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Blogger Beware is a blog run by Troy Steele that reviews Goosebumps books. The blog contains reviews for all original Goosebumps books, the Tales to Give You Goosebumps books, and the Goosebumps Series 2000 books.

History

The first review posted on Blogger Beware was Troy Steele's review of the book Egg Monsters from Mars on January 19, 2006. Throughout the next two years, Steele would go on to review every book in the original Goosebumps series. During this time, Steele released a line of pin-back buttons, and each button referenced a running gag from Blogger Beware. Steele's final review for the original series was of Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes on June 30, 2008. After this review, Steele went on to start reviewing the Goosebumps Series 2000 books. At one point, Steele stated that he was planning on reviewing Goosebumps HorrorLand and Ghosts of Fear Street, a book series similar to Goosebumps.

Blogger Beware posts started to become more sporadic towards the end of the Goosebumps Series 2000 reviews, and the blog went on a long hiatus after More Tales to Give You Goosebumps was reviewed on May 9, 2011. Over the course of the next year, the only featured updates on the blog were not reviews. On June 5, 2012, Steele posted a review for Revenge of the Living Dummy, marking the first time that a Goosebumps HorrorLand book had been reviewed on Blogger Beware. The blog was updated once in 2015 with a post entitled, "Exciting New Poster For Everyone's Most Anticipated Movie Debuts!"; the title of the post is supposed to seem like it is alluding to the film Goosebumps, but — in actuality — the post is about an obscure film called Jenny's Wedding.

While the blog has never been officially retired, it is dormant; Revenge of the Living Dummy (reviewed in 2012) is currently the last Goosebumps book to be reviewed by Steele, and "Exciting New Poster For Everyone's Most Anticipated Movie Debuts!" (posted in 2015) is the most recent post on the blog. In 2013, Steele said, "The blog is in indefinite hiatus, but hey, Futurama came back."

Reviews

Review topic Date Review gap
(days)
 
