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Recap #1: Funhouse by Diane Hoh

Funhouse by Diane Hoh
Funhouse by Diane Hoh

So, I’m going to start things off with my favourite Point Horror of all time, Diane Hoh’s Funhouse. In my opinion, Diane Hoh writes the best Point Horror, and her characters are actually likable, rather than the soulless bastards that I remember running rampant through everyone else’s books.

However, it’s been years since I really read these books, so I could be wrong. Not about Diane Hoh, she is my PH goddess, but about how unlikable everyone else’s characters are.

I love this book so much I have three copies of it. The first is nearly dead and accompanied me on my trip to Austria (yes, Wing, we have been to Austria), someone’s Ribena exploded all over it, and I very unhappy. Ribena is now a banned substance.

(Wing: Since I am the evil twin, I have taken over this recap and littered it with comments. First comment. Why didn’t we destroy said Ribena monster?)

As a side note, I love theme parks/thrill rides. I know a lot of people do, but I like to believe I have a special kind of love for them, because I like them when they’re shut down and spooky, and this book has brief mentions of this.

So, let’s go.

Title: Funhouse by Diane Hoh


The Boardwalk is the focal point in the lives of the teenagers of Santa Luisa. When the Devil’s Elbow roller coaster flies off its rails, everyone thinks it was a terrible accident. So no-one believes Tess when she says she saw someone tampering with the track…

But one person knows that Tess is telling the truth. That person is playing a deadly game and Tess is in the way. When another “accident” occurs in the Funhouse, Tess knows she was the intended victim. But who is doing this? And why?

Tess is beginning to realise that the Funhouse can scare you… to death.

Tagline: You can die laughing…

Note: I will use “Bad Guy” throughout my reviews to refer to the anonymous killer/prankster/whatever. Doesn’t mean it’s a guy.

Trope definitions are found here.

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Welcome to the Devil’s Elbow

Welcome to the Devil’s Elbow, a site for Point Horror Recaps. The site is named after the roller coaster from Dove’s favourite of all of the Point Horrors, Funhouse. Our Book List can be found here.

Dove’s favourite Point Horrors, in no particular order are:

  • Funhouse
  • Camp Fear
  • The Window
  • The Train
  • The Accident

As you can probably tell from that list, Diane Hoh and Carol Ellis are Dove’s favourite PH writers.

At least, this was the case way back when. As we re-read and recap, this may change.

Wing’s favourite Point Horrors, in a particular order you are not privy to, are:

  • The Cheerleader
  • The Return of the Vampire
  • The Vampire’s Promise
  • Camp Fear
  • Student Body (Nightmare Hall #21)

Yes, that means Diane Hoh and Carol Ellis are Wing’s favourite PH writers, too. Are you creeped out yet, Dove? I’m watching you.

Also, we will throw a few non-PH books in there that fit thematically because… well, we’re evil twins and can do whatever we like.

Wing is most looking forward to reading the following for the first time:

  • Unleashed – Moon Children
  • The Surfer
  • The Claw
  • Room 13