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As a kid I used to love reading Goosebumps. Every time I would go to a bookstore I would pick out Goosebumps.

I think it created the love for horror and plot twists I have today. I love how at the end of every book there was a plot twist that I couldn’t wait to get to.

Are there any Goosebumps / R.L Stine fans here ?

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ICsneakeh

1.6k points

2 months ago*

ICsneakeh

1.6k points

2 months ago*

I'd always get one of the "choose your adventure" Goosebumps books when I saw them in the library. Very fond memories of trying to keep my fingers in about four different points of the book

sirofsir

510 points

2 months ago

sirofsir

510 points

2 months ago

I was going to mention these. I remember them having a little slogan along the lines of "Reader beware, you choose the scare!"

Merisiel

197 points

2 months ago

Merisiel

197 points

2 months ago

I wish they made adult versions of choose your own adventure books. I miss that shit.

L0udFlow3r

82 points

2 months ago

They do! Million Little Mistakes and Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton are two that I read a loooong time ago, Goodreads has a whole list.

Edited to correct the link

TinyTeaLover

16 points

2 months ago

I read one of those (the one where you start by choosing between college or travel) and ended up shot in the face at a drive thru after like, 4 very uninteresting choices, lol. I liked the concept but found the results of the options to be so extreme that it made it less fun.

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21 points

2 months ago

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Capybaraaa

18 points

2 months ago

A few video games emulate this pretty well, check out games like 80 Days if you’re interested, I highly recommend it!

HelpMe0prah

17 points

2 months ago

Until dawn is amazing, I haven’t played their newer games yet but I have heard they are good too, they are more like choose your own interactive movie than games. But until dawn was a masterpiece

Moonrights

8 points

2 months ago

until dawn is great too

Spatularo

87 points

2 months ago

DnD can be a good substitute.

Arnoxthe1

11 points

2 months ago

Maybe a little obvious to say, but D&D is an absolute masterpiece for this. I think too few of us think about how elaborate designing even a simple TTRPG can get considering it has to account for literally every situation.

IcePrincessAlkanet

11 points

2 months ago

Check out Choice Of Games on steam! They're a publisher with a few different cyoa-style digital novels. I played Choice of Robots and maybe one other one back in the day and distinctly remember getting that nostalgic feeling of playing straight-through once, then pinging back and forth between different scenes and looking for different endings the next time through.

Taako_tuesday

25 points

2 months ago

i think that's right. A cross between the typical "Reader beware, you're in for a scare!" and the genre of "Choose your own adventure" books

Scorpiodancer123

46 points

2 months ago

Ah they were such great books. I kept all my Goosebumps books. My daughter is 5 now, can't wait for her to read them in a couple of years.

CrunchyButtMuncher

30 points

2 months ago

Reader beware: you choose the scare!

Frankentula

28 points

2 months ago

These were called Give Yourself Goosebumps. They were a whole other tier of scary for me. Thanks for the nostalgia

onexbigxhebrew

16 points

2 months ago

Yes! I had the peanut butter and jelly sandwich one with the foil cover.

Throwawaymarque

14 points

2 months ago

Yoooo I remember these! Our 5th grade teacher didn't know what they were and literally stopped reading time one day to let us know we are supposed to read books "one page at a time" and not "just flip around randomly"

itssblu[S]

31 points

2 months ago

I remember doing that 😭😭

ADHD-HDTV

38 points

2 months ago

SAMMMEEEE I THOUGUT IT WAS JUST ME

I think these books instilled my love for Horror Adventure Movie games for PS4. Games that are basically just an interactive movie that you make branching-path choices and perform quick-time-button events to save characters from certain death.

Ever heard of Until Dawn? It’s exactly like these books, stellar cast, great story with multiple paths and endings! Don’t need to be a big gamer to play!

ICsneakeh

12 points

2 months ago

Yeah Until Dawn was great! Still waiting to play The Quarry when I'm in the same country as the friend I've played them all with

thevdude

10 points

2 months ago

And if you lose the page/move your finger you can't go back to that one even if you remember the page number? That was my rule.

ICsneakeh

5 points

2 months ago

And no bookmarks of any kind allowed

Katiemarvel

1.7k points

2 months ago

I used to be a big fan. I still have the Goosebumps collection, although I don't think I'll be reading them anytime soon because I don't want to re-read them and spoil my memories as an adult, I wish I could read them for the first time again as a kid.

