R.L. Stine is still the most prolific children’s horror writer in the business. Though the kids are reading his books on iPads these days, not under the covers with a flashlight. His Goosebumps series ruled the Book Fair circuit, and it seemed like every time your parents took you to the mall, there would be six new stories to buy. Part of the creepy charm of the Goosebumps books were their grossly fun evocative titles and illustrated jackets, which gave your imagination just a taste of what Camp Run-For-Your-Life looked like. Here are our favorite Goosebumps titles and their Amazon descriptions. How many do you remember reading?
1. Say Cheese and Die!
“Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out . . . different.
When Greg takes a picture of his father’s brand-new car, it’s wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car.
It’s like the camera can tell the future — or worse. Maybe it makes the future!”
2. My Best Friend is Invisible
“Sammy Jacobs is into ghosts and science fiction. Not exactly the smartest hobby — at least not if you ask Sammy’s parents. They’re research scientists and they only believe in “real” science.
But now Sammy’s met someone who’s totally UN-real. He’s hanging out in Sammy’s room. And eating his cereal at breakfast. Sammy’s got to find a way to get rid of his new ‘friend.’ Only problem is…Sammy’s new friend is invisible!”
3. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
“Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. The counselors seem a little TOO happy. And why are they so obsessed with winning? It might have something to do with the hideous, slimy discovery lurking in the darkness…”
4. How I Got My Shrunken Head
“What has two eyes, a mouth, and wrinkly green skin? Mark’s shrunken head! It’s a present from his Aunt Benna. A gift from the jungle island of Baladora.
And Mark can’t wait to show the kids at school!
But late one night the head starts to glow. Because it’s actually no ordinary head. It gives Mark a strange power. A magical power. A dangerous power…”
5. The Blob That Ate Everyone
“A famous horror writer. That’s what Zackie Beauchamp wants to be. He’s writing a story about a giant blob monster. A pink slimy creature who eats up an entire town!
Then Zackie finds the typewriter. In a burned-down antiques store. He takes it home and starts typing.
But there’s something really odd about that typewriter. Something really dangerous. Because now every word Zackie writes is starting to come true…”
6. The Girl Who Cried Monster
“When Lucy observes the summer librarian eating flies and turning into a grotesque creature, she is certain that he is a real, live monster.”
7. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
“Convinced that there is something creepy about his new piano teacher, Jerry soon hears terrifying stories about Dr. Shreek’s music school and students who never completed their lesson alive.”
8. The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
“Becoming sick of the endless hot weather in their Pasadena home, siblings Jordan and Nicole Blake wish for a real winter and are delighted with an Alaskan family vacation, until they come face-to-face with the Abominable Snowman.”
9. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
“When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute — a year younger to be exact.”
10. Don’t Go to Sleep!
“Matt hates his tiny bedroom. It’s so small it’s practically a closet! Still, Matt’s mom refuses to let him sleep in the guest room. After all, they might have guests. Some day. Or year.”