Raise your hand if you were terrified by one or more books by R.L. Stine as a child? Well, let him scare the crap out of you again with his new YA novel A Midsummer Night’s Scream, in stores on Tuesday.
Everyone knows that Mayhem Manor is cursed. After production on the horror film was stopped due to a series of mysterious deaths, it became a Hollywood legend–which makes it perfect for Claire and her family. If they can successfully finish the film, it should be enough to save their ailing movie studio.
Sure, the old haunted house is creepy, and strange stuff has been happening, but this is Claire’s chance. Her chance to become the movie star she’s always dreamed and her chance to finally convince her friend Jake that she is girlfriend material. Of course, the fact that Jake thinks he’s in love with her best friend, Delia, who is crushing hard on Jake’s friend Shawn, who insists on following Claire around, could be a problem, but Claire is sure she can figure it out. After all, the course of true love never did run smooth.
But once shooting starts, “creepy and strange” morph into “bloody and deadly,” as the lines between film and reality begin to blur…
Leave it to Stine to take a Shakespearean classic and turn it into a fantastically campy teen horror novel. A lightning quick read, A Midsummer Night’s Scream is everything you’d expect from an R.L. Stine novel — bloody horror and campy chills. Stine’s signature writing style carries this cleverly plotted take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream through every gruesome twist and grisly death to the story’s not-quite-Shakespearean ending.
It’s a witty concept that Stine executes brilliantly — and fans of his work will love seeing him approach a slightly older audience than his typical Goosebumps fare would attract (though he stepped into adult horror last year with Red Rain).
Look for A Midsummer Night’s Scream in stores on Tuesday.