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|Author||R. L. Stine|
|Publisher||Simon Pulse and Golden Books|
|Published||1989 - 2005|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Fear Street is a teenage horror fiction series written by American author R. L. Stine, starting in 1989. In 1995, a series of books inspired by the Fear Street series, called Ghosts of Fear Street, was created for younger readers, and were more like the Goosebumps books in that they featured paranormal adversaries (ghosts, vampires, monsters, aliens, etc.) and sometimes had twist endings.
As of 2010, over 80 million copies of Fear Street have been sold.
The Fear Street books take place in Shadyside, a fictional city located somewhere on the East Coast, and feature average teenagers, who are elder to the Goosebumps preteens, and encounter malignant, sometimes paranormal, adversaries. While some of the Fear Street novels have paranormal elements, such as ghosts, others are simply murder mysteries. Although the Goosebumps books have a few deaths, the deaths presented in Fear Street, particularly the sagas, are far more gruesome, with more blood and gore.
The title of the series comes from the name of a fictional street in Shadyside, which was named after the Fear family. Their name was originally spelled as Fier, however after being told that the family was cursed and that the letters could be rearranged to spell "fire", Simon Fier changed it to Fear in the 19th century. The curse survived, however, and Simon and his wife Angelica brought it with them when they moved to Shadyside sometime after the Civil War. It all started in Puritan times when Benjamin and Matthew Fier had an innocent girl and her mother, Susannah and Martha Goode, burned at the stake for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The father and husband, William Goode, put the curse on the Fiers to avenge their deaths, bringing misery and death to the previously mentioned family. Although a fire allegedly burned the last of the Fears (preventing a Fear and Goode from marrying), the series features some surviving Fears suggesting one of the brothers survived. These events are described in the Fear Street Sagas, a spinoff of the main series.
Similar to the Goosebumps series, the characters change in each book, although some characters, such as Suki Thomas, appear in one book and are mentioned in, but unrelated to the plot of, many other books. Locations that were central in one story would have a cameo appearance later on.
The first Fear Street book, The New Girl was published in 1989. Various spin-off series were written, including the Fear Street Sagas and Ghosts of Fear Street. More than 80 million Fear Street books have been sold since 2003. The books appeared in many bestseller lists, including the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller list, and the series was listed as the bestselling young-adult book series of all time.
- Luisa Gerasimo e.a. in The Teacher's Calendar of Famous Birthdays page 8, on R. L. Stine: "That year he also created Fear Street, the first horror series for teenagers, which sold 80 million copies." (2003)
- "Best-Selling Books Database". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- Collins; Latham (1993), 146.
- "Scholastic Launches Bone-Chilling New Book Series by World-wide Bestselling Author R.L. Stine - Goosebumps HorrorLand". Scholastic. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2010-12-25.