Today on my blog I have something a little different. I have the wonderful blogger Michelle on my blog today talking about Point Horror! Michelle is fantastic blogger and this post is so interesting and I've never read any Point Horror books but now I really want too!
In the 90’s teenage me was totally obsessed with Nirvana, playing my guitar and reading. I often read the set lists my teachers used to give me as recommendations and I used to rush off and grab copies from the library and devour them all. As well the contemporary books like Dear Nobody and Watership Down that appeared on the list, and became firm favourites as I grew up I had a fondness for murder mysteries, and anything that had a twist that would shock me and make my tummy flip in a gasp of ‘no way how could they be the murderer or villain?’.
I remember one day my friend and I visited our local bookstore on one of our usual Saturday meetups in town. I remember checking out the book shelves and seeing some new kind of books sitting there. Spooky stand out covers of different intriguing things - an evil pumpkin, and spooky old house, a creepy doll and a plate with a knife and blood and a stand out logo that said ‘Point Horror’ on the front and spine.
I had never seen anything like this on the shelves before and I was immediately intrigued. I read through some of the blurbs and ended up selecting a book called The Waitress by Sinclair Smith.
And so began my love of all things Point Horror.
Point Horror was HUGE in the 90’s. There seemed to be new books appearing on shelves every week and I simply couldn’t get enough of them.
They were very American and so far removed from the normality I was living in that I was captivated by the pages often getting a new book every weekend and sitting the whole weekend turning page after page to devour it. Although they were labelled Point Horror they were more like teenage thrillers often with a mystery twist that left teenage me sometimes shocked and declaring that ‘this one is now my fave’ after finishing every book.
I’m not ashamed to say that it became quite the obsession to try and collect them all and everyone talked about them all the time - who their favourite Point Horror author was, their favourite Point Horror boy, their favourite twist etc.
Since starting my blog (www.talesofyesterday.co.uk) I took over, from the lovely Juno Dawson, running the #PointHorrorBookClub. This meant blowing the cobwebs and dust off those old Point Horror copies still in the loft and re-reading them all over again. Nothing beats that nostalgic feeling you get from returning to something from your childhood that you loved and adored with all your heart. Damp, musty but still the same books my teenage hands used to hold every weekend.
The re-reads have been …. let’s say interesting. As an adult, reading the books again, I realise how potentially not so good and extremely problematic some of them were. Although I’m relieved to say that my favourite as a teenager, Fatal Secrets by Richie Tankersley Cusick, is still a favourite after the re read - phew. Some others not so much.
Like all good horror films and like Randy in the Scream films once said…. There was a very simple formula.
⦁ Always a girl as the central main character, who always seemed to be the one in trouble / being stalked / being hunted down to be murdered.
⦁ An extremely hot guy, normally on a football team and of course all the girls fancy him.
⦁ A best friend, normally a blonde girl with typical 90’s fashion sense who all the boys fancy and tries to get the main character to all the cool parties.
⦁ A group of other kids who are normally the cool gang and who can look like good suspects / red herrings. Bonus points if one of them is a bit geeky and top suspect.
⦁ More than likely a remote setting, a college, a school or an old house setting which includes creepy phone calls galore
⦁ Constant absent parents (seriously they are always away on holiday whilst their daughter is being stalked or attacked)
⦁ A twist which normally resulted in the best friend or the boyfriend being the murder (not all the time might I add)!
⦁ A happily ever after resulting in main character and super-hot boy getting together.
I guess I’m reading them now with more of a wise (*coughs* old *coughs*) head on my shoulders and not the teenage me who craved that hot Point Horror boy to come and sweep me off my feet and save me from the creepy phone calls or to walk me home on a dark winters night when someone was following me. Yep…teenage me had very unrealistic expectations of boys because of Point Horror!
They are by far from perfect and, upon re-reading, very cheesy and very 90’s, but Point Horror was and still is very special to me. They are a part of my childhood. A part of teenage me that I hold very dear to my heart.
I have been lucky enough to have found the lady who bought Point Horror over to the UK, the lovely Anne Finnis, and she kindly agreed to do a brilliant guest post for my blog about her time publishing Point Horror for the #PointHorrorBookClub. It gave me goose bumps. This year at YALC I finally got to meet the lady herself. It took all my will not to cry all my pent up teenage tears on her there and then. Although I think I did gush ‘Thank you for making my teenage years amazingly wonderful. Point Horror was my everything’. Okay, okay, I properly fangirled, but who wouldn’t? This wonderful lady was responsible for so many of my teenage memories I felt honoured to be able to chat to her in real life. My face in this picture says it all!
Because of #PointHorrorBookClub and being such an absolute Point Horror fan girl I have tried so hard to track down, via the good old internet, some of the Point Horror authors I adored. It’s been hard, but I have managed to interview Peter Lerangis (Driver’s Dead, The Year Book), A Bates (Krazy 4 U, Mothers Helper, The Dead Game) and it was an absolute honour to have my favourite Point Horror author, Richie Tankersely Cusick (April Fools, Trick or Treat and Fatal Secrets), agree to a Q&A this year. This absolutely made my year. I’ve had the chance to chat to authors who I idolised as a teenager. They were my heroes and if you told teenage me that this would ever be possible she would never believe you.
*wipes joyful tears*
Anyone can join in #PointHorrorBookClub whether your new to Point Horror, used to read them years ago or fancy giving one a go. We discuss a new book on my blog around the 13th of every month. It’s a fun discussion often with 90’s fashion, dodgy dialogue, hot boys and shocking twists, but most of all our love of Point Horror shines through.
Point Horror forever!
I am an avid reader – I love reading! I have always loved books and I took the step of starting a blog in November 2014 through this love that I have. It really felt like a natural progression for me.
My favourite authors (there are too many to actually list) are Juno Dawson, Patricia Cornwell, Sophie Kinsella, James Patterson, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Keris Stainton, Jennifer Niven, Melina Marchetta, Agatha Christie, Abi Elphinstone, Robin Stevens, Helen Maslin and John Green. A whole range of books and authors really. I am also a huge supporter of UKYA!
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