R. L. Stine
R.L. Stine at the 2022 New York Comic Con
Stine in October 2022
BornRobert Lawrence Stine
(1943-10-08) October 8, 1943 (age 80)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Pen nameJovial Bob Stine
Eric Affabee
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • television producer
  • screenwriter
  • executive editor
EducationOhio State University (BA)
Jane Waldhorn
(m. 1969)
R. L. Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine (/stn/; born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric Affabee, is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor.

Stine has been referred to as the "Stephen King of children's literature"[1] and is the author of hundreds of horror fiction novels, including the books in the Fear Street, Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly and The Nightmare Room series. Some of his other works include a Space Cadets trilogy, two Hark gamebooks, and dozens of joke books. As of 2008, Stine's books have sold over 400 million copies.

Early life

Stine was born on October 8, 1943[2] in Columbus, Ohio,[3] the son of Lewis Stine, a shipping clerk, and Anne Feinstein. He grew up in Bexley, Ohio.[4][5][6] He comes from a Jewish family. Stine began writing at age nine, when he found a typewriter in his attic, subsequently beginning to type stories and joke books.[7] Stine said that he remembered reading the Tales from the Crypt comic books when he was young and credited them as one of his inspirations. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[8] While at OSU, Stine edited humor magazine The Sundial for three years.[2] He later moved to New York City to pursue his career as a writer.[4]


Stine wrote dozens of humor books for kids under the name Jovial Bob Stine and created the humor magazine Bananas.[4] Bananas was written for teenagers and published by Scholastic Press for 72 issues between 1975 and 1984, plus various "Yearbooks" and paperback books. Stine was editor and responsible for much of the writing (other contributors included writers Robert Leighton, Suzanne Lord and Jane Samuels and artists Sam Viviano, Samuel B. Whitehead, Bob K. Taylor, Bryan Hendrix, Bill Basso, and Howard Cruse). Recurring features included "Hey – Lighten Up!", "It Never Fails!", "Phone Calls", "Joe" (a comic strip by John Holmstrom), "Phil Fly", "Don't You Wish...", "Doctor Duck", "The Teens of Ferret High", "First Date" (a comic strip by Alyse Newman), and "Ask Doctor Si N. Tific".

In 1986, Stine wrote his first horror novel, called Blind Date.[9] He followed with many other novels, including The Babysitter, Beach House, Hit and Run, and The Girlfriend.[4] He was also the co-creator and head writer for the Nickelodeon children's television series Eureeka's Castle,[10] original episodes of which aired as part of the Nick Jr. programming block during the 1989–1995 seasons.

In 1989, Stine started writing Fear Street books.[11] Before launching the Goosebumps series, Stine authored three humorous science fiction books in the Space Cadets series titled Jerks in Training, Bozos on Patrol, and Losers in Space.[12] In 1992, Stine and Parachute Press went on to launch Goosebumps.[4]

Also produced was a Goosebumps TV series that ran for four seasons from 1995 to 1998[13] and three video games; Escape from HorrorLand, Attack of the Mutant[14] and Goosebumps HorrorLand.[15] In 1995, Stine's first novel targeted at adults, called Superstitious, was published.[16] He has since published three other adult-oriented novels: The Sitter, Eye Candy,[8] and Red Rain.

Stine in November 2008

In the first decade of the 21st century, Stine worked on installments of five different book series, Mostly Ghostly, Rotten School, Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Goosebumps Horrorland and the stand-alone novels Dangerous Girls (2003) and The Taste of Night (2004). Also, a direct-to-DVD movie The Haunting Hour Volume One: Don't Think About It. Starring Emily Osment, the film was released by Universal Home Entertainment on September 4, 2007[17] and was successful enough to spawn a spin-off, anthology, TV series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

In 2014, Stine brought the Fear Street books back with his novel Party Games (ISBN 978-1250066220). The release of the Fear Street novel Give Me a K-I-L-L took place in 2017 (ISBN 978-1250058966). Jack Black portrayed a fictionalized version of Stine in the 2015 film Goosebumps, while Stine himself made a cameo appearance in the film, playing a teacher named "Mr. Black".[18] In the film's sequel, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018), Stine had another cameo, as Principal Harrison, while Black reprised his role as Stine in several scenes. A Fear Street trilogy of films was released by Netflix in 2021.

