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Fear Street, where your worst nightmares come to life.
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Welcome to Shadyside, a nice, seemingly normal town. The town consists of your regular teen hangouts, including Pete's Pizza, Fear Lake, and the Division Street Mall. All the students go to Shadyside High. Yep, it's a picture-perfect town... Except for the curse.

That's right, a curse! Years ago, the Fear family was cursed during the Witch Trials, and that curse has lived on through the ages, destroying lives and driving people insane. And by 'people', that is every teenager who ever lived in Shadyside, and anyone who comes in contact with the Fear family. The two most infamous members of the Fear family were Simon Fear and his wife Angelica, who migrated to Shadyside from New Orleans following the Civil War and helped influence the town during its fledgling years. The titular Fear Street was named because they were the ones who financed it. The remains of their burned-out mansion were a staple in the early books, having been destroyed by a fire in 1900. The mansion was finally torn down in the Fear Street Nights miniseries and a shopping mall was built over it. The origin of the Fear family curse started in Wickham Village during the Salem witch trials, when Benjamin and Matthew Fier had Susannah Goode and her mother burned at the stake. This was really an attempt to keep Susannah away from Benjamin's son, Edward. The two brothers then looted the village and ran off. As it turned out, Susannah's father was the actual witch, and placed a curse on the Fiers for destroying his family. It doesn't help that Matthew promised to get Susannah freed in exchange for most of the family's valuables. Ever since, the Fears and Goodes have been stuck in a Cycle of Revenge, which was said could only be broken by a marriage between a Fear and a Goode. In 1900, Daniel Fear (Simon and Angelica's grandson) and Nora Goode fell in love and got married. They tried to end the feud, and the curse, with their marriage. They announced the marriage at Simon's birthday party. It didn't end well. (The Fear name was originally spelled F-I-E-R, which could be rearranged to spell "fire". Fire has always been linked to the family, and in an attempt to escape it, Simon changed the spelling.)

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The protagonists of the books are usually well-to-do teenagers who deal with threats both supernatural and completely human. Since most of the books all take place in the same town, it isn't unusual for characters from one book to be mentioned in passing in another.

A total of thirteen series (covering 156 books) have been published, either written by RLStine or ghost writers. These series include:

  • Fear Street (52 books): The original series.
  • Fear Hall: A two-part story from the original 52-book series, its events are set at Ivy State University, fifty miles away from Shadyside, at the supposedly cursed dormitory Fear Hall. The story focuses on the suffering of one Hope Mathis, alongside her three roommates and best friends, as they deal with Hope's boyfriend Darryl going on a jealous rampage.
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  • New Fear Street (3 books): A continuation of the original series.
  • Fear Street Super Chillers (13 books): Its volumes were usually longer than the normal ones, but the variety of horror and plot in these didn't differ that much from the main ones. However, they did have a tendency to have their chapters titled, and the point-of-view would sometimes shift between characters.
  • The Fear Street Saga (3 books): Tells the origin of Simon and Angelica Fear, the story of their demise, and the origin of the Fear family curse, dating back to the Salem witch trials and a feud between the Fear and Goode families.
  • Fear Street Sagas (16 books): Stories focused on individual members of the Fear family in the past, or rather, someone who came in contact with them. The first book, A New Fear, was a direct sequel to the original trilogy, and the fourth, The Sign of Fear, revealed the origin of the family's power.
  • Fear Street Cheerleaders (3 books): Focuses on the Shadyside High cheerleading squad, specifically newcomer Corky Corcoran. The cheerleading squad would be pitted against an entity they referred to as "the evil", after their bus crashed into the Fear Street Graveyard and one of them landed on the grave of Sarah Fear, awakening an evil spirit that would routinely possess a member of the squad and cause her to commit mayhem and murder. The trilogy would get two sequel books in the Super Chillers title, and another in Fear Street Sagas explaining the origin of Sarah Fear.
  • 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil (3 books): Focuses on a particular haunted house on Fear Street, which was built over a mass grave of victims of Simon and Angelica Fear.
  • The Cataluna Chronicles (3 books): Focuses on a possessed car, alternating between the damage it causes, and the origin of the spirit possessing it, a witch girl from Puritan times and the boy whose family she murdered.
  • Fear Park (3 books): A direct sequel to the first book in Fear Street Sagas, it details the bloody history behind an amusement park built on land that was cheated out of the Fear family's ownership during the 1930s.
  • Ghosts of Fear Street (36 books): Basically Goosebumps done on Fear Street, stories focusing on preteens living in Shadyside and not as bloody or violent as the regular books.
  • Fear Street Seniors (12 books): Focuses on the senior class of Shadyside High over the course of a year, as they are picked off one-by-one each month thanks to a curse accidentally cast by one of its members. The books each contained a section with a "Shadyside yearbook", with descriptions of each senior. When one senior is killed, they have a "deceased" stamped over their description.
  • Fear Street Nights (3 books): Focuses on the destruction of the Fear mansion and a shopping mall being built over it.
  • A Fear Street Novel (set for 6 books): A continuation of the original series. It began in 2014, and marked Stine's first new work in the series since Fear Street Nights in 2005.


This series provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mira Block in Fear Street Seniors and Amanda Goode in Heart of the Hunter.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Marla Newman from Fear Street Seniors.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Reva Dalby excels at this. Three Christmases in a row she goes through a life-threatening ordeal, promises to start acting like a better person...and then by next Christmas she is still the same spoiled brat she was last year, only to go through another ordeal.
  • All Just a Dream: Don't Ever Get Sick At Granny's reveals that the main character's dream of being tortured by his grandmother while being sick is actually from the mind of a dog.
  • All-Stereotype Cast: Trapped starts out almost exactly like The Breakfast Club
  • Alpha Bitch: Notable examples being:
    • Reva Dalby.
