Welcome To Dead House (Classic Goosebumps Series)

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Enter at your own Risk: The first ever Goosebumps.
Now with creepy bonus features!

11-year-old Josh and 12-year-old Amanda just moved into the oldest and weirdest house on the block--the two siblings think it might even be haunted! But of course, their parents don't believe them. You'll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends.
But the creepy kids are not ...

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Classic Goosebumps #13: Welcome to Dead House

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Overview


Enter at your own Risk: The first ever Goosebumps.
Now with creepy bonus features!

11-year-old Josh and 12-year-old Amanda just moved into the oldest and weirdest house on the block--the two siblings think it might even be haunted! But of course, their parents don't believe them. You'll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends.
But the creepy kids are not like anyone Josh and Amanda have ever met before. And when they take a shortcut through the cemetery one night, Josh and Amanda learn why.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545158886
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Classic Goosebumps Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 88,286
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


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 May 19, 2012

    Must Read

    THIS WAS THE FIRST GOOSBUMPS BOOK THAT I EVER READ AND ONCE I STARTED I KNEW THERE WAS NO GOING BACK!! THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME AND I RECOMEND THEM FOR AGES ABOUT 9 AND UP! THESE BOOKS ARE GREAT AND A MUST READ!! I AM SOOOO HAPPY I FOUND THESE BOOKS AND WILL PRBLY NEVER STOP READING THEM!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book gave me axual goossbumps it was really creepy and scary. I would really recomend this to people who don't get nightmares easily.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    A reviewer

    Oh my gosh! This is the scariest book in the whole series. That's a warning! It's just a book. I read it in the afternoon and I couldn't sleep at night! It's about a boy and a girl moving to Dark Falls. And the house is haunted! Saw a boy and he disappeared. And saw the same face in the window! Better not spoil your surprise!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    it was awsome!!!

    this was the 1st goosebumps book i ever read & was the best book u will ever read!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Idiots

    Barnes and noble are idiots... this book is number 1 in the goosebumps series and goosebumps horrorland is the companion to the classic goosebumps series... but overal, its a great book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    claws

    Super i luv this book i hav another goose bumps book about gnomes

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Yes

    Yes its old

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    By anonymous

    Well, this story is great and i think its the coolest one i have read so far. Its alittle scary and very mysterious. I do think a lot of people should read this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    A Bookworm

    This book was excellent and creepy. The part when the girl said she saw the ghost in the window creeped me out. This book begged me to keep reading until I was finished. I bet you will love it as much as me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Not for those who don't like to be scared

    'Welcome to Dead House' is a very, very good book. I wouldn't call it the best book ever, although, there wasn't anything wrong with it. It's about Amanda and Josh, a brother and sister that move to an old house in a town they've never heard of. At first, neither like the house, the town, or the people that live there. Soon after, strange things start to happen. Just when the family begins to start feeling at home. Amanda and Josh realize the truth about where they moved. Have they figured out the secret on time? I have read this book about four times and each time was just as exiting. Even though this is a kid's book, it is really scary!!! If you are the kind of person who gets scared easily, don't read this book. If you are the kind of person who loves mystery, adventure, action, and fright, you will LOVE this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Talk about not wanting to move!

    Amanda and Josh move into a new house in Dark Falls. They start seeing things, their new friends are creepy,and their dog barks at everyone. What is the truth about Dark Falls? Amanda and Josh are going to find out. Read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    It will just kill you

    Welocome to dead house was my favorite goosebumps book ever! Imagine, moving to a strange new town and meeting new friends. Typical, right? Not until the whole town goes after your family and you realize that everybody else in that town is dead and that you're next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Screamfest

    In the first book of the 'Goosebumps' series, this book, is a screamfest of horror. With a great plot twist at the end, this book is maybe the scariest book in the 'Goosebumps' series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    I <3 this book

    Best book ever in the world of goosebumps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Your acount will be revocked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    I love Goosebumps essay ( My Choice) I hope you enjoy this is from my heart

    I love Goosebumps, but I have something to say about it and I hope you all agree. The sample is too short! I read it vand there are only seventeen(17) pages. What good is that? No good! If I wrote this book I would demand a three chapter maximum sample one chapter minimium. I am speaking for all the Goosebumps fanss who live for Goosebumps when I say that the sample needs to be much longer. Oh yes. I am a fan who lives for the book series that is horrorifing and can scar a young child. This didn't even scrap the top. Pathetic. Come on R.L. Stine you can change this. You and only you.Please. I love you books just like any other Goosebumps fan. I find your most horrifing books are the Night of the Living Dummy books those gave me nightmares as a child and stiill now too. I love your work so does my mom. I really like your you choose the scare books those are truely fun to read. Please , pleadse. Only you can make change this. You are a realky talented boy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Omg

    A very instercing book not recomened for ages 10 and least thats what i say also dont try to fo stuff scary while reading this author likes to scare you so dont be temted because lots of adults dint like these seties because its scary for young people to read if you can get scared lz dont read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Spooky!

    Wow! It's just- wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Amazing

    One of my favs

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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