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With the Goosebumps movie making its debut, you might want to freshen up on some of your favorite books in the series by R.L. Stine, and learn a few trivial facts that you may not have known.

I spent all of my childhood chore money on Scholastic Book Fairs, buying the newest addition to the Goosebumps collection, and reading them promptly. I took a trip down memory lane, gleefully basking in nostalgia, and came up with the following 5 books that you really need to re-read to get in the Goosebumps spirit!

Get ready for nostalgia overload!

1. Say Cheese and Die

Say Cheese and Die! was the fourth book in the Goosebumps series. The plot involved four friends finding a mysterious camera that causes harm to anyone who has their picture taken with it. The kicker is that it shows the victim exactly what their horrible fate entails.

Fun Facts about Say Cheese and Die!

  • R.L. Stine thought of the title while out walking his dog. He had no idea what the plot would be at the time.
  • There are two sequels, Say Cheese and Die- Again!, and Say Cheese- And Die Screaming!
  • Ryan Gosling played the main character in the T.V. adaptation.

2. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

The Horror at Camp Jellyjam was the 33rd book in the series. It tells the story of two siblings who accidentally end up at a sports camp. They are urged to win six King Coins, so they can walk in the Winner's Walk Ceremony, only to never return.

Fun Facts about The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

  • The illustration of the counselor on the cover is actually the artist for the Goosebumps books, Tim Jacobus himself.
  • Jellyjam was R.L. Stines favorite monster.

3. Stay Out of the Basement

Stay Out of the Basement was the 2nd book in the Goosebumps series. Siblings disobey their father's orders to, you guessed it, "stay out of the basement". They discover plants that seem to be breathing and moving. Soon their father begins to bleed green, eat plant food, has sprouts coming from his head, and doesn't seem to be the same father they knew before.

Fun facts about Stay Out of the Basement

  • As one of R.L. Stine's favorites, he personally chose Stay Out of the Basement to be one of the first episodes in the T.V. version.
  • Has had two reprints, one of which he completely changes the cover

4. The Girl Who Cried Monster

The Girl Who Cried Monster was the 8th book in the series. The lead character figures out that the leader of the reading program is actually a monster. She discovers this while hiding in the library alone, but no one believes her, so she has to face him repetitively until she can prove it to her friends and family.

Fun facts about The Girl Who Cried Monster

  • It is a clever adaption to the well known story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, as the main character is always scaring her brother and talking about monsters.
  • Before the book was published, the original story had the monster eating a child, rather than turtles. That was changed prior to the release.

5. Night of the Living Dummy

Night of the Living Dummy was the 7th book in the series. Twin sisters find a ventriloquist dummy that seems to have a mind of his own. When they begin to fight over him, their father buys another dummy so that they can each have one. Strange things start to happen, and seem to lead back to the new toys.

Fun Facts about Night of the Living Dummy

  • Features a brief cameo of fellow writer, Stephen King.
  • With 7 follow up books, the Night of the Living Dummy saga was a huge success. The other books include: Night of the Living Dummy II, Night of the Living Dummy III, Bride of the Living Dummy, Son of Slappy, Slappy's Nightmare, Revenge of the Living Dummy, Slappy New Year!

Once you finish reminiscing on all of your favorite Goosebumps books, move on to the Fear Street novels for young adults by R.L. Stine. With over 100 books, you'll find yourself with consistent chills down your spine, which is just what you need during this spooky fall season.


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