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Goosebumps (commonly referred to as "the original series") is a series of children's horror fiction books created and authored by R.L. Stine.

The first three books in the series debuted in July 1992. Sales were initially slow, and there were talks of ending the series after the sixth book.[1] However, sales picked up soon after and demand for the series increased, leading to the books being published bi-monthly by the ninth book. R.L. Stine was able to write a single Goosebumps book in just under 10 days.[2] Within just a few years, Goosebumps became the best selling children's book series of all time.[3]

A Goosebumps fan club subscription service was created in 1995, with pages in the back of the books detailing a forum to sign up for the service. Signing up for the fan club would gain you a monthly newsletter and various forms of merchandise. The books themselves would even contain various goodies, such as cardboard cut-out masks, fake tattoos, calendars, posters, trading cards, and more.

The series would inspire multiple spin-off book series, a television show, video games, comics, and films.

Books

Original series

No. Book Publish date Pages
1 Welcome to Dead House July 1992 123
2 Stay Out of the Basement July 1992 122
3 Monster Blood July 1992 128
4 Say Cheese and Die! November 1992 132
5 The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb January 1993 132
6 Let's Get Invisible! March 1993 139
7 Night of the Living Dummy May 1993 134
8 The Girl Who Cried Monster May 1993 137
9 Welcome to Camp Nightmare July 1993 136
10 The Ghost Next Door August 1993 124
11 The Haunted Mask September 1993 121
12 Be Careful What You Wish For... October 1993 121
13 Piano Lessons Can Be Murder November 1993 124
14 The Werewolf of Fever Swamp December 1993 123
15 You Can't Scare Me! January 1994 120
16 One Day at HorrorLand February 1994 123
17 Why I'm Afraid of Bees March 1994 117
18 Monster Blood II April 1994 121
19 Deep Trouble May 1994 117
20 The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight May 1994 122
21 Go Eat Worms! July 1994 119
22 Ghost Beach August 1994 119
23 Return of the Mummy September 1994 118
24 Phantom of the Auditorium October 1996 126
25 Attack of the Mutant November 1994 117
26 My Hairiest Adventure December 1994 122
27 A Night in Terror Tower January 1995 129
28 The Cuckoo Clock of Doom February 1995 118
29 Monster Blood III March 1995 126
30 It Came from Beneath the Sink! April 1995 126
31 Night of the Living Dummy II May 1995 120
32 The Barking Ghost June 1995 117
33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam July 1995 128
34 Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes August 1995 119
35 A Shocker on Shock Street September 1995 117
36 The Haunted Mask II October 1995 124
37 The Headless Ghost November 1995 113
38 The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena December 1995 127
39 How I Got My Shrunken Head January 1996 119
40 Night of the Living Dummy III February 1996 125
41 Bad Hare Day March 1996 117
42 Egg Monsters from Mars April 1996 115
43 The Beast from the East May 1996 118
44 Say Cheese and Die — Again! June 1996 115
45 Ghost Camp July 1996 118
46 How to Kill a Monster August 1996 112
47 Legend of the Lost Legend September 1996 123
48 Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns October 1996 113
49 Vampire Breath November 1996 114
50 Calling All Creeps! December 1996 116
51 Beware, the Snowman January 1997 113
52 How I Learned to Fly February 1997 125
53 Chicken Chicken March 1997 112
54 Don't Go to Sleep! April 1997 118
55 The Blob That Ate Everyone May 1997 114
56 The Curse of Camp Cold Lake June 1997 114
57 My Best Friend Is Invisible July 1997 114
58 Deep Trouble II August 1997 113
59 The Haunted School September 1997 120
60 Werewolf Skin October 1997 125
61 I Live in Your Basement! November 1997 111
62 Monster Blood IV December 1997 118

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Reprints

2003 - 2007 series

From 2003 to 2007, fifty-seven out of the sixty-two of the original Goosebumps books were reprinted with a new cover base and used different colors. Some of the covers were also mirrored and given new taglines. Two books, Stay Out of the Basement and Be Careful What You Wish For..., were given new cover art created by Tim Jacobus, as he did not make the originals for the two. The series of reprints were discontinued shortly after Classic Goosebumps was introduced in 2008.

Phantom of the Auditorium, Legend of the Lost Legend, Werewolf Skin, I Live in Your Basement!, and Monster Blood IV were the only books not reprinted in this series. However, Werewolf Skin did receive a digital rerelease, Phantom of the Auditorium was later reprinted in the Classic Goosebumps series, and Legend of the Lost Legend is included in the Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Retro SetI Live in Your Basement! and Monster Blood IV are the only books in the original series that have yet to receive a reprint.

Classic Goosebumps

Main article: Classic Goosebumps

Classic Goosebumps was a series of reprints originally made to coincide with the release of Goosebumps HorrorLand books. All of the Classic Goosebumps books featured new cover art by Brandon Dorman and a new Goosebumps logo. In addition, the font used for numbering chapters was redesigned and bonus features were added to the end of each book.

Collections

Monster Blood Pack

Monster Blood Pack is the first Goosebumps book collection ever released. It contains Monster Blood, Monster Blood II and Monster Blood III, plus a container of green slime. It was released in September 1995.

The official description reads: This Halloween won't be complete without this totally cool Goosebumps special item, which includes three top titles from the #1 bestselling kids' series-- Goosebumps #3: Monster Blood, #18: Monster Blood II and #29: Monster Blood III--plus a container of green slime.

Goosebumps Monster Edition

Between 1995 and 1997, Scholastic Inc. released four hardcover books under a series titled Goosebumps Monster Edition. Each book contained three Goosebumps books. The books also included special features, such as a greeting sound when opening the book, as with Monster Edition #1 and #3.

