Oh you wacky kids with your hi-jinks and your pranks

“You say you found a corpse of a thirteen year old girl on the beach? Oh, you’re just pulling my leg.”

When the protagonist experiences something genuinely frightening, such as finding a corpse, or that someone has been in their room while they were home alone, and it is treated as an attention-seeking prank.

Or, when something is done that is written off as a prank or a joke, but is actually pretty damned spiteful.

Recap #200: Jingle Belle: Grounded by Paul Dini and Stephanie Gladden

Title: Jingle Belle – Grounded Writer: Paul Dini Line Art and Cover: Stephanie Gladden Colors: Felix Serrano Letterer: Troy Peteri Editor: Rob Levin Summary: A fan favorite holiday character returns! When Jing again breaks her parents rules, she is forced to spend Christmas Eve GROUNDED. But when Santa is also caught in a lie, he has to share the same punishment! Neither OMG! What happens next??? Read on… »

Recap #195: The Upturned Stone by Scott Hampton

Title: The Upturned Stone, a.k.a. “The Haunted Pie” Writer/Artist: Scott Hampton Tagline: “Ghosts aren’t frightening, really.” “What’s frightening is the thought of them.” Initial Thoughts It’s like “Stand By Me” but with ghosts and sexual abuse. I first discovered this tale a few years back when Comic Book Resources did a countdown of “Scariest Comics OMG! What happens next??? Read on… »

Recap #193: Quiet House by Norman Prentiss

Title: Quiet House, a Halloween short story, a.k.a. “That Got Dark REALLY Fast” Author: Norman Prentiss Cover Artist: N/A Tagline: N/A Summary: On October 29, the Halloween decorations disappeared from the Myrick lawn. Instead, an official sign appeared at the edge of the property: “Quiet Zone: Death in the Family.” This year, Jeremy would finally be OMG! What happens next??? Read on… »

Recap #187: Graveyard School #11: April Ghouls’ Day by Tom B. Stone

Title: Graveyard School #11 – April Ghouls’ Day, a.k.a. “Maria and Morty’s Totally Awesome Adventure” Author: Tom B. Stone, a.k.a. Nola Thacker, a.k.a. D.E. Athkins Cover Artist: Barry Jackson Summary: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers! Maria Medina’s not quite sure how it happened. One minute she was just another student at Graveyard School, trying to OMG! What happens next??? Read on… »

Recap #178: Goosebumps #33: The Horror at Camp Jellyjam by R.L. Stine

The original cover by Tim Jacobus

Title: Goosebumps #33 – The Horror at Camp Jellyjam, a.k.a. “R.L. <3’s H.P.” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Tagline: Tennis… canoeing… monsters, anyone? Summary: Sometimes, Winning Is Everything! Swimming, basketball, roller hockey, King Jellyjam’s Sports Camp has it all. Too bad Wendy isn’t a sports freak like her brother, Elliot. But how excited OMG! What happens next??? Read on… »