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* AbusiveParents: Stephanie'd mom in "Make Me a Witch":

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* AbusiveParents: Stephanie'd Stephanie's mom in "Make Me a Witch":


* AbusiveParents: The Mom in "Make Me a Witch":

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* AbusiveParents: The Mom Stephanie'd mom in "Make Me a Witch":



* AdultFear: Many of the stories involve children being victimized in various ways. "Afraid of Clowns" particularly demonstrates this as a scared child is victimized by clowns essentially beating him and yet [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the audience just continues to laugh despite the child's obviously real pain]]. In the TV version, the scared child is turned into a clown, with his parents explaining to him that it's a part of his growing up, as they're demon clowns who pose as humans. Either way, the child is scared shitless and everyone has fun at his expense.

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* AdultFear: Many of the stories involve children being victimized in various ways. "Afraid of Clowns" particularly demonstrates this as a scared child is victimized by clowns essentially beating him and yet [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the audience just continues to laugh despite the child's obviously real pain]]. In the TV version, the scared child is turned into a clown, with his parents explaining to him that it's a part of his growing up, as they're demon clowns who pose as humans. Either way, the child is scared shitless and everyone has fun at his expense.



* HalloweenEpisode: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin" both take place on Halloween day.

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* HalloweenEpisode: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin" both take place on Halloween day.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Priscilla and James]] of "Nightmare Inn" are revealed to be villainous werewolves.


** The kids in "Alien Candy" are shown with many sci-fi touches to their club, which makes sense given it's the Alien Club. However, one finds a ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse Star Trek]]'' novel amusing, which the newly elected club president finds odd. [[spoiler:Turns out they're aliens.]]

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** The kids in "Alien Candy" are shown with many sci-fi touches to their club, which makes sense given it's the Alien Club. However, one finds a ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse ''[[Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse Star Trek]]'' novel amusing, which the newly elected club president finds odd. [[spoiler:Turns out they're aliens.]]


* AllHallowsEve: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin" both take place on Halloween day.



* HalloweenEpisode: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin" both take place on Halloween day.



* InfantImmortality: ''Averted'' with [[spoiler:"Alien Candy" and "The Black Mask"]]. Heck this is R.L. Stine we're talking about; the ''King'' of killing off kid heroes.

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* InfantImmortality: ''Averted'' with DeathOfAChild: In [[spoiler:"Alien Candy" and "The Black Mask"]]. Heck this is R.L. Stine we're talking about; the ''King'' of killing off kid heroes.

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* CruelTwistEnding: Most of the stories have one, naturally. Just one example is ''Make Me a Witch'', where a girl asks a witch to have some of her power so she can finally get some respect. The witch agrees to switch bodies but [[spoiler: Stephanie's baby brother takes the pill they were supposed to use and the witch ends up switching with the baby. Shen then swears revenge on both of them.]]


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* FieryRedhead: Mike in ''Pumpkinhead'', which is lampshaded by his mother.


It was followed by a sequel collection of sorts called ''Literature/TheHauntingHour'', which really has nothing much to do with the [[Series/TheHauntingHour TV series of the same name]], though stories from this and ''The Haunting Hour'' were used as episodes.

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It was followed by a sequel collection of sorts called ''Literature/TheHauntingHour'', which really has nothing much to do with the [[Series/TheHauntingHour TV series ''Literature/TheHauntingHour'' in 2001. Some of the same name]], though stories from this and ''The Haunting Hour'' both books were used later adapted as episodes.
episodes for the 2010-2014 series that was also called ''Series/TheHauntingHour''.


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%%* AllHallowsEve: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin"
%%* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Clowns, according to "Afraid of Clowns"

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%%* * AllHallowsEve: The setting of "Pumpkinhead" and "I'm Not Martin"
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Martin" both take place on Halloween day.
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AlwaysChaoticEvil: Clowns, according to "Afraid of Clowns"Clowns". This turns out to be true of course since they openly enjoy killing children.



%%* ArcWords: "You could DIE laughing!" in "Afraid of Clowns"
%%* ArtifactOfDoom: The titular Black Mask

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%%* * AndIMustScream: The fate of the children who become "Pumpkinheads" get their heads ripped off of their bodies and replaced by pumpkins while they remain fully conscious as they're living heads are planted in the ground by magical vines constantly strangling them.
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ArcWords: "You could DIE laughing!" in "Afraid of Clowns"
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Clowns" since the demonic clowns murder kids by TickleTorture.
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ArtifactOfDoom: The titular Black MaskMask is proven to be a bringer of destruction [[spoiler: since the heroes die following its power.]]



** "Alien Candy" ends with [[spoiler: the club members revealing that they're real aliens who gain new recruits to eat as they murder their victim of the week Walter with nobody none the wiser to their killing sprees.]]



* BitchInSheepsClothing: The club in "Alien Candy" pretended to be Walter's friends [[spoiler: only so he could come with them as their dinner at the club meeting.]]