    • Greta Bradley from Fear Street Seniors. Jade Feldman and Marla Newman from Seniors show aspects of these traits, too.
    • Laura Goode from Heart of the Hunter, although Laura never attended high school.
    • Alicia Bainbridge and Joanna Kershaw from Circle of Fire.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Fear Park. Duh.
  • And I Must Scream: The elderly servant Miss Matheson in Faces of Terror? She's actually a woman in her twenties and the villain's ex-fiancee. He tortures her by creating busts of her face, and with his magic uses those creations to suck the life out of her. But he never finishes any of the busts, so the process is never completed.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And then Trisha Conrad was a Fear and Jennifer Fear wasn't.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Fear Family has a silver pendant decorated with five blue jewels which is the source of their power, dating back to ancient Ireland. It has the words "Dominatio Per Malum" carved into it, which translate to "Power Through Evil".
  • Asian and Nerdy: Matty Winger and Phoebe Yamura, though Phoebe is also captain of the cheerleading squad.
  • Asshole Victim: Much more frequent in Fear Street Sagas.
    • Jade Feldman and Ty Sullivan are very prominent examples from the Seniors books.
  • Ax-Crazy: Chainsaw-crazy, in Stanley Farberson's case.
  • Bad Future: I Was A Sixth Grade Zombie.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In spades. It's not uncommon to have a protagonist sent a random dead animal. And much like the slasher films of the 80s, if the protagonist has a named pet, don't expect that pet to live through the book.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Darryl Hoode in Fear Hall, an emotionally abusive and unstable bastard who berates Hope and shows he "cares" by viciously murdering people. All the while, Hope is too indebted to him for saving her from a bad relationship in high school. Darryl is another of Hope's split personalities, and "saved her" the first time by running over a boy.
    • Will Reynolds used to be one to Clarissa's sister Justine back when he called himself "Slash." When Clarissa found out she was furious, although it seems Will has been trying to be a better person. Clarissa and Will are actually the sanest of the couples in Seniors despite this, and that is saying something.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in Faces of Terror and The Perfect Date. Averted and justified in Dance of Death, since the villain can't drain the youth of women whose beauty has been damaged.
  • Becoming the Mask: The truth behind Sarah Fear, the member of the Fear Family whose death was a large plot point in the Fear Street Cheerleaders trilogy. Or rather, Jane Fear. The woman who would've become Sarah Fear, Sarah Burns, switched her identity with her best friend Jane Hardy, in order to get out of the arranged marriage to Thomas Fear. Jane was willing to comply because she wanted to get married. Unfortunately, Sarah, in Jane's identity, died in a boat accident, which would've claimed the actual Jane's life if they hadn't switched places. So, Sarah Burns returned as a vengeful spirit, the Evil which plagued the Shadyside High cheerleaders, to haunt Jane and ruin her life. Jane resorted to sacrificing herself in order to trap Sarah's spirit inside her corpse. No one was ever aware of the switch, so Corky Corcoran and the cheerleaders all assumed that the Evil either WAS Sarah Fear or was responsible for killing her. The truth didn't get revealed until "The Evil Lives!"
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: This is a trope more frequently employed in Ghosts of Fear Street.
    • Nightmare in 3-D: A boy unleashes a giant, invisible praying mantis from a magic image poster. After getting rid of the mantis, he receives another poster, this time sheltering a tarantula.
    • The Bugman Lives!: A girl disturbs the slumber of a scientist who turned himself into an insect/human hybrid, and planned to do the same to her. Because he wanted his daughter to have a friend.
    • Go To Your Tomb... Right Now!: The tomb in the title includes a maze that is guarded by two giant golden roaches and a giant golden fly.
  • Big Sister Bully Kelly from Attack Of The Aqua Apes
  • Bit Character: Not all of the Shadyside Senior Class from Fear Street Seniors is listed in the Yearbook entry, which does make some sense since there's no way the books could've covered an entire 12th grade class over the course of 12 books. But it's a little disconcerting when students are suddenly mentioned in the later half of the series despite having never appeared beforehand.
    • The seniors mentioned but never given a yearbook entry are: Jon Milano, Anita Black, Samantha Harper, Joey Allen, Caitlin Lemonda, Gina Quinlan, and a girl named Zella.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Trisha Conrad has her moments.
  • Bittersweet Ending
  • Black and Grey Morality: Usually the case when there is a Villain Protagonist or if the protagonist is driven by revenge. Heart of the Hunter is a good example of this trope as both sides of the story's conflict do questionable and outright evil deeds.
  • Black Widow: In Door of Death, Jake Fear's wife Cassandra Ryan, who bilked him out of his belongings and revealed to him that she'd been slowly poisoning him since day one. Jake dies and becomes a vengeful spirit hellbent on punishing those he's deemed "cheaters" on Halloween, and Cassandra gets off scott free.
  • Blessed with Suck: Margaret Fier has the power of Psychometry, which the people of her town are both afraid of and are willing to use to their advantage should the need arise.
  • Blob Monster: The Ooze.
  • The Bluebeard: Justin Fear.
  • The Bully:
    • Jade Feldman is a very blatant example in the Seniors books. She's jealous of Phoebe Yamura being the head of the cheer squad and uses Beta Bitch Dana Palmer to try and get Phoebe to quit. This includes harassing Phoebe, switching their names on an important chemistry exam so Jade can stay on, and later gets most of the squad to browbeat Phoebe into keeping quiet about it, and later stages a fake kidnapping as a prank. True to form, when Jade and the others are held captive by Phoebe's actual stalker, Jade goes from being a self-centered jerk to a spineless coward.
