Babysitting RL Stine Style
The Babysitter is a fairly simple but surprisingly memorable tale. It tells the story of Jenny, a high school student who takes a job babysitting a young boy by the name of Donny, unaware that the boys father is a lunatic who wants to kill her. And that's basically it. The story works well, because it plays on the notion that this could happen to anyone - Jenny is more or less an ordinary teenager, Donny's parents appear to be completely ordinary. The book also spawned three sequels, each one worse than the last. (In The Babysitter IV for example, Jenny is pursued by a pair of murderous ghost children.)
The Babysitter is also arguably one of the best of the Point Horror series that peaked in the mid-1990s, for its simple story telling and believable outcome. Written by a variety of popular authors, including RL Stine and Carolyn B Cooney, each of the novels involved an ordinary teenager who found themselves caught up in an unpredictable and frightening experience. Some novels involved the supernatural, others had logical explanations. Most of the novels and authors have been long forgotten, while others, such as The Babysitter have enjoyed numerous reprints.