Point Horror Book Club


For whatever reason, teen thrillers without a dark romancy element are pretty hard to find – I know because I was trying to do a top ten for when Cruel Summer comes out. It’s no big secret that I was ADDICTED to Point Horrors and Christopher Pike novels as a teen and they have massively influenced Hollow Pike (see chapter 12 – The Babysitter) and Cruel Summer.

But I wondered: are Point Horrors well-loved nostalgia pieces or are they ACTUALLY GOOD? When talking to readers online, everyone agrees they were brilliant fifteen years ago. But what about now? After a REVOLUTION in YA fiction, can Point Horrors hold their own? Are they (whisper it) even better than the Twilights, Hunger Games and TFiOSs? This writer believes the teen audience craved something more sophisticated. I think he’s a bit of a snob.

Let’s find out! Here’s how the POINT HORROR BOOK CLUB will work. Each month there will be a new title. I’ll read it and write my thoughts here. If you, dear reader, can be arsed, raid your attic, charity shop or eBay and join in. We can discuss each title on a special area of this very website (which my lovely web chum is in the process of creating). On twitter, use the hashtag #pointhorrorbookclub so I don’t miss your thoughts.

The first title will be the first Point Horror released in the UK, 1991’s TRICK OR TREAT by Richie Tankersley Cusick. I’ve already lined up a few titles I’m going to revist. After that, if we can still be bothered, we’ll vote for the next title. Being a me thing, it’s very laid back. You can join in as much or as little as you want.

Whether you remember Point Horror from the 90s or are intrigued as to what us old-enough-to-know-better types are talking about get searching for TRICK OR TREAT right now. So many of you have already tweeted pics of your second hands copies and I can’t wait to get going!

Being A Boy Survey – Sex and Relationships Education

Red Lemon PressAs you may know, this September sees the launch of my first non-fiction title ‘Being A Boy’ from Red Lemon Press. I used to be a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) teacher and I’m very interested in how you rate your teaching and learning in this area.

‘Being A Boy’ is a frank look at puberty, sex and relationships, especially for boys, but valuable for any reader. This survey is NOT about puberty, sex or relationships, but rather the teaching of these subjects in schools.

IMPORTANT INFO: To take part you need to be aged between 14 and 24. Individual survey data is 100% anonymous and will not be collected. Overall results may be used in ‘Being A Boy’ and the supporting campaign.