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Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home.
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Gretchen and Clark are staying with their grandparents, and they're not alone. They've got to kill the swamp monster who lives in a locked room upstairs before he eats them out of house and home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439568364
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Goosebumps , #46
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.22 (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.

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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 16, 2007

    scary

    this was one of the few goosebump books that scared me(all the others are the puppet ones).it would be really scary to have a monster in your house and your granded parents bolted the door so you cant escape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Great Book

    It's about a brother and sister who go to their grandma and grandpa's house and relelse a monster who chases them around the house.They eventually kill it by posioning a pie.My favourite part was the end bit when they go into the wood where all the monster's brothers and sisters live

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    One of the best

    If you like suspense than buy this book,if you like mysterie than buy this book,And if you like big Swamp Monsters than I definatly reccommened this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    good read

    This book was great. It's full of suspense and some horror. This book is my favorite from the goosebumps series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    amazing book

    i think people should read this book, this book surprised me alot and i thought the book kind of scared me a little in the beginning. i think people should read this book, i know ull like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    How To Kill A Monster

    This book was awesome. As soon as i picked it up and started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I read the book in about 4 and a half hours in school one day, it was awesome. The suspense is so exciting. With some twists and suprises, this book is great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    MUST READ

    This is an amazing book, it is about two kids who are sent to live with their grand parents in a gloomy castle in the midlle of a swamp. There is a locked room upstairs, it has a strange growling noise coming from it, could there be a swamp monster in there?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    How To Kill A Monster rules!!

    When you read the book it seems your reading any other goosebumps book,but this book makes you feel like you are part of the chase.I think one of the best parts is when all the chaseings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    how to kill a monster

    that book is great there is no better way to kill a monster its awesome kids are the ones who will understand it best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    Very Scary

    R.L. STINE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a must for Goosebumps fans.

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