Point Horror: “Teacher’s Pet,” by Richie Tankersley Cusick (1990)

On the one hand, this Point Horror entry is an interesting, atmospheric entry in the series, featuring some borderline-Gothic scenarios and themes that are unusual for a young adult horror novel. In addition, the storyline is surprisingly layered and emotionally complex, and Cusick’s writing has a number of downright sophisticated moments that add a rich texture to the narrative. However, the main protagonist is a bit inscrutable and always at arm’s length, which negates some of the creepiness otherwise well established by the author. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting addition to the series and has enough creepy moments to get under the reader’s skin.

Rating: ā˜…ā˜…ā˜… (out of 5)

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