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R. L. Stine


R. L. Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine was born on October 8, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio. His mother was a home-maker. His father was a shipping clerk in a warehouse. Bob has a younger brother and sister, Bill and Pam. "We were very poor," Bob says. "I had to wear my cousin's old clothes to school. I think it made me very shy. It's one reason I liked staying in my room and writing." When Bob was nine, he found an old typewriter up in the attic. That discovery changed his life. He carried it down to his room and started typing stories and little joke books.

In school, Bob was not a great student. He was always making jokes and interrupting the class. He got mostly B's on his report cards, but he didn't work very hard. He spent most of his time writing stories and drawing comic books. He thought he wanted to be a comic-book artist. But he had no drawing talent whatsoever. He was terrible in Math, and he hated Phys. Ed. The only sport he was ever good at was ping pong.

Bob graduated from Ohio State University in 1965. In college, he was editor of The Sundial, the school humor magazine, for three years. He boasts that he never went to class. He spent all his time writing the magazine. Of course, being at Ohio State turned him into a huge football fan.

Bob headed to New York City to become a writer. He went to work at Scholastic, writing for school magazines. Then he began to write joke books and humor books for kids. He wrote books such as HOW TO BE FUNNY, THE SICK OF BEING SICK BOOK and 101 CREEPY CREATURE JOKES. He created Bananas Magazinea zany humor magazine, which he wrote and edited for ten years. In those days, he wrote under the name Jovial Bob Stine.

Bob married Jane Waldhorn in 1969. Jane became an editor and writer, and they worked together on several books. Later, Jane and her business partner formed their own publishing company, Parachute Press. They helped to create all of R.L.'s most popular book series.

He wrote his first teen horror novel, BLIND DATE. It became an instant best-seller. Many scary teen novels followed, including BEACH HOUSE, THE BABYSITTER and HIT AND RUN. Says Bob: "I told myself, Forget the funny stuff. Kids like to be scared!"

In 1989, he created the Fear Street series. Teenagers were in terror month after month! The series became the best-selling YA series in history, with more than 100 books. Recently, R.L. wrote six new Fear Street titles for St. Martins Press.

Goosebumps began in 1992. The series quickly became a hit around the world, and it made R.L. a worldwide publishing celebrity. The “Goosebumps” TV show was the number one kids' show in America for three years in a row. All of the “Goosebumps” shows can be seen today on Netflix. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Goosebumps. So far, there are over 130 titles in the series --- and it's still going strong. Bob's favorite Goosebumps books? THE HAUNTED MASK --- and all of the books featuring Slappy the evil dummy.

R.L. created several different scary and funny book series. They included The Nightmare RoomMostly Ghostly and Rotten School. He also published two short story collections, “The Nightmare Hour” and “The Haunting Hour”. R.L. continued to bring out new titles. These included IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOREVER, A MIDSUMMERS NIGHTS SCREAM and YOUNG SCROOGE, all published by Macmillan. He revived the teen series Fear Street in 2014. A Fear Street movie is planned for 2018. Dylan Stine, Bob's grandson, was born in 2014. So Bob decided to do his first picture book. It's titled LITTLE SHOP OF MONSTERS. Marc Brown of Arthur fame did the illustrations. Bob and Marc have more picture books in the works. The “Goosebumps” Movie, starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine was released by Sony/Columbia Pictures. Featuring 40 monsters from the Goosebumps books and Slappy, the evil dummy, it quickly became the #1 film in America. A second Goosebumps movie is in the works. Bob continues to turn out Goosebumps books, taking the series into its 25th year.

The new books are called Goosebumps SlappyWorld. In addition, he's working on several new projects, including a series of comic books for Marvel. R.L. Stine's anthology TV series, "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour", recently won an Emmy Award for Best Children's Show in 2013. Original Goosebumps TV shows continue to run on TV on The Hub and Netflix. Many readers of his children's and YA series are now in their 20's and 30's and have been enjoying his adult novels, including RED RAIN, THE SITTER and EYE CANDY. 

Books by R. L. Stine

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror

In the aftermath of a storm, travel writer Lea Sutter discovers twin orphaned boys. Filled with a desire to do something to help, she impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful. But no one can anticipate their true nature --- or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Lea’s husband will wind up implicated in two brutal murders.