Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Blogtober: Goosebumps & R. L. Stine

This post is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! If you've got a fall post, make sure to add it to the Linky so I can check it out!

Today is part introduction to the fact that R. L. Stine has a new book out soon now. I had the chance to read it on NetGalley, and it just reminded me how much I loved the Goosebumps series when I was younger. My brother and I are part of a large family, so a lot of what we got was hand-me-downs, and we were fortunate enough to accrue a ton of books over the years, including about 50 or 60 paperbacks of these treasures.

I'm going to talk about some of my favorites today if you want to revisit these for the Halloween season!

1. Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1)
So my school library (teeny Catholic school in Indiana, mind you) had a lot of the Goosebumps books, and being the cool kid I was, this is where I spent most of my time. They would only let you check out one book at a time (quite a big issue with speed readers like myself), so I resorted to books like this edition, which had the first three books in one. This hardcover was especially awesome because it made a super creepy door-squeaking sound when you opened it. Aside from the cool book I read multiple times, this story always just stuck with me. I still remember it, and it still creeps me out a little bit if I think about it for too long.

2. Go Eat Worms! (Goosebumps #21)
For some reason, I vividly remember this story. This kid loves worms and has a worm farm (um, EW), and he tortures them in his spare time. So then they all get super creepy and stare at him a lot, and then they seem to grow and take over the world. You know, an average day. I just remember I thought this one was so creepy because I feel like bugs could actually take over the world and maul me in my sleep as a kid. *shivers*

3. Say Cheese and Die! (Goosebumps #4)
This was my absolute favorite Goosebumps story. Or at least, I think it was. It's the only one I remember reading over and over and over again. I loved that they were normal kids doing normal things, and they were taking pictures, and then BAM, the people were skeletons in the pictures. I think I believed it was a magical camera (reading these around the same year HP1 happened, so I was totally into the whole magical-equipment thing), and that maybe one day I could find something magical. That didn't, you know, kill people. And this one had a sequel (creatively titled Say Cheese and Die, AGAIN!).

Also can we talk about how, when looking up pictures, I realized this was TINY GOSLING that starred in this gem of a movie!

Did you all read Goosebumps as kids? Any book stick out in your mind? Or let's talk about the SUPER CREEPY DUMMY MOVIE THAT NICKELODION AIRED THAT ONE YEAR THAT STILL GIVES ME NIGHTMARES.

Also don't forget you can win lots of stuff all October long on the blog!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh Goosebumps! Now I have to admit, I didn't read many Goosebumps books as a kid. The ones I did read were always the ones with the sparkly covers - the choose your own adventure ones! I just loved being in control of the fate of the characters and trying to get through the darn thing without dying (and was rarely successful)! I did watch the Goosebumps shows though (or was it just that movie?)! Creepy but so much fun. Ah, good times. I don't get why those books were so popular but you don't really see that much horror for YA.


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