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‘Goosebumps!’ Author R.L. Stine Talks the Funniest Moments of His Career

This weekend, Goosebumps! author R.L. Stine spoke to a panel at the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, and man, was it thrilling! The world-renowned Young Adult Horror author told-all, starting with where his fame began…


R.L. Stine

RL Stine at Thrillerfest | Image Via Author


According to Stine, he’d never joined this industry with the idea of being a horror writer for children ages eight-to-twelve in mind:


I wrote joke books…I had no idea that children love being scared!


In fact, it wasn’t until Stine wrote his first creepy novel, Blind Date, and was quickly thrust into the world of praise from his new cult of pint-sized and happily terrified fans, that he realized he might be onto something. So, Stine decided to trust in his instincts and take the leap out of the world of comedy, and into the ever-so-spooky world of children, possessed dummies, gooey monsters, and all of the things that go bump in the night!


Blind Date

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And, as you may already know due to his international notoriety and the sheer prominence the entire Goosebumps franchise holds as an important part of our pop culture history; turning toward horror novels for kids could not have worked out better for our most nostalgic wordsmith. Soon, he was filling bookstores and meet-and-greets with his avid-readers and loyal fans who couldn’t wait to shake his hand and hear him speak.


And, at one particular meet-and-greet that still stands out to Stine today, a teacher approached him at the table and said,


Can I take a picture with you? The kids all think you’re dead…


Never one to get bent out shape too easily, Stine told this story with joy, laughter, and the dry hilarity his friends and family know him for.


R.L. Stine went on to talk about the process of taking his works from the page to the screen; revealing that the first Goosebumps film adaptation was on the seventeenth version of the film script, written by the fourth team of writers, when they finally started filming. He even added that they hired a writer, paying him a flat-rate of $500,000 to go through the Goosebumps script for an afternoon and add-in jokes and silly phrasing. ($500,000?! Anyone know how I can sign-up for that gig?)


Stine also went on to talk about the difficulties and hurdles that came with casting, especially when it was nearing the time to decide which actor would take on the role of R.L. Stine, himself.


For months he mulled over the different actors he thought might be right for the role. And, every time the news broke about an actor who was potentially up for the part, fans would react in such an open (and slightly intense) manner; soon sending messages to Stine about how he should just play the role himself. Receiving an inbox filled with mixed signals and feeling more confused than ever before about who should play the role, Stine decided to take the decision to the two people he trusted most: his wife and son.


But, when he asked his wife, Jane Waldhorn, whether or not he should just play the role himself, she simply replied:


You’re too old to play yourself.


And, when he asked his son, Matthew Stine, for his hot-take on the whole casting process, and if he had any ideas about who should play the part, he said:


I think you should be played by Morgan Freeman.


Feeling like casting Morgan Freeman might be a bit of a stretch, Stine decided to once-again trust his gut and let the casting department go with their first choice actor: Jack Black.


Still, although he didn’t get to play himself, Stine was still granted his very own cameo within the film.



(Also, can we just take a second to talk about how beautifully meta it was for Jack Black, whilst in character as R.L. Stine, to bump into Stine and refer to him as “Mr. Black.” Clever, Goosebumps team, very clever…)


It was so, insanely exciting to spend the afternoon listening to such an important and iconic creator speak so candidly, and in such a fun, light-hearted manner, I’m still buzzing with adrenaline from it all! 


The trailer for Goosebumps 2 was released this week, watch it here! The film is expected for release October 12, 2018 (and I don’t know about you but I am so ready!!)





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Goosebumps! Author RL Stine’s New Multi-Book Deal Is in the Works!

If you happened to be bobbing around on this planet between the years 1992-1997, then you may remember the Goosebumps series.


Goosebumps was a series of children’s horror fiction novels written by the one and only R.L. Stine depicting everything from possessed dummies, monsters made of green slime, demonic lawn gnomes, haunted masks, and more. They were fun, they were spooky, and they held a pretty important part in defining a generation. But, how could they not? There were sixty-two books released in a span of just five years, along with four seasons of an accompanying seriesGoosebumps was everywhere! And everyone watched along, hiding under the covers, ready to be scared! Not to mention that fact that celebrities such as Ryan Gosling, Jack Black, Hayden Christensen, and more starred in leading roles within the Goosebumps world.



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Watching Goosebumps was an integral part of growing up for many of us and now, in the ripe year of 2018, while those of us who may have enjoyed the Goosebumps franchise during it’s 1990’s heyday are now fumbling our way through adulthood, an entirely new R.L. Stine series is in the works for an entirely new generation to feast upon, cower from, and devour.


The series is all part of a four-book original graphic novel deal R.L. Stine has just made with BOOM! Studios. When asked about the new deal, Stine was quoted saying:


I’m so lucky to have been able to scare so many generations of kids. Now I feel lucky to be going just beyond Goosebumps to a whole new medium of fright and chilling laughs. I’m hoping that BOOM! is the sound of an explosion of fun in a whole new world for me.


Oh wow, that statement alone may have just warmed my cold, millennial heart. I can’t wait for this new series, and to see all of the new thrills and haunts R.L. Stine will surely bring about to the world!


The series will be released through BOOM! Studios KaBOOM! imprint in the fall of 2019.






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This 6-Year-Old’s Statement About His Favorite Book Is All Too Real

There’s no feeling quite as homey as re-reading your favorite books; books from your childhood, books that held your teenage heart, books that adult you has used as guide points while you navigate through life.


Books can act as tiny, magic, paper-filled mentors helping you to feel less confused, less misunderstood, less alone. I know that I’m definitely someone who turns toward their favorite books when life gets too hectic or wild or hazy and I just need grounding and something to remind of me who I am. 