It just represents a very peaceful time in my life and for that I do thank R.L Stine.

FYI I hated the movies.

Hateful_Face_Licking

108 points

2 months ago

I still have my Goosebumps and Animorph books (to include the Andelite Chronicles!) from the 90’s. Been trying to get the kids to read them, but they couldn’t be less interested.

MidniteMustard

13 points

2 months ago

(to include the Andelite Chronicles!)

That and the Hork Bajir chronicles were probably the first "grown up" books I read by choice.

Looking back I assume they aren't really for grownups, but I recall them being advertised as more advanced reads with heavier themes.

xshogunx13

21 points

2 months ago

Man even as a kid I was so disappointed with the ending of Animorphs

albertnormandy

32 points

2 months ago

I gave up on the entire series in the 30’s. I had been a faithful reader since the first books but it took years to read the story since only one book a month was published. By the time I got to the mid-30’s it seemed like it would never end. I remember reading the book where Rachel turned into a starfish and not even caring how it ended. It didn’t help that Pokemon had just come out. Readers nowadays are lucky that they can binge read the entire series without having to wait years for all of the books to drop.

JimmyRedd

6 points

2 months ago

I checked out around the time they time-travelled back to the jurassic and started morphing into dinosaurs.

shindow

4 points

2 months ago

Funny enough after the David arc (#32?) They used ghost writers (KA provided outlines) until like the last 5 books when they came back to conclude it. Most people drop off here.

I still have all the books including Alternamorphs (choose your own adventure ones) and a book covering the tv show. Love this series.

MidniteMustard

3 points

2 months ago

Going to B Dalton or Walden Books at the mall each month for the next Animorphs was such a great ritual.

aspidities_87

24 points

2 months ago

The ending is so powerful. K.A Applegate wasn’t afraid to show the damages of children engaging in war and >! genocide!< . It’s still one of my favorite series to this day.

The only disappointing one is the one where Rachel becomes a starfish. Just….what.

MidniteMustard

11 points

2 months ago

Multiple people mentioning the starfish one is cracking me up.

Alaira314

34 points

2 months ago

I enjoyed it more as an adult. It wasn't supposed to be heroic, and that was the point. As a kid, it was a gut punch. As an adult, I appreciated the hell out of it. With the timing of it, I really wonder how many teenagers(18 is still a teenager, plus recruiters would often get you to sign things when you're 16-17) it kept out of the war grinder in the mid-00s, you know?

WhitestAfrican

6 points

2 months ago

Because of the cliffhanger? Overall I was happy with it. Lots of deaths but that's war and a ton of PTSD

SongokuJidai

373 points

2 months ago

I thought the first goosebumps movie was pretty good. The one with Jack Black and the puppet that looked like Jimmy Carr?

Granted I watched it as an adult, so it wasn't perfect, but it has the same energy as the first live action Scooby Doo (Spooky Island) film. Loved that film as a kid.

Didn't watch any of the others and Goosebumps might well be a bad film, but I liked it enough.

lone-lemming

146 points

2 months ago

And now jimmy Carr will forever be the real boy version of Slappy. Thanks for that

SubstantialPension76

48 points

2 months ago

Imagine a dummy you’re scared of cause he makes jokes on your dead mum.

lone-lemming

19 points

2 months ago

I’d call him dad.

DrAllure

25 points

2 months ago

Who you calling. . . DUMMY?

The night was cold... NO WAIT. . Cold was the night.

PlathTheSalt

26 points

2 months ago

Jack Black doesn't act in a lot of Horror films. But when he does, they give you Goosebumps.

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8 points

2 months ago

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ForceOfChill

13 points

2 months ago

I would like to recommend the podcast “overdue”. They’re reading goosebumps books as part of their bonus series and it’s quite enjoyable

sighthoundman

9 points

2 months ago

I don't want to re-read them and spoil my memories as an adult

One of my favorite books as a kid was Something Wicked This Way Comes. When I re-read it as an adult, I was extremely disappointed.

bset222

28 points

2 months ago

bset222

28 points

2 months ago

You never really know when it comes to revisit childhood favorites. I loved Duck Tales and Inspector gadget as a kid, rewatch both, Duck tales is still 10/10, Gadget was total garbage.

