Fear Street started in 1989 with The New Girl. It’s not clear whether putting a girl who looks like she’s auditioning for the “Thriller” music video on the cover helped, but we have to imagine it did.
The repeated stony expression on the eponymous face is great, but the best part of this cover is the implication that the artist only noticed something strange was going on after her eighth time drawing it.
Sometimes, Fear Street delves into cheesy supernatural scares. Other times, it leans on legitimately upsetting real-world horror like murderous stalkers. Broken Hearts is firmly in the latter camp, making it nightmarishly memorable.
This one’s so great there’s nothing snarky to say about it. It’s just one of many examples of how good R.L. Stine was at turning teenage anxieties about looks and popularity into deadly monsters.