Point Horror

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Point Horror is a series of young adult horror fiction books. The series was most popular among Caucasian teenaged girls.[1]

History[edit]

The Point Horror series was launched in 1991 by Scholastic Inc, with the publisher re-releasing several of its previous titles under the Point Horror banner. Authors that published under the label of Point Horror includes R.L. Stine, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Christopher Pike, and Caroline B. Cooney.[2] The series was notable as Blind Date was one of R.L. Stine's first works and helped launch Stine's career.[3]

After an 8 year absence, Point Horror is soon to return to our bookshops. Scholastic have announced that three new titles will be released in May 2013, with more set to follow later in the year.

Literary criticism[edit]

Critics of the series noted that while the Point Horror series did not attract much serious attention, Gillian Avery noted that the series was "invariably structured around oppositions" in that teen horror novels "does not 'put an end to the opposition between the real and the imaginary' but, instead, affirms the distinction".[4] Roy Fisher wrote that the series embodied and represented "the fears and anxieties of young people about their lives in general and about school in particular".[5] Others noted the series' similarity to Stephen King, saying that there "was little difference between the approach and design... other than length".[6]

Will Davis of The Guardian attributed the decline of the series to higher standards from teen readers and the series' lack of real-life issues.[7]

The series has received negative criticism for its portrayal of female characters. Mary Hilton wrote in her book Potent fictions that many young readers viewed the female characters as the ones who get "upset, killed, or dumped".[8]

Offshoots[edit]

There have been three off-shoots of the Point Horror series that, while all showing the "Point Horror" Logo, are often regarded as separate series in their own rights. They are Point Horror Unleashed, Nightmare Hall and Mutant Point Horror. Nightmare Hall is unique amongst the off-shoots as the entire series was written solely by Diane Hoh.

Publications[edit]

1986[edit]

  • Blind Date (R.L. Stine)

Kerry's had a very bad year. But now his luck has finally changed. He's got a blind date with a girl who sounds really hot. He can't wait. He knows this girl is going to be really different. Kerry's right. Because his blind date really is the girl of his dreams. Or maybe his worst nightmares...

1987[edit]

  • Twisted (R.L. Stine)

Abby would do anything to be in the school's most exclusive sorority. And now she's got the chance. Because the sorority sisters have asked her to join them. All Abby has to do is get through the initiation. That might be a problem. Because this year, the initiation is going to be.... Murder.

1988[edit]

  • The Lifeguard (Richie Tankersley Cusick)

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

  • April Fools (Richie Tankersly Cusick)
  • Beach Party (R.L. Stine)
  • Funhouse (Diane Hoh)
  • Teacher's Pet (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • The Boyfriend (R.L. Stine)
  • Final Exam (A. Bates)

1991[edit]

  • Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror An Anthology of short horror stories; (These short stories are not published individually)
    • 01) Collect Call (Christopher Pike)
    • 02) Lucinda (Lael Littke)
    • 03) The Guccioli Miniature (Jay Bennett) Originally written and published in 1975.
    • 04) Blood Kiss (D.E. Athkins)
    • 05) A Little Taste of Death (Patricia Windsor)
    • 06) The Doll (Carol Ellis)
    • 07) House of Horrors (J.B. Stamper)
    • 08) Where the Deer Are (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 09) The Spell (R.L. Stine)
    • 10) Dedicated to the One I Love (Diane Hoh)
    • 11) Hacker (Sinclair Smith)
    • 12) Deathflash (A. Bates)
    • 13) The Boy Next Door (Ellen Emerson White)
  • April Fools (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • Mirror Mirror (D.E. Athkins)
  • Mother's Helper (A. Bates)
  • Sister Dearest (D.E. Athkins)
  • The Accident (Diane Hoh)
  • The Babysitter II (R.L. Stine)
  • The Cheerleader (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Girlfriend (R.L. Stine)
  • The Invitation (Diane Hoh)
  • The Snowman (R.L. Stine)

1992[edit]

  • Beach House (R.L. Stine)
  • Fatal Secrets (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • Freeze Tag (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • Hit and Run (R.L. Stine)
  • The Cemetery (D.E. Athkins)
  • The Dead Game (A. Bates)
  • The Fever (Diane Hoh)
  • The Hitchhiker (R.L. Stine)
  • The Mall (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • The Perfume (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Return of the Vampire (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Train (Diane Hoh)
  • The Waitress (Sinclair Smith)
  • The Window (Carol Ellis)
  • The Ripper (D.E. Athkins)

1993[edit]

