As a child of the 90's I was excited and scared when I heard there was going to be a Goosebumps movie hitting theatres this October. The film stars Jack Black as children's horror author, R.L. Stine. You can watch the second trailer for the film below!
Now I, like many, hope this film is as wonderful as the books I grew up with. We still have a little while until the film is released, so to pass the time why not read some of the books that this movie is based off of! Below I have complied what I believe to be the 10 best books in the series, so lets get started...
10. The Curse of Camp Cold Lake
The Plot: Protagonist Sarah has a bad attitude. And can you really blame her? She wanted to spend her summer in malls, shopping with friends, not at a camp in the middle of nowhere with a cold, slimy lake. Now because of her attitude no one wants to be her friend, not even to go swimming with her in the lake. A lake with something lurking beneath it... wanting to be Sarah's buddy... forever.
This book was particularly scary because it one of the most surreal scenes in the entire series. Where Sarah fakes drowning and comes way too close. The twist at the end is a particularly good one too!
9. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
The Plot: Grady, his sister, and their scientist parents have moved to a new home - as starts many of the Goosebumps books, it seems! This new house is positioned near a forest, with a creepy swamp. Grady makes friends with another boy his age, a neighbor named Will, who soon tells Grady the tale of the swamp: a hundred years ago the townspeople caught fever from the swamp. Some died while others went crazy. Grady begins to experience things such as a fever of his own, hearing howling, and a potentially dangerous "swamp hermit." But a werewolf haunting the swamp will be his greatest threat.
Like a few of the Goosebumps books, this one tackles a horror classic! Werewolves can always give me the chills, and with Stine's wonderful way of weaving suspense you'll be thinking about it all night!
8. The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
The Plot: Jodie and Mark are visiting their grandparents' farm for an annual month-long vacation. But things aren't the usual fun and games. Their grandparents behave oddly, as if they aren't thrilled to have the kids visiting. And creepy Stanley, the hired help, is making weird references to scarecrows. But the kids soon seen for themselves that the scarecrows are something to be feared.
This one is particularly scary to me. The idea of these evil scarecrows tower over you on a farm in the middle of nowhere? No way! Just the thought of seeing one out of your window on it's perch then looking back to see it gone, gives me.... er, well, goosebumps!
7. One Day at Horrorland
The Plot: The Morris family and friend Clay are driving about, searching for an amusement park - but not the one they come across. HorrorLand wasn't where they planned to vacation, but an exploding car strands them. The family makes the best of the situation, however, and decides to enjoy some of the attractions HorrorLand offers. But the rides nearly kill them and the games are, well, monstrous.
This book scares me because as a child my family would plan family trips and take detours to other attractions along the way. Definitely thinking twice after reading this one!
6. Monster Blood
The Plot: While visiting his Aunt Kathryn, Evan Ross and his new friend, Andy, find a can of novelty slime called "Monster Blood," which consumes everything in its path, turns Evan's dog into a giant, and is the key component to an evil plot involving Aunt Kathryn's pet cat, Sarabeth.
Monster Blood makes me think of what it was like for me as a child going to a new place. I'd like to explore it, and snoop around. Only, luckily for me I never came across monster blood. I'm sure I'd have the same, if not something worse, happen to me!
5. Night of the Living Dummy
The Plot: Sisters Lindy and Kris are twins and very competitive. When Lindy finds a dummy, which she names Slappy, it's no time at all before Kris wants and gets her own puppet too - Mr. Wood. But it soon becomes clear that the sisters aren't the only ones with competition in their blood. The dummies are alive and Mr. Wood wants Slappy gone - and the sisters as his slaves.
Unlike what the TV show will have you believe, Slappy wasn't the original dummy. Mr. Wood was the villain of this book. Although that is Slappy on the cover, he doesn't make an appearance until the end of the book. I'm excited to see how the movie will handle Slappy.
4. Say Cheese and Die!
The Plot: One summer day, Greg Banks and his best friends, Shari, Michael and Doug (nicknamed Bird), decide to investigate the Coffman House, an abandoned house said to be haunted by a mad scientist, "Spidey". Greg goes and steals a camera, but when terrible things start happening to the people in the pictures, Greg suspects that there is something very wrong with it.
Imagine how terrifying if every time you took a picture it showed something horrible happening then it came true, no matter how hard you tried to avoid it! That's what makes this book so scary! Plus, it had one of the coolest covers.
3. Stay Out of the Basement
The Plot: Margaret and Casey Brewer, the daughter and son of ex-botanist Dr. Brewer, try to solve the mystery of their father's strange behavior after finding plans for a half-human, half-plant hybrid in the basement.
This is one of my favorite books as well as one of my favorite episodes. The idea of being alone in your house and beginning to wonder if your own parent is an experiment gone wrong trying to kill you.
2. Welcome to Dead House
The Plot: Amanda, her brother, and her parents have just moved into a new home in the small town of Dark Falls. But the realtor neglected to mention that their new neighbors are a little undead - and need the blood of Amanda and her family to survive.
This one, like The Werewolf of Fever Swamp also tackles a classic, Zombies! But they aren't your typical zombies. They are smart and are out to get you! This was the first Goosebumps novel and one of the best...
...which brings us to my top pick!
1. The Haunted Mask
The Plot Siblings Sue and Eddie are on a tour of one of London's castles, Terror Tower. They see the various rooms, including jail cells and torture chambers. But eventually Sue spots something else: a man dressed all in black, seemingly following them. After the children are accidentally separated from their tour group, the man in black attempts to capture them, leading them to a terrifyingly confusing night and a trip to the past that will reveal dark secrets.
This is it, my all time favorite and in my opinion the best Goosebumps book. It's one of the darkest of the entire series and deals with many heavy things like instruments of torture and familial betrayal and death sentences. This book is also one of the scariest episodes of the show. It gave me nightmares many times!
Well there you have it. My top 10 Goosebumps books. Hopefully the movie will capture some of the charm these books brought to my childhood and open the world of children's horror to boils and ghouls all over the world!
Goosebumps will be released on October 16, 2015.