In 2019, Stine appeared on an episode of the children's TV series Arthur. In "Fright Night", which aired in the 23rd season of the show, Stine voices Bob Baxter, the uncle of main character Buster Baxter. In the episode, Bob is shown to moonlight as a writer of scary stories, alluding to his real-life career as the author of the Goosebumps series.[19]

Awards and recognition

According to Forbes List of the 40 best-paid Entertainers of 1996–97, Stine placed 36th with an income of $41 million for the fiscal year.[20] His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide as of 2008,[21] landing on many bestseller lists. In three consecutive years during the 1990s, USA Today named Stine as America's number one best-selling author.[22]

Among the awards he has received are the 2002 Champion of Reading Award from the Free Public Library of Philadelphia (that award's first year), the Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award for Best Book-Mystery/Horror (three-time recipient) and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (also received three times).[22] In 1995, Stine was listed on People Weekly's "Most Intriguing People" annual list,[23] and in 2003, the Guinness Book of World Records named Stine as the best-selling children's book series author of all time.[23] He won the Thriller Writers of America Silver Bullet Award in 2007, and the Horror Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.[24] His stories have even inspired R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, 4D movie-based attractions at SeaWorld (San Antonio and San Diego) and Busch Gardens (Williamsburg and Tampa).[25]

In 2017, Stine was awarded the Inkpot Award.[26]

Personal life

On June 22, 1969, Stine married Jane Waldhorn, an editor and writer[8] who later co-founded Parachute Press in 1983.[27] The couple's only child, Matthew (born June 7, 1980),[8] works in the music industry.[28]


Original series


Main article: List of Goosebumps books § Goosebumps Series

Goosebumps (Original Series)
Tales to Give You Goosebumps Anthologies
Give Yourself Goosebumps
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Special Edition
Goosebumps Presents
Goosebumps Series 2000
Goosebumps HorrorLand
Goosebumps HorrorLand: Hall of Horrors
Goosebumps Most Wanted
Goosebumps Most Wanted: Special Edition
Goosebumps SlappyWorld