  • Camp Fear (Carol Ellis)
  • Dream Date (Sinclair Smith)
  • Halloween Night (R.L. Stine)
  • Help Wanted (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • Nightmare Hall 1 - The Silent Scream (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 2 - The Roommate (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 3 - Deadly Attraction (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 4 - The Wish (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 5 - The Scream Team (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 6 - Guilty (Diane Hoh)
  • Point Horror 1: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
  • Point Horror 2: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) My Secret Admirer (Carol Ellis)
    • 2) The Accident (Diane Hoh)
    • 3) Funhouse (Diane Hoh)
  • Point Horror 3: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) April Fools (Richie Tankersly Cusick)
    • 2) The Waitress (Sinclair Smith)
    • 3) The Snowman (R.L. Stine)
  • Point Horror 4: The R.L. Stine Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Baby-sitter (R.L. Stine)
    • 2) The Boyfriend (R.L. Stine)
    • 3) The Girlfriend (R.L. Stine)
  • The Dead Game (A. Bates)
  • The Dead Girlfriend (R.L. Stine)
  • The Hitchhiker (R.L. Stine)
  • The Perfume (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Phantom (Barbara Steiner)
  • The Stranger (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Vampire's Promise (Caroline B. Cooney)

1994[edit]

  • 13 More Tales of Horror An Anthology of short horror stories; (These short stories are not published individually)
    • 01) The Cat-Dogs (Susan Price)
    • 02) The Piano (Diane Hoh)
    • 03) The Devil's Footprints (Malcolm Rose)
    • 04) Softies (Stan Nicholls)
    • 05) The House That Jack Built (Garry Kilworth)
    • 06) The Station With No Name (Colin Greenland)
    • 07) Something to Read (Phillip Pullman)
    • 08) Killing Time (Jill Bennett)
    • 09) J.R.E. Ponsford (Graham Masterton)
    • 10) The Buyers (David Belbin)
    • 11) Closeness (Chris Westwood)
    • 12) The Ring (Margaret Bingley)
    • 13) Bone Meal (John Gordon)
  • Call Waiting (R.L. Stine)
  • Driver's Dead (Peter Lerangis)
  • I Saw You That Night (R.L. Stine)
  • Halloween Night II (R.L. Stine)
  • Nightmare Hall 7 - Pretty Please (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 8 - The Experiment (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 9 - The Night Walker (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 10 - Sorority Sister (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 11 - Last Date (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 12 - The Whisperer (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 13 - Monster (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 14 - The Initiation (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 15 - Truth or Die (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 16 - Book of Horrors (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 17 - Last Breath (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 18 - Win, Lose or Die (Diane Hoh)
  • Point Horror 5: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Cemetery (D.E. Athkins)
    • 2) Freeze Tag (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 3) The Fever (Diane Hoh)
  • Silent Witness (Carol Ellis)
  • Twins (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Diary (Sinclair Smith)
  • The Forbidden Game 1: The Hunter (L.J. Smith)
  • The Forbidden Game 2: The Chase (L.J. Smith)
  • The Forbidden Game 3: The Kill (L.J. Smith)
  • The Watcher (Lael Littke)
  • The Witness (R.L. Stine)
  • The Yearbook (Peter Lerangis)
  • "Let Me Tell You How I Died" (Sinclair Smith)

1995[edit]

  • 13 Again An Anthology of short horror stories; (These short stories are not published individually)
    • 01) Anjelica's Room (Laurence Staig)
    • 02) Foxgloves (Susan Price)
    • 03) The Ultimate Assassin (Malcolm Rose)
    • 04) The Rattan Collar (Garry Kilworth)
    • 05) Boomerang (David Belbin)
    • 06) The delinquent (Maresa Morgan)
    • 07) The Ghost Trap (Lisa Tuttle)
    • 08) Close Cut (Philip Gross)
    • 09) Grandma (Colin Greenland)
    • 10) Vampire in Venice (John Gordon)
    • 11) Picking up the Tab (Stan Nicholls)
    • 12) Evidence of Angels (Graham Masterton)
    • 13) Hospital Trust (Dennis Hamley)
  • Hide And Seek (Jane McFann)
  • Night School (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • Point Horror 6: The Caroline B. Cooney Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Cheerleader (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 2) The Return of the Vampire (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 3) The Vampire's Promise (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • Point Horror 7: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Window (Carol Ellis)
    • 2) The Train (Diane Hoh)
    • 3) Hit and Run (R.L. Stine)
  • The Babysitter III (R.L. Stine)
  • The Babysitter IV (R.L. Stine)
  • Nightmare Hall 19 - The Coffin (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 20 - Deadly Visions (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 21 - Student Body (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 22 - The Vampire's Kiss (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 23 - Dark Moon (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 24 - The Biker (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 25 - Captives (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 26 - Revenge (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 27 - Kidnapped (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 28 - The Dummy (Diane Hoh)
  • Nightmare Hall 29 - The Voice in the Mirror (Diane Hoh)
  • The Body (Carol Ellis)
  • The Boy Next Door (Sinclair Smith)
  • The Claw (Carmen Adams)
  • The Mummy (Barbara Steiner)
  • The Surfer (Linda Cargill)
  • Vampire's Love 1: Blood Curse (Janice Harrell)[9]
  • Vampire's Love 2: Blood Spell (Janice Harrell)

