The First Evil: Fear Street Cheerleaders by RL Stine

October 7, 2018     erinthebooknut     Book review

The First Evil: Fear Street Cheerleaders by RL StineThe First Evil (Fear Street Cheerleaders, #1) by R.L. Stine
Published by Simon Pulse on August 1, 1992
Pages: 166

"Give Me a D-I-E!"

Newcomers Corky and Bobbi Corcoran want more than anything to make the cheerleading squad at Shadyside High. But as soon as the Corcoran sisters are named to the team, terrible things happen to the cheerleaders.

The horror starts with a mysterious accident near the Fear Street cemetery. Soon after, piercing screams echo through the empty school halls. And then the ghastly murders begin...

Can Corky and Bobbi stop the killer before the entire cheerleading squad is destroyed?

3.5 Nuts

Well now, it’s this a spooky blast from the past. As it is October I decided to go back and read one of my favorite nostalgic horror series from my childhood, The Fear Street Cheerleaders. This spin off series from the regular Fear Street novels features “The Evil” of Sarah Fier, later Fear. Later on in the series you get a lot more of the backstory of this Evil, and there’s an entire series called The Fear Street Sagas that go into the history of the Fear Family. But here I am just going to talk about the very first adventure, featuring  Shadyside cheerleader Corky Corcoran.

Corky and her older sister (also a cheerleader) have just moved to Shadyside when all this drama is going down. An accident and a series of strange occurrences plague the cheerleaders and anyone close to them.  This is very much an “establishing” novel. While it’s definitely one of the better Fear Street novels, it happens to be one of the weaker Cheerleaders books.

Not to say that this is in any way a bad book in the set. It does its job and you definitely get hooked trying to figure of the mystery of it. But it isn’t very creepy or scary by the standards of this set of books. Trust me, it gets A LOT creepier after this. But it’s a necessary piece in the saga of THE EVIL. If this book doesn’t happen, neither do any of the others. Except maybe AWAKENING EVIL.

I really enjoyed going back into this blast from my past. This is one of those childhood series I’ll keep going back to and it was one of the bigger teen series back before YA had its heyday. This set is definitely for the older kids, unlike the younger Goosebumps series. Regardless of age, this book hold up in ways that many books don’t. It’s got a timeless feel to it that allows it to age without feeling old.

What’s your favorite RL Stine book? Share in the comments.

From my shelf to yours,



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