Bad Dreams [NOOK Book]

Overview

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439120385
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Fear Street Series , #22
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 455,810
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.

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!

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." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    Sweet Dreams , Maggie dearest .

    Bad Dreams was great!The story is about this girl,Maggie Travers.Her family move in to this old house on Fear Street,there Maggie finds this pink canopy bed.What she doesn't know is that a girl was MURDERED in it.And Maggie goes up to the attic and finds the dead girl's sister in it.'Melinda was mean so I got rid of her.Now I'm getting rid of Maggie for you,Andrea.You're right,Maggie is mean.'(You'll have to find out who Melinda's murder was by reading it.)*(Andrea is Maggie's sister.)*(And Melinda is the girl who was murdered in the pink canopy bed.)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Super duper good!!

    This book is GREAT!! It will give you the chills!! This is definately one of my favorites!!;))

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Looks good!!! :)

    Jus finished reading the sample and it it sounds interesting i might buy it. I def reccomend the book to ppl who like mysteries! :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Keepte me in suspence the whole time!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Anonymous

    Yo 2000!thanks for ruining the story plot.urrrrrrrrgggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    A good book.

    This book is about a girl named Maggie Travers. When Maggie moves into a old house on Fear Street she claims the room with the canopy bed. Little does she know a dead girl was murdered in the bed. Soon Maggie starts to have nightmares about the girl's murder. But what are these frightning dreams trying to tell her?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Bad Dreams Come From Beautiful Beds

    Maggie and Andrea Travers have to move to a new house on Fear Street shortly after their father's death. In the room Maggie walks into, there is gorgeous canopy bed in it. She claims the room right away. But Andrea wants the room and Maggie still gets it. Andrea thinks her sister gets everything she wants. In Maggie's first night in the bed she has a terrible nightmare. She has it every night and a couple of days later, she meets her neighbor, Mr.Avery. When she is in his house for tea, his wife and him tell Maggie that a girl was murdered in her bed!Is she having the dreams to be warned about something? But if she is why are the dreams comeing true? Read Bad Dreams to find out!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    'i am the best horror lover ever'

    this book is a book about death and horrible things start to happen with the two sisters and the bed that is haunted

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    super cool

    this book is too cool i love this book cause it is about a bed and the sisters fight over it thats was sad that the youngest got in last place. that way i rate 5stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    My favorite book and i love to read

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Best book

    This is one of the very first books i read it is amazing i love it so much it is my fav of his books i recomand it to all if u like scary books read this one its awesome it has twists

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Read this

    Those who give it less than 5 stars are utterly stupid. "I got confused". What the heck? Are you 3? OMG!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    THE SPLASH

    THIS BOOK I ABOUT TWO SIBBLINGS WHO R ALWAYS FIGHTING. PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE THAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Amazing book!

    I've read this book like eight times and it geys better everytime. I love the fearstreet series anyway, but the books keep geting more exciting and more suspenseful. Love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    IMPORTANT

    Does anybody want to roleplay with me? It doesnt matter about what but anybody want to? If you do just tell me through review with the headline I WILL ROLEPLAY VIVIAN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    I also like his books i am very interested in these kinds of things

    Im not wierd though!! By the way veryyy good book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    AWESOME

    This book is amazing. I would read it over and over until i just cant read anymore. I just LOVE his books and im 12 years old. Pretty kool right?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Love it

    I absolutly love all of these R. L. Stine books!!!!!!! And im 11 years old.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Good

    This was my very first fear street book that i ever read and it got me hooked on reading the other fear street book.its not scary its ore of a thriller but it's still very good

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Wow

    This book is one of R.l.Stines best book.

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