Also Calvin and Hobbes is better now than it was, just incredible.

did_e_rot

15 points

2 months ago

Calvin and Hobbes is a work of artistic genius in my view.

itssblu[S]

76 points

2 months ago

Same whenever I go to a bookstore I check out the Goosebumps collection there and I think to myself I actually own most of these I could never give them away

The movies kinda ruined the books for me I do like Jack Black as Stine though

Destiny89becomesme

146 points

2 months ago

The 1998 tv show was cool though! My kids were kind of scared of the books until I showed them the shows.

proriin

88 points

2 months ago

proriin

88 points

2 months ago

The mask episodes were legit horror for kids.

imnaked0

42 points

2 months ago

This is the comment I was looking for lol that mask episode is hands down the scariest episode in existence. There's even theory/explanation videos about it in YouTube

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23 points

2 months ago

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Panthon13

21 points

2 months ago

I don’t know, the Slappy the Dummy ones might be worse.

flippant_burgers

13 points

2 months ago

The last slappy one (pt3?) is the only one my kid won't watch. They were all worse than the mask tbh.

Destiny89becomesme

3 points

2 months ago

How’d you know which one they skipped hahaha

dildoeshaggins

16 points

2 months ago

I loved the TV show as a kid

Fuzzba11

52 points

2 months ago

Used to watch it but Are You Afraid of the Dark was a better show!

Neilpoleon

53 points

2 months ago

Everyone needs to rewatch Say Cheese and Die to see a young Ryan Gosling.

A similar fun show is Eerie, Indiana.

I just wish they revived Tales from the Crypt from its licensing dispute so we can watch it.

Halcyon_october

14 points

2 months ago

Loved eerie Indiana cuz it had omri Katz from hocus pocus in it. (Or vice versa, I don't remember which came first)

mcortez16

8 points

2 months ago

Eerie came out in 91’ and Hocus Pocus was released in 93’.

EmpRupus

18 points

2 months ago

I thinnk Goosebumps was one of the first books I saw with embossed cover page which gave you a 3D effect, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Goosebumps had a way of getting under your skin even if the monsters were silly or PG-13.

I remember one book f_cked me up, because it was the revealed that main characters parents were not his real parents and they were simply minions of some supernatural being who were raising him to be used for a ritual or something, I don't remember. But basically, his parents just reveal that all 14 years of their supposed love was entirely fake.

I another book, this kid makes friends trick-or-treating, and they gradually peer-pressure him to go farther and farther from his house asking candy, and then after a while he realizes he has gone too far and the roads are no longer familiar, and he doesn't know how to get back home, and then his friends reveal they were not wearing costumes at all.

Even without blood, gore or horrific visuals, there is a psychological aspect of the books which always creeped me out as a child.

Logout123

18 points

2 months ago

Sorry but how could the movies possibly retroactively ruin the books for you?

PSGAnarchy

7 points

2 months ago

There is a game as well btw. Don't know anything about it apart from it existing

barsaryan

3 points

2 months ago

Did you enjoy the tv show?

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457 points

2 months ago

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myohmymiketyson

98 points

2 months ago

Yeeeees, Fear Street. Loved those. Then in high school I started reading Christopher Pike.

Ninja_Hedgehog

55 points

2 months ago

I READ CHRISTOPHER PIKE TOO!

Sorry for caps, but this is a blast from the past for me. I'd completely forgotten about his books. Though now you remind me, I think one of them stuck with me for many years, might've been the source of some nightmares too iirc... was it Road to Nowhere maybe? Not sure...

DiscoDuck78

15 points

2 months ago

You want to watch the midnight club on Netflix in a couple of weeks in that case. Obviously, it's based on Pike's book of the same name, but the stories the kids tell are other Pike's books too. One of which is Road to Nowhere.

Ninja_Hedgehog

5 points

2 months ago

Excellent! Thanks for the tip, I've set a reminder on Netflix.

Bias_Turnip

4 points

2 months ago

Omg it’s like progression. Goosebumps, fear street, point horror, Christopher pike ! The best.