Fear Street

  1. The New Girl (1989)
  2. The Surprise Party (1989)
  3. The Overnight (1989)
  4. Missing (1990)
  5. The Wrong Number (1990)
  6. The Sleepwalker (1990)
  7. Haunted (1990)
  8. Halloween Party (1990)
  9. The Stepsister (1990)
  10. Ski Weekend (1991)
  11. The Fire Game (1991)
  12. Lights Out (1991)
  13. The Secret Bedroom (1991)
  14. The Knife (1991)
  15. The Prom Queen (1992)
  16. First Date (1992)
  17. The Best Friend (1992)
  18. The Cheater (1993)
  19. Sunburn (1993)
  20. The New Boy (1994)
  21. The Dare (1994)
  22. Bad Dreams (1994)
  23. Double Date (1994)
  24. The Thrill Club (1994)
  25. One Evil Summer (1994)
  26. The Mind Reader (1994)
  27. Wrong Number 2 (1995)
  28. Truth or Dare (1995)
  29. Dead End (1995)
  30. Final Grade (1995)
  31. Switched (1995)
  32. College Weekend (1995)
  33. The Stepsister 2 (1995)
  34. What Holly Heard (1996)
  35. The Face (1996)
  36. Secret Admirer (1996)
  37. The Perfect Date (1996)
  38. The Confession (1996)
  39. The Boy Next Door (1996)
  40. Night Games (1996)
  41. Runaway (1997)
  42. Killer's Kiss (1997)
  43. All-Night Party (1997)
  44. The Rich Girl (1997)
  45. Cat (1997)
  46. Fear Hall: The Beginning (1997)
  47. Fear Hall: The Conclusion (1997)
  48. Who Killed The Homecoming Queen? (1997)
  49. Into The Dark (1997)
  50. Best Friend 2 (1997)
  51. Trapped (1997)[29]
New Fear Street
  1. The Stepbrother
  2. Camp Out
  3. Scream, Jennifer, Scream!
  4. The Bad Girl
Fear Street Super Chiller
  1. Party Summer
  2. Silent Night
  3. Goodnight Kiss
  4. Broken Hearts
  5. Silent Night 2
  6. The Dead Lifeguard
  7. Cheerleaders: The New Evil
  8. Bad Moonlight
  9. The New Year's Party
  10. Goodnight Kiss 2
  11. Silent Night 3
  12. High Tide
  13. Cheerleaders: The Evil Lives!
  1. The First Evil
  2. The Second Evil
  3. The Third Evil
  4. The New Evil
  5. The Evil Lives!
The Fear Street Saga Trilogy
  1. The Betrayal
  2. The Secret
  3. The Burning
99 Fear Street: The House of Evil
  1. The First Horror
  2. The Second Horror
  3. The Third Horror
Cataluna Chronicles
  1. The Evil Moon
  2. The Dark Secret
  3. The Deadly Fire
Fear Park
  1. The First Scream
  2. The Loudest Scream
  3. The Last Scream
Fear Street Sagas

See also: Fear Street Sagas

  1. A New Fear
  2. House of Whispers
  3. Forbidden Secrets
  4. The Sign of Fear
  5. The Hidden Evil
  6. Daughters of Silence
  7. Children of Fear
  8. Dance of Death
  9. Heart of the Hunter
  10. The Awakening Evil
  11. Circle of Fire
  12. Chamber of Fear
  13. Faces of Terror
  14. One Last Kiss
  15. Door of Death
  16. The Hand of Power
Fear Street Seniors
  1. Let's Party
  2. In Too Deep
  3. The Thirst
  4. No Answer
  5. Last Chance
  6. The Gift
  7. Fight Team, Fight
  8. Sweetheart, Evil Heart
  9. Spring Break
  10. Wicked
  11. The Prom Date
  12. Graduation Day
Fear Street Nights
  1. Moonlight Secrets
  2. Midnight Games
  3. Darkest Dawn

A Fear Street Novel

  1. Party Games
  2. Don't Stay Up Late
  3. The Lost Girl
  4. Can You Keep a Secret?
  5. The Dead Boyfriend
  6. Give Me a K-I-L-L
Return to Fear Street
  1. You May Now Kill The Bride
  2. The Wrong Girl
  3. Drop Dead Gorgeous
Ghosts of Fear Street (not written by R.L. Stine)

See also: Ghosts of Fear Street

  1. Hide and Shriek
  2. Who's Been Sleeping in My Grave?
  3. The Attack of the Aqua Apes
  4. Nightmare in 3-D
  5. Stay Away from the Tree House
  6. Eye of the Fortuneteller
  7. Fright Knight
  8. The Ooze
  9. Revenge of the Shadow People
  10. The Bugman Lives!
  11. The Boy Who Ate Fear Street
  12. Night of the Werecat
  13. How to Be a Vampire
  14. Body Switchers from Outer Space
  15. Fright Christmas
  16. Don't Ever Get Sick at Granny's
  17. House of a Thousand Screams
  18. Camp Fear Ghouls
  19. Three Evil Wishes
  20. Spell of the Screaming Jokers
  21. The Creature from Club Lagoona
  22. Field of Screams
  23. Why I'm Not Afraid of Ghosts
  24. Monster Dog
  25. Halloween Bugs Me!
  26. Go to Your Tomb – Right Now!
  27. Parents from the 13th Dimension
  28. Hide and Shriek II
  29. The Tale of the Blue Monkey
  30. I Was a Sixth-Grade Zombie
  31. Escape of the He-Beast
  32. Caution: Aliens at Work
  33. Attack of the Vampire Worms
  34. Horror Hotel Pt. 1: The Vampire Checks in
  35. Horror Hotel Pt. 2: Ghost in the Guest Room
  36. The Funhouse of Dr. Freek (Unreleased)

