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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

#3 Blue is for Nightmares

Ring! Ring! HEllo?
Chapters 4-6

Background: When YA horror stories "took off" in the late 1980's, R. L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Lois Duncan were the major authors in the field. If a mysterious antagonist needed to communicate to the main character, they used either telephone (Stine's Call Waiting) or letter (Pike's Chain Letter, and Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer). Nowadays, thanks to technology we have the whole world within the grasp of our fingertips. The Internet! Now horror stories are using the internet in their plot lines! Can anyone name books or movies that use this tactic?

Drea's Mysterious Caller
Of course we all knew that this caller would play an essential role later in the story.

What were your initial instincts concerning this unknown caller? Were you as outraged as Stacey to learn Drea doesn't see any harm in talking to this creep? Do you think this situation is similar to what may happen in chat rooms?

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