R.L. Stine has been dubbed the “Stephen King of children’s literature” with his Goosebumps and Fear Street book series. Now he has taken to uncharted lands, the world of adult horror. This isn’t the first time R.L. Stine has written outside of those two franchises, his book “Temptation” contains his works “Goodnight Kiss 1”, “Goodnight Kiss 2”, and “The Vampire Club”. All copywritten in 1992, 1996, and 1997 respectively. However Many still view that series of books as children books regardless.
R.L. Stine has written a new book “Red Rain” and it’s no children’s book. As a child I remember reading Goosebumps which had scary situations, never extremely violent, no curse words, and never any sex. “Red Rain” is extremely violent, has sex, and plenty of cursing.
I was beyond excited when I picked up this book, and books are not something I get excited about very often. Now, I wasn’t scared reading the book, I’ll be honest. But it was one hell of an entertaining read. Stine had mentioned he drew a bit of inspiration from movies like “Children of the Damned”, which was pretty obvious. However this book has more twists then you would expect.
It starts off with Lea (an avid travel blogger) who travels to an island notorious for rumors and a haunted past. She wants to witness a ritual practiced by the priests on the island, unfortunately for her a hurricane is on the way. She learns from locals that a hurricane had devastated the island once before in 1935. Lea brushes this off because she is desperate for sponsors, and views herself more like one of those reporters who would risk their lives getting a story. She witnesses the ritual called “Revenir”, a shocking ceremony with men drinking poison and puking until they turned blue and dropped seemingly dead. Lea then sees the priest apparently revive them back to life. As the weather starts to get bad they take shelter and all hell breaks loose on the island.
Lea walks the aftermath of the hurricane and is in complete shock looking around at the violent, bloody devastation it had caused. She then meets two orphaned boys, Samuel and Daniel. The National Guard show up and she is finally able to contact Mark (her husband, and child psychologist) over the phone. Lea ends up adopting the two boys because she feels sorry for them, much to Mark’s dismay.
Lea takes the twins Samuel and Daniel home to meet the rest of the family. Everything goes smooth for awhile, until a violent sting of events start to occur around town, and the police seem to think Mark is to blame.
This book is “Children of the Damned” meets “The Good Son” with elements of “Pet Cemetery”. “Red Rain” has some plot holes, but they can be easily explained when you reach the last few parts of the book.
I recommend this book, it’s a far cry from Goosebumps. But if you’re not into hauntingly violent imagery (especially with recent real life hurricane events), stay far away from this.