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R.L. Stine

August 25, 1997

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Ghosts. Ghouls. Vampires. Spooks of all sorts. It's what you get when you read one of R.L. Stine's immensely popular Goosebumps series books, or his equally spooky Fear Street series books. Stine's shivers and scares will no longer be confined to his books and popular Goosebumps TV series. In October 1997, he will be opening his own Horrorland -based on the park in his Goosebumps book, One Day at Horrorland - in Disneyworld! "I'm so excited - I'll have my own land at MGM!" exclaimed Stine, " It'll have a live show, a funhouse, and a Goosebumps gift shop where you can buy the books and other souvenirs."

And what better day to open his Horrorland than Halloween? It'll kick off with a big Halloween party, at which Stine will make a personal appearance.

Halloween, horrors, blood, etc. Are his books too scary for kids? (One woman in Minnesota tried to have the books banned from the local school library, although she didn't succeed.) Stine offers reassurance. "I try not to make my books too scary. I never go too far," he stated. "I received a letter from one mother who said ' I appreciate that you give my kids shivers, but not nightmares.' And that's always my goal - shivers, but not nightmares." Stine added.

Stine did give more than shivers to adults in an adult novel called Superstitions last year. Although sales were good, he's not planning on writing another. "I enjoy writing children's books so much more," he explained. "I'm used to writing a whole book every couple weeks - working on Superstitions took a lot longer, and it wasn't as much fun."

Quite interestingly, Stine thinks up his title first, then comes up with the story - which is the opposite of what most writers do.

Presently, he's working on the January 1998 Goosebumps, called Cry of the Cat. "First I thought up the title, then I got an image of a house full of crying cats, and a girl who lived there. Then I imagined another girl, riding a bike, who runs over a cat and takes it to the house because she figures it must live there. And that's how the book started," laughed Stine.

With more laughter, Stine remembered his childhood in Ohio. "When I was nine. I'd write and illustrate these little books- they were terrible! But I loved doing it. Actually, when I first started making those books, I made comic books. I really wanted to be a cartoonist, but I couldn't draw, so I became a writer,' laughed Stine.

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