It Came from Beneath the Sink (Goosebumps Series)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439568371
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Goosebumps , #30
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 784,448
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.61 (h) x 0.38 (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.


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 " 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,"

"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 January 15, 2009

    It came Beneath the Sink

    Katrina moved to new house.<BR/>She found the a sponge which had green glowing eyes and could breath .she told that to her brother Daniel. Ever since se found it good luck never came .One day Daniel found a book called the the Encyclopedia of Wierd. He showed it to Katrina too. It said that: ¿This is a grool.¿ It is an ancient and mytholical creature. It is not eat food or drink water. It gets strength gets strength from bad luck instead. You cannot kill it harshly or violently. If it is given away to someone the owner will die with in one day.<BR/> One day Carlos; Daniel¿s friend heard about the grool and stole it. After they caught up with him he was lying on the ground. Tough boys had done it. He said it was in his bike basket but it wasn¿t there. They went to the boys who bullied Carlos. It was with them! They succeeded and got it back to Katrina¿s house. They got it back before a day. She had an idea of being kind to it and killing it. Since it was so evil it wouldn¿t like kind. IT WORKED!!!! This book was very mysterious and fun to read. I couldn¿t even answer my mom while i was reading this!!!!

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    A Middle School Student's Perspective

    A book Review of It Came From Beneath the Sink
    By Julie, Grade 7, Yangon International School

    Imagine a mythical creature, living under a sink, which brings bad luck. It cannot be killed with violence or fire or water. The protagonist, Katrina in the novel It Came From Beneath the Sink tries to kill this mythical creature. But, the options she has are limited. Robert Lawrence Stine, an author of hundreds of horror novels, selling over 400million copies since 2008, creates an absorbing and fascinating plot.

    Katrina is the protagonist of this novel. Her misfortune was decided when she opened the sink on her new house. An old sponge was inside the sink; one that seemed to be alive! After she began taking care of the old sponge, people near her sustained injuries. Later, she discovered out it’s because of the old sponge’s condition. The sponge breathed loudly whenever someone sustained injury. Katrina and the sponge had an attractive conflict that grabbed the reader’s attention. She tried to kill the sponge and had to face many complications as a result, but the events that came back to her were terrible incidents. By the result, Katrina developed an amazing plan. Could she figure out the problem?

    This book is one of my favorite horror books. As a result, the content of the book was so fascinating that I wanted to read and read. And the conflict between Katrina and the old sponge was certainly intriguing, because when Katrina tried to kill the sponge, the sponge brought more and more bad lucks. And that was repeating so I wanted to know what will happen next. This book undoubtedly made me concentrate at this book.

    People who like horror can read this book. And even the people who are scared of horror books can read, because is not certainly scary. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this book a 4, because this is a fascinating book and has an attractive conflict, but this book is kind of simple. But it was absolutely good for me.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    goosebumps [it came from beneth the sink]

    The title of the book is Goosebumps (it came from the beneath the sink) The authors name is R.L. Stine. One of the main characters is Kat. Kat's brother is also a main character and his name is Daniel. Kat finds a sponge thing that her dog also helps find. She doesn't know what it is but she knows that it is alive because it breaths. Daniel knows thst Kat found something but Daniel wants it. Daniel is now worring about the sponge because losts of bad luck happened. The plot is about Daniel and Kat arguing over a sponge. Danile goes to school and finds a book he looks through teh book and finds the sponge. The name of the sponge is the Grool. If you try to get rid of teh Grool you will die in one day. Kat tries to get rid of it but Daniel finds it and keeps it. Then Daniel's friend steals the Grool just to go show off to the lder kids. The story takes place in present times and it was in California. This story makes you wont read more and more because it was sispencseful.I liked this book because it made me want to read and it is surpizing in every chapter.Ialso had dad luck justlike they did and some days I have good luck..I also have lost stuff just like they did and I also got stuff stolen from me.I recommend you read all the goosebump books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    good, very good

    this was a very good was not scary but it hooks youy and makes you want to read more till your done.the end is soooooo funny and when i got to the end i was angry there was no sequel to it and got angry but this is a cool book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    this is one sponge that doesn't clean!

    I really liked this book. It's about a girl and her brother and they find a sponge in the cabinet under the sink. Then they get all bad luck and the sponge is getting stronger. Can you guess what will happen? The rest is for you to find out. Read it. You'll really like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005


    R. L. Stine is without a doubt a contemporary master of horror. I found myself terrified, afraid to turn each page of this thriller. Young readers and old hands alike will find their heartbeats quicken as the frantic rollercoaster ride depicted in this novella climaxes to its terrible crescendo. I have not slept in the three days since I finished 'It Came from Beneath the Sink'. BEWARE!

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