Many of us who grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s will remember the name R.L. Stine; he was the man who authored the "Goosebumps" series and all its derivations such as "Goosebumps: Series 2000," and "Give Yourself Goosebumps." The stories were tales of tongue-in-cheek horror, often with a twist ending. They were then brought to network television in a series that would ultimately be a nostalgic cornerstone for many of us. In the case of young horror fans, it would usher in a newfound obsession with the genre. Stories like "Welcome to Dead House" or "The Haunted Car" would serve as training videos for when we graduate to the more serious horror films like Night of the Living Dead and Christine.
But, this poses an interesting question: what if R.L. Stine did novelize cinema’s most famous horror stories? Could you imagine the artwork, which was previously done by New Jersey artist Tim Jacobus? Well, look no further because I present to you If It Were Stine, a Tumblr account created by Theodore Holmstead-Scott, and further maintained by Jude Deluca. I will let them speak for themselves:
“So what happens when the two worlds of horror collide? When the trror of The Exorcist or The Blair Witch Project meets the bad puns and outrageous titles of our beloved book series? …That’s where we come in.”
What follows is one of the best exercises in Photoshop that I’ve seen:
There is plenty more to be seen at the If It Were Stine Tumblr account. The fun derives from the creativity and variety of the films used, but also from deciphering what movie is being referenced. In some cases, the covers are eerily similar to their Goosebumps counterparts.
Reader beware, you’re in for a scare…