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Walter]] gets EatenAlive by aliens at the end of "Alien Candy".



%%* DownerEnding: Most of the stories, natch
%%* EnfantTerrible: Martin of "I'm Not Martin"

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%%* * DownerEnding: Most of the stories, natch
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natch. As a horror novel, the bad guys win all the time.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: Walter get devoured in ''seconds'' at the end of "Alien Candy".]]
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EnfantTerrible: Martin of "I'm Not Martin"Martin" [[spoiler: orchestrates another hospital patient's death so he won't have to die in surgery.]]



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Christopher manages to survive being tickle-tortured by clowns by becoming one of them with the special talent of picking out scared children as future victims]].

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Christopher [[spoiler: Christopher manages to survive being tickle-tortured by clowns by becoming one of them with the special talent of picking out scared children as future victims]].



%%* InfantImmortality: ''Averted'' with [[spoiler:"Alien Candy" and "The Black Mask"]]
%%* KarmaHoudini: Virtually every villain/antagonist
%%* KidsAreCruel: Martin proves this in his story

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%%* * InfantImmortality: ''Averted'' with [[spoiler:"Alien Candy" and "The Black Mask"]]
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Mask"]]. Heck this is R.L. Stine we're talking about; the ''King'' of killing off kid heroes.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Mike in "Pumpkinhead" is a rambunctious little brat who constantly gets his friends into trouble and is stated to never apologize for doing something bad.
** The "Alien Club" members are all jerks who ignore Walter's entire existence.
** Margolin "The Most Evil Sorcerer" is a horrible master towards his apprentice.
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KarmaHoudini: Virtually every villain/antagonist
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villain/antagonist gets away with their villainous deeds.
* KickTheDog: In "Alien Candy" none of the club members care about Walter and ignore his existence entirely [[spoiler: before revealing to him that they only wanted him as a snack to devour.]]
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KidsAreCruel: Martin proves this in his storystory when he [[spoiler: sets up another child to suffer in a surgery he was supposed to receive.]]



%%* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Priscilla and James of "Nightmare Inn"

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%%* * OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Priscilla and James James]] of "Nightmare Inn"Inn" are revealed to be villainous werewolves.



%%* TheSociopath: Martin, Margolin, the clowns
%%* WouldHurtAChild: ''Oh yes.''

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%%* * TheSociopath: Martin, Margolin, the clowns
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clowns are all too happy about casual murder.
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WouldHurtAChild: ''Oh yes.'''' As a novel created by the guy who wrote ''Goosebumps'', this should not be surprising.


-->'''Mom''': If you tried harder, you would look almost pretty

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-->'''Mom''': If you tried harder, you would look almost prettypretty.


** [[spoiler:"I'm Not Martin" ends with Martin switching the charts so Sean is taken away for a foot-removal operation Martin had to undergo....though when FridgeLogic kicks in, you realize the real Martin is going to get caught eventually and Sean will be set for life from the enormous lawsuit the hospital will get slapped with.]]

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** [[spoiler:"I'm "I'm Not Martin" ends with Martin [[spoiler:Martin switching the charts so Sean is taken away for a foot-removal operation Martin had to undergo....though when FridgeLogic kicks in, you realize the real Martin is going to get caught eventually and Sean will be set for life from the enormous lawsuit the hospital will get slapped with.]]


* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Illustrations Always Spoil]]: The illustration for "Alien Candy" gives away the twist


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* SpoilerCover: The illustration for "Alien Candy" gives away the twist that [[spoiler:the kids of the sci-fi club are really aliens.]]


It was followed by a sequel collection of sorts called ''The Haunting Hour'', which really has nothing much to do with the [[Series/TheHauntingHour TV series of the same name]], though stories from this and ''The Haunting Hour'' were used as episodes.

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It was followed by a sequel collection of sorts called ''The Haunting Hour'', ''Literature/TheHauntingHour'', which really has nothing much to do with the [[Series/TheHauntingHour TV series of the same name]], though stories from this and ''The Haunting Hour'' were used as episodes.

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* EvilSorcerer: Margolin from "The Most Evil Sorcerer" obviously is one, as he has great knowledge of BlackMagic. The main character is his cunning apprentice who seeks a way to overthrow him.


* GenreAdultery: "The Most Evil Sorcerer" is a dark fantasy work in a DungAges setting in a collection of modern day horror stories (the TV show adaptation is the same way, though the [[spoiler:end where the sorceress is found centuries later in the woods by a jogger takes place in the present]]). Lampshaded by Stine in the story's intro when he relates it was the result of a bet that he could write a story outside of his usual setting and type.

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* AmusingInjuries: How the clown and audience respond to Christopher in "Afraid of Clowns", as well as any other previous victims, thinking it is an act (the audience only) but all the while very droll, but of course, not to the victim, and of course, it is not just an act.


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* TickleTorture: What happens to the victims in "Afraid of Clowns", [[spoiler: Christopher arranges a deal with the clowns and does not die]].

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