    • Ty Sullivan is another example. See Jerk Jock and Who's Laughing Now? below. Most of the other male seniors besides Ty qualify as well.
  • Burn the Witch!: Used in The Fear Street Saga and The Cataluna Chronicles. Averted in The Hand of Power.
  • Cain and Abel: Used frequently.
    • Julia and Hannah Fear. Julia's Cain, Hannah's Abel.
    • Amanda and Laura Goode. Surprisingly, while Laura's a lazy bitch, she turns out to be Abel and Amanda is Cain.
    • David and Marcus Fier. David's Abel, Marcus is Cain.
  • Call-Back: In Halloween Party, one of the party guests was a main character in The Overnight and briefly refers to the events of the novel.
  • Captain Ersatz: Dierdre and Dana Palmer from Fear Street Seniors are a pair of blond-haired blue-eyed twins with Dana as a stuck-up cheerleader and Dierdre as the friendly smart twin. Remind you of another pair of blond-haired blue-eyed twins?
  • The Cassandra: Trisha Conrad.
  • Cats Are Mean: Cat and The Cataluna Chronicles.
  • Christmas Episode: Silent Night 1, 2, and 3, Cheerleaders: The New Evil, The Best Friend, and Fright Christmas.
  • Cliffhanger: Overdosed. Almost every chapter ends on something dramatic, which turns out to have a completley harmless explaination at the next page.
  • Cloning Blues: Halloween Bugs Me features a magic trick-or-treat bag that creates copies of whatever is put inside it. However, the copies aren't perfect. When candy is put in the bag, the copies taste off. If money's put in, the copies are counterfeit. And if animals are put inside, their copies either act weird (like a cat that quacks) or become aggressive and enraged (like a swarm of angry, biting cockroaches). Surprisingly, it doesn't have trouble copying humans.
  • Cool Car: The Cataluna in The Cataluna Chronicles
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • The cover of Door of Death implied that Jake Fier would be a headless corpse. It turned out that the headless man on the cover was really one of the main characters pulling an elaborate Halloween prank.
    • Dance of Death featured a broken mirror and a raven. Neither are mentioned or used in the story.
  • A Crack in the Ice: The eventual undoing of Red and Erica in Ski Weekend and Broken Hearts, respectively
  • Creepy Child: The main point of Children of Fear and The Hidden Evil. Forbidden Secrets had Lucy, but it turned out she was just an extremely stunted 17 year old who actually hated being treated like a child.
  • Creepy Doll: The eponymous Blue Monkey doll from Ghosts of Fear Street.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A franchise staple. Among the more infamous/memorable kills are having your face torn off by a pottery wheel in Lights Out, dying by chemical burn after the killer pours chlorine into a jacuzzi in Fear Hall: The Conclusion, and an exploding house of mirrors inFear Park: The Loudest Scream.
  • Cute and Psycho: A good portion of the villains.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The Fear and Goode feud.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Usually a twist in the books. Whenever there is a character who is darker and gloomier, contrasted with a character who is much nicer and normal, it turns out the nicer one is really the bad guy.
    • Also noted with some members of the Fear Family who managed to avoid the hereditary evil or avoided being warped and turned rotten. Examples being Emma Fier Reade and Margaret Fier. Richard Fier also seems to have shades of this, being a fairly pacifistic vampire. However that manages to work.
  • Dead All Along: Usually one of the twists in the book.
    • In 99 Fear Street, the Realtor, the exterminator, and the housekeeper all turn out to be ghosts that are a part of the house. In The Second Horror, it turns out the main character, Bandit, died before the book began in an incident that had nothing to do with the house.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eden from Fear Hall.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The New Girl, The Dead Lifeguard, Sunburn, Switched, and The Awakening Evil.
    • Switched is a more convoluted example. Nicole believes that she has switched bodies with her best friend Lucy, and that Lucy had actually killed her parents and switched with Nicole so Nicole would be arrested in her place. The truth is, Lucy had died three years ago and Nicole has not been able to understand that, regularly hallucinating that Lucy is still alive or believing that she herself is Lucy.
  • Decoy Protagonist:
    • The Best Friend 2 starts off with Becka Norwood transferring to Waynesbridge High. It's really Honey Perkins impersonating Becka after escaping from a mental hospital.
    • The Cataluna Chronicles opens with a prologue featuring an unlucky owner of the possessed car who is quickly murdered.
    • Some of the books had a tendency to begin with prologues narrated by the villain, and would then shift from the main character and back to the villain once every few chapters. Lights Out and The Dead Lifeguard are primary examples of this.
  • Demonic Possession: The entirety of the Fear Street Cheerleaders books.
  • Dummied Out: There's a preview for The Raven Woman, the last Sagas book that would've been made, in The Hand Of Power.
  • Disability Immunity: Niki's deafness in Halloween Party. comes in handy when everyone is being subjected to Justine's trap, specifically the noises of terrible car crashes being played over and over again on a stereo.
  • Doing In the Scientist: While Shadyside had its share of Urban Legends from the beginning Book 7, Haunted, was the first time the series featured overtly supernatural events with no attempt at a rational explanation. Book 6, The Sleepwalker MAY have featured a cat able to travel through walls, but even that is left ambiguous.
  • Dwindling Party: Trapped and Scream,Jennifer Scream!
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Body Switchers From Outerspace Ends this way
  • Erotic Dream: Corey has one about Anna in The New Girl (limited to just kissing, as the books are meant to be somewhat kid-friendly). Later he has a Nightmare Sequence where she reveals she's really a ghost but it's just meant to be a fake out for the reader.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: How Keith is killed in Dead End
  • Everybody Dies: The Awakening Evil and Door of Death in the Sagas line, and possibly what happens in the last Seniors book.
  • Everybody Lives: A few books have all characters survive, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a happy ending.
