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The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.


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The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.

30 review for The First Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    From what I remembered about this one was that it was R.L's take on the Amityville Horror. I was way off! But finally another Fear Street book with the supernatural involved! The kids in this one were annoying AF. But! The sisters didn't hate each other and doesn't try to kill one another so that was a nice change. The parents are present and decent for the most part. Papa makes a bad decision when he purchases 99 Fear Street. We are given a little history about the house but A LOT is left not a From what I remembered about this one was that it was R.L's take on the Amityville Horror. I was way off! But finally another Fear Street book with the supernatural involved! The kids in this one were annoying AF. But! The sisters didn't hate each other and doesn't try to kill one another so that was a nice change. The parents are present and decent for the most part. Papa makes a bad decision when he purchases 99 Fear Street. We are given a little history about the house but A LOT is left not answered and I was ok with that. The house really wears this family down fast. We don't get to see what the parents and James are experiencing but you know it's there. This one was better and quiet different than I most of the Fear Street books. I'm glad I have the next 2 to continue the trilogy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    StephieLovesBooks

    I'm currently trying to track down these books from my childhood (used to be so obsessed with the R.L. Stine series), always going to the library or bookstore to pick them up and I had about every single one fo them (except for the reloaded version that came out, which I had no idea was around) and then donated them...now I'm having fun scouring used bookstores for the series for nostalgia sake and because I love the original covers. The first one I've found so far was The Stepsister, so the sea I'm currently trying to track down these books from my childhood (used to be so obsessed with the R.L. Stine series), always going to the library or bookstore to pick them up and I had about every single one fo them (except for the reloaded version that came out, which I had no idea was around) and then donated them...now I'm having fun scouring used bookstores for the series for nostalgia sake and because I love the original covers. The first one I've found so far was The Stepsister, so the searching continues. On the this story, I don't remember reading the 99 Fear Street series, but the first books isn't that bad, it was pretty good. I rememebr really liking the orignial Fear Street Sagas the best though. Including the Silent Night series and Cheerleaders.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    That was horrifying! Supernatural and oh so creepy. I loved that the sisters did love each other. They fought like sisters sure but they made up and showed they cared. They are twin sisters with a 9 year old brother and a mom and dad. They also get a puppy. The parents were present and good parents. The 9 year old was believable, they all were. When more and more shit was happening it showed them all going crazy over it and it was so heart-breaking. I actually cried, at a fear street book. I'm n That was horrifying! Supernatural and oh so creepy. I loved that the sisters did love each other. They fought like sisters sure but they made up and showed they cared. They are twin sisters with a 9 year old brother and a mom and dad. They also get a puppy. The parents were present and good parents. The 9 year old was believable, they all were. When more and more shit was happening it showed them all going crazy over it and it was so heart-breaking. I actually cried, at a fear street book. I'm not sure if that's happened before. I didn't see what was coming and my eyes literally went wide with shock. At some point I didn't want to put it down because it was fast paced and I just had to know what was going to happen. I feel so bad for these characters. There are some questions left unanswered, and it actually made sense. I wonder what will happen in books #2 & 3!

  4. 4 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    this one was ok i’m not really into ghost and shit like that

