On Fear Street of Shadyside, Ohio, the growing up was different — scarier. Enterprising teens were relied upon to catch serial killers on a regular basis, a nighttime babysitting gig meant certain death, and the cute boy taking you on a date was almost always a murderer. R.L. Stine’s pulpy teen horror series, published from 1989 through the early Nineties, was listed by Publishers Weekly as the bestselling young-adult book series of all time. With the nostalgia market peaking, and Stine lighting up social media as a minor Twitter celebrity, it’s no wonder there’s been high demand for a sequel. Last September we got just that with the relaunch of Fear Street, a modern-day reincarnation that’s as wonderfully spooky as the original series despite the characters now having iPads and smartphones. Tonight Stine will talk about the recently dropped second book in the series, Don’t Stay Up Late, his internet comeback, a now-adult fan base, and (we hope!) being played by Jack Black in the upcoming Goosebumps movie. At 7, Book Court, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-875-3677, bookcourt.com, free.
Sat., April 18, 7 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2015