October 26, 2011

R.L. Stine Answers Your Questions!

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A few weeks ago we asked you to write in your questions for the Master of Fright, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine. He answered questions from 10 lucky readers, so read on to see if yours was chosen!

Q from SilverSnake: Which character do you think is most like you? Which character is most unlike you?
R.L. Stine: I like to think I'm like all my crazy characters—Slappy the dummy, who's so rude and awful; Dr. Maniac; The Ooze; The Menace, the evil villain from HorrorLand. But in real life, I'm more like Evan, the poor kid who lets the Monster Blood loose and doesn't have a clue how to defeat it.

Q from Raggweed: Since Goosebumps creeps me out, how can you not be scared, and keep making them? They freak even my older relatives out, so are you afraid of your own creations too?
R.L. Stine: Scary stuff NEVER scares me. Horror always makes me laugh instead. When I go to a scary movie, I don’t get scared—I just laugh. Same for writing Goosebumps books.

Q from Mysterygirl123: If you could be a monster for a day, what monster would you choose? Why? R.L. Stine: I would be a giant jellyfish from Deep Trouble because I like to swim a lot.

Q from ArtAthena13: What would you say to a kid who wants to be an author?
R.L. Stine: Write something every day. Keep a journal or a diary. And make sure you read a LOT!

Q from cnahk: Do you ever want to write something less scary?
R.L. Stine: I love writing funny books, too. That's why I wrote the Rotten School book series. I also try to put a lot of funny stuff in Goosebumps.

Q from Niki: Who's your favorite character? Why?
R.L. Stine: Slappy the evil dummy. I like writing all the insults and rude things he says to people.

Q from AstronomyAble3: Who is your inspiration and icon?
R.L. Stine: Many writers have inspired me. I think the sci-fi author Ray Bradbury was a big influence. Also, Rod Serling, who wrote The Twilight Zone.

Q from Lexi: Are you a prankster with scaring people?
R.L. Stine: No. Maybe I scared my little brother a few times when we were kids. But I'm not really into pranks and jokes. Too busy writing!

Q from CheerfulHeart15: What's your favorite book of Goosebumps that you wrote? Were you good at telling ghost stories when you were young?
R.L. Stine: My favorite Goosebumps book is The Haunted Mask. I was too shy to tell ghost stories when I was a kid. I was a very quiet kid.

Q from OreoPie09: How do you come up with such creepy stuff and do you believe in ghosts?
R.L. Stine: I don’t know where the ideas come from. I've never seen a ghost—but I keep looking!

Q from Megan: Would you ever consider doing like a Nancy Drew type of book series for girls?
Q from Georgia: When you do your next book why not call it Zombieland?!
Q from NinjaCobra1: Why don't you make a Goosebumps book about a boy who likes scary movies, and finds out that all the monsters are coming to life?
Nice ideas. Thanks for the suggestions.
– R.L.

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  1. mysterygrl2376

    wow i thought me and my friend were like the only people that liked goosebumps im glad we r’nt alone!!!! :)

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  2. Rob W

    Mr.Stine all the Kid’s scary story’s now a days just aren’t the same..will you ever consider making a comeback and showing all these producers now a days how its done? If you can promote it right you will get all of your old viewer’s back surely and plenty more..i watch it with my younger siblings and its sure is a thrill for them..You can do it! If anyone can its you!

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  3. Rob W

    Goosebumps was the best series’s ever! I also love the video’s i wish you’d continue to make them..Im like you i laugh in the face of horror lol! Your series is spooky yet its not to much..I wish i had an episode per day for the rest of my life! Thanks for all that you do and good luck on your newest creations..i just hope you keep giving people goosebumps they’re what made you the author you are today..if you turn on them they might turn on you like rocky turned on slappy lol Best of luck!

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  4. Miles

    At school we have this book and it is cool it is called Bone it is like a comic book I like the story.I ‘m in fourth grade 4 grade is easy we had this test with 3 pages

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  5. Kamia

    i really like your books because they are really scary and intereating and fastating books to read thank you for reading my comment
    kamia to you goosebumps writer

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