By Joshua Carll
Welcome to Dead House… This was the first Goosebumps book that Robert Lawrence Stine had ever created and it would not be the last. In July of 1992, the wonderful and creepy World of Goosebumps, were brought to life in the minds of kids. R. L. Stine was born in Columbus, OH on October 8, 1943. In the mid 1970s, Stine started his career in writing, publishing his first book in 1986, Blind Date. Stine then partnered with Scholastic to help publish his children’s horror/scifi literature, Goosebumps.
Goosebumps has sold over three hundred million copies of the 210 books that have been written. At one point, four million books were sold just within a month. One of the best selling books in the Goosebumps series is One Day at Horrorland followed by a couple of classics, which are Night of the Living Dummy and The Haunted Mask.
Just like everything in life, there are always some things that don’t quite make it in the world. Stine’s not so hot seller happened to be a book called I live in your Basement, which was written in November of 1997. Marco, the main character, gets a call from a boy named Keith, who apparently lives in Marco’s basement. The book ends with the classic plot twist, which you will have to read to find out.
Like most beloved books, a few have been adapted to the silver screen. Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Ghost Next Door, and Deep Trouble are a few of books that have made their television debut, while Stine’s series The Haunting Hour has turned into movies like Don’t Think About IT which stars Emily Osment.
Stine has also teamed up with Rob Letterman, to produce the Goosebumps movie 2015. Letterman has also worked on movies like Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale. There are mixed reviews like all movies and IMDb has given it the rating of 7.3 out of 10. The movie incorporated the classic Stine thrills while also using comedy to make this movie fun for all ages.