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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|
|25||Attack of the Mutant||November 1995||119||ISBN 0-590-48355-2|
|Comic book addict Skipper Matthews finds out his favorite comic book villain, The Masked Mutant, is real, but a visit through the lair has Skipper losing his grip on reality after seeing comic book panels with himself as the hero.|
|26||My Hairiest Adventure||December 1994||None||122||ISBN 0-590-48350-1|
|Larry Boyd freaks out when his hands become hairy, presumably as a result of expired tanning lotion. Things get weirder when his friends begin to disappear and dogs who share their physical features appear in their place.|
|27||A Night in Terror Tower||January 1995||Classic Goosebumps #12
”25th Anniversary Tin
|Siblings Eddie and Sue are vacationing in London, England, when they become lost in a medieval torture chamber known as Terror Tower and have to run from a hooded executioner — and things get weirder when they begin losing their money and their memories.|
|28||The Cuckoo Clock of Doom||February 1995||“Retro Fear” Tin||118||ISBN 0-590-48352-8|
|To get back at his bratty sister, Tara, for ruining his birthday party, Michael vandalizes his father’s new cuckoo clock by twisting the bird’s head backwards so Tara will get blamed for it. His plan backfires, however, when he finds himself reliving his disastrous birthday party — and goes backwards in time every time he goes to sleep.|
|29||Monster Blood III||March 1995||Monster Blood Collection||126||ISBN 0-590-48347-1|
|In this third installment of the Monster Blood books, Evan Ross accidentally ingests some of the evil green slime after his nerdy cousin, Kermit, uses it in a chemistry experiment, and grows into a giant.|
|30||It Came from Beneath the Sink!||April 1995||None||112||ISBN 0-590-48348-X|
|Katrina and her brother Daniel find a living “sponge” underneath the sink in their new house that turns out to be a monster that causes bad luck for anyone who finds it.|
|31||Night of the Living Dummy II||May 1995||Classic Goosebumps #25
Living Dummy Collection
Monster Edition #2
|Amy Krammer receives a replacement ventriloquist dummy named Slappy, which she accidentally brings to life by reading a spell from the dummy’s coat pocket.|
|32||The Barking Ghost||June 1995||118||ISBN 0-590-48344-7|
|Cooper Holmes and his new friend, Fergie, are stalked by two dogs who haunt the woods and trick them into swapping bodies.|
|33||The Horror at Camp Jellyjam||July 1995||Classic Goosebumps #9
Fright Light Edition
|While on a road trip with their parents, Elliot and his sister Wendy get inside their parents’ trailer and crash into a sports camp called King Jellyjam’s Sports Camp. The two decide to stay and participate in the activities until their parents can come for them, but while Elliot is enjoying the competitive spirit, Wendy finds it all too bizarre – especially when the winners end up missing, one of the counselors survives a bone-crushing hit to his chest, everyone is disappointed in Wendy who is not sharing their obsessive competitive spirit, and the ground begins to shake at night.|
|34||Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes||August 1995||Classic Goosebumps #19
|Joe Burton’s dad buys two garden gnomes, but Joe and his sister Mindy discover that the lawn gnomes are alive and cause destruction at night.|
|35||A Shocker on Shock Street||September 1995||Classic Goosebumps #23
|Erin Wright and her friend Marty are big fans of a series of horror movies made under the Shock Street banner and are picked by Erin’s dad as the first kids to tour his new Shock Street theme park ride, but while the two are on the ride all the “robot” creatures start to get out of control and try to kill them.|
|36||The Haunted Mask II||October 1995||Classic Goosebumps #34||124||ISBN 0-590-56873-6|
|Steve Boswell goes to the mask shop that Carly Beth went to in the first book and buys an old man’s mask to scare the little kids he is forced to coach in school as punishment for a prank – and much like Carly Beth in the first book, Steve finds out that the mask he bought is bent on warping the personality of anyone who wears it for too long.|
Who is R. L. Stine?
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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