October 26, 2011

R.L. Stine Answers Your Questions!


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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    Hey I loved your goosebumps and fear street books and I would like to know , if a monster or killer would come out of one of your books , who or what would you rather go to your house?

  2. ZT2

    Goosebumps is AWSOME! you should write a book about people go into a jungle but its full of mutants and aliens, and they realise some old goosebump monsters are back, that would be EPIC!

  3. amusedbrain4

    who do i write R.L.Stine a letter? Goosebumps books inspired me to be what i am today and i real want to tell R.L.Stine that he is my favorite writer

  4. jake

    is slappy from “slappy new year” the same one as “night of the living dummy?”and please dont stop making goosbumps books.and i think you should put even more mystery so i get a chill.

  5. jake

    i love your scream of the haunted mask books.its so misterious. I think your books are really interesting. in my school lirary they have few of your books an that is sad.

  6. yazoo321

    For some reason can anyone please tell me why Goosebumps IS coming again, you know Goosebumps still have OTHER 20,000 fans who want to watch more GOOSEBUMPS

  7. yazoo321

    I like your books and I first started watching goosebumps when I was just 6 years old, I’m know starting to like HORROR

  8. Sarah P

    Dear Mr Stine
    i am currently working on a book/novel called Horror Island and i was wondering if you could give me some ideas…………your books inspire me to write, i love your books, my persanal favriots is Fear Street Nights i love all your books
    from Sarah P

  9. Daisy/ warning: (do not let my name fool you)

    What would you do if a monster or ghost from the books keep appearing and every time they keep looking angrier and closer?

  10. cristal

    i love this guy cuz i watch goosebumps like everyday with my little brother!!!!and i also wath r.l stine the haunting hour i love it!!!!!!!!!

  11. greensports10

    i just read how i quit zombie school and it;s sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CREEPY!!!! RL, u roc!!!!
    Can u make a longer book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really luv the seried and i would like you to make a longer 1. RL, u r the master of horror!