Monster Edition #1 and #3 were reprinted in 2003. The covers shown on the back of the books were updated to match their 2003 reprints look. Oddly enough however, the Monster Edition books' front covers were not updated to reflect the 2003 - 2007 reprints look.

Goosebumps Collection

Four hardcover books under a series titled Goosebumps Collection were released between 2003 and 2005. Each book contained three books from the Goosebumps franchise. The Campfire Collection, Monster Blood Collection, and Living Dummy Collection contained three stories from the original series. While the third book, 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps, featured the first three books in the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series.

Goosebumps Bind-Up

Goosebumps Bind-Up is similar to the Goosebumps Collection series, in that they are collection books that contain three Goosebumps books. However, these books are only available in paperback, and the cover design is the same used for the 2003 - 2007 reprint series.

Goosebumps Retro Collector's Tins

The Goosebumps Retro Collector's Tins include five of the all-time best selling books in the series. The lids of the tins features a raised, Goosebumps logo, with the cover art from three of the books included behind it. The sides of the base of the tin feature the covers of the books repeated through out. Under the base of the tins features the Goosebumps g splat.

While the books do sport the original cover art and design, there are some differences from the original prints, which include the following:

  • The Goosebumps logo on the front covers is not raised.
  • The logo and chapter designs in the books use the Classic Goosebumps designs, rather than the originals.
  • The blurbs for these prints are in bold, unlike the original books' blurbs.
  • The back covers for these prints don't feature the next book in the series.
  • The books are thinner and more "floppy" than the originals.
  • The Scholastic logo is featured under the book title instead of being at the bottom left.
  • A little more of the cover art is shown in these prints than the originals.
  • The cover art of these prints is significantly darker than the originals'.
  • The cover for Why I'm Afraid of Bees uses white text for the tagline. The original cover used black text.
  • Legend of the Lost Legend's front tagline is no longer in italics.
  • Books from the first nineteen releases now have the Goosebumps logo on the spine.
  • There are no book numbers on the spine.

List of characters

Villains/Enemies/Antagonists

Children/Protagonists

Other characters

Cover artists

The first two books in the Goosebumps series were illustrated by separate artists. The first book cover, Welcome to Dead House, was illustrated by artist Tim Jacobus. The next book cover, Stay Out of the Basement, was illustrated by artist Jim Thiesen. Scholastic Inc. eventually chose Jacobus as the main series artist because of his use of saturated colors. Of the 62 books in the original series, Jacobus illustrated 60 covers. With the exception of Stay Out of the Basement, the only other book to not be illustrated by Jacobus was the book Be Careful What You Wish For..., which was illustrated by Stanislaw Fernandes.

The first reprints of the Goosebumps series reused Jacobus' art. In addition to this, Jacobus illustrated new covers for the books Stay Out of the Basement and Be Careful What You Wish For....

The Classic Goosebumps reprints used new, digital cover art created by Brandon Dorman. Some of the new covers created by Dorman were based on covers from the original series.

Adaptations

TV series

Main article: Goosebumps (television series)

Goosebumps would inspire a television anthology series of the same name, which premiered its first season on October 27, 1995 with a two-part adaptation of The Haunted Mask. Most of the episodes made for the show are based on the original series, with 43 books receiving adaptations. The show ceased production with its fourth season in late 1998, with a total of 74 episodes made (58 if two-part episodes are counted as one). Only 19 books from the original series didn't receive a TV adaptation.

Audiobooks

Main article: Goosebumps audiobooks

Walt Disney Records released six abridged Goosebumps audiobook cassette tapes in late 1996 and one in 1997. Other than a few UK Audiobooks, these were the only original series audiobooks available until 2015 when Scholastic released fifteen new unabridged Goosebumps audiobooks based on the Classic Goosebumps series in anticipation of the first Goosebumps film's release. The Scholastic audiobooks are available digitally, and can be streamed from services such as Spotify.[5]

Graphic novels

Main article: Goosebumps Graphix

In 2006, Scholastic laucnhed a series of graphic novels titled Goosebumps Graphix. The series adapts books from the original series into graphic novel format. Ten stories have been adapted across four books.

Trivia

  • During the 1990s, Stine revealed several titles for books that never ended up coming to fruition. These titles include: The Good, The Bad, And The Very Itchy, Feeding Frenzy, and 43 Freakout Street.[6]
  • First edition copies of books 1-6 feature no number on the spine. 
  • The spines of the first 19 books in the series feature the Goosebumps title in a standard font. From book 20 onward, this was replaced with the Goosebumps slime logo.
    • From book 20 onward, the top of the spine would also feature ooze in the color of the secondary color of the book cover.
  • When ignoring punctuation and capitalization, there are 16 books in the original series where the title appears as a line that's worked into the story. 
  • Stay Out of the Basement, Say Cheese and Die, Night of the Living Dummy, The Ghost Next Door, The Haunted Mask, Go Eat Worms and all four Monster Blood books are the only books to be written in the third person.

References

Not to be confused with the list of references and allusions in the Goosebumps franchise.
  1. Goosebumps Illustrator Tim Jacobus (Live Panel, Astronomicon) (2:48)
  2. CNN - "R.L. Stine - A chat with the best-selling children's author" (October 28, 1999)
  3. Publishers Weekly - "Outsourcing the Books" (April 17, 2000)
  4. Amazon: Goosebumps Retro Fear Set: Limited Edition Tin listing
  5. Goosebumps Wiki - Thread:37915: "Goosebumps audiobooks free on Spotify?"
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Bumps" — "Ask R.L. Stine!" October 14 (archived)
  7. "The Bumps" — "Brain Juice, but that will be something over #60." (archived)
  8. "The Bumps" — "Ask R.L. Stine!" March 16 (archived)
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