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Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novellas created and authored by R. L. Stine. 62 books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title from 1992 to 1997, the first being Welcome to Dead House, and the last being Monster Blood IV. 33 of the books were reprinted under the Classic Goosebumps title with brand-new cover designs and special bonus material, including interviews with the author. Thirteen were also made into comic books under the Goosebumps Graphix title. These were released in three groups: Creepy Creatures, Terror Trips, and Scary Summer. The last book was four Goosebumps books in one.
There were also two hardcover reprint collections: Goosebumps Collection and Monster Edition. Nine books were released under the Goosebumps Collection title and were split into three groups: Living Dummy Collection, Campfire Collection, and Monster Blood Collection. Another twelve books were released under the Monster Edition title and were split into four groups, the first three of which were simply numbered while the fourth was called Fright Light Edition. 57 of the books were reprinted with original artwork, all except for #24, #47, #60, #61 and #62. All books, except #5, #7, #17, #18, #19, #29, #33, #38, #42, #43, #45, #47, #51, #52, #53, #56, #59, #61 and #62, were also adapted for television.
|#||Title||Original published date||Reprint collection||Pages||ISBN|
|13||Piano Lessons Can Be Murder||November 1993||Retro fearTin||124||ISBN 0-590-49448-1|
|Jerry Hawkins and his parents have just moved into a new house where Jerry finds an old piano in the attic. Jerry’s parents decide to put the piano to good use by making Jerry take lessons, but Jerry discovers a disturbing truth about the piano – and the insane piano teacher who just loves Jerry’s hands.|
|14||The Werewolf of Fever Swamp||December 1993||Classic Goosebumps #11
“Retro fear” Tin
|Grady Tucker and his sister Emily have moved to a rural area in Florida near a swamp notorious for werewolf sightings. When a strange dog becomes Grady’s new pet, the entire town suspects the dog of being the werewolf that is terrorizing the swamp.|
|15||You Can’t Scare Me!||January 1994||Classic Goosebumps #17||120||ISBN 0-590-49450-3|
|Two pranksters team up to scare a fearless girl named Courtney, but when all of their pranks backfire, they decide to use the local swamp, said to be the cursed burial ground for the town’s original settlers who died in a mudslide.|
|16||One Day at HorrorLand||February 1994||Classic Goosebumps #5
“Retro Scream” Tin
|Out on a day trip, the Morris family get lost on their way to Zoo Gardens and end up in a theme park run by monsters called HorrorLand.|
|17||Why I’m Afraid of Bees||March 1994||Classic Reissue Goosebumps #17||117||ISBN 0-590-47739-0|
|Klutzy wimp Gary Lutz (a.k.a. Lutz the Klutz) finds an online advertisement for a clinic that specializes in body-swapping. However, the experiment goes awry when, instead of the body of a cool jock named Dirk, Gary finds himself in the body of the one thing he fears the most — a bee.|
|18||Monster Blood II||April 1994||Monster Blood Collection||121||ISBN 0-590-47740-4|
|Evan and his friend Andy once again contend with the evil novelty slime known as Monster Blood. This time, Andy is revealed to still have some of it left and accidentally feeds it to the class hamster, Cuddles.|
|19||Deep Trouble||May 1994||Classic Goosebumps #2
|On vacation on the Caribbean island of Ilandra, Billy Deep is rescued from the jaws of a hammerhead shark by a mermaid, who is targeted by Billy’s uncle, Dr. Deep, for scientific experiments about rare sea life.|
|20||The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight||June 1994||Classic Goosebumps #16
|While visiting their grandparents’ home on the farm, Jodie and Mark discover that the farm is haunted by demonic scarecrows brought to life by a farmhand’s black magic.|
|21||Go Eat Worms!||July 1994||None||119||ISBN 0-590-47743-9|
|Todd Barstow loves collecting and experimenting on worms. Things get sticky (and slimy) when the worms begin appearing in Todd’s lunch and his homework — and Todd soon comes face-to-face with a giant worm wanting to get revenge on him for mistreating her babies.|
|22||Ghost Beach||August 1994||Classic Goosebumps #15
Ghost Edition #3
|The Sadler siblings, Terri and Jerry, try to solve the mystery of the ghostly resident living in a mountain cave near the beach.|
|23||Return of the Mummy||September 1994||Classic Goosebumps #18||118||ISBN 0-590-47745-5|
|A year after his previous encounter with the mummy, Gabe flies back to Egypt to attend the grand public opening of the pyramid Uncle Ben was excavating in the last book. Gabe and his cousin soon find themselves trapped in a pyramid and the news reporter they trusted, Nila, soon reveals that she is not who she seems.|
|24||Phantom of the Auditorium||October 1994||Classic Goosebumps #20||126||ISBN 0-590-48354-4|
|Brooke Rogers and Zeke Matthews are chosen to play Esmeralda and The Phantom in their school’s version of The Phantom of the Opera, but a chain of accidents impede production and threaten to have Zeke kicked off the cast.|
R. L. Stine Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can’t get enough of: THE AUTHOR!
However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. “I’ve never turned into a bee – I’ve never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask.”
Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. “When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn’t miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!”
His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. “When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.” He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets “lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends.”
Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.
Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. “The teacher would grab them and take them away,” Stine says, “but I kept doing it.” He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.
Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing “…like a job.” To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.
For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: “If you want to be a writer, don’t worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things.” As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. “And Mad Magazine changed my life” His favorite thriller? Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury.
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