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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439121368
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Fear Street Superchillers , #41
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 510,635
  • Age range: 12 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 August 5, 2011

    A Book

    The sample was a amazing nd cant wait to read the whole story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great

    I love r.l.stine

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

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    Licking people boob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Read my post(:

    The book is about how Felica is trying to run away from her old life because she has evil powers that force her to try to hurt, damage, or even kill the humans that she is with. Even though she tries to run away from her powers, there is nowhere to hide. And rememer this: DON'T HITCHHIKE, BRO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    My friend read it in one day!

    My friend, Rikki, read it in one day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    The Best!

    I absotivly posalutly love this book! It was great!!!! A must read! Very Suprising!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Surprising!

    I have never read a story like this before, so all must read it! It was very surprising and unpredictable. This was a very good Fear Street Story, and if you are a fan of the other books, you should read this one. It has a surprising twist in the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    'Excellent book for anyone who loves a good thriller'

    This book is sort of like the movie Carrie, but less graphic. I've been reading R.L. Stine books since I was in middle school. I'm an adult reader now and R.L. Stine books inspired me to start reading other supernatural horror books by authors including Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Simon Clark, and Bentley Little.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    THE COOLEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    tHIS IS MY FAVORITE,FAVORITE BOOK I'VE READ FROM R.L.STINE DUDES!!!!!!I COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    good book

    it is a good book but there is not complex action in the story only little action

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    It was the best book EVER!!

    This was the first Fear Street novel by R.L. Stine I read. Believe me it won't be the last! It was so suspenceful I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns you just hang on every word! I hope the rest of his books are this good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2001

    outstanding

    It was so great I was sad when I finishet if I had a time michean I would read it agen not knowing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!

    This by far the best book by Stine that i have ever read! It has everything, suspense, horror, and humor. I literally could NOT put this book down! The characters were great and everything else about it was also! I give this book five stars for absolutely outstanding! This is an OUTSTANDING book you have to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Super!!One of the greatest books I've read!!

    It was a great book.It was the first book by R.L.Stine that I had read.And my cousin let me read it.And I've never given it back to her.So,it's really great.If you read it,you'll love it.I had friends read it and now it's their fave book.Please try it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    A great book!

    This was a really good book! I couldn't put it down. It has a really suprising ending, you won't believe it! It's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2000

    Best Fear Street book!!

    Great book is all I have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!!

    I thought that this book was really good. It was very suspenseful and I couldn't put it down. Out of all his books I would HIGHLY recomend this book. You are almost gauranteed to to love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Wonderful~~~GREAT!

    This is a WONDERFUL book! Its a total 5 star raiting, I might seem not to ,um, like, Big at the start but you really have to get into the book!!!!!!!!

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