  • Evil All Along Catherine from The Secret Bedroom and Emma from The Rich Girl.
  • Evil Former Friend: Not evil per say, but definitely bitchy in the case of Geri Marcus in Lights Out. A former best friend of Holly Flynn, Geri believes Holly purposefully tried to destroy her life when Geri's parents figured out she was seeing a boy they didn't approve of, even though Holly had told Geri she wasn't good at lying. Two years later and Geri still wishes Holly was dead.
  • Evil Matriarch: Angelica Fear. Also counts as a Mama Bear. She might be a twisted bitch, just like her husband, but she'd do anything to protect her children. She'd even sacrifice kids to bring her's back from the dead.
  • Evil Old Folks: A lot more frequent in Sagas, but also in Don't Ever Get Sick At Granny's.
  • Exact Words: The bad luck curse in Tale of the Blue Monkey can only work on a person if the blue monkey doll is given to a person after being told it's a gift. Just saying the phrase "This is a gift," no matter how it's intended or if the person knows they're getting the doll, and then giving the doll to someone is enough to make it work. The kids in the story get tricked into accepting the doll this way, then use it to their advantage to give the doll back at the end.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses are featured heavily in Forbidden Secrets and Dance of Death, the 3rd and 8th Sagas book.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Mira Block is listed as one of Clarissa Turner's dislikes in the Shadyside High Yearbook, so when Mira appears as one of Clarissa's best friends in No Answer, it's clear Mira's going to do something terrible to justify being listed as Clarissa's only dislike. She killed Clarissa's sister Justine, Debra Lake, and tried to kill Clarissa and her foster brother.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: The four roommates of 13-B from Fear Hall, Hope, Angel, Jasmine, and Eden. Subverted in that they're all one person.
  • Frame-Up: Forbidden Secrets. Victoria was the one behind the incidents against Savannah, which she claimed she did for the sake of convincing Savannah to leave Blackrose Manor and Tyler. Of course, Victoria was right about Tyler the whole time.
  • Friendly Scheming/Massive Multiplayer Scam: Borderline case. All the girls in Double Date put on one as a payback on the womanizer protagonist Bobby for his bad behavior. They make him believe one of the twin sisters he's dating now is a dangerous psychopath, then make him think there is a third sister who is actually the psycho.
  • Gainax Ending: In the third and final book of the 99 Fear Street saga, we learn the true cause of the evil and supernatural events in the house is some sentient rats that live in the basement and their human allies. What?
    • Although it's more that the rats are physical manifestations of the house's evil, and the so-called human allies are ghosts who've become a part of the house.
  • Gaslighting:
    • The Rich Girl.
    • Sweetheart, Evil Heart had Marla Newman, Trisha Conrad, and Phoebe Yamura make Ty Sullivan believe he was being stalked by a dead girl as revenge for cheating on them. However, it appears as though the girl they made up was in fact real...
  • Genius Loci: the titular house in 99 Fear Street seems to be an evil version of this.
  • Girl Scouts Are Evil: Camp Fear Ghouls.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Occurs frequently. One notable example is the basis of Seniors; Josie Maxwell's attempt at cursing her math teacher doomed her entire class.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In Dance of Death, Justin Fear feeds off of the blood of beautiful young woman to extend his youth and immortality. But if his victim's beauty is tarnished it won't work. His attempt at a first victim, Honoria, cut her face with a knife to stop him after he kills her fiance.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Subverted in Forbidden Secrets. Savannah is convinced Victoria just wants Tyler Fier for herself and is trying to scare Savannah away from him. The only thing that finally convinces Savannah is when she finds out Tyler really is evil soon after Victoria dies.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: The Sleepwalker. Mayra was hypnotized by her boyfriend to stop her from going to the police to report that he caused a hit-and-run accident and killed a man. Mayra's sleepwalking was her guilty subconscious bringing her back to the scene of the accident in an effort to make her remember.
  • Halloween Episode: Halloween Party, Halloween Bugs Me, and Door of Death.
  • Head Turned Backwards: Happens to Gillian in Dead End, after falling down the stairs.
    • This is also Liz/Beth's preferred way to off their victims in The New Year's Party
  • The Heart: Whenever Danielle Cortez is discussed in Fear Street Seniors, it clearly sounds like she was the one cheerleader everybody got along with.
  • He Knows Too Much: This is why Cindy dies in All Night Party. She kept hinting she knew her killer's dark secret (he started a fire and his policeman father covered it up) but it turns out she was just bullshitting him to mess with his head. Oops.
  • Here We Go Again!: Said word for word at the end of Stay Away from the Treehouse
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • Holly Flynn's attempts at figuring out who is causing mayhem at Camp Nightwing in Light's Out gets impeded because no one wants to believe the accidents are deliberate and because they mistakenly believe she's an uptight bitch thanks to Geri Marcus.
    • Nora Goode is put in an asylum after the Fear Mansion burns down because no one believes her account of what started the fire.
    • Sarah/Jane Fear is believed to be the one responsible for the deaths that occurred around her in The Awakening Evil, and was suspected of being the Evil Spirit in the Cheerleaders books. It's not until The Evil Lives! that Sarah Burns' identity as the Evil is revealed.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Will usually happen to a protagonist who dies by the end of the book, only to remain as either a zombie, ghost, or vampire.
  • Hollywood Acid: Subverted and justified in The Sign Of Fear. Christina is unable to do anything when her cruel aunt is suddenly burned to death by juice from a pie which has been enchanted by the Fier Family's medallion.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: There have been plenty of books centered around the holidays, including Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day.
  • Horror Hunger: The Boy Who Ate Fear Street (until it's explained that Sam is a robot whose programming went haywire after he ate something that upset his digestive system).