Mostly Ghostly

See also: Mostly Ghostly

Rotten School (2005–2008)

See also: Rotten School

The Nightmare Room

See also: The Nightmare Room

The Nightmare Room Thrillogy (2001)

Space Cadets


Dangerous Girls

Just Beyond (graphic novel series)

Stand-alone novels


Rainy Night Theater Podcast short stories

Short stories (from other anthologies)

Books written under the name Jovial Bob Stine

Books written under the name Zachary Blue

Comic books

Contributions to other series



Find Your Fate

Find Your Fate Junior: Golden Girl

Advanced Dungeons And Dragons Storybook

Wizards, Warriors and You

G.I. Joe: Find Your Fate

G.I. Joe

See also: G.I. Joe

Horror High

Point Horror

See also: Point Horror

Garbage Pail Kids

See also

Further reading


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  3. ^ "The Nightmare Room by R.L. Stine". KidsReads.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e "About R.L. – For book and school reports". Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Stine, R. L. 1943–". encyclopedia.com.
  6. ^ Gordon, Ken (December 9, 2013). "R.L. Stine still scaring up kids' stories". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  7. ^ MacPherson, Karen (April 8, 2008). "Venture into R.L. Stine's 'HorrorLand' – if you dare!". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d "2011 Thrillermaster: R.L. Stine". ThrillerFest. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  9. ^ Rosenberg, Joyce M. (October 27, 1996). "Success gives bookstores Goosebumps". The Albany Herald. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Conradt, Stacy (October 14, 2009). "The Quick 10: The Not-Very-Scary Former Jobs of 10 Very Scary People". Mental floss. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  11. ^ Meister, Cari (2001). R.L. Stine. ABDO Publishing Company. p. 17. ISBN 1-57765-484-6. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  12. ^ Marcovitz, Hal (2005). R.L. Stine. Chelsea House Publishers. p. 94. ISBN 0-7910-8659-3. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  13. ^ Gunelius, Susan (2008). Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-230-20323-5.
  14. ^ "Technical Support – Goosebumps". Scholastic. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  15. ^ Paramchuk, Jeff (January 2, 2009). "Goosebumps HorrorLand". Common Sense Media. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  16. ^ "Superstitious". Kirkus Reviews. July 15, 1995. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  17. ^ "Cartoon Network – it's not ..." The Washington Post. August 31, 2007. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  18. ^ Stine, R. L. (May 20, 2014). ".@mdroush Jack Black plays me in the GB movie, now filming in GA. I'm going down to do a cameo next month". Twitter. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  19. ^ Smith, Meghan (October 30, 2020). "'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine On Frightening Generations And Voicing A Creepy Character For 'Arthur'". GBH. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  20. ^ The 40 best-paid entertainers, Forbes magazine
  21. ^ "Venture into R.L. Stine's 'HorrorLand' – if you dare!". post-gazette.com. April 8, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
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  23. ^ a b Hartman |, Liz. "BEA 2014: R.L. Stine Is in the House!!!". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
  24. ^ "Stine, Jones Win Horror Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award". Publishers Weekly. February 25, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  25. ^ Norton, Wilma (May 29, 2003). "Busch Gardens' new beacon beckons". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  26. ^ Inkpot Award
  27. ^ "Books and entertainment kids choose for themselves". Parachute Press. Archived from the original on February 4, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  28. ^ "Elisabeth Weinberg, Matthew Stine". The New York Times. July 2, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  29. ^ "R.L. Stine". Book Series in Order. August 11, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2021.