Category Archives: Goosebumps

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)
WHO:

  • 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 About Us, 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!

Carly H., STACKS Staffer:

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Karen, STACKS Staffer:

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Morgan, Scholastic Staffer:

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Nick, STACKS Staffer

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Ratha, STACKS Writer:

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Sonja, STACKS Staffer:

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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.
“Why? BECAUSE WE SAID SO!”

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.

_Stacks_Admin_: Welcome, bluecookiedough! We’ll get started in a few minutes.
_Stacks_Admin_: Hey there, Slappymadlibs! We’ll be starting in just a few minutes.
_Slappymadlibs_: hi whats up?
_fabchick_: Hi!
_bluecookiedough_: nothing i don’t know what to do
_Slappymadlibs_: whats your name?
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_Slappymadlibs_: im mackenzie
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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. 

October 26, 2009

Watch out for Goosebumps!

Posted by at 10:29 am in Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps_tv Not quite getting into that Halloween spirit? Need a little Goosebumps to get you going? Maybe some classic Goosebumps episodes might help? R.L. Stine’s classic tales were made into the quirky Goosebumps TV series back in 1995 and are still alive and well today. Fox Kids aired 3 seasons of half-hour episodes and an occasional 1-hour special back in 1995.The 4th season of Goosebumps was made up of 1-hour specials– totaling 74 episodes for all 4 seasons combined! Did you know that there are some famous faces in Goosebumps TV episodes?

  • Hayden Christensen of the Star Wars Trilogy was in Night of the Living Dummy Part 1 & 2 back in 1997
  • Ryan Gosling of The Notebook was in Ultimate Goosebumps back in 1996
  • Maria Vacratsis of Degrassi: The Next Generation was in Deep Trouble and Werewolf Skin Parts 1 & 2 back in 1998
  • Katherine Issabelle of Smallville plus other TV shows, was in Ultimate Goosebumps back in 1996

Goosebumps TV show fans are young and old — the series definitely has a wide age range when it comes to fans! To get your fill of classic Goosebumps TV, check out some Goosebumps episode clips.

September 15, 2009

Goosebumps PhotoShock App

Posted by at 1:30 pm in Games, Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps_130 I’m Sam, a producer with Scholastic Interactive. It’s a really exciting time of year for us because we’re launching our first ever apps for the iPhoneTM and iPod touch®! I got the coveted assignment of producing the app for GoosebumpsTM. I’ll be giving you an inside look at what it takes to make an app.

Goosebumps is funny and frightening all wrapped into one. So what would be funny and scary on the iPhone? We had a bunch of early ideas for apps:

  • A “Scream Machine” that gives you a sound bank of Goosebumps noises.
  • A “Haunted iPhone” that looks like the standard iPhone desktop but replaces all of your functions with twisted versions of themselves.
  • “My Pet Goo,” like a virtual pet game except that you’re raising a disgusting glob of goo. Take good care of it and it might grow teeth, change colors, or even split into two globs of goo.

Maybe we’ll make one of those next, but our favorite idea was PhotoShock, which lets you take any picture from your iPhone or iPod touch and give it the full Goosebumps treatment. So you can turn your friends into ghastly ghouls or even give your dog The Haunted Mask!

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The app gives you a collection of stickers that you can put on your photograph and then move, resize or rotate to create some truly horrifying compositions. We brainstormed every scary thing you might want to add to a picture: Googly eyes, splatters of slime, hanging spiders, crawling bats, a full moon, a tombstone… well, you get the idea.

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We then had to draw and create the stickers in the Goosebumps style. We worked closely with the Goosebumps gurus (aka brand managers – what a cool job!) to ensure that the stickers had the right balance of scares and humor. We also were able to include Goosebumps monster masks so you can make yourself into Slappy or change a photo of a group of friends into the ultimate Goosebumps monster crew around!

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With over 95 stickers and icons, the possibilities are endless. And what good are photos if you can’t share them and show them off? Once you’re done, you can email your photos to friends to show off your masterpiece!

— Sam, Scholastic Interactive Staffer

November 10, 2008

Feeling Any Goosebumps?

Posted by at 1:11 pm in Goosebumps | Permalink

Goosebumps Halloween

Times Square is about as touristy as it gets, but it’s the heart of New York. Smack dab in the middle of Manhattan and packed with people, stores, cars, music, food, theaters, and lights, it can be a little overwhelming. So imagine how cool it was to see Goosebumps take it over!

On Halloween, Times Square turned into Goosebumps HorrorLand. There were signs, screens, and events everywhere. I headed into the city that morning to check it all out.

The first thing I saw was a group of people gathered on what’s called the “fence island” in the middle of Times Square itself.

As I approached, I noticed a bunch of pumpkins lying on the ground nearby  — and then I saw the Goosebumps sign!

