5 Quick Reviews: Goosebumps!

Hey Goosebumps! Remember Goosebumps? Well, they scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, and also inadvertently set me down a writing path towards thrillers! Someone once told a young-me that they were popular because you could “see the heads hitting the floor,” as in, they were well described.

Well to honor them, here are 5 quick reviews to highlight the masterpieces of RL Stine!

1. The Cuckoo-Clock of Doom: a weird concept from the guy who introduced me to weird concepts, and one that falls a little flat.

The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps, #28)The Cuckoo Clock of Doom by R.L. Stine

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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2. Deep Trouble: I read this aloud during a sleepover once, and it went over very well. It mixes the Stine slow-build sensibility with a dose of the familiar in a Jaws-like setting. Sadly, it kinda falls apart in the narrative.

Deep Trouble (Goosebumps, #19)Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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3. You Can’t Scare me!: a cleaver subversion of genre, as you wait the whole novel for the scary twist and it doesn’t show up until the last-page twist. M. Night Shyamalan could learn from this… in fact, he should adapt it!

You Can't Scare Me! (Goosebumps #15)You Can’t Scare Me! by R.L. Stine

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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4. Say Cheese and Die!: the amazingly-creepy concept of a gremlin trapped in a Polaroid camera, resulting in the deaths of anyone who gets their picture taken. Frightening stuff.

Say Cheese and Die! (Goosebumps, #4)Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5. Monster Blood: the grand-daddy of all the Goosebumps stories. A terrifying update of pulp stories like “The Blob,” featuring blood that literally keeps expanding until it envelopes everything.

Monster Blood (Goosebumps, #3)Monster Blood by R.L. Stine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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There were plenty of Goosebumps novels not on this list! Did I miss your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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