the original covers. The first one I've found so far was The Stepsister, so the sea I'm currently trying to track down these books from my childhood (used to be so obsessed with the R.L. Stine series), always going to the library or bookstore to pick them up and I had about every single one fo them (except for the reloaded version that came out, which I had no idea was around) and then donated them...now I'm having fun scouring used bookstores for the series for nostalgia sake and because I love the original covers. The first one I've found so far was The Stepsister, so the searching continues. On the this story, I don't remember reading the 99 Fear Street series, but the first books isn't that bad, it was pretty good. I rememebr really liking the orignial Fear Street Sagas the best though. Including the Silent Night series and Cheerleaders.

  2. 4 out of 5

    (shan) Littlebookcove

    I decided i was going back to the 90s with a retro kind of Horror read! A spine chilling read that I remember well as a kid. Just as good as it was back when i read it as a kid! The 1st Horror of 88 fear street that sets you up for the saga.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 I remember reading this book when I was going to school. Thought it was scary. After reading it for the second time, it is still scary. Sad that they weren't able to rescue James and Chubby. Also sad that Cally died. What is haunting that house?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Diehl

    As an introduction to the horror genre, The First Horror by R.L. Stine is a good choice. For the younger (10-14 year old) reader, it would have just enough blood and trauma to whet the appetite. The older reader would recognize that it isn't very developed. It tells the story of a family of 5 moves into a 30 year old house that has never been lived in due to a bad reputation amongst the town. Things start to happen and people start getting hurt. The first in a series, it's a set up book. Readers As an introduction to the horror genre, The First Horror by R.L. Stine is a good choice. For the younger (10-14 year old) reader, it would have just enough blood and trauma to whet the appetite. The older reader would recognize that it isn't very developed. It tells the story of a family of 5 moves into a 30 year old house that has never been lived in due to a bad reputation amongst the town. Things start to happen and people start getting hurt. The first in a series, it's a set up book. Readers who continue the series will come to recognize the characters and why they act the way they do and say the things they say. It's a good introduction to the horror genre, but one older readers will quickly put down for a more satisfying read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elliot

    The First Horror holds the distinction of being the scariest Fear Street book. The things that occur in the house were creative and spooky and I remember needing to keep the lights on to fall asleep while I read it back in high school. Great book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Winters

    I read this as a blast from the past because R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors in middle school. It turns out his writing is pretty bad, but I was entertained throughout the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    It’s always fun to find out what carnage RL Stine will wreak in the next Fear Street book I read. This was essentially his take on The Shining. And, you know what? For a YA spin on it, it was actually pretty great. No fake-outs. He leaned hard into the supernatural aspect. We get green vomit stuff pouring out of the faucet, and blood dripping from the ceiling. The house changes everyone just like it does in The Shining. Cally and Kody are twins, and Cally constantly talks about how Kody is jealo It’s always fun to find out what carnage RL Stine will wreak in the next Fear Street book I read. This was essentially his take on The Shining. And, you know what? For a YA spin on it, it was actually pretty great. No fake-outs. He leaned hard into the supernatural aspect. We get green vomit stuff pouring out of the faucet, and blood dripping from the ceiling. The house changes everyone just like it does in The Shining. Cally and Kody are twins, and Cally constantly talks about how Kody is jealous of her in almost every way. This will be important later on. They have a little brother, James, and his dog disappears almost as soon as he gets it. Cally doesn’t believe there is a ghost at first, and Kody plays some pranks to trick her into believing. But it doesn’t take long before she does. Cally meets a cute local guy named Anthony who tells the girls the real story behind 99 Fear Street. Simon Fear buried bodies of those he had killed there, and when a family moved in, the father disrespected and ignored the dead and their bones. So he came out of the attic one day to find his wife and two daughters with their heads all missing. He hung himself a month later. Cally’s dad sees those heads when he goes in the attic to look for Cubby, James’s dog. He’s not the same afterwards. Cubby is never found, but likely the ghost is just imitating his voice. This happens later when James also goes missing and they all hear his voice in the walls. So they destroy the walls and the ceiling trying to find him, but all that happens is a ghostly hand comes down and blinds Mr. Frasier. Anthony doesn’t want to be in the house, but Cally insists. They think they are in the clear until after dinner when they hear a hideous scream and notice that Anthony’s fingers have all been severed by the garbage disposal. Needless to say, he never wants to see Cally again. And that’s fine, because the house comes alive with dead spirits and tar and sucks Cally underneath it. Right before this Cally sees the ghost of herself and then reads her diary and sees that she wrote “I DIED TONIGHT.” Mr and Mrs Frasier finally leave the property with Kody and without Cally and James. Cally is clearly sticking around to haunt the next two books. Oh, and I suppose Cally was the one to die because she always accused Kody of being jealous? Cally turns evil once she is dead, and she accuses Kody of “winning” because she’s alive, although I’m alive and I don’t feel like I’ve won the lottery or anything. It’s unclear if James will be haunting as well. It’s weird that Cally would think she’s alone though, since her brother vanished into thin air in the house. Plus, her family is forever traumatized. Her father is blind and Kody lost her twin sister. I mean, really, Cally. You all got the shit end of the stick.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a bit boring at first. I thought it was weird that these two randoms showed up offering to work at their house and the parents were just like, ‘cool’. I kept (view spoiler)[waiting for the housekeeper and the handyman to turn out to be crazy, but they were in the background and never amounted to much in the plot (hide spoiler)] . The main character Cally was extremely inconsistent. One minute she didn’t believe in ghosts, the next she did, and then she was back to not believing. I’m sorr This was a bit boring at first. I thought it was weird that these two randoms showed up offering to work at their house and the parents were just like, ‘cool’. I kept (view spoiler)[waiting for the housekeeper and the handyman to turn out to be crazy, but they were in the background and never amounted to much in the plot (hide spoiler)] . The main character Cally was extremely inconsistent. One minute she didn’t believe in ghosts, the next she did, and then she was back to not believing. I’m sorry, but this girl literally (view spoiler)[tried throwing her full body weight against a ladder to keep an unseen force from knocking it over and yet she seemed to just brush the whole incident aside (hide spoiler)] . I would’ve known from that very second that there was something wrong with the house. It was like she had a selective memory or something. I remember one chapter had her writing in her diary how deathly scared her whole family was about the hauntings and how they couldn’t stand to live there any longer. So, Cally then decides to (view spoiler)[invite Anthony over for dinner and for some odd reason she’s shocked that he doesn’t want to come to her creepy ass house. Like, she had this complete personality switch and was all about how the stories weren’t actually true and nothing would happen (hide spoiler)] . I just didn’t get it at all. Also, maybe this is just something that bothered me, but the entire dog thing made me so angry at this family. These people (view spoiler)[ had their new puppy disappear and aside from the son, they didn’t seem at all bothered. The dad was basically all, ‘well, that dumb dog must’ve got into the backyard or something, whatever’. It’s a puppy! You don’t lose a puppy and then decide to go have lunch/visit the mall instead of canvasing the neighborhood for the dog (hide spoiler)] . While Cally put some effort in, she was more interested in stopping mid-search to talk to this cute boy she had met. Most complaints aside, I have to say that once the action kicked off, I was super into this book. It went from zero to a hundred in like three seconds and I loved every moment of it. This would have been four stars if not for that last chapter. The events that happened to Cally in those final pages felt weird and out of place and the execution just seemed pretty half-assed to me. Also, I wish that there had been some answers for all the crazy things going down. I get that part of it is probably due to there being two more books. That said, I wanted to have at least one or two questions dealt with instead of leaving me with absolute no explanations for anything. I’m hoping I find out what’s up with (view spoiler)[the missing brother/puppy, the strange noises in the walls, the thing that blinded the dad, etc. (hide spoiler)] in the next one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelle

    Well, that was fucked.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pahlman

    What memories from my childhood! Goosebumps were definitely books that gave me nightmares and I dreaded mirrors, faucets and cellars for months! 99 Fear Street is much more bloody and evil than I was expecting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A little slow at first but it's a good set up for the series. Couple gruesome parts and the ending "death" is actually pretty well detailed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fuzaila

    I've only read R.L Stine's Goosebumps books, this was my first Fear Street novel. The First Horror tells the story of the Frasier family, who are moving to the new house 99, Fear Street in Shadyside. To their disappointment, the house is creepy, dark and very old. Mr. Frasier puts them all to work on the house to make it liveable. Cally, Kody and James do their best to hide their contempt towads their new house. But scary things happen. Accident after accident, and one day Cubby, James's dog disa I've only read R.L Stine's Goosebumps books, this was my first Fear Street novel. The First Horror tells the story of the Frasier family, who are moving to the new house 99, Fear Street in Shadyside. To their disappointment, the house is creepy, dark and very old. Mr. Frasier puts them all to work on the house to make it liveable. Cally, Kody and James do their best to hide their contempt towads their new house. But scary things happen. Accident after accident, and one day Cubby, James's dog disappears. The creepy story Cally hears from Anthony, a boy in town, makes her believe Kody's concerns about ghosts. What is wrong? Why can they hear Cubby's barking, but not find him? And where did James disappear? I found the characters very annoying, their dialogues abrupt. The story in itself was quite engaging. But it wasn't as scary as I hoped. Would definitely read the second book to find out what happens next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amara Tanith

    The First Horror was a book I read around age nine or ten, and back then, this was some scary shit. Rereading it as an adult, it holds up fairly well (unlike most of the Fear Street books). The last ten pages take a detour into stupid territory, but the rest of it's surprisingly frightening and well-written for a Fear Street book. If you or a kid in your life's looking for some MG/YA horror, The First Horror's not a bad choice. Full review to come at Amara's Eden.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lynn Hayton

    Haven't read this book in a so long. I enjoyed reading this book again. I'd definitely recommend these books (series). I'll be reading the next 2 books soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Benton

    Excellent! I love it when the main character dies because it almost never happens.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Will Wala

    the best of the series . very scary book .

