Creeps is a Goosebumps fanfic by Shrikecatcher, a Darker and Edgier sequel/re-imagining of the creator's favorite book in the series, Calling All Creeps! In this new story, Caitlin Webster, a 12-year-old just starting middle school in Gainesville, Florida, is drawn into the inner circle of the Creeps after calling Elliott Beamer, young cousin of Ricky from the first book and a classmate of hers, a "creep" and having it be misconstrued as knowledge of his true identity rather than a simple insult as was intended. With the help of her best friend Serena, new British student Billy, and her parents, Caitlin must put an end to the Creeps' plans.The first chapters are up: can be read here.
Action Girl: Caitlin, her police officer mother Mary-Ann, and to a lesser extent Serena.
Call Back: As a sequel, there are quite a few nods to the original Goosebumps book.
Most notably, Ricky's former subordinate status to Tasha on the Harding Herald school paper, and the change in their dynamic since then, is an important plot point.
The main character falls for the new kid in town.
Reference to phone calls at midnight by the Creeps.
At some point, a bake sale is involved.
Chase Scene: Several, most notably an epic foot chase through the city culminating in a gas station showdown.
Chekhov's Gun: The video camera. Used in the beginning of the story as Caitlin and Serena film their Nature Documentary, it becomes important later by providing proof of the Creeps' existence (when Caitlin secretly filmed them at their hideout).
Commonality Connection: After getting off to a bad start when Billy's antics embarrass Caitlin in front of her entire science class, the two of them start to bond when they meet each other in the park, both birding.
Caitlin: (skeptically, upon seeing Billy's binoculars) "What are you looking at?"
Billy: "Tits." (beat) "Or as you Americans call them, chickadees."
No Biochemical Barriers: Examined. It mostly boils down to the fact that the Creeps walking among us are not fully alien, having been converted from humans, and that the Identity Seeds are designed to convert any race into the shapeshifters represented by the villains.
Nothing Is Scarier: The Creeps in their reptilian form - and what they are capable of - are not fully revealed until some way through the story, to enhance the horror that ensues when they do transform.