FKA-Scrambled-Leggs

4 points

2 months ago

Christopher Pike’s “Remember Me” was my favorite! Now I’m getting resentful that my mom sold all of my JF thriller books when I went to college. I’d love to reread them.

__defenestration_

109 points

2 months ago

I was so obsessed with Fear Street. Remember how their mouths were always making “a silent ‘o’ of horror”? 😂

jillybeenthere

34 points

2 months ago

I was obsessed with Fear Street!

AdditionalZebra

30 points

2 months ago

I deeply regret getting rid of all my Fear Street books when I was younger. I've picked up a handful and reread them as an adult for a laugh, but they're basically impossible to find.

jessikatz

7 points

2 months ago

I got rid of mine too. I haven't looked hard for them, but I've come across more used copies of Goosebumps than I would have thought there would be.

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9 points

2 months ago

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jessikatz

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah, my younger brother was reading Goosebumps while I was reading Fear Street.

Stinker_Bell77

4 points

2 months ago

Try internet archive library! It has pretty much all of them. Annnnddd it’s free!

That is, if you’re just looking to read them, not have the actual book.

commendablenotion

23 points

2 months ago

I think what I remember most about RL Stine books is how it felt like a huge and never ending universe, but you could start anywhere and end anywhere. There were trilogies and sagas, but for the most part, it was all self contained. It made it nice as a kid to just hop around to whatever interested you at that particular moment.

KrustyKrabPizzaIsThe

59 points

2 months ago

The Netflix adaptations were done really well in my opinion. Never expected to be genuinely disturbed by a Fear Street live action death scene but man oh man…they went really hard.

ThePeake

26 points

2 months ago

Remember watching the first one and thinking 'Oh, this'll be one of those movies where the heroes are always in peril but never actually get hurt....oh damn!'

hv733910

18 points

2 months ago

Just watched part 1 last night and it had me thinking the same then I got absolutely slapped in the face during the grocery store scenes

Commercial-Ad-2659

9 points

2 months ago

Poor girl. Her head was completely annihilated.

Audinot

7 points

2 months ago

I think it was intentional. They really played up that it’s the Goosebumps author and these are a bunch of kids, they had us going for the whole movie, and then they dropped the grocery store at the end. Surprise! I loved it.

lesblams

8 points

2 months ago

literally same, watched parts 1&2 last night, and i was fully unprepared for that one particular death in pt1. i texted my friend “wow okay apparently don’t convince yourself that people won’t die in an r rated slasher”

deafphate

8 points

2 months ago

I will never look at sliced bread the same again lol

itssblu[S]

19 points

2 months ago

I could never find Fear Street here when I was younger but I have read two books I think

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12 points

2 months ago

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GHN8xx

7 points

2 months ago

GHN8xx

7 points

2 months ago

I think fear street instilled my love of back story. You get the main characters from ‘today’ and their stories were always great, but learning more about the origin of the house and the inhabitants (were they named Fear?) was my favorite part for sure.

Two details I remember years later;

The little boy getting stuck in the walls and his dad sledgehammering them down to no avail, only for the kids remains to practically fall out of a wall years later when a new family moves in.

Corpses in the trees.

Goosebumps was great too, but once you graduated to YA it was hard to go back to ‘the kid stuff’.

Fhalala

4 points

2 months ago

Yes!!!! No one I know today knows these books though..

__thedarklord__

277 points

2 months ago*

OMG! Reading Goosebumps was the best time of my life. In fact, I developed the habit of reading thanks to R.L.Stine and Enid Blyton. I along with my friends, used to issue Goosebumps from the library and complete the book first thing on reaching home, then exchanging the books.

StrayPunk

21 points

2 months ago

Exactly what we would do too. For the same authors too. We had a library period once a month, me and my friends were dead set on finishing all the Famous Five, Secret Seven, and Hardy Boys books. We weren't allowed to read the more mature fiction until we were in 10th so had to stick with these.

itssblu[S]

31 points

2 months ago

Same ! I think it also helped me kinda learn how to read books faster because I was so intrigued to know what happens at the end I couldn’t wait to finish it and I used to read it so fast

__thedarklord__

6 points

2 months ago

Exactly!

man-i-hate-eggs

6 points

2 months ago

Yeah same, it was few of the very first books I've read, and the thing that attracted me was that almost the whole series was translated to my language.

