Author R.L. Stine. We all know him. He is the formidable imagination behind the classic Goosebumps series for teenagers and young adults. The master fantasy and horror storyteller whose creepy tales became a hit television series of the same name: Goosebumps. The best-selling book series has become classic American horror selling millions of copies here and around the globe.
It was a fitting title. The books certainly scared us and gave us goosebumps. And the television series was pretty addictive too. I admit, I can still binge-watch those shows at times. There’s nothing like a weird, creepy, entertaining tale to indulge us that let’s us get our freak on.
And for me, it stirs fond memories from childhood. In 6th grade, I asked my teacher to order more Goosebumps for the classroom, because 12-year-old me just couldn’t stop reading them!
Stine published Blind Date in 1986, his first young-adult horror novel. He went on to find international acclaim with his Goosebumps series in 1992, which spurred the creation of an additional series and nearly 200 books. These books were centered towards children’s horror fiction.
The TV series adaption of Goosebumps is a Canadian-American horror anthology. In 2015 a movie adaption of the best-selling series thrilled audiences of all ages.
The story even uses R.L. Stine as one of the main characters. Actor Jack Black portrayed a fictionalized version of Stine in the 2015 film Goosebumps, while Stine himself made a cameo appearance, ironically playing a teacher named Mr. Black.
Supposedly, there is talk about more Goosebumps movie adaptations to come, and fans are hoping it happens soon. After all, who doesn’t like stories that give us goosebumps!