by R. L. Stine


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On the small Pennsylvania college campus Liam O'Connor cuts a dashing, romantic figure. The Irish-born professor of folklore has good looks, a sweet charm, and a host of Old World superstitions - all of which dazzle beautiful graduate student Sara Morgan. Plunging headlong into a sudden love affair, Sara barely has time to notice the dark drama unfolding on the campus. Four murders have been committed, each more gruesomely horrifying than the one before it, each committed by someone, or something, with terrible fury and strength. Suddenly Sara is receiving crank phone calls, warning her to stay away from Liam ... fearing her ex-boyfriend Chip's next angry outburst ... wondering why Liam's unmarried sister, Margaret, is so suffocatingly close to them ... and trying to escape the lecherous stares of her boss, Milton Cohn, the dean of students and the owner of a murderous-looking knife collection. When Liam proposes marriage, Sara accepts, making love by the light of sixteen candles, one of Liam's superstitions. Somehow, that final step seals her fate. The police begin to close in on a killer, the death toll mounts, and Sara is caught in an ever-tightening web. At its center, behind the most innocent superstitions, waits the greatest terror of all...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446519533
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/1995
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

R. L. Stine has written more than two hundred thriller and horror books for children, teens, and adults. His Goosebumps series, which was the bestselling series of all time for many years, is widely considered the consummate horror series for kids, with more than four hundred million copies sold. Unusually prolific, he has written many other series, including Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, and Rotten School, as well as other stand-alone books for people of all ages.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 8, 1943

Place of Birth:

Columbus, Ohio


B.A., Ohio State University, 1965

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James Patterson

Terrifying...moves along at trip-hammer speed.

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Superstitious 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
March, 2001SuperstitiousR.L. StineAn ¿adult¿ thriller by Stine, rather than the usual teenage fare. I like his teenage fare, of course ¿ not as much as Pike, but enough ¿ and this wasn¿t TOO far away from teenagers, really. This time the protagonist is a college girl, Sara, and there is a good bit of sexuality, so that¿s what I mean by ¿adult¿ (Pike had plenty of adult themes in his teen horror books, but Stine was a lot ¿cleaner¿, aka ¿boring¿!). Sara attends a small PA college, where a series of really gruesome murders are taking place ¿ people being literally ripped apart, etc. She falls in love with her older, Irish professor Liam, who has an odd relationship with his sister and, more disturbingly, seems to have a link of some kind to the murders. The ending is pretty out there, and it¿s much more than a murder mystery, for sure. I enjoyed it, though it was hokey in places. Plus, I think it¿s out of print now, and I have the hardback in mint condition! I love that. It¿s something I¿ll definitely read again.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RL Stine's first foray into adult lit is EXCELLENT. I loved this book. I felt connected to the characters and couldn't put this down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a great read until the last 20 pages where he began 2 tie it all together. The story of the return student who falls in love with the ecentric, superstitious, not 2 mention attractive Irish professor was great. It kept you guessing as the killings began to happen and u don't know who 2 suspect. All arrows point 1 way, then another. Then you begin 2 find out about the professor's scetchy past and the truth about him. Once it all starts 2 come 2 light is where the disappointment begins 4 me.It did have me guessing until the end, just not the ending I would have liked... I guess. If u are in2 the supernatural, u will love this book. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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E.Miller More than 1 year ago
So I bought this at a yard sale 10 years ago and started it, got a few chapters in and put it back on the bookshelf, then periodically I decided to pull it off and give it a fair try, and now, 10 years later i have finished it, all I can say is i am glad that i only paid $.50 for this, because it was a let down all the way through. The killer, obvious, the plot was somewhat interesting and the characters were an obvious attempt in trying to create complex characters, and makeing them more dull and unbelievable. When you spend thre to four pages repeating the same phrase in every paragraph 8-12 times persentence, it's time to pray that the Muses will smite you for a litterary disaster. When I finally finished it I was glad, because i would not have to read it again. The only reason I sped through the last 25 chapters was because it was 1 rediculously short chapters, and 2. thats when the whole stroy actually began to get good, to bad the character remained as dry and boring as they started out.
All in all the idea behind it was good, just a pitty that it was written in such a horrible manner.
SF83 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I thought the storyline was great and I love R.L. Stine's writing style. I used to read Goosebumps and Fear Street when I was younger and was so happy that he wrote a book for adults. I hope he comes out with more adult books! I couldn't put this one down! Good read! :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome. A really good read R.L. Stine outdid himself! I hope he makes more adult books in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book called Superstitious a book by R.L. Stine is about a young man named Liam he is about 30 years old, he is a collage professor. When people start to come up dead on the campus everyone is terrified. It reminded me of all the people who die every year and how you can¿t trust anyone. I really enjoyed this book and hope you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good.The way he told everything.I swear I never would have guessed who was killing everybody and neither will you no matter how good of a detective you think you are.But there were some sexual parts you might want to skip over. Or maybe not,but I did. And the secerts some of those people have will blow you away and why they have those secerets are even more shocking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a hunch from when i was younger reading Goosebumps. I was shocked to find this was a little more indepth than those books yet intrigued to find it was very interesting. I finished the book in 2 days and since then i have read it 7 times. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror, suspense and a twist of love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first chapter starts off very promising, but I just couldn't get interested. I forced myself to read 11 chapters, and then finally put it down and started on something better. Reading should be fun!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, i need to say that if this is the first Adult fiction book by R.L. Stine, then he needs to stick to Goosebumps. Stine needs to realize that you can't write a perverted story filled with disgusting, (yet pretty awsome) deaths and overly detailed sex, put a cheesy cover on it and then have the guts to say it's an 'adult fiction' it got two stars cause the deaths were kinda cool
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I have loved R.L Stine since I was a teenager. When I read this book I could not beleive how captivating it was. I could not put it down!!! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you suspense, overall the plot is great, but the ending was somewhat horrible. The solution was poorly satisfying. I guess R. L. Stine didn't really know how to end it. After I finished the book, I felt I've been ripped off my time reading 400 pages. The main plot is good however.
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.L. Stine is the best horror story writer. Superstitious is one of R.L. Stine best works. I have read practically every series that he has. I hope that he comes out with more books like this. The way it was vividly explain to the reader is what I most enjoyed about it. I deeply recommened it to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of stine's fear streat series.. When i read this book I was very impressed.. it is the best book he has ever wrote.. and I am hoping to see more adult books from him..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is go to be the best book I've ever read. It kept me in total suspence. I could never put the book down, I said 'Just one more chapter' but it ended up with about 10 chapters. I recommend this book for all readers!!!