My love of all things horror was spawned from two main things.
1. My family, who never really censored what we watched and me trying to get one up on my older brother by swearing I wasn’t scared of any of the films he put on. Somewhere along the line, I got a taste for it. I also remember trips to the video shop (RIP VHS) on Friday nights in which I would usually have a friend over (the promise of horror films at the age of 13 was always good for the popularity ratings) and my dad would let us pick any 3 of the bargain nasties (50p for 2 nights!!), any our hearts desired. Some that spring to mind are, Salem’s Lot, Amityville Horror, and Child’s Play.
2. My discovery of Point Horror books. I love these books. Reading them now they are silly and a bit of fun but back when I was 10, I thought they were the best thing ever. And they really got me back into reading when reading wasn’t considered cool. I stupidly sold all of my original copies when I thought I’d out-grown them, but I’ve been slowly building up my collection again.
Here’s what I have so far:
And here are some of my favourites. I haven’t reread them all yet but these are the ones I remember the most!
The Snowman – R.L Stine
Heather feels cold all the time. Alone. Her guardian hates her. He’d like to see her dead. He’d like all her money. But for now he settles for controlling it, and making Heather’s life miserable.
Poor little rich girl, just like Cinderella…
Then the gorgeous, ice-blond guy shows up at the crummy restaurant where Heather works after school. He understands about Heather. He’s her Prince Charming. No one can get to Heather now.
Heather feels so safe. So loved. So warm…
The Cemetery – D.E Athkins
When an innocent game played by a group of teens leads to the death of one of them, the surviving friends must figure out who among them is the killer
The Cheeleader – Caroline B. Cooney
Cheerleaders are beautiful, popular and exciting – girls that Althea longs to be. But Althea is nobody – she gets no phone calls, shares no laughter and has no friends. Then one day she meets him, a vampire who offers to make her a cheerleader in exchange for a simple bargain.
The Window – Carol Ellis
It should have been the skiing holiday of a lifetime. But Jody sprains her ankle and finds herself alone with nothing to do but gaze out of her cabin window.
Gazing into the cabin of a beautiful neighbor she witnesses the fight, the murder and the killer…or does she?
And if the murder is real, has the killer been watching Jody?
The Girlfriend – R.L Stine
Scotty has the perfect life. And the perfect girlfriend. But one weekend while she’s away, Scotty goes just a little…astray. Suddenly he has a new girlfriend. One who won’t go away. His one wild night has become a nightmare.
Because his new girlfriend has decided that she loves Scotty…to death.
The Boyfriend – R.L Stine
Sometimes, love is murder. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died.
Joanna’s sorry, of course. But it’s not her fault he’s dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away.
But this time, Joanna’s gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her….
I really want to find this one next:
When the Devil’s Elbow roller coaster goes off track, killing one teenager and maiming two others, everyone thinks it’s just an accident . . . except Tess. She saw someone tampering with the track. Then another “accident” occurs in the Funhouse and Tess may have been the intended victim.