  • Hunting "Accident": How Carlo is killed off in Dead End.
  • Ice Queen: Invoked in-universe when Greta Bradley is described as being "made of ice."
  • Idiot Hero: Cory Brooks from The New Girl is a likely unintentional example. He completely misses that his best friend (who is a girl) has the hots for him big time and doesn't realize that's why she seems annoyed that he's so obsessed with Anna (the titular new girl). He also thinks for a while that the girl might be some kind of ghost, his only reasoning at first being basically that she seems old fashioned (though in his defense they do find out some additional anomalies such as a newspaper article from a long time ago stating she died), as well as thinking she might be a ghost even after she's kissed him and otherwise touched him. That said, he's still a nice enough guy (at times even coming to help when he thinks Anna is in danger) that it's possibly to root for him.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Justin Thompson killed Ty Sullivan to be with Trisha Conrad, thinking she'd be grateful for being saved from Ty's cheating. When Trisha rejects him, Justin attempts to kill her.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Honey Perkins is desperate to be Becka Norwood in The Best Friend and The Best Friend 2.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: High Tide and The Dead Lifeguard.
  • Incredibly Obvious Tail: In Wrong Number 2, Jade and Deena notice that they're being stalked by a man wearing a bright orange hunting cap. One reviewer notes that this is a pretty weird thing to wear if you're going for stealth. It turns out to be Deena's brother Chuck, who's trying to scare Jade into eloping.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil trilogy, and some of the Fear Street Sagas novels.
    • Also averted in the Ghosts of Fear Street books. One ghost specifically mentioned his recent death was rather horrible and din't want to talk about it any further.
  • I Reject Your Reality: A few of the books have focused on protagonists who're mentally unstable, via the book being told Through the Eyes of Madness.
  • Jerkass: There are a lot of these, the most prominent being Reva Dalby.
    • Geri Marcus in Lights Out is downright abusive to Holly Flynn, and most of the other counselors are behind her in terms of temperament.
    • Trisha Conrad in Fear Street Seniors is a downright bitch who frequently stabs people in the back and never gets punished for it. In fact, Seniors had more than a few of these. Jade Feldman, Dana Palmer, Marla Newman, Ty Sullivan, Mickey Meyers, Will Reynolds, Mira Block, and Josh Maxwell.
    • Becka Norwood is so unpleasant it's no wonder readers sympathized more with Honey Perkins in The Best Friend. This only got worse after the readers learned about Becka's bullying when she was younger.
    • Josie in Broken Hearts.
    • Cindy in All Night Party spends most of her birthday party complaining about the gifts she receives, and as it turns out almost everybody had a good reason to want her dead.
    • Al in The Confession was a part of Julie's group of friends, but fell in with a bad crowd and Took a Level in Jerkass. He began harassing Julie and his old friends on a regular basis.
  • Jerk Jock: Ty Sullivan of the Seniors book is a prominent example. Over the course of three books he cheats on five different girls, Jennifer Fear, Greta Bradley, Trisha Conrad, Phoebe Yamura, and Marla Newman. He breaks up with Jennifer and Greta is killed, and then Ty himself is killed at the Valentine's Day dance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carly from "Fright Knight", while she spends most of her time being an Annoying Younger Sibling she saves Mikes life multiple times during his fight with the wizard and the two of them have an Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moment at the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Reva Dalby promises to be nicer at the end of each book but acts like just as much of a bitch in the next one.
  • Karma Houdini: Quite a few.
    • Carter Phillips of The Cheater springs to mind - she's essentially responsible for almost all of the bad things in the book that happen ( Adam blackmailing her, Adam's death, and her best friend getting attacked by a bunch of creeps at a bar). Not to mention she gets Adam to take her math SAT so she can get into Princeton... aside from some emotional turmoil, she gets off scot-free. As does her boyfriend, the one who killed Adam.
    • There's also Reva Dalby of the Silent Night trilogy. She's cold, nasty, cruel, malicious, and constantly targeted for it. She even mocks and looks down on her own, good-hearted and sweet cousin just for being poor, and has a fondness for playing sick pranks on people just to revel in their humiliation, even when they did nothing to her. And she's the fucking protagonist. The closest she ever comes to getting hers is in the first book, where someone hides a needle in her lipstick, in the second book, where a would-be kidnapper breaks her arm because she won't stop yapping, and in the third book, where her fashion show gets pre-empted because her models have been murdered moments before showtime. She claims to learn her lesson at the end of each book, but in the next, she's back to being as big of an asshole as ever - or perhaps even bigger.
  • Kick the Dog: In The Wrong Number, Farberson kills a cat and throws it out as garbage. Jade and Deena are particularly disgusted when they discover this.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Part of Honey Perkins' Freudian Excuse in The Best Friend 2.
  • Killed Off for Real: Kimmy Bass is killed off in Cheerleaders: The New Evil, after surviving the previous three books. Although she dies near the end instead of in the beginning. Notable due to Kimmy being one of the few, and possibly the ONLY character outside of Seniors, who both has recurring roles/appearances/mentions outside of books featuring her, and still gets murdered.
  • Lighter and Softer: Ghosts of Fear Street, which is aimed towards pretty much the same audience as ''Goosebumps"-children aged 8 to 12. While there is less death and violence, there is still a lot of horror and the antagonists are far more bizarre and grotesque than those of the main series.
