Category Archives: Goosebumps

September 30, 2011

Goosebumps Questions? Ask R.L. Stine

Rlstine Have you read all the Goosebumps books, watched all the TV shows, and wondered infinitely what goes on in the mind of Goosebumps creator, R.L. Stine? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps HorrorLand and the new Hall of Horrors book series, is ready to answer your burning questions. Submit your questions in the Comments below and we’ll choose 10 of the most creative and terrifyingly ghoulish questions to pass on to R.L. Stine.

Check back here on October 26 to read the answers and see if your question was chosen.

— Amabel, Scholastic Media

May 18, 2011

R.L. Stine’s NEW Hall of Horrors Series

Posted by at 3:57 am in Authors, Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

Claws_130x130 If you love scary books, then you probably know all about Robert Lawrence Stine (a.k.a. R.L. Stine), the author of the Goosebumps and HorrorLand series. You have probably even watched the videos and chatted with people about them on the Message Board.

But have you read Stine’s NEWEST series, Hall of Horrors? In this video, the master of horror himself tells you all about it.

Here are the books in the new series so far:

  • Book 1: Claws
    Mickey and Amanda are put in charge of their vacationing neighbors’ cat, Bella. But Bella escapes from the house and disappears. Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store Cat Heaven. They find a cat that looks exactly like Bella, but the clerk won’t sell it to them, so they decide to steal it. Big mistake! These cats are more than they seem to be.
  • Book 2: Night of the Giant Everything
    When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals by his classmates, things begin to get strange. Either his toothbrush is growing, or he is shrinking! Will he be able to make it through the day and return to his original size?

Are you a fan of R.L. Stine’s books? Let us know in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 27, 2010

Goosebumps Go Eat Worms! DVD and Recipe

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Goosebumps A Worm-tastic Treat! In celebration of Goosebumps Shriek Week as well as the recently released Go Eat Worms! DVD, try making this terrifyingly squirmy treat to serve up at your next family meal!

Goosebumps Gourmet, Terrfyingly Tasty Worms! GoEatWormsDVD
Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 packages of peach or orange gelatin dessert
  • Gummy worms
  • A Big Bowl

Here’s What You Do:

  • Prepare gelatin according to the directions on the box and pour into a bowl. Place in refrigerator.
  • After about 45 minutes, when the gelatin has started to set, turn gummy creatures upside down and push them into the gelatin. Be careful not to push them too far or leave any part sticking out of the gelatin since you want them to look like they’ve been suspended in amber for millions of years. Replace in refrigerator.
  • When the gelatin is completely set dip the bowl in warm water to loosen gelatin. Place a plate over the bowl and carefully flip the bowl over so that the dessert is on the plate.

You should have now a big quivering lump of amber, complete with worms! Dig in and enjoy!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

October 25, 2010

How to Draw Goosebumps

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Goosebumps It’s the last week of October leading up to Halloween and we’re celebrating all things Goosebumps here on the STACKS.

Goosebumps books are such page-turners and one of the things that makes Goosebumps_How to Draw Goosebumps them so much fun are the monsters, ghouls and villains that R.L. Stine creates to terrorize his characters—and his readers. Now we can learn how to draw the Goosebumps ghouls with a new book that provides step-by-step instructions for our favorite Goosebumps villains. All the fan favorites such as Slappy, the Haunted Mask, Werewolf of Fever Swamp and the Horror are included, plus many others.

Did you know that the basic foundation of all drawings are basic shapes like circles and squares? Very true! And the book teaches you that you need to think of these shapes in 3D to make drawings look realistic. You start out with these basic shapes and work on adding details and refining to create the character drawings. OK, sounds simple enough. I like to think I’m pretty talented. I mean I’m no Picasso but hey, who is, right? Check out my rendition of Slappy. . .  Slappy Sketch_Amabel
Who’s your favorite Goosebumps ghoul? Tell us in the Comments.

—Amabel, Scholastic Media Staffer

June 7, 2010

R. L. Stine Volcano Writing Prompt

Posted by at 7:09 am in Authors, Goosebumps, Writing Prompt | Permalink

RlstineYou know I love writing scary stories. But I don’t like it when the scary stories happen to ME!

In April, my wife Jane and I went to London for a short vacation that turned out to be longer than we planned. Yes, the Iceland volcano erupted, the airports all closed, and we were stranded in London for days.
And, of course, in my mind I began imagining story plots:

  • What if the volcano spewed its ashes for a year or two? What would people do—just forget their homes and start new lives in a new place?
  • What if a kid goes away to camp, there’s a huge blast of black air from a volcano—he is stranded in another dimension, and cannot find his home or see his family ever again?