Stephen Clarke was attempting to break the world record for number of pumpkins carved in one hour. He holds the current record (42), which works out to an average of 85 seconds a pumpkin. Phew! Stephen was carving like mad, turning out high-quality pumpkins with ease. It looked exhausting! I’ve carved a few pumpkins myself, and it usually takes me hours for each one. Plus I’m usually completely wiped at the end. I have no idea how he does this.

Ridiculous! So I watched as he tried to break his own record. It was really exciting  — assistants tossing pumpkins to him, a carnival barker calling people over and shouting out the number of pumpkins he had finished, TV cameras jostling to get the best angle, and a big crowd cheering him on. Watch the video.

As the clock wound down, Stephen finished up his 50th pumpkin! A judge from the Guinness World Records was on hand to present him with an official award.

When that was finished, the Goosebumps street team stayed behind so people could get pictures taken as a Horror. I couldn’t resist.

Then it was off to Toys R Us, where Goosebumps had taken over the bottom floor. On the way, I kept running into Goosebumps signs.

Once inside Toys R Us, I had a chance to play the new Goosebumps video game for a while. The minigames are “easy to learn, hard to master,” as they say, and each one will definitely keep you entertained for a while. And there’s 30 of them! I found myself laughing a lot too. The Horrors are hilariously rude, and the terrible vampire jokes — delivered in a really thick Dracula accent  — crack me up every time (“What is a vampire’s favorite sport? Casket-ball! Muahahaha!”). The game definitely has its share of scares, though. I don’t want to give anything away, but this definitely isn’t just your average “spooky” amusement park. Freaky things happen, and they get way worse before they get better (if they get better at all). It’s definitely worth checking out.

Before long, it was time to leave and head back to the office. But what a blast!

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

October 29, 2008

R. L. Stine

Posted by at 8:31 am in Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

Rl_stine Stine to Scare!

The Scholar of Scary, the Monster Machine, the Expert of Eerie, the Craftsman of Creepy . . . call him what you want, but there is no doubt that R. L. Stine is definitely one of the greatest children’s horror fiction novelists of all time!

In addition to his classic Goosebumps series, Stine has also recently released the Hall of Horrors series, the Most Wanted series, and the Goosebumps HorrorLand series. With all these chart-topping horror series by Stine, it makes me wonder how many nightmares has he been responsible for throughout the years?

As Halloween nears, you should absolutely check out one of R. L. Stine’s many books. However, I recommend that you may want to keep the lights on and an extra person around just in case.

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

October 27, 2008

Goosebumps HorrorLand — Get Ready to Play!

Posted by at 12:51 pm in Games, Goosebumps, Sneak Peek | Permalink

We know you have questions about the making of the Goosebumps HorrorLand Video Game, so here are some answers! In this final InkSplot 26 entry about the game, we’re giving you Splotters an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the game. For this insight, I went straight to the source! I sat down and got the scoop from Sam, Senior Producer for the Goosebumps HorrorLand video game:

The game features a unique Goosebumps story, and it’s your job as the player to earn frights to unlock the five areas in HorrorLand to move this story forward. How did the team come up with the brand new plotline?

Well, the story of HorrorLand has been told in a lot of places over the years, and we looked at all of them. There was R. L. Stine’s classic book One Day at HorrorLand, and also the sequel, Return to
HorrorLand. In addition, there was an episode of the TV show based on the original book. And of course, there was Stine’s terrific new HorrorLand series, which was only partly written at the time we were developing the game.

We took inspiration from all of these, but in the end decided to tell our own story, with our own twists and turns. The game starts with the idea that one of the Horrors (my favorite characters from the
books) decides to start a brand new HorrorLand, kind of like making Disney World when there was already a Disneyland. Without any human supervision, this new park could be scarier, deadlier, and crazier than ever, with no exit and a total disregard for safety.

As the Splotters learned from last week’s blog entry, each area of HorrorLand has its own theme with different characters, rides, and attractions. What inspired some of these cool ideas?

When designing the game, we started with the idea, ‘What if we were making a real horror-themed amusement park? What would we definitely want to see?’ We tried to hit all of the Horror staples:
vampires, mummies, swamp monsters, evil robots, scary clowns.

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For the rides and attractions, we started with things you might find in a “normal” amusement park, but with a fiendish twist. So we have a Batting Cage, but it features live bats. Instead of Bumper Cars we have Bumper Carnage, which has a giant pit in the middle of the arena and where the drivers are really trying to destroy each other. The Calamity Canyon ride was inspired by the Cyclone at Coney Island, which if you’ve ever seen it, looks like it’s about to fall apart. I’m sure the Cyclone is entirely safe, but our ride really is falling apart. In fact, the announcer tells you so at the beginning of the ride, and your job is to dodge missing tracks and duck under collapsing overpasses.

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