''Point Horror'' was a [[LongRunner long-running]] [[TheEighties 1980s]]/[[TheNineties 1990s]]/[[TheNoughties Early 2000s]] series of horror novels, similar to the likes of ''{{Literature/Goosebumps}}'' (some books having even been written by the same author, R.L. Stine) but aimed at a slightly older teenage/young adult audience. Authors that published under the ''Point Horror'' label include the aforementioned R.L. Stine, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Creator/ChristopherPike, and Caroline B. Cooney.

The original ''Point Horror'' series lasted from 1986 to 2005, and it is said on Wiki/TheOtherWiki that it plans to relaunch in 2013, with new titles.

While there was once a time when ''Point Horror'' books could be found on any teen girl's bookshelf, the series died out and was largely forgotten in the TurnOfTheMillennium. Nowadays, they can only usually be found second-hand, either on Amazon, in car boot sales or in charity shops.

!!This series provides (usually multiple) examples of:
* AlphaBitch: Jessica from Identity Theft
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tristan from Followers. While his sexuality is never confirmed, he is certainly flamboyant enough to fit the role.
* CrazyJealousGuy / {{Yandere}}: ''Very'' often.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The entire series could be seen as an adult version of {{Literature/Goosebumps}}, given their concurrent dates of publication and often similar themes.
* DeadlyPrank: In ''Trick or Treat', a prankster ([[spoiler:Wynn]]) pulls various tricks on Martha, including nearly setting the house on fire.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "Bone Meal" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'', Eunice's father [[spoiler:abducts a door to door salesman who insulted his wife and throws him alive into his woodchipper machine in the garden. He also does this to Eunice's ex-boyfriend, when she pretends that he is raping her in order to anger her father enough to do this.]]
** In ''J.R.E. Ponsford'' in the same book, a boy is being bullied at his boarding school; so he re-animates the corpse of a former star cricket player at the school, who beats the bullies with a cricket bat, killing or severely maiming them (it's not clear which.) Lampshaded when the boy's mother is called into the school and admits it was a tad excessive of her son's "friend" to do this.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Often.
** In ''The Baby-Sitter II'', the person who has been terrorising Jenny turns out to be the [[spoiler:psychiatrist's receptionist, Miss Gurney. She is [[{{Yandere}} jealous]] of Dr Schindler's attention (as she perceives it) of Jenny. Gurney is able to get details of Jenny's past problems (in ''The Baby-Sitter'') by listening to the tapes recorded of her and the doctor's counselling sessions.]]
* EldritchAbomination: "The House that Jack Built" from ''13 More Tales of Horror''. At the end, Caleb discovers some [[spoiler:horrible ''creature'' that is controlling the living house.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: In "Something to Read" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'', [[{{Bookworm}} Annabel]] is accidentally drowned by her classmates. Once she gets over the shock, she thinks that it could be great, but then discovers that [[spoiler:she cannot physically move things, such as the pages of a book. So she has all the books in the world, but must wait and read over people's shoulders - which she hates doing.]]
* HalloweenEpisode: ''Trick or Treat''.
* HauntedHouse: Several.
** Martha lives in one in ''Trick or Treat''. Or at least, she believes it to be haunted -- [[spoiler:it is really a jealous friend of hers (Wynn) doing all the freaky things.]]
* HauntedHouseHistorian: Blake and Wynn in ''Trick or Treat''. Justified, since the events only happened fairly recently.
* InvisibleToNormals: Inverted in "The Devil's Footprints" from ''13 More Tales of Horror''. Everyone at the party can see the mysterious goat costume guy, but [[spoiler:Brian the house-controlling computer cannot see him on the camera footage.]]
* LivingToys: "Softies" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'' takes place in an [[AlternateUniverse alternative universe]] in which each human has a living toy friend called a 'companion'. The problem is, the companions are [[spoiler:angry and secretly planning an uprising against their owners.]]
* LouisCypher: In "The Devil's Footprints" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'', the Devil mixes among a house party in England, though everyone thinks he is simply an ordinary guy in a goat costume.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Although, as a rule, is it nearly always [[spoiler:mundane.]]
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: In "The Ring" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'', Kate acquires a cursed ring that enables her to read the minds of everyone around her and is soon driven insane when she hears the thoughts of friends and family who don't like her. In the ending, the ring returns to TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday where Kate bought it, and is purchased by a woman whose husband is about to kill her to claim on the insurance. So while the ring is cursed, it isn't in itself technically malicious - and we keep our thoughts to ourselves for good reason.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The skoffins are a (theoretically impossible) mixture of a male fox father and a female cat mother in "The Cat-Dogs" from ''13 More Tales of Horror''. And they're as mean as both put together.
* PiranhaProblem: In ''The Hitchhiker'', James, Christine and Terri are threatened to be [[spoiler:thrown into a pond full of piranhas by Art, the son of the old man the two girls killed in a hit-and-run accident. Art [[HoistByHisOwnPetard himself ends up inside the pond and gets devoured]].]]
* ThePrankster: Julian from ''The Boy Next Door'', whose pranks get steadily more serious and dangerous.
* RearWindowHomage: ''The Window'' is about a girl who sprains her ankle on a ski trip and gets sucked into a murder mystery when she starts spying out her window with binoculars.
* RevengeBeforeReason: The wronged person in any of these books will often go to extraordinary lengths to punish whoever wronged them/their relative or friend.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Frequently. As a general observation, many of the stories where murders/injuries are believed to be the work of a ghost or other paranormal entity turn out to be [[spoiler:caused by jealous/crazy living people.]]
* ShortStory: A few anthologies of them, most of them surprisingly good and original with regard to the full novels. They are:
** ''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky Thirteen: 13]] Tales of Horror (1991)''
** ''13 More Tales of Horror (1994)''
** ''13 Again (1995)''
* SinisterSubway: In "The Station with No Name" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'', the eponymous station, which is abandoned and full of ghosts from World War II.
* TheSpook: Julian from ''The Boy Next Door''. He simply appears in the seemingly abandoned house next door to Randy and she knows very little about him.
* StrictlyFormula: A typical book will follow a teenage female character, who falls in love with another teenager boy, set amidst seemingly paranormal occurrences. As mentioned above, the spooky happenings usually turn out to be perfectly explainable.
* TomatoSurprise: Many throughout the series.
** In ''The Hitchhiker'', we are led to believe that James, the boy that Christine and Terri pick up, is a dangerous criminal who beat up (or possibly worse) his girlfriend before he left Florida and that he may have something to do with the news on the radio about a hit-and-run accident. In the last few chapters, we discover that [[spoiler:James himself is completely innocent and his girlfriend in Florida is alive and fine (albeit upset); it is Christine and Terri that are responsible for the accident.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: Several throughout the book series.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: "The Devil's Footprints" from ''13 More Tales of Horror'' takes place in 2004 (the short story collection was published in 1994). Apparently, by that point, everyone should have had house-controlling supercomputers.
* WickedStepmother: Laura's stepmother Sally in "The Piano" from ''13 More Tales of Horror''. She pushes her stepdaughter to practice the piano constantly. Laura is not too saddened when [[spoiler:her piano]] causes Sally's death, thereby freeing her from oppression. However, the piano doesn't like it when she doesn't practice... [[spoiler: and it killed her grandmother for trying to get away from it]].