Gamblers beware, you’re in for a scare. Especially if you’re scared of March-induced bracketing, the phenomenon that pits everything under the sun against everything above the sun in a single-elimination free for all. R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, the children’s-horror-serial-turned-nostalgia-gold-mine, are the latest item to get the treatment, with publisher Scholastic announcing a popularity poll to determine the greatest of Stine’s disposable masterworks.
While the prize deadline for accurately predicting the poll’s ultimate winner has passed (a prospect that was ruined the moment the number-crunching nerds got into the game, anyway, with their mummyball and scarebermetrics), you can still play along at home, betting whether perennial favorite Night Of The Living Dummy can overcome the challenge presented by late up-and-comer Monster Blood IV, long considered the artistic pinnacle of the Monster Blood franchise. You can get your blank brackets from Scholastic here, and get in on the voting at the official Goosebumps Tumblr.
What made you decide to write an adult horror novel after so many years of scaring kids?
So many of my original readers are now in their 20s and 30s. I wanted to write a book for them.
Did it make you happy knowing you deprived me and countless others sleep for weeks?
Yes, it did.
Which book would you say was your favorite to write?
The Slappy books are most fun to write because I get to be rude and insulting.
Did you ever meet or hang out with Christopher Pike in real life?
I spent one very weird day with Christopher Pike back in the 90’s.
If there is one book that you wish you wrote yourself instead of the original author, what would it be?
Have you had any person supernatural experiences, either before or after Goosebumps?
Once when I was an editor at Scholastic, I was sitting at my desk when I felt myself rising up from my body. I floated up to the ceiling and looked down on myself sitting at my desk below. It lasted only a few seconds and never happened again. No drugs were involved.
Which book, to you, was your “best” work (from the goosebumps collection)?
Wanted: The Haunted Mask. I’m very proud of that one, even though it’s a sequel.
Anyone remember Goosebumps? I used to be a huge fan of it and collected almost every original book (not the newer ones he made) This list is pretty much the ones I remember reading. I used to love them especially since they were horror themed! I had tons of other books as well but goosebumps were my favourits. I think of all the books Night of the Living Dummy was probably my favourit, I had it on VHS as well as The Haunted Mask which was probably the creepiest kids horror movie I’d ever seen at that point.