Yay, books!


But, given the deep and powerful love we can feel for the books we hold dear, it goes without saying that sometimes we might get a little bit defensive guarding them. While it feels great to share your favorite books with your favorite people, it can also get a little scary because, like, “what if they hate it? What if they say something bad about it? What if they love it more than I do?” 


Everyone’s been there. Everyone’s felt the fear and jealousy that can come with loaning out something that’s so intensely personal to you to someone else because you can’t help but feel like they’ll never quite understand just how much it means to you; it’s never just another book.


And, this fear of sharing something you love too much with others is nothing new to Twitter user Laura (@Mum_Reader) and her son, James; last Wednesday she posted a tweet of her then-six-year-old son’s old homework assignment all about books:





I feel you, kid. And, clearly the Twittersphere understands too as the post has gone completely viral.


Sharing is fun but, like, sometimes not sharing is fun, too. Ya feel?


And, it turns out James wasn’t wrong in wanting to keep this book to himself, as the book in question (There’s a Dragon in My School by Philip Hawthorne) is currently going for more than ninety dollars on Amazon.



Keep on reading on, James! (And never let anyone come between you and the books you love.)





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A Love Letter to Jon Klassen, Author of ‘I Want My Hat Back’

Dear adored children’s author Jon Klassen,

I have purchased the entirety of your Hat series, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and This Is Not My Hat for my first cousins. While they may have not enjoyed them as much as I had, I’ll still purchase them for future cousins to come. 


I first fell in love with your books while working at an independent bookstore in quiet Sunnyvale, California. The associated children’s bookstore next door carried your books, so when I sauntered in looking to expand my literary range, I saw it. The newly published We Found a Hat.  It’s pink and grey ombre cover and the cute little turtles just sitting so entrancingly. I grabbed the book and took it next door, not knowing what I was getting myself into.



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From my past experiences in children’s literature, I was expecting a simplified story with a moral about friendship, family, or how to be a decent child in the world. Your writing and illustrations gave a whole new meaning to picture books.



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Just look at that turtle’s side eye. I have never seen a more relevant expression in any pictorial depiction in my twenty years of life. By the end of the book, I was hooked. The New York Times blurb about We Found A Hat being “a masterpiece” and The Boston Globe calling it “a moving story about loyalty, sacrifice, friendship, and the power of imagination” were no understatements. Thank goodness you had four other books published at the time. I ran next door, slammed the book on the counter, and ran back over to the children’s book section to pick up a copy of every book we had. 


Amazon’s description of I Want My Hat Back left me with many questions, “A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.” I could be getting myself into anything at this point and I stayed unafraid. I swiftly went back to the front desk on my side of the store and opened up I Want My Hat Back


The range of emotion expressed by this bear is immeasurable and I will never find a better visual expression of betrayal and realization of the betrayal in beautiful watercolor paintings. While browsing around the internet, I also found a video recreation of I Want My Hat Back which perfectly displays the same emotions felt while reading it.



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You can use feel the tension in the bear and rabbit’s eyes. 



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While browsing around the internet, I also found a video recreation of I Want My Hat Back which perfectly displays the same emotions felt while reading it.



This was the moment that I decided that my gift to future generations of children would be a set of your books. Not only are they enjoyable for children, but also provide just enough entertainment for their adult reading counterparts. I spent the rest of the night reading all of your work and have never been more content and at peace while reading children’s literature. They were smart enough to get me audibly laughing and they didn’t dumb down concepts for children.


Along with your fantastic children’s books, your twitter is absolute gold. A few days ago you shared a series of books from Mia Coulton about a yellow labrador named Danny.



Another day you retweeted a picture of a very round duck wearing a cute little hat from the account Round Animals and have spread the cute critters to my Twitter feed.



You have not only shared the joys of children’s literature, but also nuggets of gold on Twitter.  


Thank you Jon Klassen for all the joy with which you have provided me, and now my cousins, for the past two years. 


Maybe together, we could find a hat. 


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Toys R Us Bankruptcy

So Long, Toys R Us, But Here are 5 Books About Toys!

The news broke this week that Toys-R-Us filing for bankruptcy and going into complete liquidation, so in honor of the childhood classic that’s effectively been put out of business by Amazon, here’s a list of our favorite books involving toys to honor the rise and fall of Toys-R-Us.


1. The Velveteen Rabbit is one of the first books I remember reading, or being read to me, so it holds a special place in my heart. It also was the beginning of my fascination with rabbits and their impeccably soft ears. 


The Velveteen Rabbit

Image via Penguin Random House


2. I haven’t actually read The Magic Toyshop myself, but Laura-Blaise raved about this book, calling it one of her favorites and a “crazy surrealist feminist novel from the 80’s”, so I’m adding it to my list and shortlisting it to the top. 


The Magic Toyshop

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3. The Indian in the Cupboard is one of my sister’s favorites, because she and my grandfather shared, still share, a love of old Westerns. I was too young to get into it when they did and then once I was it was ~their thing~, but that’s neither here nor there.


The Indian in the Cupboard

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4. Harold and the Purple Crayon is another one of my favorite childhood books. Who doesn’t love the tale of a young boy and his magic purple crayon? Go ahead, get nostalgic. 


Harold and the Purple Crayon

Image via Amazon


5. Calvin and Hobbes is the end all be all of childhood for me. My sister and I had all the collections, and I mean by the time we were adults, all of them, and I expect she still has them. I loved Calvin and I loved Hobbes, just like we all did. And if you don’t know about Calvin and Hobbes, well now you do!


The Essential Calvin and Hobbes

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