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The Silent Scream (Nightmare Hall #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  354 ratings  ·  26 reviews
High on a hillside overlooking Salem University, sits Nightingale Hall. Nightmare Hall, the students call it. Because that's where the terror begins...

Jess can't wait to start college. Until she arrives at her dorm... She can see why they call it Nightmare Hall. Especially when she learns the dark secret hidden within its walls.

A girl called Giselle hanged herself there. I
Paperback, Point Horror, 229 pages
Published October 20th 1994 by Scholastic (first published July 1st 1993)
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Rebecca McNutt
Chilling and easy-to-read horror story, creative and original and easy for kids to relate to, but filled with all the suspense and fear of a classic ghost story. This book is also great for nostalgic value, I loved this book when I was a kid and I still have my copy, Diane Hoh is a great writer of horror for young adults.
Dec 21, 2008 Bookwormliz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bookwormliz by: Shawna
The first book in Diane Hoh's mid-nineties paranormal young adult series featuring the haunts of hijinks of Salem University focuses on Jessica Vogt, a college freshman with a roommate from hell...literally. When strange things start happening at her off-campus dorm--Nightingale Hall, a secluded brick house that shares the series' ominous monicker--Jessica learns her room is the one in which former student Giselle McKendrick hanged herself. But was Giselle's death really a suicide, as the campus ...more
My first book for my October Horror Month Fest in celebration of Halloween.

I have been meaning to read these books for some time, but was waiting for the right time, and the right time came!

You can clearly tell the age of the book, a lot of things are old-fashioned, there is no mention of cellphones/smart phones. Having a computer is not happening and you can only find them in libraries or in schools. And a few other things. I really like that, and it is also a big reason why I read these books.
Stacy Mar
I read this series as a teenager and loved it.

As an adult, they aren't quite as endearing but I still find them entertaining.

I am rereading all of my old favorites from my teen years for a YA horror blog I have just began:

I'll be posting reviews of this series as well as other YA horror books from the 90's!
Oh my god, I loved these fucking books so much in Catholic school, and for YEARS now, it has driven me nuts that I couldn't remember the name of the series. Thank you GoodReads, via googling, for helping me remember the name.

And now I must get my hands on every single available one. GOD, these were so great. Why didn't they just shut down the damn dorm/house (wasn't it a house on campus?)? Seems like everyone who lived there was in constant danger because PEOPLE KEPT TRYING TO KILL THEM.

Michelle Toy
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Nightmare Hall: The Silent Scream is book one in the Nightmare Hall series written by Diane Hoh. This series was unique amongst the off-shoots of point horror as all the books in the Nightmare Hall Series were written by Diane Hoh.

The story for book one of Nightmare Hall is basically a whodunit story based in a fictional university called Salem University. A group of students, Jess, Ian, Jon, Cath, Linda and Milo who are starting at
I went crazy and raided the clearance section at Half Price. Having bought over half the series, I was praying that this series wouldn't be completely horrible. Yeah, it was only like 50 cents a book, but it would still suck if I wasted money I could have spent on other books. Nothing will ever beat how much I love Fear Street books, but I feel like this series wouldn't be too bad of a substitute. I can't give much opinion on the series as a whole because I haven't read any of the others yet, bu ...more
Me and the whole horror genre don't always get along so well. Yeah, I've read some Dean Koontz and Stephen Kingbut deep down they terrify me. They are books that I read when it is sunny outside and the family is running around the house for support of my fragile horror mentality. The Blair Witch Project had me up at night for months. I'm a wuss. A real, true wuss.

And that is why I enjoy YA horror so much. True it may be cheesy and is it really horror? Not really but it is perfect for me. It is
Dejunea Baskett
What i think about the book is that I won’t say that I loved the book to bits and pieces. i think that the book definitely can be scary to other that are going to college and that has not stayed in a dorm before. Because if they read the book the book seems so realistic that when they go into the dorm they will think that the same thing that happened to Giselle and Jess is going to happen to them. The book is highly recommended for those who: love horror and thriller stories.

The most thing i
I started to re-read this series awhile ago, but unfortunately I was only able to read books 2 through 5. I had to get them through Interlibrary Loan, which is no longer an option, so I figured that was the end of that. Luckily I just found a few of these books at Half Price Books, so I can start back up!

This book held up surprisingly well, and I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
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May 14, 2015 Catherine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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3 1/2 stars. This is the first in the Nightmare Hall series. It was originally published in the 1990's but it still holds up. There were a few references that could have been updated to make it a bit more current but that did not bother me. It is not super scary but I did get a few goosebumps while reading it. And the mystery is pretty good. There is talk of suicide and some violence and suspense. If you are concerned about language or sexual content, there really is none in this book. I will pr ...more
I love the Nightmare hall series more than anybody should; been reading it since 13 when it came out. This is not a favorite. It's quite scary and ghostly, but not as fun as many of the others. I tend not to like the off-campus ones as much, besides Captives and The Coffin, and maybe another or two.
Like just about everyone who was a teenager in the 90s, I read a LOT of Point Horror books. However, I think the Nightmare Hall series was my favourite - it's what always springs to mind when I think of Point Horror in general.
I'm pretty sure this is the one I read. I've only read a couple of books by Hoh, but it was years ago and I never recorded what I read. It's a guess on when I read it and really how much I liked it, too.
Dec 09, 2011 Randi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this app sucks. or I do. there is no way to read the books. it just puts it on the shelves and lets you sort them but not read them.
It's been awhile since I read this, but I do remember I enjoyed it very much, as I did everything else written by Diane Hoh.
Another one with multiple suspects that kept you guessing. Not a typical ghost story either. Really good.
I love this book it always made stay up till night to finsh some chapters
3.5/3.75 stars. One of the better oldies I have read recently.
Amy Louise
Good read! Will read the rest of this series :) 3/5
One of the many of my childhood favorites.
excellent book. kept me on the edge of my seat
its interesting
Jacob Thomas
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Diane Hoh is the author of fifty-seven novels for young adults. She grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania but currently resides in Austin, Texas. Reading and writing are her favorite things, also gardening and grandchildren.
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