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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.

Ghostwriters

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).[1]

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.[2] Currently, Crimi is the only author to openly claim to have ghostwritten for the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series.

Books

No. Book Publish date Pages Blurb / Stories contained
1

Tales to Give You Goosebumps


Tales to Give You Goosebumps (Cover)
October 1994 144
Reader Beware-- You're In For Ten Scares!

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 ReturnTeacher's PetStrained PeasStrangers in the WoodsGood FriendsHow I Won My BatMr. TeddyClickBroken DollsA Vampire in the Neighborhood
2

More Tales to Give You Goosebumps


More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (Cover)
July 1995 125
Reader Beware-- You're In For Ten Summertime Scares!

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 NightP.S. Don't Write BackSomething FishyYou Gotta Believe Me!Suckers!Dr. Horror's House of VideoThe Cat's TaleShell ShockerPoison IvyThe Spirit of the Harvest Moon
3

Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps


Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (Cover)
June 1996 125
Reader Beware-- You're In For Ten More Scares!

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 ClosetHome Sweet HomeDon't Wake MummyI'm Telling!The Haunted House GameChange for the StrangePerfect SchoolFor The BirdsAliens in the GardenThe Thumbprint of Doom
4

Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps


Still more tales to give you goosebumps
September 1996 138
Reader Beware--You're In For Ten Halloween Scares!

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 JuiceAttack of the TattooThe WishAn Old StoryThe ScarecrowAwesome AntsPlease Don't Feed The BearsThe Goblin's GlareBats About BatsThe Space Suit Snatcher
5

More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps


More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
June 1997 132
Reader Beware-- You're In For Ten More Scares!

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 GuitarTune In TomorrowLive BaitSomething Strange About MarciThe Ghost SitterFun With SpellingMatt's Lunch BoxStuck in 1957Mirror Mirror on the WallWhat's Cooking?
6

More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps


More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
October 1997 125
Reader Beware-- You're In For Ten Holiday Scares!

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 GronkNutcracker NightmareThe Ice VampireA Holly Jolly HolidayWhy I Hate Jack FrostMarshmallow SurpriseMonster on the IceThe Double-Dip HorrorSanta's HelpersAttack of the Christmas Present

Original packaging

Reprints

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.

Covers

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.

Other media

Television series

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.

Trivia

  • The French version of the stories were released separately, instead of a short story collection.

References

  1. "Scholastic Inc. -v- Parachute Press (Index No. 600512/99)" (mirror)
  2. Carolyn Crimi - Freelance: Short Stories