I credit R. L. Stine for developing and nurturing my early love for reading. His Goosebumps and Fear Street books were my first literary obsessions. I have fond memories of reading most of the original Goosebumps books in elementary school and some of his Fear Street books in middle school, but they aren’t books I have continued reading and rereading throughout the years like my middle school obsession, Animorphs. A few years ago, I decided to reread some of these books I read as a kid. It is interesting and fun experiencing them as an adult.
I am slowly (read: at a snail’s pace) making my way through the original 62 Goosebumps books and his Fear Street series, but Stine is a prolific writer, and I hope to cover more of his work.
When I first started writing about these books, my focus was on recapping the plots. I’ve moved away from that and toward analyzation, so you’ll see a difference in quality and focus in some of these reviews. I hope to eventually go back and cover some of the books I wrote about earlier with a greater focus on analysis, but for now, I am going to continue making my way through the books I haven’t written about yet; I worry I won’t finish these series if I start all over.
- (#1) The New Girl
- (#5) The Wrong Number
- (#8) Halloween Party
- (#13) The Secret Bedroom
- (#46) Fear Hall: The Beginning
- (#3) Monster Blood
- (#4) Say Cheese and Die!
- (#5) The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb
- (#6) Let’s Get Invisible!
- (#7) Night of the Living Dummy
- (#9) Welcome to Camp Nightmare
- (#20) The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
- (#26) My Hairiest Adventure
- (#28) The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
- (#30) It Came From Beneath the Sink!
- (#32) The Barking Ghost
- (#33) The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
- (#39) How I Got My Shrunken Head
- (#42) Egg Monsters From Mars
- (#51) Beware, the Snowman
- (#53) Chicken Chicken