Bites
October 7, 2012

Freaky Friday is a weekly post highlighting YA horror published between 1980 and 1999, originally inspired by Sharon’s (Loves Books and Cats) Flashback Friday.

Title: Watcher in the Dark
Author: Beverly Hastings
Published: 1986
Publisher: Berkley
Summary:

A misleading cover and a spooky title promises more than this first novel delivers. In a contrived story with a number of holes that leave the reader asking too many questions, Erin Moore, a high school senior, babysits for four-year-old Abby when her father goes on a business trip. Tension mounts as one by one, the people Erin could turn to in a time of crisis are conveniently inconvenienced, while Erin becomes convinced that someone is after Abby. Is it Abby’s college-aged half-brother? An unknown watcher? Unfortunately, the reader knows the answer all along, and there’s not much mystery here, although suspense is high. Readers with a penchant for thrillers may enjoy this adequately written story about a teen caught in a babysitter’s nightmare.  (fantasticfiction.co.uk)

1) Yes, I’m late again.  There are actually things to DO here in AZ that I find more entertaining than being on the interwebs.  So, you know, priorities.  2) New author!  This list will be short because Beverly Hastings wasn’t what you’d call prolific.  Plus her catalogue is a mix of adult and YA so it’ll be even shorter as a result.  Expect another new author rather soon.

It would appear Publisher’s Weekly (the author of that blurb there) was not impressed with this title, consisting, or so they say, of standard babysitter stalker fare.  RL Stine already did this, that I know.  It looks like your standard whodunnit with a scared teenager.  I’d probably pass this one up even without reading PW’s added disdain.

September 30, 2012

Freaky Friday is a weekly post highlighting YA horror published between 1980 and 1999, originally inspired by Sharon’s (Loves Books and Cats) Flashback Friday.

Title: Zodiac Chillers – In Leo’s Lair
Author: Carol Ellis
Published: September 25, 1995
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 164
Summary:

After breaking up with Eric, Nina is alarmed when Eric and her new boyfriend, both determined Leos, become jealous of each other and dangerously possessive of Nina, and Nina’s soulmate, Jess, must come to her rescue.  (amazon.com)

A bit late, I know.  I was busy falling asleep to the movie Clue last night.  Anyway, I’m wondering how all of this zodiac stuff comes into line other than a contrived mention of the characters’ astrological signs.  The dreaded ‘s’ word gets me a bit twitchy but the whole zodiac thing has me intrigued.  Plus I want my free astro-pendant.  Think it’s still available?

September 22, 2012

Freaky Friday is a weekly post highlighting YA horror published between 1980 and 1999, originally inspired by Sharon’s (Loves Books and Cats) Flashback Friday.

Title: Zodiac Chillers – The Scorpio Society
Author: Carol Ellis
Published: July 25, 1995
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 168
Summary:

Belonging to an exclusive and secret club at her gothic-style boarding school has more of a sting to it than Elizabeth imagined, when the Scorpio Society’s leader, the mysterious, charismatic Rachel, sets out to enlist Elizabeth–whether she wants to join or not.  (fantasticfiction.co.uk)

Few things are worse than a person that just doesn’t get the hint.  Seriously, I DON’T WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND.  Some people are exceptionally desperate, I guess.  I’d read it just to see what angle the story takes; creepy stalker?  Overwhelming force?  Passive-aggressive under-handing?  Who knows?  Someone must.  There had to be at least ONE reader of this book at some point in time . . .  It wasn’t me.

September 15, 2012

Freaky Friday is a weekly post highlighting YA horror published between 1980 and 1999, originally inspired by Sharon’s (Loves Books and Cats) Flashback Friday.

Title: Zodiac Chillers – Rage of Aquarius
Author: Carol Ellis
Published: July 25, 1995
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 169
Summary:

One by one, grieving and guilty teenagers find themselves slowly dying to be with their dead friend Becky, who reluctantly took up one of their dares, and lost her life as a consequence.  (fantasticfiction.co.uk)

First off, holy crap I didn’t realize until now that it’s been more than a month since my last Freaky Friday post although that would make sense.  The last post I made was just before I went on vacation at  the beginning of August and then my life exploded a bit when I got back so . . .

Second, this is actually kind of appealing.  Something a bit different from what’s out there even now although I’m not sure I get the point of the whole zodiac thing.  I’m sure there’s something stringing it together.  Maybe each person who dies is a different sign?  I have no idea but it has my attention.

August 4, 2012

Freaky Friday is a weekly post highlighting YA horror published between 1980 and 1999, originally inspired by Sharon’s (Loves Books and Cats) Flashback Friday.

Title: The Stalker
Author: Carol Ellis
Published: March 1, 1996
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 176
Summary: 

Janna loves to be in the limelight, and she’s always dreaming of the attention a life on stage would give her. However, she thinks she is being followed by a stalker who is playing games with her mind, and her life. Is the stalker trying to get closer to Janna or is he making sure no-one else will?  (fantasticfiction.co.uk)

Dun dun dun!  I think the stalker topic is ever-poignant and never loses it’s creep factor.  It just depends on how well it’s done and what the author’s done different that’ll either make it stand out or sink into the thriller mists to be lost forever.