trope: 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 #307: The Nightmare Room: Dead of Night by R.L. Stine

Title: The Nightmare Room – Dead of Night, a.k.a. “A Boy Named Keith” Author: R.L. Stine Acknowledgement: SharkBud, thank you

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Recap #306: Jude’s 5 Year Pointaversary: Goosebumps Newspaper Stories by E. Sargent, R. Schnable, and D. Stein

Title: Goosebumps Newspaper Stories, a.k.a. “THOUGHT YOU WERE GONNA SNEAK PAST ME DIDN’T YA?!” Authors: Eric Sargent, Renee Schnable, Derek

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Recap #304: Jude’s Easter Casket – Goosebumps: The Homemade Monster by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps – The Homemade Monster, a.k.a. “Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Monster” Author: R.L. Stine Illustrator: Brad Weinman Tagline:

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Spinetinglers #25 Cover Art

Recap #302: Spinetinglers #25: The Curse of the Cheerleaders by M.T. Coffin

Title: Spinetinglers #25 – The Curse of the Cheerleaders, a.k.a. “Who the FUCK are you?!” Author: M.T. Coffin, a.k.a. George

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Recap #295: Jude’s Stocking Stuffers – Strange Matter #22.1: The Abominable Snowman by Andy Goble

Title: Strange Matter #22.1 – The Abominable Snowman a.k.a. “Frosty The Homicidal Snowman” Author: Andy Goble Tagline: 1996 Scary Story

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Recap #290: Shivers #23: Night of the Goat Boy by M.D. Spenser

Title: Shivers #23 – “Night of the Goat Boy,” a.k.a. “Goat Boy!: The Musical” Author: M.D. Spenser Cover Artist: Eddie

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Halloween Bugs Me Cover Art

Recap #283: Ghosts of Fear Street #25: Halloween Bugs Me! by Barbara Joyce

Title: Ghosts of Fear Street #25 – Halloween Bugs Me! a.k.a. “It’s always ‘Greg, Greg, Greg!’” Author: Barbara Joyce Cover

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Recap # 278: Even More Short & Shivery By Robert D. San Souci – Part 4

Title: Even More Short & Shivery Author/Editor/Reteller: Robert D. San Souci Illustrator: Jacqueline Roberts Tagline: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales Summary: Thirty

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Recap #269: Nightmare Hall #17: Last Breath by Diane Hoh

Title: Nightmare Hall #17: Last Breath by Diane Hoh  Summary: Finding her seemingly perfect life haunted by a series of

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Return to Ghost Camp Cover by Tim Jacobus

Recap #267: Goosebumps Series 2000 #19: Return to Ghost Camp by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps Series 2000 #19 – Return to Ghost Camp, a.k.a. “Everybody Loves Ari” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim

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Say Cheese And Die Cover Artwork by Tim Jacobus

Recap #266: Goosebumps #4: Say Cheese And Die! by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps #4 – Say Cheese And Die!, a.k.a. “Greg Banks Won’t Eat His Cereal” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist:

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Welcome to Dead House Cover by Tim Jacobus

Recap #262: Goosebumps #1: Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps #1 – “Welcome to Dead House” a.k.a. “They’re Coming To Get You, Amanda!” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist:

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Be Afraid Be Very Afraid Cover by Tim Jacobus

Recap #253: Goosebumps Series 2000 #20: Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid! by R.L. Stine

Jude recaps Goosebumps Series 2000 20: Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid! by R.L. Stine. Needs more #werewolves, but the twisty storytelling is surprisingly great.

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Night of the Werewolf Cover by Bill Schmidt

Recap #252: Choose Your Own Nightmare #1: Night of the Werewolf by Edward Packard

Title: Choose Your Own Nightmare #1 – Night of the Werewolf, a.k.a. “The Wacky Witchy Werewolf War” Author: Edward Packard

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Recap #251: Spinetinglers #16: We Wish You A Scary Christmas by M.T. Coffin

Title: Spinetinglers #16 – We Wish You A Scary Christmas, a.k.a. “I’ve Got Santa In My Basement” Author: M.T. Coffin,

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Goosebumps: Chicken Chicken Cover by Tim Jacobus

Recap #249: Goosebumps #53: Chicken Chicken by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps #53 – Chicken Chicken, a.k.a. “The Clucking” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Tagline: It’s a finger

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Christmas Terror Tales Cover by J.T. Molloy

Recap #248: Christmas Terror Tales by Kevin Folliard and J.T. Molloy

Title: Christmas Terror Tales Author: Kevin Folliard Artist: J.T. Molloy Tagline: Stories To Enjoy From October Through December Summary: You’d

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Recap #246: Nightmare Hall 14: The Initiation by Diane Hoh

Wing recaps Nightmare Hall 14: The Initiation by Diane Hoh and wants to punch the protagonist in the mouth. A lot. BECAUSE SHE WON’T STOP LYING TO PEOPLE WTF.

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Graveyard School #28: The Spider Beside Her Cover by Mark Nagata

Recap #245: The Last Graveyard School Recap: #28 – The Spider Beside Her by Tom B. Stone

Jude recaps Graveyard School Recap: 28 – The Spider Beside Her by Tom B. Stone, and somehow, despite her terror, Wing enjoys it.

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Goosebumps Series 2000: Headless Halloween Cover Art by Tim Jacobus

Recap #244: Goosebumps Series 2000 #10: Headless Halloween by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps Series 2000 #10 – Headless Halloween, a.k.a. “Brandon Did A Bad, Bad Thing” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist:

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