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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 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? 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

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book This is one of the books I read back in the day when I was in middle school. Actually, I think I only read 1st and 3rd book in this series, which after having read the entire series now, it’s totally fine. Lol. Kody, Cally and her family basically move into a haunted house. The girls are told a really creepy story about the house, about the first family who moved in after the house was built, and let me tell you, it was some pretty crazy stuff! I mean, heads being Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book This is one of the books I read back in the day when I was in middle school. Actually, I think I only read 1st and 3rd book in this series, which after having read the entire series now, it’s totally fine. Lol. Kody, Cally and her family basically move into a haunted house. The girls are told a really creepy story about the house, about the first family who moved in after the house was built, and let me tell you, it was some pretty crazy stuff! I mean, heads being ripped off and whatnot. Yikes! It was quite graphic and I kinda liked it. Lol. A lot of creepy incidents occured and just... Poor family. They go through so much. It’s so messed up. And I think the dad gets the worst of it. We also get a little bit of Fear family lore... like, a little bit. Like the littlest, tiniest bit ever. I like when we have Fear family lore, but this was practically nothing 🤷‍♀️ Speaking of the family, Kody was so whiny and annoying, I just didn’t like her. Her jealousy over her sister was insane. I couldn't stand her and at some points she did some really crazy things. Cally herself was an okay character. At least she wasn’t annoying. Lol. Overall, The First Horror was an okay read. It was pretty creepy, but I was not a fan of the characters, really. Especially not Kody. So, we know that R.L. Stine loves his fake outs. I always expect them because otherwise I’d just be disappointed that the cool thing didn’t actually happen. But this time, in this book, I was surprised because some of them actually weren't fake outs, which was awesome! (view spoiler)[Also, it was pretty bold of him to kill off a main character. I’ve read a bunch of Fear Street books, but he’s only done it once before... And that book was better, tbh. Lol. I was also a little confused there at the end as to why Cally was suddenly an evil ghost? We don’t get too much info into what’s really going on in the house, so hopefully we will find out. (hide spoiler)] The Fear Street connection: Cally and her family move into 99 Fear Street. Dun, dun, DUN!

  5. 5 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 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 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.

  9. 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 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    Well, that was fucked.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 4 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 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Will Wala

    the best of the series . very scary book .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Benton

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

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Book

    OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  19. 4 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 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tyler J [They/He] Gray

    That was horrifying! Supernatural and oh so creepy. I loved that the sisters did love each other. They fought like sisters sure but they made up and showed they cared. They are twin sisters with a 9 year old brother and a mom and dad. They also get a puppy. The parents were present and good parents. The 9 year old was believable, they all were. When more and more shit was happening it showed them all going crazy over it and it was so heart-breaking. I actually cried, at a fear street book. I'm That was horrifying! Supernatural and oh so creepy. I loved that the sisters did love each other. They fought like sisters sure but they made up and showed they cared. They are twin sisters with a 9 year old brother and a mom and dad. They also get a puppy. The parents were present and good parents. The 9 year old was believable, they all were. When more and more shit was happening it showed them all going crazy over it and it was so heart-breaking. I actually cried, at a fear street book. I'm not sure if that's happened before. I didn't see what was coming and my eyes literally went wide with shock. At some point I didn't want to put it down because it was fast paced and I just had to know what was going to happen. I feel so bad for these characters. There are some questions left unanswered, and it actually made sense. I wonder what will happen in books #2 & 3!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    From what I remembered about this one was that it was R.L's take on the Amityville Horror. I was way off! But finally another Fear Street book with the supernatural involved! The kids in this one were annoying AF. But! The sisters didn't hate each other and doesn't try to kill one another so that was a nice change. The parents are present and decent for the most part. Papa makes a bad decision when he purchases 99 Fear Street. We are given a little history about the house but A LOT is left not From what I remembered about this one was that it was R.L's take on the Amityville Horror. I was way off! But finally another Fear Street book with the supernatural involved! The kids in this one were annoying AF. But! The sisters didn't hate each other and doesn't try to kill one another so that was a nice change. The parents are present and decent for the most part. Papa makes a bad decision when he purchases 99 Fear Street. We are given a little history about the house but A LOT is left not answered and I was ok with that. The house really wears this family down fast. We don't get to see what the parents and James are experiencing but you know it's there. This one was better and quiet different than I most of the Fear Street books. I'm glad I have the next 2 to continue the trilogy.

  22. 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 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!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    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 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutly loved this book .Its a classic family move into a haunted house book ,but had plenty of pages where i literally looked up and said "what". The only two things i would've changed was the setting( it was summer). This was a missed opertunity to have it take place on halloween. The only other part was where it was the girls sister knocking on the door trying to scare her sister .That part did disappoint me in the middle of the book but if you keep reading thats not the case at all. I absolutly loved this book .Its a classic family move into a haunted house book ,but had plenty of pages where i literally looked up and said "what". The only two things i would've changed was the setting( it was summer). This was a missed opertunity to have it take place on halloween. The only other part was where it was the girls sister knocking on the door trying to scare her sister .That part did disappoint me in the middle of the book but if you keep reading thats not the case at all. Overall a great Creepy read highly recommend

  25. 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!

  26. 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...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    This was pretty much “Welcome to Dead House” but on steroids. Surprisingly dark and gory for a Fear Street book, I don’t recall any of the ones I’ve read so far being this gruesome. It seemed kinda slow in the beginning but definitely picked up in the second half. Truthfully I wasn’t the biggest fan of the trilogy but the first is definitely the strongest, could’ve easily been a stand alone if the ending was tweaked slightly. It was good enough, a fun short read for October.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn K.

    The beginning is a little slow and everyone is SUPER annoying. It picks up in the middle and becomes a great little haunted house story, with suspense, gore, and grossness. I don't think the end really makes sense. (view spoiler)[ Like, why is Cally's spirit so angry? She was so rah rah positive always look on the bright side of life. It was weird and out of character. (hide spoiler)]

  29. 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!

  30. 4 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.

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