Tales to Give You Goosebumps is a series of six books that contain ten short stories in each book, making a grand total of sixty tales in total. Every book in the series came packaged with Goosebumps themed merchandise, from booklights, to even undergarments. Some books were based around certain themes, such as Halloween and Christmas.
According to Scholastic, R.L. Stine's contract for the series Tales to Give You Goosebumps did not stipulate that Stine had to be the sole author of the series (unlike Stine's contract for the original Goosebumps series).
The story Fun With Spelling from the book More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps was ghostwritten by author Carolyn Crimi, an author who also ghostwrote two books in the Ghosts of Fear Street series. Another Ghosts of Fear Street writer, Kathryn Lance, ghostwrote Why I Hate Jack Frost from More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps. Currently, Crimi and Lance are the only authors to openly claim to have ghostwritten for the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series.
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From an evil baby sister, to a remote control that can control more than just the television set, to a teacher who's obsessed with snakes, to a cute, cuddly, teddy bear gone bad, here are ten creepy, spooky stores guaranteed to give you Goosebumps all night long!
The House of No Return • Teacher's Pet • Strained Peas • Strangers in the Woods • Good Friends • How I Won My Bat • Mr. Teddy • Click • Broken Dolls • A Vampire in the Neighborhood
Is Matt's summer camp being taken over by an evil patch of poison ivy? Will Eric escape from his tank, now that he's been turned into a fish? Can Tara help the terrified voice she hears inside a beautiful seashell? Find out in these ten creepy Goosebumps short stories perfect for reading around the campfire or under the covers!
The Werewolf's First Night • P.S. Don't Write Back • Something Fishy • You Gotta Believe Me! • Suckers! • Dr. Horror's House of Video • The Cat's Tale • Shell Shocker • Poison Ivy • The Spirit of the Harvest Moon
Can Jeff convince his parents there's a live mummy in the basement? Will Adam escape from a monstrous flying gargoyle? Is Brian's boarding school turning kids into robots? Find out in these ten creepy Goosebumps short stories guaranteed to make you shiver!
The Chalk Closet • Home Sweet Home • Don't Wake Mummy • I'm Telling! • The Haunted House Game • Change for the Strange • Perfect School • For The Birds • Aliens in the Garden • The Thumbprint of Doom
Will Charlie's recipe for pumpkin juice cause him some hair-raising terror? Are Dave's awesome ants biting off more than they can chew? Can Max's Halloween wish turn him into an endangered species?
Pumpkin Juice • Attack of the Tattoo • The Wish • An Old Story • The Scarecrow • Awesome Ants • Please Don't Feed The Bears • The Goblin's Glare • Bats About Bats • The Space Suit Snatcher
Will Aunt Vera's book of magic spells spell scary trouble for Kari? Is Jeffrey a musical genius or is the old guitar he stole really haunted? Are Mike and his brother Ray house-sitting for a monstrous ghost? Find out in these ten creepy Goosebumps short stories guaranteed to give you a major case of the 'Bumps!
The Haunted Guitar • Tune In Tomorrow • Live Bait • Something Strange About Marci • The Ghost Sitter • Fun With Spelling • Matt's Lunch Box • Stuck in 1957 • Mirror Mirror on the Wall • What's Cooking?
Will Brad learn to care for his pet Gronk, before it takes care of him? Can Samantha sit through a boring Nutcracker ballet without cracking up... for real? Are Max's new monster skates putting him on thin ice? Has Sam been caught in the bone-chilling grip of an ice vampire? Find out in these ten creepy Goosebumps short stories guaranteed to fill you with holiday fear!
Don't Sit on the Gronk • Nutcracker Nightmare • The Ice Vampire • A Holly Jolly Holiday • Why I Hate Jack Frost • Marshmallow Surprise • Monster on the Ice • The Double-Dip Horror • Santa's Helpers • Attack of the Christmas Present
1997 Reprint covers
Original packaging (front)
Original packaging (back)
- Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
In 1997, the first three books in the series were reprinted to match the cover style of the final book in the series, More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps. The reprints did not include the original merchandise for the books. A hardcover collection book titled 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps was released in April 2004, featuring stories from the first three books in the series. It was also available in paperback.
List of characters
- The ghosts of the house of of no return
- Mr. Blankenship
- Mr. Smith
- Old Bear
- The Dollmaker
- Maddy, Carrie, Yvonne and Joey.
- The ghosts of the campers of Camp Timber Lane Hills
- The aliens
- Blob Monster in a chest
- Dr. Horror
- Dr. Horror's monsters
- The hermit crab and its mother.
- The poison ivy.
- The Spirit of the Harvest Moon
- Mr. Grimsley
- Mrs. Forster
- The mummy
- The Gargoyle
- The Perfect School
- Mr. Dove
- The Tattoo
- Aunt Dahlia
- The Scarecrow
- The Awesome Ants
- The Cuddle Bears
- The Goblin
- Memphis Willy
- Old Jumbo
- Lunch Box Monsters
- Mirror Bonnie Sue Bowers
- Susan Chopman/Chop Suey
- The Gronk
- Mrs. Boren
- The Ice Vampire
- Susie Snowflake
- Jack Frost
- Mrs. Spooner
- Bobby Judd
- Santa Claus
- Robot Tag
The series marks the debut of Curly the Skeleton, who became the mascot of the series and the Goosebumps franchise as a whole. The cover of the first book depicts Curly as a ghost-like figure with long curly hair. Scholastic wasn't a fan of the design, and asked the cover artist, Tim Jacobus, to redesign him. From the second book onward, Curly took the form of an actual skeleton with a buzz cut. Book three onward also featured Curly's bulldog, Drool.
The cover design used on books one through five matched the slime aesthetic used for the original Goosebumps. The final book in the series, More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps, ditched the slime aesthetic in favor of one resembling that of a picture frame. The first three books in the series were reprinted in 1997 to match the new aesthetic.
The stories "Click", "An Old Story", "Perfect School", "The Haunted House Game", "The House of No Return", "Strained Peas", "Awesome Ants" and "Don't Wake Mummy" were adapted into episodes for the television series Goosebumps.
- The French version of the stories were released separately, instead of a short story collection.
- ↑ "Scholastic Inc. -v- Parachute Press (Index No. 600512/99)" (mirror)
- ↑ Carolyn Crimi - Freelance: Short Stories
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