  • The Load: Laura Goode in Heart of the Hunter frequently feigns illness to get out of doing any work and usually gets her sister Amanda to do everything. That just made it easier for Amanda to slowly poison Laura since no one was able to tell she legitimately wasn't well.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Lisa Blume. Despite being a Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire, she is quite a nice person as when Cara in Missing reveals her parents are, well, missing, she offers to let her stay at her place until they are found.. Fittingly, she is best friends with Lovable Jock Corey Brooks. at the end of The New Girl, they become more than just friends
  • Love Dodecahedron: In the Seniors books. Ty Sullivan dated Jennifer Fear, Greta Bradley, Phoebe Yamura, Marla Newman, and Trisha Conrad at the same time. Trisha was cheating on her boyfriend Gary Fresno, who cheated on Mary O'Connor with Trisha.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Any killer who uses their unrequited attraction to someone else.
    • Amanda Goode from Heart of the Hunter.
    • Ruth Manning from A New Fear, and both Simon and Angelica Fear in the first half of The Burning.
  • Love Triangle: It wouldn't be a Fear Street book if there wasn't one of these to spice things up.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: One Last Kiss. Eleanor Rawlins learns that Priscilla Fier is really her dead mother, whom her father told her was killed by vampires when she was just a baby. In reality, Priscilla was turned and subsequently became the head of her colony, and Eleanor's father had been moving her around to keep Priscilla from getting her hands on her.
  • Magic Mirror: The plot of the unreleased last Ghosts of Fear Street book The Funhouse of Dr. Freek involved a kid suddenly receiving an evil doppelganger from a funhouse mirror.
  • Mama Bear: Angelica Fear. Later, Nora Goode who, unlike Angelica, isn't an evil matriarch.
  • Mind Rape: Mary O'Connor is subjected to this when her social studies teacher has her do "favors" in exchange for not telling that she looked at the answers to an important test. It turns out he was running an experiment to see how far a student would go to avoid being reported.
  • Mind Screw: Don't Ever Get Sick At Granny's. What starts out as a story about an insane grandmother who uses bizarre treatments for her sick grandson turns into a fever dream-induced Random Events Plot that makes "I Live in Your Basement" (from the original Goosebumps series) look coherent... and then it's revealed that the entire story is told from the mind of a dog.
  • Missing Mom: Robin Fear in Fear Park is being raised solely by his father Nicholas. It's all but confirmed Nicholas finally killed Ruth as revenge for Rosalyn's death in A New Fear.
  • Monster Clown: Spell of the Screaming Jokers.
  • Nasty Party: Halloween Party
  • Negative Continuity:
    • The Fear Street Sagas books are somewhat difficult to decipher due to the fact that the only Fear Family Tree is linked directly to Simon and Angelica. It's hard to determine how some of the relatives are linked to the main Fear Family. Examples include Richard Fier, who lived in Wickham Village in the 1600s, and Jake Fier living in Shadyside well before Simon and Angelica moved there.
    • A more glaring case of this is the portrayals of Hannah and Julia Fear. In The Burning and House of Whispers they appear as normal young women, but Daughters of Silence bluntly implies that their parents versed them in witchcraft before they died.
    • When exactly did the Fear Family moved from New Orleans to Shadyside?
  • Never Found the Body: In The Prom Queen. It turns out the killer was the 'missing' body
  • Non-Malicious Monster:
    • Subverted and played straight in Why I'm Not Afraid Of Ghosts. Sibling ghosts Robbie and Dora enjoy scaring people since they think it's their job as ghosts, but they are vehemently against killing people and are horrified when they think they actually killed someone. With Shawn, it's played straight as he had no intention of scaring Oliver and actually tried to warn him about Robbie and Dora because he thought they were evil.
    • The ghosts in Stay Away From The Tree House just wanted to be reunited.
    • On the vampire end of this trope, there's Richard/ Trevor Fier in One Last Kiss.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In The Wrong Number, Chuck is accused of killing Mrs. Farberson because he went up to their house soon afterwards (having heard it on the phone). This happens soon after Chuck got in trouble for pulling a knife on a classmate and phoned in a bomb threat to a local bowling alley as a prank.
  • Offing the Offspring: Simon Fear accidentally killed his daughter Hannah thinking she was a servant named Lucy Goode.
  • Older Than They Look: Justine Cameron from Halloween Party. She's a thirty year old woman who enrolled herself in Shadyside High and passed herself off as a teenage in an elaborate revenge scheme.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. While they appear in unrelated stories, there are several characters with the same first name. Even some protagonists fall victim to this. Justified that in reality it would be weird for a school to only have one person with a name like Holly enrolled over all those years.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: There are conflicting portrayals of vampires ranging from Goodnight Kiss 1 and 2, The Thirst, One Last Kiss, How To Be A Vampire, and Attack of the Vampire Worms.
    • Attack of the Vampire Worms is a subversion, because the word "vampire" is never used in the book to describe the worms. They feed on blood and are capable of completely draining living creatures, but they don't turn others into vampires. Instead, their victims become extremely sensitive to sunlight but this can wear off over time. If a person is completely drained of their blood and then forced to eat one of the worms, they lose all skin pigmentation and, while becoming functionally immortal and eternally young, can only survive in darkness.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Contrast the werewolves in Bad Moonlight to the one in Heart of the Hunter where the protagonist turns into an actual wolf. Then there's Night of the Werecat, where the protagonist turns into a cat when the moon is full.
    • There's also some wererats (who may also be ghosts of some sort, its kinda vague) at the end of the Third 99 Fear Street book, who turn out to be the Big Bad Triumvirate controlling the other ghosts and evil spirits that haunt the house.
  • Papa Wolf: Daniel Fear comes back from the dead just to help his wife Nora escape from an insane asylum with their newborn son when it catches fire. At the same time, the asylum director was planning on selling Nora's baby to a wealthy couple against Nora's will, so Daniel made sure to kill him first.
  • Politically Correct History: Subverted. Many of the Sagas books mentioned black slavery, which you wouldn't expect from a modern American children's book series (unless it was teaching kids about slavery and had a heavy "Slavery was bad" moral to it).