You can see how my mind works. From real to fantasy. But it would make a great story, don’t you think? Write what you think happens next in the Comments.

— R. L. Stine, Goosebumps Author

April 29, 2010

R.L. Stine vs. Iceland Volcano

Posted by at 9:35 am in Authors, Games, Goosebumps | Permalink

RlstineYou know I love writing scary stories. But I don’t like it when the scary stories happen to ME!

My wife Jane and I went to London for a short vacation that turned out to be longer than we planned. Yes, the Iceland volcano erupted, the airports all closed, and we were stranded in London for days.
Not a bad place to be stranded. But the idea of not being able to go home when we wanted was very scary.

So, now I’m finally home and getting excited about the Summer Challenge Ultimate Author Showdown Webcast. Having faced down a spewing volcano, I’m ready to face down the other contestants. I’m ready to face the unexpected and unpredictable. Bring it on!

WHEN: Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 1:00pm (ET)/10:00am (PT)

  • Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Elijah of Buxton, Bud Not Buddy, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
  • Gordon Korman, author of The 39 Clues: One False Note, Swindle, and Zoobreak
  • Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, and Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time
  • and me, R.L. Stine

I’ll be there. Will you?

— R. L. Stine, Goosebumps Author

October 31, 2009

Halloween Greetings from Your Fiends at THE STACKS!

Posted by at 9:22 am in Goosebumps | Permalink

130 Happy Halloween from the Ink Splot 26 bloggers! To celebrate we thought we would show you our faces, Goosebumps PhotoShock style! If you missed our behind-the-scenes look at the making of Goosebumps PhotoShock, let me fill you in. Goosebumps PhotoShock is an app for the iPhoneTM and iPod touch® that lets you take a regular, boring old photo and Goosebumps-ify it! Trade out those teeth for fangs, your brown eyes for some creepy, yellow ones, dose yourself with some slime, and . . .Voila!

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October 30, 2009

Would You Survive Goosebumps HorrorLand?

Posted by at 6:06 pm in Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

Goosebumps_horrorlandsurvivalguide Welcome to HorrorLand amusement park, the scariest place on earth!

Have you read the HorrorLand series by R.L. Stine? The series is about someone — or something — that is summoning ordinary kids to an amusement park of horrors where they have to find a way to escape. Fright-master R.L. Stine takes you on a thrilling adventure in the Goosebumps HorrorLand series.

In HorrorLand your nightmares come to life and you’ll need the new book Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide in order to make your escape. This book will give you behind-the-scenes info on:

  • The Stagger Inn doom service menu
  • Ratings for the scariest rides in HorrorLand
  • Tips on how to avoid top Egyptian curses

Read this excerpt from the book to find out the top 3 things NOT to do in HorrorLand. . .

How to Get in Trouble in HorrorLand

While we were preparing this chapter, the Guest Relations team took a survey. We asked hundreds of Monster Police to answer the following question: “What are your favorite reasons for bullying visitors?” Below are the three most popular answers. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Reason #3: Monster Blood
Due to a recent at the /hungry Crocs Piggyback Ride, anyone caught with Monster Blood will have to eat it. And then you’ll be in BIG trouble!

Reason #2: Meddling
“Some things are nobody’s business but ours,” said Sergeant Clem.

Reason #1: Mirrors
“No mirrors of any kind are allowed,” said an officer named Benson.
“It’s for your own safety, really. You don’t want to see what you look like after one day at HorrorLand.”

October 29, 2009

STACKS Kids Chat: Goosebumps

Goosebumps_chat_home_Karen_Stacks_Staffer_: Hi, early birds! We’re going to wait another 10 minutes or so before opening up the chat room for your message submissions.

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_Slappymadlibs_: hi whats up?
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October 27, 2009

October Live Chat: Get Goosebumps!

STACKS Live Chat October announcement: Get Goosebumps Halloween chat on October 27thDARE to chat with us?
Join our LIVE CHAT on the Goosebumps series, other spooky books & more!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6-7 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Scary books!

Halloween is right around the corner! And to celebrate, our October Live Chat will be about the Goosebumps series and other spooky scary books. Join in the chat to talk with other kids about the books that give YOU goosebumps!

And if you’re in New York City on October 24, 2009, stop by the Scholastic Store in SoHo at 3pm for a demo of the Goosebumps HorrorLand Wii game, and more Halloween fun!

— STACKS Staffers

UPDATE: 10/30 — Thanks for joining the chat! Read the transcript here.