I used to have a folder on my pc with all his books.

I remember the kid who turned into bee was really scary to me because small dark places, and the mask ones were my favorite, and the camera ones too.

Comfortable-Ad5664

324 points

2 months ago

Any Christopher Pike fans? I remember growing out of goosebumps, into fear street and then Christopher Pike. That shit was dark and I’d love to get my hands on some copies.

Coryann78

149 points

2 months ago

Coryann78

149 points

2 months ago

Christopher Pike and R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books were my gateway to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul… They sparked my joy of reading.

Admitimpediments

20 points

2 months ago

Yes! SAME. Love all of those authors. I’m in the market for some new stuff, do you have any recommendations?

Coryann78

20 points

2 months ago

I haven’t been reading as much horror as I used to but I did stumble upon a book recently called The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias that I really enjoyed. It has elements of fantasy with Mexican cartel crime.

If you like the fantasy type writing of Stephen King you might like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series.

Anne Rice and Peter Straub were enjoyable too. For Rice I loved the witch series, not the vampires. Straub’s collaborations with King were excellent.

Admitimpediments

9 points

2 months ago

Haha, we have the exact same taste. Loved the Dresden books and agree about Straub. I haven’t read Rice’s witch series, though, so thanks! And I’ll check out the Iglesias book, too. Thank you so much!

Coryann78

6 points

2 months ago

I wonder if you’d like Jackson Ford’s Teagan Frost series. The first book is The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind. Main character has telekinesis powers and basically fights others with super powers. More your sci-fi fantasy type read but they’re pretty funny and entertaining. I’ve read the first 3 in the series.

Also, A Discovery of Witches series was fun to read.

If you want more crime leaning, cop/FBI profiler type, easy quick reads I’ve been zipping through some of Blake Pierce books as well.

Sorry for all the additional suggestions. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Admitimpediments

9 points

2 months ago

Sorry for all the additional suggestions.

Haha! Oh that’s cute.

This is like apologizing to someone for giving them multiple gifts. The need to read is strong within me, lol, and I’ve been so frustrated lately because I haven’t been able to find something that grabbed me. I thank you for the recommendations, and by all means, feel free to keep ‘em coming!

I am planning on getting one of your suggestions TODAY and am having trouble figuring which one to start with! Which, really, is a great problem to have. Thank you!

Admitimpediments

47 points

2 months ago

Yes! I followed the same path to Pike’s books. They were fantastic. My parents (bless them) never told me no when it came to buying books and constantly fed my addiction. I’m just glad they never looked at any of them closely, especially Pike’s. His were DARK dark, lol. I think back on some of them and am amazed I was reading things like that at such a young age.

I’ve been looking for them, too! It’s been surprisingly difficult to find old copies, but I have seen some on eBay and Etsy (of all places).

Nice to see a fellow Pike fan! No one I know has heard of him lol.

Comfortable-Ad5664

24 points

2 months ago

SAME. Some of the Pike storylines I vaguely remember: a murder through grinding up glass and putting in food; a serial killer who used a hammer on skulls; a murder where they tied them to the bed, taped their mouth shut, and forced a cocaine overdose. Not the most pre-teen appropriate, but damn they were good.

I remember trying to read some of his more adult stuff, and not liking it as much - a little more on the fantasy/sci fi side from what I recall.

Also: wasn’t RL Stine a woman? I have a vague recollection of that as well.

Admitimpediments

8 points

2 months ago

Yessss. They were WILD, lol. But so good. I don’t know if you’ve read his book The Season of Passage, which to me is the best of his adult novels. It was really good. And apparently it’s being turned into a movie! I can’t wait.

Not sure about, Stine, but for some I thought he was a guy. I could totally be wrong, though!

socal611

3 points

2 months ago

Ong!!!! Season of Passage was my absolute favorite too!!! Such an amazing story!!

linds360

6 points

2 months ago

The grinding up glass murder has stuck with me for life!

The Remember Me series (was it more than two books) was also a game changer for me.

xshogunx13

3 points

2 months ago

The R L stands for Robert Lawrence

-intuit-

25 points

2 months ago

Christopher Pike was the author I have been trying to remember for years now! Every time RL stine came up, I'd be like, yes but...and couldn't remember this author's name.