  5. 5 out of 5

    (shan) Littlebookcove

    I decided i was going back to the 90s with a retro kind of Horror read! A spine chilling read that I remember well as a kid. Just as good as it was back when i read it as a kid! The 1st Horror of 88 fear street that sets you up for the saga.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 5 🌟 I remember reading this book when I was going to school. Thought it was scary. After reading it for the second time, it is still scary. Sad that they weren't able to rescue James and Chubby. Also sad that Cally died. What is haunting that house? 5 🌟 I remember reading this book when I was going to school. Thought it was scary. After reading it for the second time, it is still scary. Sad that they weren't able to rescue James and Chubby. Also sad that Cally died. What is haunting that house?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book This is one of the books I read back in the day when I was in middle school. Actually, I think I only read 1st and 3rd book in this series, which after having read the entire series now, it’s totally fine. Lol. Kody, Cally and her family basically move into a haunted house. The girls are told a really creepy story about the house, about the first family who moved in after the house was built, and let me tell you, it was some pretty crazy stuff! I mean, heads being r Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book This is one of the books I read back in the day when I was in middle school. Actually, I think I only read 1st and 3rd book in this series, which after having read the entire series now, it’s totally fine. Lol. Kody, Cally and her family basically move into a haunted house. The girls are told a really creepy story about the house, about the first family who moved in after the house was built, and let me tell you, it was some pretty crazy stuff! I mean, heads being ripped off and whatnot. Yikes! It was quite graphic and I kinda liked it. Lol. A lot of creepy incidents occured and just... Poor family. They go through so much. It’s so messed up. And I think the dad gets the worst of it. We also get a little bit of Fear family lore... like, a little bit. Like the littlest, tiniest bit ever. I like when we have Fear family lore, but this was practically nothing 🤷‍♀️ Speaking of the family, Kody was so whiny and annoying, I just didn’t like her. Her jealousy over her sister was insane. I couldn't stand her and at some points she did some really crazy things. Cally herself was an okay character. At least she wasn’t annoying. Lol. Overall, The First Horror was an okay read. It was pretty creepy, but I was not a fan of the characters, really. Especially not Kody. So, we know that R.L. Stine loves his fake outs. I always expect them because otherwise I’d just be disappointed that the cool thing didn’t actually happen. But this time, in this book, I was surprised because some of them actually weren't fake outs, which was awesome! (view spoiler)[Also, it was pretty bold of him to kill off a main character. I’ve read a bunch of Fear Street books, but he’s only done it once before... And that book was better, tbh. Lol. I was also a little confused there at the end as to why Cally was suddenly an evil ghost? We don’t get too much info into what’s really going on in the house, so hopefully we will find out. (hide spoiler)] The Fear Street connection: Cally and her family move into 99 Fear Street. Dun, dun, DUN!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Yay. Finally remembering why I loved these so much as a teen. Back to supernatural events and not just nut-job school friend/neighbour/co-worker explanations. I think Stine had been reading The Amityville Horror and watching Poltergeist before penning this one, but he certainly ramped up the action in the last quarter, and didn't worry about tying up the threads or leaving us with a happy ending. I look forward to getting my hands on #'s 2 and 3. Yay. Finally remembering why I loved these so much as a teen. Back to supernatural events and not just nut-job school friend/neighbour/co-worker explanations. I think Stine had been reading The Amityville Horror and watching Poltergeist before penning this one, but he certainly ramped up the action in the last quarter, and didn't worry about tying up the threads or leaving us with a happy ending. I look forward to getting my hands on #'s 2 and 3.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Diehl

    As an introduction to the horror genre, The First Horror by R.L. Stine is a good choice. For the younger (10-14 year old) reader, it would have just enough blood and trauma to whet the appetite. The older reader would recognize that it isn't very developed. It tells the story of a family of 5 moves into a 30 year old house that has never been lived in due to a bad reputation amongst the town. Things start to happen and people start getting hurt. The first in a series, it's a set up book. Readers As an introduction to the horror genre, The First Horror by R.L. Stine is a good choice. For the younger (10-14 year old) reader, it would have just enough blood and trauma to whet the appetite. The older reader would recognize that it isn't very developed. It tells the story of a family of 5 moves into a 30 year old house that has never been lived in due to a bad reputation amongst the town. Things start to happen and people start getting hurt. The first in a series, it's a set up book. Readers who continue the series will come to recognize the characters and why they act the way they do and say the things they say. It's a good introduction to the horror genre, but one older readers will quickly put down for a more satisfying read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elliot

