The magic/nightmares began with 'Welcome to Dead House,' published in...well, try the next question.
Twas 1992, the final year of George H. W. Bush's presidency. July of 1992, to be exact, the moment Bill Clinton announced Al Gore as his running mate for the November election and Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi won at Wimbledon.
Slappy the Dummy. He's appeared in more than 10 'Goosebumps' books across the various iterations of the series.
One. Book. Per. Month. For. FOUR—YEARS!
Robert Lawrence. He previously published joke books as Jovial Bob Stine.
'Gooflumps,' by a guy calling himself R. U. Slime. Only made it to the second book. Nice try, buddy.
'Help, I'm a Cockroach!' is the plot of Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis,' not the title of an R.L. Stine novel.
Scholastic, which went on to publish 'Harry Potter.'
'The Barking Ghost,' was, sadly, a one-off.
Five: 'The Ghost Next Door,' 'Ghost Beach,' 'The Barking Ghost,' 'The Headless Ghost' and 'Ghost Camp.'
There were four. The show was not as good as the books. Sorry/not sorry.
R.L. Stine, the architect himself.
He was 48, people. You still have time to be great!
Tricky, tricky...'The Horror at Camp Jellyjam' was an original-run 'Goosebumps' book. There was no follow-up.
The series' first two books, 'Welcome to Dead House' and 'Stay Out of the Basement,' both dropped in July 1992. Books seven and eight, 'Night of the Living Dummy' and 'The Girl Who Cried Monster,' each hit in May 1993.
The third 'Goosebumps' novel was 'Monster Blood'; 'Monster Blood IV' was the final book in the original series.
There were many side-series; 'Goosebumps Scared Silly' was not one.
'The Haunted Mask.' Season two featured a two-parter based on 'The Haunted Mask II.'
Seven! The four 'Monster Blood' novels, plus 'The Girl Who Cried Monster,' 'Egg Monsters from Mars' (WTF, right?) and 'How to Kill a Monster.'
Yeah, um...62. Soooo many!
It was 1997, young reader. An unstoppable five-year run. Let's remember it fondly, and hope the movie is good.