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R. L. Stine

  • 5 stars across 155 books
    R L Stine Biography
    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! 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. 

    Stan started writing at school and 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.” 

    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.” 

    R L Stine Facts
    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.” 

    To unwind after work Stine enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment. 

    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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    1st July 2008

    Revenge of the Living Dummy

    Fright-master R.L. Stine invites you on an all-new, all-terrifying adventure! The thrill ride begins when 1... More

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    1st May 1998

    Goosebumps

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    1st October 2008

    Monster Blood

    Something scary is happening in Goosebumps Horrorland, the all-new, all-terrifying series by R. L. Stine. Just how scary... More

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    1st May 2009

    Welcome to Camp Slither

    Twelve-year-old Boone and his sister Heather love animals of every kind. That's why they wanted to come to Camp Sl... More

    (2 reviews)
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    1st March 2009

    Say Cheese - and Die Screaming

    Someone - or something - is inviting ordinary kids to HorrorLand and trapping them there. But they're not the only guest... More

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    2nd March 2017

    Most Wanted: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes

    The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! There is no pla... More

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    21st February 2019

    The Burning

    'The Burning lights a fire in you - one that makes you want to fight for change and ignite sparks in others so the f... More

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    1st January 2009

    My Friends Call Me Monster

    Someone - or something - is inviting ordinary kids to HorrorLand and trapping them there. But they're not the only guest... More

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    1st July 2008

    Monster Blood for Breakfast!

    Fright-master R.L. Stine invites you on an all-new, all-terrifying adventure! When Matt ordered a container of Monster B... More

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    2nd August 2010

    Weirdo Halloween

    On the night before Halloween, Chris and Meg rescue a kid from a gang of bullies. At first, they think this kid is in co... More

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