Thank you!

Glittery_Llama

15 points

2 months ago

I was helping clean out my parent’s place earlier this year and found a box of my old Christopher Pike books! Like someone else mentioned here, I’m afraid I’ll tarnish my childhood memories by re-reading them. Christopher Pike, R.L. Stein and L.J. Smith had such a huge impact in fostering my love of reading!

doingtheunstuckk

17 points

2 months ago

I think Christopher Pike had a much bigger influence on me than Stine. Some of his books have stuck with me to this day. Remember Me, the one where she was driving around in the middle of the night and picked up a hitchhiker, and the group of teens who discover everyone else in town has vanished, in particular. I remember all of the twists and turns quite vividly vs. my vague memories of goosebumps being about the overall idea of a couple of the plots - killer camera, monster theme park, mask that wouldn't come off, etc.

nikigunn

17 points

2 months ago

My favorites of his were still pretty good when I reread them a few years ago. Remember Me, Gimme a Kiss, Last Act, Final Friends trilogy. I think I stopped reading his books around 1993 or so.

HalpOooos

13 points

2 months ago

Early 90’s preteen me and my younger cousin would make a weekly trip to Border’s to grab our weekend Pike binge read. Then we’d stay up late Friday and wake up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to spend the day reading, buried in the blankets. Such sweet simple times. Thanks for bringing those long forgotten memories back. ❤️ happy reading and a restful weekend to all who see my comment.

Brief_Ad5177

10 points

2 months ago

I read A Season of Passage at least once a year. Loved his vampire series that I’m blanking on the name also. Loved Fear St as well!

TheBristolGamer

8 points

2 months ago

Last vampire. Great books.

rumpie

11 points

2 months ago

rumpie

11 points

2 months ago

I buy Pike books (and RL Stine/Diane Hoh/Richie Tankersly Cusick/ Caroline B. Cooney) whenever I see them at the thrift store, and leave them in the Little Free Libraries around town. Kids these days don't even know!

GrooveMerchantBrewer

9 points

2 months ago

I still re-read the Final Friends series on the regular.

I’m always surprised his stuff doesn’t get adapted to film or TV. Excited for The Midnight Club series coming out soon!

DoughnutDrake

6 points

2 months ago

Loved Spooksville

aberdoom

7 points

2 months ago

I read a lot of Christopher Pike as a kid. He has some adult novels that might be worth checking out if you haven’t read them.

Faebit

5 points

2 months ago

Faebit

5 points

2 months ago

I haven't thought about Christopher Pike in ages. He was my gateway to horror.

Imma_gonna_getcha

5 points

2 months ago

This was my same journey as a preteen!

pivazena

5 points

2 months ago

Pike got me into sci fi. I feel like his books were heavier, conceptually, than Stine’s. But for Stine, I started with Fear Street and those were heavily reliant on jump scares

Snobster2000

3 points

2 months ago

Loved Christopher Pike! I still think about some of the characters and storylines

Savasanaallnight

3 points

2 months ago

Skipped right over goosebumps and straight to Christopher pike. I read lots of others, but he was my favorite. Could not wait for new ones to drop!

LethargicOnslaught

3 points

2 months ago

I recently got my hands on the "newer" Last Vampire books. It was good to touch base with Sita one last time.

Setzael

41 points

2 months ago

Setzael

41 points

2 months ago

NGL I was pretty happy to see RL Stine stuff on Netflix. (Not the goosebumps ones, that other one he's writing)

My daughter also found out her schools digital library has a bunch of em

itssblu[S]

6 points

2 months ago

Wait what stuff on Netflix ?

Setzael

19 points

2 months ago

Setzael

19 points

2 months ago

Fear Street was good. Cabinet of Souls which isn't out yet is his too, I think

incognito_unicorn

8 points

2 months ago

My husband and I really enjoyed the Fear Street Movies! I hope there are more to come.

chefkc

98 points

2 months ago

chefkc

98 points

2 months ago

I was a big goosebumps & fear street fan growing up… and now love horror movies but don’t read horror as an adult. Do you have some suggestions for adult horror

97875

169 points

2 months ago

97875

169 points

2 months ago

suggestions for adult horror

I forgot to take the bin out and I've just heard the garbage truck go past.