Link
Egg Monsters from Mars January 19, 2006 N/A Link
Be Careful What You Wish For... January 19, 2006 0 Link
Ghost Beach January 20, 2006 1 Link
The Ghost Next Door January 27, 2006 7 Link
Attack of the Mutant January 29, 2006 2 Link
Werewolf Skin February 2, 2006 4 Link
A Shocker on Shock Street February 15, 2006 13 Link
The Beast from the East February 17, 2006 2 Link
Welcome to Camp Nightmare February 20, 2006 3 Link
The Haunted School February 24, 2006 4 Link
The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena February 28, 2006 4 Link
You Can't Scare Me! March 7, 2006 7 Link
Go Eat Worms! March 10, 2006 3 Link
Chicken Chicken March 12, 2006 2 Link
Welcome to Dead House March 14, 2006 2 Link
How I Learned to Fly April 11, 2006 28 Link
Bad Hare Day April 20, 2006 9 Link
Say Cheese and Die! April 25, 2006 5 Link
Say Cheese and Die — Again! April 26, 2006 1 Link
Piano Lessons Can Be Murder May 22, 2006 26 Link
I Live in Your Basement! May 24, 2006 2 Link
The Barking Ghost May 27, 2006 3 Link
Calling All Creeps! June 4, 2006 8 Link
The Blob That Ate Everyone July 6, 2006 32 Link
Phantom of the Auditorium September 19, 2006 75 Link
The Haunted Mask November 28, 2006 70 Link
The Haunted Mask II January 16, 2007 49 Link
Stay Out of the Basement January 17, 2007 1 Link
Legend of the Lost Legend April 12, 2007 85 Link
The Girl Who Cried Monster April 20, 2007 8 Link
How to Kill a Monster July 2, 2007 73 Link
How I Got My Shrunken Head August 13, 2007 42 Link
It Came from Beneath the Sink! August 27, 2007 14 Link
The Werewolf of Fever Swamp September 10, 2007 18 Link
Tales to Give You Goosebumps September 28, 2007 18 Link
The Headless Ghost October 21, 2007 23 Link
Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns October 31, 2007 10 Link
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb November 5, 2007 5 Link
Return of the Mummy November 19, 2007 14 Link
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight December 3, 2007 14 Link
Beware, the Snowman December 10, 1997 7 Link
The Horror at Camp Jellyjam December 17, 2007 7 Link
More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps December 21, 2007 4 Link
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom December 31, 2007 10 Link
Monster Blood January 7, 2008 7 Link
Monster Blood II January 18, 2008 11 Link
Monster Blood III January 21, 2008 3 Link
Monster Blood IV January 28, 2008 7 Link
Vampire Breath February 4, 2008 7 Link
Three Shocking Tales of Terror: Book 2 February 11, 2008 7 Link
Why I'm Afraid of Bees February 25, 2008 14 Link
Ghost Camp March 3, 2008 7 Link
Night of the Living Dummy March 11, 2008 8 Link
Night of the Living Dummy II March 18, 2008 7 Link
Night of the Living Dummy III March 24, 2008 6 Link
More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps April 1, 2008 8 Link
Deep Trouble April 9, 2008 8 Link
Deep Trouble II April 14, 2008 5 Link
Goosebumps Live on Stage: Screams in the Night April 22, 2008 8 Link
One Day at HorrorLand May 5, 2008 13 Link
Let's Get Invisible! May 12, 2008 7 Link
Don't Go to Sleep! May 19, 2008 7 Link
My Best Friend Is Invisible June 2, 2008 14 Link
The Curse of Camp Cold Lake June 9, 2008 7 Link
A Night in Terror Tower June 16, 2008 7 Link
My Hairiest Adventure June 23, 2008 7 Link
Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes June 30, 2008 7 Link
"R-E-T-R-O-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me" (Goosebumps series retrospective) July 7, 2008 7 Link
Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps July 15, 2008 8 Link
Cry of the Cat July 22, 2008 7 Link
Bride of the Living Dummy July 28, 2008 6 Link
Creature Teacher August 11, 2008 14 Link
Invasion of the Body Squeezers: Part 1 and Invasion of the Body Squeezers: Part 2 August 19, 2008 8 Link
I Am Your Evil Twin August 28, 2008 9 Link
Revenge R Us September 2, 2008 5 Link
Fright Camp September 9, 2008 7 Link
Are You Terrified Yet? September 16, 2008 7 Link
Headless Halloween September 23, 2008 7 Link
Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls October 7, 2008 14 Link
Brain Juice October 14, 2008 7 Link
Return to HorrorLand October 22, 2008 8 Link
Jekyll and Heidi October 28, 2008 6 Link
Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps October 31, 2008 3 Link
Scream School November 6, 2008 6 Link
The Mummy Walks November 11, 2008 5 Link
The Werewolf in the Living Room November 18, 2008 7 Link
Horrors of the Black Ring December 9, 2008 21 Link
Return to Ghost Camp December 17, 2008 8 Link
Be Afraid — Be Very Afraid! June 16, 2009 181 Link
The Haunted Car December 6, 2009 28 Link
Full Moon Fever December 22, 2009 189 Link
Slappy's Nightmare October 3, 2010 285 Link
Earth Geeks Must Go! April 18, 2011 197 Link
Ghost in the Mirror April 25, 2011 7 Link
"Look Back in Langour" (Goosebumps Series 2000 retrospective) May 2, 2011 7 Link
More Tales to Give You Goosebumps May 9, 2011 7 Link
Revenge of the Living Dummy June 5, 2012 393 Link

Rankings

In a retrospective of the original Goosebumps series, Troy made up two lists ranking the best and worst Goosebumps books.

10 Best Books

As named by Steele, these are the ten best books in the original series, ranked in order:

  1. Be Careful What You Wish For...
  2. Ghost Camp
  3. Werewolf Skin
  4. You Can't Scare Me!
  5. The Haunted School
  6. The Headless Ghost
  7. The Ghost Next Door
  8. Welcome to Camp Nightmare
  9. Stay Out of the Basement
  10. How I Learned to Fly

10 Worst Books

As named by Steele, these are the worst books in the original series; though he stated that the list only features ten books, it actually has eleven, with Chicken Chicken being ranked #0.

  1. Chicken Chicken & Monster Blood IV
  2. Legend of the Lost Legend
  3. Attack of the Jack O'Lanterns
  4. A Shocker on Shock Street
  5. Egg Monsters from Mars
  6. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
  7. Deep Trouble II
  8. Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes
  9. Say Cheese and Die — Again!
  10. My Best Friend Is Invisible

Trivia

  • The original Goosebumps series reviews were updated in a random order (but appear in order in the links), but Goosebumps Series 2000 was updated in chronological order.
  • Egg Monsters from Mars was the first Goosebumps book to be reviewed.
  • Unlike with the original series, Steele did not reveal which of the Goosebumps Series 2000 books were the best and which were the worst. Steele simply described the books as "forgettable".
  • When asked how he felt about Blogger Beware on Reddit, R. L. Stine had this to say, "They sure are critical aren't they? Cringe cringe."
    • After being presented with Stine's comment, Steele said, "Cringing at how critical I am of his life's work is hardly a diss. Considering the circumstances, it was about as classy a response as one could hope for".
  • According to Steele, a fan who worked at Scholastic personally sent him a set of Goosebumps HorrorLand books.

See also

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