    The First Horror holds the distinction of being the scariest Fear Street book. The things that occur in the house were creative and spooky and I remember needing to keep the lights on to fall asleep while I read it back in high school. Great book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Wow. This was a great "Fear Street" entry and the trilogy itself had a lot of good plot points, though book #3 was a letdown and didn't even make any sense. Books #1 and 2 were 5 stars in my opinion. "The First Horror" follows the family that moves into 99 Fear Street. Cally, Kody, their younger brother, and their parents move into 99 Fear Street. Right away Cally realizes something is off about the house. It's dark there no matter what and they have rats that come out of nowhere and start attac Wow. This was a great "Fear Street" entry and the trilogy itself had a lot of good plot points, though book #3 was a letdown and didn't even make any sense. Books #1 and 2 were 5 stars in my opinion. "The First Horror" follows the family that moves into 99 Fear Street. Cally, Kody, their younger brother, and their parents move into 99 Fear Street. Right away Cally realizes something is off about the house. It's dark there no matter what and they have rats that come out of nowhere and start attacking the family. (Look if rats showed up day 1, I would have bounced). When other mysterious accidents start happening, Cally and her twin Kody start to wonder if the house is haunted. When the past of 99 Fear Street is revealed though, only some people get out alive. This was dark for a "Fear Street" book I have to say. I also have to say, after watching the newest offering by Netflix, they could have done this trilogy instead of whatever that slasher homage was that they released last week. Cally is a great character to follow and it's heartbreaking to read about what happens to the family as they start to realize that the house is not what it seems to be. This book also ties together Simon and Angelica Fear a bit too which long-time readers know about from other books in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brad Burgin

    This is a great start to the series, I really enjoyed this one. Just like almost all his books they are easy, fast and grab your attention from the beginning. I am going to look forward to reading this with my son when he gets a little older. I can't wait to the rest of these books. Truly recommend. This is a great start to the series, I really enjoyed this one. Just like almost all his books they are easy, fast and grab your attention from the beginning. I am going to look forward to reading this with my son when he gets a little older. I can't wait to the rest of these books. Truly recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    “‘None of us is getting out of here alive…’” This is definitely one of the better Fear Street books. The First Horror gives us the origin of 99 Fear Street, as the recently moved-in Frasier family is terrorized. The scares are creepy and classic and have Amityville vibes. The whole family is slowly driven to madness, death, and despair (poor Cubby). This is a classic and I’m glad I reread it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    CozyReaderKelly

    I read this as a blast from the past because R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors in middle school. It turns out his writing is pretty bad, but I was entertained throughout the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    It’s always fun to find out what carnage RL Stine will wreak in the next Fear Street book I read. This was essentially his take on The Shining. And, you know what? For a YA spin on it, it was actually pretty great. No fake-outs. He leaned hard into the supernatural aspect. We get green vomit stuff pouring out of the faucet, and blood dripping from the ceiling. The house changes everyone just like it does in The Shining. Cally and Kody are twins, and Cally constantly talks about how Kody is jealo It’s always fun to find out what carnage RL Stine will wreak in the next Fear Street book I read. This was essentially his take on The Shining. And, you know what? For a YA spin on it, it was actually pretty great. No fake-outs. He leaned hard into the supernatural aspect. We get green vomit stuff pouring out of the faucet, and blood dripping from the ceiling. The house changes everyone just like it does in The Shining. Cally and Kody are twins, and Cally constantly talks about how Kody is jealous of her in almost every way. This will be important later on. They have a little brother, James, and his dog disappears almost as soon as he gets it. Cally doesn’t believe there is a ghost at first, and Kody plays some pranks to trick her into believing. But it doesn’t take long before she does. Cally meets a cute local guy named Anthony who tells the girls the real story behind 99 Fear Street. Simon Fear buried bodies of those he had killed there, and when a family moved in, the father disrespected and ignored the dead and their bones. So he came out of the attic one day to find his wife and two daughters with their heads all missing. He hung himself a month later. Cally’s dad sees those heads when he goes in the attic to look for Cubby, James’s dog. He’s not the same afterwards. Cubby is never found, but likely the ghost is just imitating his voice. This happens later when James also goes missing and they all hear his voice in the walls. So they destroy the walls and the ceiling trying to find him, but all that happens is a ghostly hand comes down and blinds Mr. Frasier. Anthony doesn’t want to be in the house, but Cally insists. They think they are in the clear until after dinner when they hear a hideous scream and notice that Anthony’s fingers have all been severed by the garbage disposal. Needless to say, he never wants to see Cally again. And that’s fine, because the house comes alive with dead spirits and tar and sucks Cally underneath it. Right before this Cally sees the ghost of herself and then reads her diary and sees that she wrote “I DIED TONIGHT.” Mr and Mrs Frasier finally leave the property with Kody and without Cally and James. Cally is clearly sticking around to haunt the next two books. Oh, and I suppose Cally was the one to die because she always accused Kody of being jealous? Cally turns evil once she is dead, and she accuses Kody of “winning” because she’s alive, although I’m alive and I don’t feel like I’ve won the lottery or anything. It’s unclear if James will be haunting as well. It’s weird that Cally would think she’s alone though, since her brother vanished into thin air in the house. Plus, her family is forever traumatized. Her father is blind and Kody lost her twin sister. I mean, really, Cally. You all got the shit end of the stick.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    You have my attention, Mr. Stine. Legitimately creepy and unsettling. The same issues writing characters that he has in every book, but it annoyed me less here. I fully expect the next two books to be hideous to make up for how much I genuinely liked what he did here - that's the type of relationship I have with these books. You have my attention, Mr. Stine. Legitimately creepy and unsettling. The same issues writing characters that he has in every book, but it annoyed me less here. I fully expect the next two books to be hideous to make up for how much I genuinely liked what he did here - that's the type of relationship I have with these books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†

