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Goosebumps Gold was a series originally intended to follow Goosebumps Series 2000 and was scheduled to launch in October 2000. However, the series was cancelled early in its production.

The titles and the covers, which were published on Goosebumps illustrator Tim Jacobus's website, were the only things from Goosebumps Gold that were ever released. In an interview, author R.L. Stine stated that none of the Goosebumps Gold books were ever completed.

Background

In the late 1990's, Scholastic Inc. and Parachute Press engaged in a lengthy legal dispute over the marketing rights for the Goosebumps franchise. As a result of the legal battle and declining sales, all series in the Goosebumps franchise were cancelled, and R.L. Stine left Scholastic.

Early in the year 2000, it was announced that R.L. Stine would be teaming up with HarperCollins Children's Books to create two new series: Goosebumps Gold and The Nightmare Room. According to reports, HarperCollins was planning an "extensive marketing campaign" for Stine's upcoming work. Cover artist Tim Jacobus even promoted the series on his website, going as far as to share some art for the series.

For unknown reasons, possibly licensing issues, Goosebumps Gold was canceled early in its production.

Books

Goosebumps Gold was planned to be a "limited series of 12 books", but only three book titles are known: The Haunted Mask Lives!, Happy Holidays from Dead House, and Slappy New Year. The plot details for all of these books are unknown. A book titled Slappy New Year! was released as the eighteenth book in Goosebumps HorrorLand series. However, other than the title, the book has nothing to do with the Goosebumps Gold version.

Covers

Goosebumps Gold - The Haunted Mask Lives! (mock-up cover)

The mock-up cover.

A listing related to The Haunted Mask Lives! surfaced on eBay, showing a mock-up cover for the book, which was signed by Tim Jacobus and R.L. Stine.[1]

The artwork used in the cover mock-up features subtle differences from the artwork that Jacobus originally shared to his website, suggesting the mock-up's artwork was closer to being a finalized product. The mock-up shows mist emitting from The Haunted Mask, there is a flower design added to the collar of the shirt, and Jacobus' signature can be seen in the bottom left.

The cover template somewhat resembles the original series' template, with the series logo and title of the book being on the top and bottom respectively. Though, the aesthetic resembles that of torn-up paper rather than slime. The top and bottom of the base also feature different colors from each other.

Artwork

See also

References

  1. eBay: GOOSEBUMPS GOLD HAUNTED MASK LIVES PRINT SIGNED BY R L STINE AND TIM JACOBUS (archive)
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