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Book

    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, I love all these Fear Street books, but this one got only 3 stars mainly because of the ending. To me it doesn't make sense that Cally was chosen to be a ghost in the end filled with hatred and jealousy. It would have made SO much more sense for Kody to be chosen, seeing as how throughout the book jealousy for her sister was brought up. Oh and I found it hard to believe that Cally thought it would be a good idea to invite Anthony over after all the craziness in her house, like what a ho Overall, I love all these Fear Street books, but this one got only 3 stars mainly because of the ending. To me it doesn't make sense that Cally was chosen to be a ghost in the end filled with hatred and jealousy. It would have made SO much more sense for Kody to be chosen, seeing as how throughout the book jealousy for her sister was brought up. Oh and I found it hard to believe that Cally thought it would be a good idea to invite Anthony over after all the craziness in her house, like what a horrible way to start a date. Also, I can't believe how chill their family was after all the stuff that happened, like they stayed in that house?! Hell no. However, the book did had some pretty scary parts, like the garbage disposal thing with Anthony made the book go from like a 10 to 100 real quick on the scary scale, I was like whaaaat can you even put that in a teen book? It was good enough to read the next 2, but not good enough to end up on my list of favs.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Tudor

    3.5, but Goodreads doesn't allow halves. There were a lot of things I really liked about The First Horror, but there were also quite a few elements that left me feeling (unintentionally) unsettled. These issues might be resolved by reading the two follow-up books in the series, but as I don't have access to them I think I'll be left wondering. Also, the whole thing with Cubby the dog was incredibly unnerving. Don't worry, it's nothing gruesome, but I doubt any animal lovers out there can underst 3.5, but Goodreads doesn't allow halves. There were a lot of things I really liked about The First Horror, but there were also quite a few elements that left me feeling (unintentionally) unsettled. These issues might be resolved by reading the two follow-up books in the series, but as I don't have access to them I think I'll be left wondering. Also, the whole thing with Cubby the dog was incredibly unnerving. Don't worry, it's nothing gruesome, but I doubt any animal lovers out there can understand how a 'nice' family like the Frasiers wouldn't make more of a fuss over a missing pet. I was fretting and he's not even real!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol Flythe

    This one seemed pretty dark in comparison to most of Stine's books. I did enjoy it though. I vaguely remember reading this probably 20 years ago or more. My library happened to have all three in the series in one book. Always do your research on a house before moving in or at the least talk to your realtor on the phone people! Actually I am on my way to becoming one and they don't have to disclose suicide in a house to you FYI. Not in Texas anyway LOL always good to know! How'd I get on this topi This one seemed pretty dark in comparison to most of Stine's books. I did enjoy it though. I vaguely remember reading this probably 20 years ago or more. My library happened to have all three in the series in one book. Always do your research on a house before moving in or at the least talk to your realtor on the phone people! Actually I am on my way to becoming one and they don't have to disclose suicide in a house to you FYI. Not in Texas anyway LOL always good to know! How'd I get on this topic LMAO my bad.

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Jr.

    I remember reading Goosebumps in Elementary school so when I found out that he had another series I had to give it a try. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised! The story is simple but haunting and while it is a little more violent than Goosebumps, I liked that. I feel like this was intended to a more mature audience than Goosebumps but was written in a way that pre-teens / teens could still really enjoy. I originally did not plan on getting into a new series, but this book has pulled I remember reading Goosebumps in Elementary school so when I found out that he had another series I had to give it a try. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised! The story is simple but haunting and while it is a little more violent than Goosebumps, I liked that. I feel like this was intended to a more mature audience than Goosebumps but was written in a way that pre-teens / teens could still really enjoy. I originally did not plan on getting into a new series, but this book has pulled me in and I cannot wait to read more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My almost 10 year old has been asking to read "horror" books and because she she likes the goosebumps series, I thought I would pre-read this for her to see if its appropriate. Its difficult to find horror books for pre-teens that do not include adult themes (sex, drug use, etc). I enjoyed the book and will let her read it. I'm even looking forward to book 2 since this one leaves you hanging. I will have to dig out the next book and start it soon...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I loved these books back in the day, and I still enjoy them now! These were a gateway drug into horror for me, and though I had started reading Stephen King by the time I got into these, they still fueled my want for more. They're cheesy, weird, and so much fun! I want to make an effort to read more of them going into 2018!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    Sloppy writing, typical American family horror storyline, but with none of the poise of American Horror Story season one. Only gave two stars because the ending was sort of interesting, but I'd skip it otherwise. Not sure why this one was so bad, usually he writes better than this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This was in a box of books donated to my Tardis library and I wanted a quick nostalgic read. This was a typical Fear Street book, mini cliff hanger every chapter, storyline partially ripped off from Welcome to Dead house from Goosebumps. The ending was very rushed and silly.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill Sekely

    The rating comes from 10-year-old me, who checked this sucker out of the library about three times a year to re-read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Putri Gustyani

    poor Cally Frasier 👻

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh man, these were a lot better when I was 11.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Olson

    I read a lot of Fear Street books when I was a teenager. I dont get scared easy and I thought this book was a little scary. Probably because of the boy and his dog.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Conceited Fucktard

    An average read. Though some parts were okay, the ending was a bit ok. Stine's books don't read that good if there villain is revealed right in the beginning in my opinion

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