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Zackie wants to be a famous horror writer, so when he finds a typewriter in a burned down antique store, he takes it home and starts typing--but what he types starts to come true.
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Overview

Zackie wants to be a famous horror writer, so when he finds a typewriter in a burned down antique store, he takes it home and starts typing--but what he types starts to come true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590568920
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Series: Goosebumps Series , #55
  • Pages: 114
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.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 December 6, 2011

    Wonderful Kid's Book!!!

    The Goosebumps series of books are great books for younger readers. Our children have read almost everyone, some of them multiple times. The books are easy to read, short enough to keep the attention span of most children and keep the children wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

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    I am a 6th grade student and this is my book report.

    I am a 6th grade student reviewing The Blob That Ate Everyone by R.L Stine.There are three main characters in this book.Alex,Mike,and Hailey.They are some neighborhood kids that are always looking for something to do.The story takes place in a small city.<BR/><BR/>Alex finds an old typewriter and starts to write stories with it.The stories magecly come true.He didn't notice until he writes A story called the Blob That Ate Everyone.The story suddenly becomes true and the blob starts to eat the whole town.He and his friends must find a way to destroy the blob.The underlying part of the story is that you should always belive in your friends and family.<BR/><BR/>I connected to this book because I like hanging with my friends like Alex does in the book.Some related books are Goosbumps Stay Out Out Of The Basement and Goosbumps The Killer Clown.<BR/><BR/>I liked this book because it is new and I like to read Goosbumps.I recomend this book to anyone who likes reading Goosbumps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Good

    I read this on the plane home from Florida, and it was a good story. I like the plot twists and such. The only con I thought was that it wasn't one of the scary ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    It's A horror book but a magical adventure at the same time.

    I read the book 'Goosebumps, The Blob that ate Everyone.' I thought it was really neat to be able to read. In a way it was a horror story, but also very intresting. It told about a boy that went to a store on a rainy night. The lights were on, the cashier wasn't there, and the doors were open. He has an old type writer fall on to his head. For a while, it has a nasty affect on him resulting with a severe headache, but soon he got over it. This type writer wasn't just a type writer. Whoever would write something on it, it would all come true. For good or bad. Find out the mysterious, wonderous world after this type writer gets put into a world of a little boy. I feel that this book brings your mind into a whole new world. I mean, it's almost as if you're really there, or you're the main character. I also feel that minor characters could and should be used a whole lot more. They were only used pretty much in one part of the story and were only used for horror. I thought they could each have a line or two. I also thought the story could have been a little longer and they could have extended the book. I thought it was short but, let me tell you now, you'll never forget this book. It will stay with you forever and will never leave your mind. I thought the author put a lot of sensation and feeling into his book. Something happens at the end where he puts the most expression and feeling into his words. I recommend this book to younger children or teens that love mysteries. It's just a beginner book that doesn't really talk about things in real life. That's why it's fiction. It is supposed to be edge topping and make you want to keep on reading. Reading about what happens after this and then that. That's exactly what it does, too. I recommend that people read this book for fun. It's a great book to read on boring days to bring excitement in your life. When I started reading this book, I started to notice it was interesting. I discovered it was a fiction book. I didn't realize it until about 20 pages in because the book is so realistic. This is why I have recommended this book to children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Be Careful What You Write!

    R. L. Stine is an absolute genius! I'm in 8th grade and I still love these books! Some of them will actual scare you, and give you second thoughts about going to sleep at night. My favourite aspect of this book was the idea of a typewriter that brings everything you write to life. And of course the ending was probably the best kind I've ever read in a book. You should definitely read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    he not picky eater!

    Zackie has found a typewriter and what ever he types comes true.But then he types that a blob eats everyone.I read other books and the ending was crazy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    good book!

    yeah, this is another favorite book that i like of the goosebumps collection series, thingy. it was really funny, but at the same time bone-chilling!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    yes 5 stars

    its a rollercoaster. its very exciting and thriling with a lot of suspense. its not a boring book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    This book is a great book!

    This book is a good book I did like this book it was a great book I enjoyed this book it is about a big blob that looks like a brain he eats everyone and everything but he gets deystroyed in the end it is a must read book I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2002

    Blob That Ate Everyone (Goosebumps Series #55)

    I thought it was scary when everything on the typewriter came to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2002

    Blob That Ate Everyone (Goosebumps Series #55)

    This was the best book I ever read! I read many Gooesbumps books, and other books, but I did not find one as good as this one! When the blue sparks come out of the typewriter, every sentence comes to life! This is my favorite book! You should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    Interesting

    this was interesting not the best but good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    The best book ever made in goosebumps

    Roling Stones gives it 5 stars. One of the best books I've read. Its cool a very interesting book

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