Goosebumps #10: The Ghost Next Door by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps / 30th April 2018

Title: Goosebumps – The Ghost Next Door Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Tagline: There’s a strange new kid on the block… Summary: “How Come I’ve Never Seen You Before?” Hannah’s neighborhood has gotten a little-weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door. But when did he move in? Wasn’t the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look so deserted? Shes not getting any answers from her new neighbor. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he’s so pale… Is Hannah being haunted by… …the ghost next door??? [Wing: Adorable summary.] Initial Thoughts Now we’ve reached one of the true classics of the original series, the tenth of the first twenty books back when Stine was still establishing the trends and style of the franchise. For those who’ve read the early books, you know already a number of them had an atmosphere that hasn’t been properly revisited in any of the later works. They seemed to carry with them a sense of real despair and fear before Stine began to realize the books might’ve been too scary for kids. [Wing: Which is a shame. Kids are better…

Goosebumps Live On Stage: Screams in the Night by R. L. Stine
Goosebumps / 31st March 2018

Title: Goosebumps Live On Stage – Screams In The Night, a.k.a. “Hello, Slappy!” Author: R.L. Stine (Based on stage play by Rupert Holmes) Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus Summary: N/A Initial Thoughts Time for another long lost Goosebumps treasure, though this one’s slightly better known than “Haunted Library” and “Surprise on the 13th Floor.” In the late 90s there was briefly a Goosebumps stage show, though I was barely aware of this since I was like 8 or 9 at the time. I’ve never seen a performance, and I don’t know how long the show ran. Hell, I’m not even sure how I got this book. I think it originally belonged to my sibling back in elementary school, but like so much of their shit, it ended up in my possession because they stopped caring about it. There are four stories in this book, a wraparound tale and three short stories that feature the same cast of characters. The first and third stories are weird, the first coming across like a rehash of “Stay Out of the Basement” and the third some prototype for the “Goosebumps Horrorland” series. I prefer the second story out of the bunch. The book came with…

Goosebumps Bonus: The Surprise On The 13th Floor by R. L. Stine and Cheryl Hotchkiss
Goosebumps / 28th February 2018

Title: Goosebumps – The Surprise On The 13th Floor, a.k.a. “Walt Disney’s Goosebumps” (Plus Bonus Story) Author: R.L. Stine and Cheryl Hotchkiss Artist: Michael Graeney Summary: N/A Initial Thoughts And now it’s time for something very special, possibly even rarer than “Goosebumps Haunted Library.” Disney Adventures magazine held a contest in the 1990s. In their November 1996 issue, they included the opening segment to a Goosebumps short story called “Surprise On The 13th Floor,” written by R.L. Stine. Contestants were to compose a 1200 word middle and ending for the story. The winner, Cheryl Hotchkiss, got a bunch of cool Goosebumps swag and their entry published in the March 1997 issue. I purchased the March ’97 issue for the sake of reading and recapping the completed story for Point Horror. The magazine included three illustrations by Michael Graeney, but unfortunately due to the size and the spine of the magazine I wasn’t able to include all of them in the post out of fear of ruining my copy. As a consultation prize, I will include a recap of  a short story published in the November ’96 issue, “Made In Transylvania.” [Wing: I had no idea this contest existed, despite liking…

Goosebumps Series 2000 #17: The Werewolf In The Living Room by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps / 25th January 2018

Title: Goosebumps Series 2000 #17 – The Werewolf in the Living Room, a.k.a. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Aaron” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus [Wing: That is one of the creepier werewolves I’ve seen in cover art, and that includes on adult horror novels.] Tagline: Home sweet horror. Summary: The creature had the face of a wolf. And the back and chest of a man. He stared at me with those black, gleaming eyes. He curled back his thick lips. I stared in horror at long, curved fangs. Then – before I could run – the werewolf leaned back on his haunches. Raised his head in a fierce howl. And sank his fangs deep into my skin. Initial Thoughts Surprise, Wing! It’s your favorite thing! WEREWOLVES. I know you mentioned reading “The Werewolf of Fever Swamp,” but I decided to go with one of the books you were less likely to have read before. At least, I hope so. [Wing: Good call! I’ve never read this one before, and I am so, so excited about it.] The Goosebumps 2000 books were Scholastic’s attempt to revitalize the series for the new century, even though they were published three years before…