1996[edit]

  • Amnesia (Sinclair Smith)
  • Double Date (Sinclair Smith)
  • Homecoming Queen (John Hall)
  • Krazy 4 U (A. Bates)
  • Point Horror 8: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
  • Prom Date (Diane Hoh)
  • Second Sight (Sinclair Smith)
  • Spring Break (Barbara Steiner)
  • Sweet Sixteen (Francescca Jeffries)
  • The Bride (D.E. Athkins)
  • The Caroline B. Cooney Special Edition
    • 1) Freeze Tag (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 2) The Stranger (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 3) Twins (Caroline B. Cooney)
  • The Diane Hoh Special Edition
    • 1) The Fever (Diane Hoh)
    • 2) Funhouse (Diane Hoh)
    • 3) The Invitation (Diane Hoh)
  • The R.L. Stine Special Edition
  • The Stalker (Carol Ellis)
  • Unleashed - Blood Sinister (Celia Rees)
  • Unleashed - Transformer (Philip Gross)

1997[edit]

  • Point Horror 9: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Perfume (Caroline B. Cooney)
    • 2) Silent Witness (Carol Ellis)
    • 3) The Phantom (Barbara Steiner)
  • Point Horror 10: Collection - A terrifying trio in one!
    • 1) The Watcher (Lael Littke)
    • 2) The Boy Next Door (Sinclair Smith)
    • 3) The Hitchhiker (R.L.Stine)
  • Unleashed - At Gehenna's Door (Peter Beere)
  • Unleashed - The Carver (Jenny Jones)
  • Unleashed - The Vanished (Celia Rees)

1998[edit]

  • Unleashed - Catchman (Chris Wooding)
  • Unleashed - Darker (Andrew Matthews)
  • Unleashed - House of Bones (Graham Masterton)
  • Unleashed - The Hanging Tree (Paul Stewart)

1999[edit]

  • Unleashed - Eve's Party (Nick Turnbull)
  • Unleashed - Facetaker (Philip Gross)
  • Unleashed - The Ghost Wife (Susan Price)
  • Unleashed - Skinners (John Gordon)

2000[edit]

  • Unleashed - Amy (Samantha Lee)
  • Unleashed - In Spirit (Nick Turnbull)
  • Unleashed - The Bogle (Samantha Lee)
  • Unleashed - Scissorman (John Brindley)

2001[edit]

  • Decayed - 10 Years of Point Horror
    • 1) Trick or Treat (Richie Tankersly Cusick)
    • 2) April Fools (Richie Tanklersly Cusick)
    • 3) Blood Sinister (Celia Rees)
  • Unleashed - Fright Train (Paul Stewart)
  • Unleashed - Lowlake (Roger Davenport)

2002[edit]

  • Unleashed - Moonchildren (Andrew Mathews)
  • Unleashed - The Belltower (Samantha Lee)
  • Unleashed - Welcome Stranger (Anthony Masters)

2003[edit]

  • Demon (Samantha Lee)
  • The Dark (Linda Cargill)
  • The Unseen Part 1 - It Begins (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • X-Isle (Peter Lerangis)

2004[edit]

  • The Dark II (Linda Cargill)
  • The Unseen Part 2 - Rest in Peace (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • Return to X-Isle (Peter Lerangis)
  • Demon II (Samantha Lee)

2005[edit]

  • The Unseen part 3 - Blood Brothers (Richie Tankersley Cusick)
  • The Unseen part 4 - Sin and Salvation (Richie Tankersley Cusick)

2013[edit]

  • Defriended (Ruth Baron)
  • Identity Theft (Anna Davies)

2014[edit]

  • Wickedpedia (Chris Van Etten) - July 1st
  • Followers (Anna Davies) - July 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coles, Martin. Hall, Christine. Children's Reading Choices. Routledge, 1998, p 46.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Kimberly. Frightening Fiction. Continuum, 2004, pgs 20-44.
  3. ^ Memory Wipe: Point Horror AV Club
  4. ^ Avery, Gillian. Representations of Childhood Death. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, p 193-194
  5. ^ Fisher, Roy. Education in popular culture: telling tales on teachers and learners. Routledge, 2008, p 54.
  6. ^ Cullingford, Cedric. Children's literature and its effects: the formative years. Continuum, 2000, pgs 178-189.
  7. ^ When did Point Horror lose its edge? The Guardian
  8. ^ Hilton, Mary. Potent fictions: children's literacy and the challenge of popular culture. Routledge, 1996, p 136.
  9. ^ Wilson Overstreet, Deborah (2006). Not Your Mother's Vampire: Vampires in Young Adult Fiction. Scarecrow Press. pp. 93–94. ISBN 0810853655.