R.L. Stine never included divorce,
drug use, or child abuse in his
Goosebumps books because he
wanted to make sure that kids
understood they were reading a
fantasy that could never happen
in real life. Source
I don’t ever try to think of ideas. I always just think of titles. And then the title leads me to the story. One day I was walking my dog in the park here in New York, and these words flashed into my mind: ‘Little Shop of Hamsters.’ Where? Why? I don’t know where it came from.