Give Yourse Goosebumps

If you were a thrill seeking child of the 90s, you were more than likely a fan of the Goosebumps series. These scary reads for the 9 to 12 age group were well stocked in any school’s library for kids brave enough to enter their spooky pages.

The lettering was iconic, the cover art amazing, and the stories, legitimately scary and tense for the younger crowd. Forget about the show with its cheesy acting and early 90s all denim wardrobe, the Goosebumps books were where the real scares were.

I’ve been an avid reader pretty much since I learned to read, and weekends during my third grade year (I definitely remember reading the most of Goosebumps in grade three) were often spent turning down invites to go to a friend’s house and avoiding natural light at all costs to curl up on the couch with whatever Goosebumps book I’d selected.

There wasn’t any spooky topic out of bounds for R.L. Stine. You’ve got your classics like ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. Then you’ve got the more modern classics with dolls, amusement parks, and aliens. Then you’ve got the ones that just go completely off the rails. A cuckoo clock that travels through time? A trippy alternate dimension forest filled with monsters? Lawn gnomes? R.L. Stine has got you covered!

When I think about the media I ingested as a child that might have influenced me nowadays, Goosebumps is at the top of the list. These books seriously shaped who I am as an adult. And that kind of adult is a horror fanatic who will pop on A Nightmare on Elm Street for “quiet background noise”.

But what are the best ones of the series? Of the original Goosebumps series, there are sixty-two books in total. Sixty two books to a single series! I’m determined to read and (probably) over think them all. Be it for parents whose kids read them, or just the wide-eyed 90s nostalgic like myself, I will get through every last one, posting from the worst and making my way to the best.

R.L. Stine, you are iconic. Truly a master at your job, which is aptly described on Twitter as “terrifying kids”. Please, should you ever see this series or any of the live-tweeting threads, don’t consider the sass that’s going to appear in upwards of sixty-two articles as a slight.

The sass comes from a place of love.

Some of the protagonists you penned for me taught me as much.

The definitive Goosebumps dissection starts tomorrow and continues everyday through till Halloween! If you’re interested in the Twitter threads for each and every story, click the links below to go to each thread.

And now, because how could I resist, reader beware, you’re in for a scare!

Spooky regards,

#GiveYourselfGoosebumps Twitter threads:

  1. Welcome to Dead House
  2. Stay Out of the Basement
  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
  8. The Girl Who Cried Monster
  9. Welcome to Camp Nightmare
  10. The Ghost Next Door
  11. The Haunted Mask
  12. Be Careful What You Wish For…
  13. Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
  14. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
  15. You Can’t Scare Me!
  16. One Day at Horrorland
  17. Why I’m Afraid of Bees
  18. Monster Blood II
  19. Deep Trouble
  20. The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
  21. Go Eat Worms!
  22. Ghost Beach
  23. Return of the Mummy
  24. Phantom of the Auditorium
  25. Attack of the Mutant
  26. My Hairiest Adventure
  27. A Night in Terror Tower
  28. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
  29. Monster Blood III
  30. It Came from Beneath the Sink!
  31. Night of the Living Dummy II
  32. The Barking Ghost
  33. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
  34. Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes
  35. A Shocker on Shock Street
  36. The Haunted Mask II
  37. The Headless Ghost
  38. The Abominable Snowman Of Pasadena
  39. How I Got My Shrunken Head
  40. Night of the Living Dummy III
  41. Bad Hare Day
  42. Egg Monsters from Mars
  43. The Beast from the East
  44. Say Cheese and Die – Again!
  45. Ghost Camp
  46. How to Kill a Monster
  47. Legend of the Lost Legend
  48. Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
  49. Vampire Breath
  50. Calling All Creeps!
  51. Beware, the Snowman
  52. How I Learned to Fly
  53. Chicken Chicken
  54. Don’t Go To Sleep!
  55. The Blob That Ate Everyone
  56. The Curse of Camp Cold Lake
  57. My Best Friend Is Invisible
  58. Deep Trouble II
  59. The Haunted School
  60. Werewolf Skin
  61. I Live in Your Basement!
  62. Monster Blood IV
Amelia Wellman
I read, I write, I play videogames, Ghostbusters is my favourite thing in the known universe, but quasars come in at a close second. I've been known to cry at the drop of a hat over happy and sad things alike. I've also been known to fly into a rage if things don't go my way, leading to many a fight in high school and breaking someone's nose on the TTC one time. I'm an anxious introvert but also a loud-mouthed bad influence. Especially on my cat. He learned it from watching me, okay!

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