  • The Power of Love: Played with rather cruelly in Heart of the Hunter. Jamie Fier is told that if his one true love ever sees him in his wolf form, he'll be stuck like that forever. Amanda Goode has always truly loved Jamie, no matter how much he hated her or how much he wanted to kill her family. Once Amanda saw his wolf form, he became stuck like that, and Amanda decided to keep Jamie her prisoner forever. Jamie actually wondered how Amanda could truly love him despite him loathing her.
  • Playing with Fire: The Fire Game and Circle of Fire.
  • Psychic Powers: As seen in the aptly named The Mind Reader, Runaway, and The Hand of Power.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: What sets off some of the murders, though this isn't revealed till the end of the book.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The police in The Mind Reader believe Ellie when she tells them about a body in the woods, though this is later subverted because one of the police officers is the killer, and it's her best friend's dad.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After April was turned into a vampire in Goodnight Kiss, it seems she became one of the villains in the sequel. But it turns out "April" is really her cousin Diana. Diana sought to avenge April, because apparently she was so disgusted by what she had become and what she did at the end of the first book she killed herself by stepping into sunlight and letting herself burn.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The Seniors books included a yearbook section at the beginning of each book with basic descriptions of the Shadyside Senior Class, and if any one of them had died their status would be updated with a "deceased" stamped over their picture and description. Halfway through the series in The Gift the Yearbook was updated with the rest of the Senior Class that were only mentioned in passing, even though one of them had already died and another was sent to a mental hospital.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Daughters of Silence appears to be about this trope, as Simon and Angelica Fear take a liking to two girls, Jenna and Hallie, who bear a resemblance to Julia and Hannah, their dead daughters. It turned out they're really planning to sacrifice the two in a ritual to bring Julia and Hannah back.
  • Rich Bitch:
    • Deva Dalby of Silent Night takes the cake for all-time bitchiness.
    • Trisha Conrad is considered very sensitive and sweet by a lot of her classmates even though she's more or less a homewrecker who has gone out with two guys that were already dating somebody else at the time.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Danielle Cortez in Fear Street Seniors. The first senior to actually die in the third book, which is also her first appearance. On the first day of school. She doesn't even get a description in the yearbook section until it's updated with more seniors in the sixth book, and by that time she has a "deceased" stamped over it, making it impossible to read any information about her.
  • The Scapegoat: Maggie in The Hidden Evil is framed by her sister for the death of their father.
  • Shout-Out: Tale of the Blue Monkey is about a creepy looking monkey doll that brings bad luck to its owners. It sounds similar to "The Monkey" by Stephen King, and one of the foreign covers even has the monkey doll holding cymbals (even though it doesn't in the book), but the blue monkey doll's powers can be transferred from one victim to another and need to be activated by a certain phrase.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: A common tactic of Fear Street killers
  • Slut-Shaming: Mira Block is not trusted by Debra Lake because she has lots of boyfriends and doesn't show any sign of stopping. Unfortunately, Debra's slut shaming turns out to be justified when Mira is revealed as a psychotic killer.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Ty Sullivan's bloated ego let him think he could get away with dating three girls at the same time. They knew the whole time and staged an elaborate prank to get back at him.
  • The Sociopath: One third of Shadyside's teen population are budding serial killers who go on vengeful murder sprees over the silliest of reasons.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Not completely, but in Fear Hall Hope's Eden personality is murdered by the Darryl personality.
  • Spirit Advisor: Bobbi Cochran after she dies in The First Evil to her twin sister Corky.
  • Staircase Tumble: Happens to Gillian in Dead End. When Natalie and the others find her corpse, her head has been completely turned around.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • Secret Admirer and Sweetheart, Evil Heart. Though it turns out to be a Red Herring in Secret Admirer when the person who has been stalking the main character turns out to be her best friend and simply hid behind the facade of an obsessed fan to cast suspicion off herself.
    • Honey in The Best Friend is like this towards Becka
  • The Starscream: Jade Feldman more or less tried to stage a coup against Phoebe Yamura for control of the cheer squad with Dana Palmer backing her up.
  • Straw Misogynist: The killer in The Boy Next Door kills girls whom he deems to be behaving inappropriately. That is, he kills girls who wear make-up, skimpy clothing, and act flirty. He's more attracted to the main character's sister because she dresses frumpy. It's hinted that this behavior was instilled in him by his mother.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jade Feldman is killed by Griffen and put into a meatlocker in Fight Team Fight.
  • Take Up My Sword: Several of the books have the main character dying, usually making someone continue the story.
  • Taking You with Me: Who's Been Sleeping In My Grave? Miss Gaunt is a ghost who every so often she rises from the grave to look for new students to bring back with her so she can teach them forever.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Sometimes literally.
  • Terrible Trio: Subverted in Fear Hall with the Three Ms, Melanie, Margie, and Mary. Hope and her roommates perceived them to be nosy snobs, but what they considered snobbiness was really concern and confusion. Concern and confusion that their dorm neighbor from across the hall is frequently talking to herself and getting into arguments with no one there.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Used in Fear Hall. Hope Mathis' boyfriend Darryl begins murdering college students he believes he's seen her with. It turns out that he's been confusing her for her roommates Angel, Jasmine, and Eden. They keep trying to convince Hope to turn Darryl in to the police, but she's too loyal and indebted to Darryl to consider it. It's not until he murders Eden that she decides to do something. It turns out that Darryl and her three roommates are split personalities she developed as a result of a traumatic home life with her psychotic mother. She refuses to believe that her friends don't exist when one of the girls living in her dorm, Melanie, tells the police that they've constantly heard and seen Hope talking to herself, and that her room can only house one occupant.
