If you have or know a preteen child, chances are you have heard of R.L.Stine's "Goosebumps" series. The horror novels aimed at kids are just scary enough to inspire a case of the creeps but not frightening enough that your kids will be crawling in bed with you at night. Stine has written many books for the series, most of which have been featured in a television series. He is also the author of other books, two of which have been turned into direct-to-video films.
R. L. Stine began publishing the "Goosebumps" series of books in 1992. This series involved short novels about different scary situations in which preteen protagonists found themselves. Some of the titles include "Welcome to Dead House," "The Haunted Mask," "Night of the Living Dummy" and "The Werewolf of Fever Swamp." The series of books were bestsellers and turned Stine into a hit writer for children.
The books were then turned into a television series called "Goosebumps." Each half-hour episode was devoted to one of Stine's books. The series was on the air from 1995 until 1998. Some of the novels that were featured as episodes were "Return of the Mummy," "Stay out of the Basement," The Phantom of the Auditorium" and "Let's Get Invisible." The series is still available on DVD. The stories are entertaining but with a shivery twist that is perfect for preteens who aren't old enough for horror movies.
Two of Stine's books have been turned into direct-to-video full-length films that were later shown on television. "The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It," taken from a Stine anthology, involves the tale of a girl, Cassie, who comes across a scary book called "The Evil Thing." The book isn't supposed to be read aloud. When she reads it aloud to scare her little brother, it unleashes a monster that kidnaps her friends and family members. The first book in the "Mostly Ghostly" series--"Who Let the Ghosts Out?"--was also issued on DVD and shown on television. It concerns a boy named Max who sees spirits in his home. The spirits have unfinished business in the real world and ask for Max's help. Max travels between the real world and the spirit world to aid the spirits.
Current and Future Projects
As of 2011, Hub network is producing a television series called "The Haunting Hour." The series is based on stories from Stine's anthologies "The Haunting Hour" and "The Nightmare Hour." The show presents a different story every week. In 2008, Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights for the "Goosebumps" series. However, as of 2011, there have been no further developments regarding potential films.