    One word. PERFECT This book was AMAZING! It kept me on the edge of my seat the WHOLE time. Now I just need to get my hands on the other books and find out what happens next. Not knowing is killin me. Haha

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Definitely not as terrifying a series as I remember it being as a kid. Still a fun trip down memory lane.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was a bit boring at first. I thought it was weird that these two randoms showed up offering to work at their house and the parents were just like, ‘cool’. I kept (view spoiler)[waiting for the housekeeper and the handyman to turn out to be crazy, but they were in the background and never amounted to much in the plot (hide spoiler)] . The main character Cally was extremely inconsistent. One minute she didn’t believe in ghosts, the next she did, and then she was back to not believing. I’m sorr This was a bit boring at first. I thought it was weird that these two randoms showed up offering to work at their house and the parents were just like, ‘cool’. I kept (view spoiler)[waiting for the housekeeper and the handyman to turn out to be crazy, but they were in the background and never amounted to much in the plot (hide spoiler)] . The main character Cally was extremely inconsistent. One minute she didn’t believe in ghosts, the next she did, and then she was back to not believing. I’m sorry, but this girl literally (view spoiler)[tried throwing her full body weight against a ladder to keep an unseen force from knocking it over and yet she seemed to just brush the whole incident aside (hide spoiler)] . I would’ve known from that very second that there was something wrong with the house. It was like she had a selective memory or something. I remember one chapter had her writing in her diary how deathly scared her whole family was about the hauntings and how they couldn’t stand to live there any longer. So, Cally then decides to (view spoiler)[invite Anthony over for dinner and for some odd reason she’s shocked that he doesn’t want to come to her creepy ass house. Like, she had this complete personality switch and was all about how the stories weren’t actually true and nothing would happen (hide spoiler)] . I just didn’t get it at all. Also, maybe this is just something that bothered me, but the entire dog thing made me so angry at this family. These people (view spoiler)[ had their new puppy disappear and aside from the son, they didn’t seem at all bothered. The dad was basically all, ‘well, that dumb dog must’ve got into the backyard or something, whatever’. It’s a puppy! You don’t lose a puppy and then decide to go have lunch/visit the mall instead of canvasing the neighborhood for the dog (hide spoiler)] . While Cally put some effort in, she was more interested in stopping mid-search to talk to this cute boy she had met. Most complaints aside, I have to say that once the action kicked off, I was super into this book. It went from zero to a hundred in like three seconds and I loved every moment of it. This would have been four stars if not for that last chapter. The events that happened to Cally in those final pages felt weird and out of place and the execution just seemed pretty half-assed to me. Also, I wish that there had been some answers for all the crazy things going down. I get that part of it is probably due to there being two more books. That said, I wanted to have at least one or two questions dealt with instead of leaving me with absolute no explanations for anything. I’m hoping I find out what’s up with (view spoiler)[the missing brother/puppy, the strange noises in the walls, the thing that blinded the dad, etc. (hide spoiler)] in the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    J.D.

