Pike Vs. Stine

Contemplating young adult horror fiction

Things called Weekend are usually good: Goddard's "Weekend," "Weekend" by Aloha, this book...weekends themself.
Things called Weekend are usually good: Goddard's "Weekend," "Weekend" by Aloha, this book...weekends themself.

In 4th grade I found the "Sweet Vally High" and "Babysitters Club" series repulsive. Once my mom read the end of "Double Love" to me out loud. Hearing the young adult prose detailing a high school kiss scenario was embarrassing, and I never again read any of those girl books. Luckily I found R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" series, which I read avidly through grades 5 and 6. When I ran out of those I turned to Christopher Pike. Pike was pretty different from Stine. His characters had sex and drank alcohol, while Stine's just kissed and found themselves in frightful situations. Pike's novels also meandered beyond paranormal topics and into sci-fi, while Stine's were pretty predictable--murder and ghosts. On the other hand, Stine's cover art was always exciting, though Pike's was always a little creepier, less cartoonish. Anyway, enough comparisons between basically the same author. What did you read as a young adult?

It's not the flying jack-o-lantern she's afraid of, it's the pixels.
It's not the flying jack-o-lantern she's afraid of, it's the pixels.