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.

Witching Hour #1 Cover

Recap #219: The Witching Hour #1

Jude recaps The Witching Hour 1.

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Graveyard School #16 - Don't Tell Mummy

Recap #218: Graveyard School #16: Don’t Tell Mummy by Tom B. Stone

Jude recaps Graveyard School 16: Don’t Tell Mummy by Tom B. Stone. Don’t get wrapped up in whether or not the details make sense.

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Na-na-na-na BATMAN

Recap #205: Give Yourself Goosebumps #3: Trapped in Bat Wing Hall by R.L. Stine

Jude recaps Give Yourself Goosebumps 3: Trapped in Bat Wing Hall by R.L. Stine and it’s two stories for the price of one. Two delightful, kind of charming stories. Good job, Stine.

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Recap #203: Goosebumps #61: I Live In Your Basement! by R.L. Stine

Jude recaps Goosebumps 61: I Live In Your Basement! by R.L. Stine

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A gift from Becka's BBFF

Recap #201: Fear Street #17: The Best Friend by R.L. Stine

Title: Fear Street #17 – The Best Friend, a.k.a “Baby’s First Fear Street” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Bill Schmidt

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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

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The original cover by Tim Jacobus

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

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

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Goosebumps 25: Attack of the Mutant by R. L. Stine

Recap #176: Goosebumps #25: Attack of the Mutant by R.L. Stine

Title: Goosebumps #25 – Attack of the Mutant, a.k.a. “Crisis of Infinite Mutants” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus

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Diane Hoh - Last Date

Recap #145: Nightmare Hall #11: Last Date by Diane Hoh/Nola Thacker

Title: Nightmare Hall #11: Last Date by Diane Hoh Summary: A night you’ll never forget. Call me. Demi does it

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Diane Hoh Nightmare Hall 7: Sorority Sister

Recap #140: Nightmare Hall #10: Sorority Sister by Diane Hoh

Title: Nightmare Hall #10: Sorority Sister by Diane Hoh Summary: When Maxie McKeon pledges Omega Phi Delta, she figures she’s

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Recap #112: Nightmare Hall #7: Pretty Please by Diane Hoh

Title: Nightmare Hall #7: Pretty Please by Diane Hoh Summary: Johanna Dunn is strikingly beautiful, just like all her friends.

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The Accident by Diane Hoh

Recap #50: The Accident by Diane Hoh

Dove recaps the Point Horror staple, The Accident by Diane Hoh, where a nice girl swaps places with a ghost and, shocker, that turns out to be a Very. Bad. Idea.

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Fatal Secrets by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #48: Fatal Secrets by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps Fatal Secrets by Richie Tankersley Cusick, the love child of Cusick’s meandering dirge and Michael Bay’s assumption that explosions will fix everything.

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