    The Frasiers are excited to move into their new house on Fear Street after living in a small apartment. Twin sisters Cally and Kody can finally have their own bedrooms. Plus their little brother, James, can even get a dog. However, a string of accidents and the house's dark history soon turns their happiness to horror. What an introduction to 99 Fear Street. This was a haunted house story done right. With grisly accidents, angry rats and ghosts, there really was a little bit of everything. I don The Frasiers are excited to move into their new house on Fear Street after living in a small apartment. Twin sisters Cally and Kody can finally have their own bedrooms. Plus their little brother, James, can even get a dog. However, a string of accidents and the house's dark history soon turns their happiness to horror. What an introduction to 99 Fear Street. This was a haunted house story done right. With grisly accidents, angry rats and ghosts, there really was a little bit of everything. I don't remember reading this one as a kid, but it definitely would've creeped me out back then. I'm very much looking forward to reading The Second Horror.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    After being able to move on from such a slow start I was finally hooked. The characters weren't really likeable, but to be honest I was only in it for the scares. I did enjoy the fast pace which kept me from dozing off while reading, which is my favorite sport in the world. In general, I would say that for such a short read it was actually quite a good story and I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick and scary read. After being able to move on from such a slow start I was finally hooked. The characters weren't really likeable, but to be honest I was only in it for the scares. I did enjoy the fast pace which kept me from dozing off while reading, which is my favorite sport in the world. In general, I would say that for such a short read it was actually quite a good story and I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a quick and scary read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam Barnes

    I read this book as a kid and it holds up. Is the dialogue great? No, but I didn’t read this for some kind of literary classic. I read this because I watched the Fear Street movie and had to reread these. Major kudos for a really dark ending.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Violet ♡

    Whoa, loved this one! Can't wait to see what happens next. Whoa, loved this one! Can't wait to see what happens next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    Well, that was fucked.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The kid’s attitudes were over the top but a great addition to the classic haunted house genre.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gargi

    Just a plain tasteless read. Didn't enjoy as much as Goosebumps. Just a plain tasteless read. Didn't enjoy as much as Goosebumps.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria Pahlman

    What memories from my childhood! Goosebumps were definitely books that gave me nightmares and I dreaded mirrors, faucets and cellars for months! 99 Fear Street is much more bloody and evil than I was expecting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frankenoise

    A little slow at first but it's a good set up for the series. Couple gruesome parts and the ending "death" is actually pretty well detailed. A little slow at first but it's a good set up for the series. Couple gruesome parts and the ending "death" is actually pretty well detailed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fuzaila

    I've only read R.L Stine's Goosebumps books, this was my first Fear Street novel. The First Horror tells the story of the Frasier family, who are moving to the new house 99, Fear Street in Shadyside. To their disappointment, the house is creepy, dark and very old. Mr. Frasier puts them all to work on the house to make it liveable. Cally, Kody and James do their best to hide their contempt towads their new house. But scary things happen. Accident after accident, and one day Cubby, James's dog disa I've only read R.L Stine's Goosebumps books, this was my first Fear Street novel. The First Horror tells the story of the Frasier family, who are moving to the new house 99, Fear Street in Shadyside. To their disappointment, the house is creepy, dark and very old. Mr. Frasier puts them all to work on the house to make it liveable. Cally, Kody and James do their best to hide their contempt towads their new house. But scary things happen. Accident after accident, and one day Cubby, James's dog disappears. The creepy story Cally hears from Anthony, a boy in town, makes her believe Kody's concerns about ghosts. What is wrong? Why can they hear Cubby's barking, but not find him? And where did James disappear? I found the characters very annoying, their dialogues abrupt. The story in itself was quite engaging. But it wasn't as scary as I hoped. Would definitely read the second book to find out what happens next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amara Tanith

    The First Horror was a book I read around age nine or ten, and back then, this was some scary shit. Rereading it as an adult, it holds up fairly well (unlike most of the Fear Street books). The last ten pages take a detour into stupid territory, but the rest of it's surprisingly frightening and well-written for a Fear Street book. If you or a kid in your life's looking for some MG/YA horror, The First Horror's not a bad choice. Full review to come at Amara's Eden. The First Horror was a book I read around age nine or ten, and back then, this was some scary shit. Rereading it as an adult, it holds up fairly well (unlike most of the Fear Street books). The last ten pages take a detour into stupid territory, but the rest of it's surprisingly frightening and well-written for a Fear Street book. If you or a kid in your life's looking for some MG/YA horror, The First Horror's not a bad choice. Full review to come at Amara's Eden.

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