  • Token Minority Couple: Will Reynolds and Clarissa Turner.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Emma in The Rich Girl. She conspires with her best friend's boyfriend to drive said friend insane so they can have the money they found all to themselves. After successfully doing that, Emma and the boyfriend are told by a store clerk that the money in the duffel bag was fake. Apparently they never bothered to really look at the money.
  • Tomato Surprise:
    • Switched. By the end of the book, the reader learns that Nicole had never actually switched bodies with her friend Lucy, as Lucy had been dead before the story began. Nicole was unable to deal with Lucy's death, so she imagined the whole ordeal.
    • Fear Hall. Hope's roommates and boyfriend are split personalities.
    • This trope gets used a lot in Ghosts of Fear Street.
      • The Boy Who Ate Fear Street: The main character, Sam, is a Ridiculously Human Robot whose programming was thrown off when he ate something his sensitive digestive system couldn't handle, which explains his gross feeding frenzy and why his parents don't have the number to a doctor.
      • Night of the Werecat: Wendy discovers that she and her family are werecats and the reason why she can't have a pet cat is because a real cat would be scared of her.
      • Don't Ever Get Sick At Granny's: The main character's a dog and everything that happened to him in the story was all a dream.
      • Go To Your Tomb... Right Now!: The main character learns he's really the son of a powerful wizard and was sent to live in Shadyside with modified memories and a fake family to protect him. He's also evil.
      • Escape of the He-Beast: Jamie discovers that both his entire family and himself were actually creations of his favorite comic book artist, who wanted to create his very own biggest fan. Jamie is actually thrilled by this revelation.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Pretty much the whole point of the series.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Corky Corcoran reveals in The Third Evil that she likes pea soup. After an incident with the Evil Spirit, she loses her taste for it, but it becomes an in-joke among the cheerleaders.
    • Sammy in The Boy Who Ate Fear Street will only eat foods that are white, and is especially fond of rice pudding with marshmallows and white raisins. It's because he's really a robot and his body's digestive system can't handle foods that aren't tepid.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The Fraiser family gets this in spades in the first part of the 99 Fear Street trilogy. Mr. Fraiser is rendered blind, James and his dog Cubby are trapped in the walls of the house, crying for help for his parents, Mrs. Fraiser is emotionally devastated by the loss of two children, and Cally is killed and warped into a malevolent spirit by the house. The only member left in marginally okay condition is Kody, and she has to deal with having lost her twin sister and baby brother.
  • Twin Switch: Double Date.
  • Twist Ending: Happens almost in every story.
  • Undead Child: Robbie and Dora, Shawn, and Hester Goode.
  • The Unfair Sex: Trisha Conrad goes out with someone else's boyfriend and then cheats on him. When Stacy Malcolm points this out, everyone thinks she's not being fair to Trisha. When Ty Sullivan cheats on five different girls, three of them pull an elaborate prank on him as payback.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Julia Fear felt this way to her sister Hannah. So she tried to kill her.
    • Garrett Malbourne in The Hidden Evil was his mother's unfavorite, although this turned out to be a good thing since death turned her into a Yandere ghost. Although it's implied she was a bitch to him even before she died.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Reva Dalby, due to Aesop Amnesia.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Frequent in the Fear Street Sagas books.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Nicole in Switched
  • Valentine's Day Episode: Broken Hearts and Sweetheart, Evil Heart.
  • Villain Protagonist: In-universe, Jamie Kolker is a big fan of Hecula the He-Beast comics even though he's the villain.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: In Faces of Terror, the 13th Fear Street Sagas book.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: Eye of the Fortuneteller from the Ghost of Fear Street'' series is about a girl named Kelsey who visits a Gypsy fortuneteller named Madame Valda who curses her to live her fears because she doesn't believe that Madame Valda's magic is real.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We never found out what happened to Corky Cochran after The New Evil.
    • The Seniors series has an Ambiguous Ending. It's clarified that Clark Dickson is a vampire and he turns Matty Winger, and seniors Phoebe Yamura and Kenny Klein are added to the body count, but the readers are left to wonder if Josie Maxwell was killed by the Doom Spell entity at the end, along with the rest of the surviving graduates.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Where is Shadyside, anyway? The most information we ever get is that it's somewhere on the East Coast. One of the Sagas books places it specifically in Massachusetts. How much that series "counts" is debatable, though.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: All-Night Party revolves around Cindy's murder during her birthday party on Fear Island. Throughout the entire book, Cindy managed to piss off each of her friends and even after she's dead we learn she was even a bigger bitch than she first appeared to the degree you have to ask how any of her friends liked her enough to throw her a surprise party.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Justin Thompson kills Ty Sullivan in "Sweetheart, Evil Heart" because he was sick of Ty's bullying and the way he was cheating on Trisha Conrad.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Averted with Timothy Fier's stepmother Gretchen.
  • With Friends Like These...: Numerous times.
  • Woman in White: Miss Gaunt from "Who's Been Sleeping in My Grave" dresses completely in white and wears a heavy veil to hide her rotting face.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Jenny from Truth Or Dare and Nancy from The Stepsister.
  • Woman Scorned: Dominique Fear. Although, everyone thought Dominique was this when her former lover died under mysterious circumstances. But Dominique was innocent, and actually tried to warn him about his impending death. Being executed for a crime she didn't commit turned Dominique into the above trope after death.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Killer's Kiss. Delia purposefully sabotaged herself and murdered her unfaithful boyfriend Vincent in order to frame her rival Karina, which Karina made easier with her anger issues.
  • Wrongly Accused: Chuck in The Wrong Number.
  • Yandere: Lots of the Fear Street books have villains who were driven into murderous rage by obsessive love or being rejected by a crush.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Fright Christmas.
  • Younger Than They Look: Miss Matheson in Faces of Terror looks like someone's grandmother, but she's really in her 20s.

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