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The Return of Fear Street and the Rising Tide of YA Horror

Horror lovers! In case you've been living under a rock lately, RL Stine recently announced that he will be bringing back the old Fear Street series with St. Martin's Press. The first of the three contracted books is called Party Games, and will center around a group of teens at an island party when--surprise!--people start getting killed off. (Fans of Gretchen McNeil's TEN, rejoice!) It has also been confirmed that we will be seeing at least one more installment of the beloved Cheerleaders series (MY JOY KNOWS NO BOUNDS.)

This was very thrilling news to me, as I have always been a rabid Stine fan and have never been able to get enough of his old work. (I've still yet to pick up his newer adult horror, Red Rain. BAD AMY. Next library trip, it's going down.) In addition, I'm very interested to see exactly what Stine and his editor mean when they hint that the books will be even MORE intense/gruesome than its formers, to better fit the current market with potential crossover appeal. 

What a wonderful time for YA horror, seriously. Will the new wave of Stine slashers and creepy tales encourage the already rising tide of teen terror, and result in a massive explosion of spooky goodness all over the market? I can only hope so. We've seen more horror deals including novels and anthologies both, caught the word regarding a future Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie, and have even witnessed another one of RL Stine's creations finding a possible home at MTV

Nearly two years ago I wondered where all the classic, 'straight up' horror in YA was and wondered when/if it was coming at all. And now, such a short time later (in publishing standards, anyway,) here we are, finally seeing a little more spooky action than usual. 

Needless to say, I'm a little bit excited.

Amy Lukavics

Amy lurks within the forested mountains of Arizona. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. She is the author of Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen 2015) and The Women In The Walls (Harlequin Teen 2016).

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2 comments:

  1. Love R.L. Stine, so this is great news, especially since my WIP is YA Horror. This gave me a huge boost of confidence as I continue banging away on my keyboard. Thanks!

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    1. Oooh I'm so happy to see someone out there working on a YA horror! You go, Rhen. :D

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