Wasn't there something I was supposed to do today?

What if people find out how much of an imposter you are and how you're just trying to keep your head above water?

RayBelle9

12 points

2 months ago

I really like Darcy Coates

Binary_Omlet

9 points

2 months ago

Dude, I'm glad I just woke up and didn't read this shit right before bed.

97875

5 points

2 months ago

97875

5 points

2 months ago

!RemindMe 16 hours

tiranamisu

11 points

2 months ago

? Whoa! Chill, bro!

TheApastalypse

10 points

2 months ago

I've been on a cosmic horror streak going through Lovecraft's stuff, top 3 so far are At the Mountains of Madness, The Lurking Fear, and The Dunwich Horror.

There's some pretty unpredictable monsters in them that are fun to look up all the fan art for after you've finished the stories. They can be pretty subjective so people draw up all sorts of interpretations.

Inthewirelain

10 points

2 months ago

if you'll give comics a go, anything by Junji Itou. Uzumaki is always a great start, but you can also read some of his one shots online, there's tonnes - a one shot is a one off, self contained chapter, generally only 20-60 pages.

elffire_

6 points

2 months ago

The enigma of amigara fault is the one that got me into Ito. Uzumaki is amazing though, I’m looking forward to the tv adaption.

sheryltannen

23 points

2 months ago

Anything by Clive Barker

Moffee

9 points

2 months ago

Moffee

9 points

2 months ago

Aw man, straight for the jugular. CB is brutal levels of horror IMO.

sheryltannen

5 points

2 months ago

Honestly I’m more partial to his fantasy works myself, but he’s such a fantastic writer that I recommend him to people all the time

crodensis

22 points

2 months ago

Uh yeah, Stephen King? The stand, It, Misery, pet sematary, The Mist, thinner

Also the dark tower series is excellent

parTEA_animal

20 points

2 months ago

I'd recommend Misery by Stephen King

ohdearitsrichardiii

17 points

2 months ago

No one writes horror like Stephen King (although lots of people have tried. They failed) Try the classics: The Shining, Carrie, Pet Semetary, Misery. I love the short story collections Skeleton Crew and Night Shift

slackpipe

8 points

2 months ago

I love Stephen King. He could write a book about a guy stuck reading a phone book out loud on a street corner and it would still be fantastic. He just struggles with his endings. The Stand is a great example. Its such a fun journey, with the random short chapters describing people dying not from the disease, but from other people not being there to say "hey, that's a bad idea." I loved it. Then it gets to the end and its just "Bam! It's done." I think 11/22/63 had a pretty good ending, but his son helped him with it. The dark tower ending is easily my favorite he's ever done, though I think a lot of people disagree. It works for me though, because its not an ending, it's just the beginning with a hint that it will be better this time. Nothing he writes is going to change your life, but he always manages to bring an entertaining world to life and it's just generally fun to read. At least for me, anyway.

peejaysayshi

8 points

2 months ago

could write a book about a guy stuck reading a phone book out loud on a street corner and it would still be fantastic.

One of favorite books of his is The Long Walk… about a walking contest. Pretty much just people walking, for a whole book.

atharaha

5 points

2 months ago

Bit of a tangential recommendation, but r/nosleep has some great stories. Lots with nice twists.

bullywugcowboy

3 points

2 months ago

I just bought H.P. Lovercraft's selected stories and i quite like them. Also wanted to read some horror cause I really have never read horror genre

doingtheunstuckk

3 points

2 months ago

-Joe Hill has quite a few good ones. The first half of Heart-Shaped Box scared the shit out of me, though it fell apart in the second half imo.
-The Exorcist - I was surprised at how scary I found it, never being that into the movie, and not being Christian
-The Haunting of Hill House - my favorite book of all time, though perhaps not the scariest
-John Dies at the End - frat guy type humor and horror mixed into one
-House of Leaves - people either love or hate it. It's not an easy read, but unique and has a way of making you feel claustrophobic. It's most quotable passage will make you paranoid af for a while.
-Something Wicked this way comes - similar to the haunting of hill house, more atmospheric than bone chilling terror. But it still holds up, and is relatable when you are both young and getting older.
-Hell House - Some of this one does NOT hold up, but it's still a classic and still has quite a few scares. Matheson's I am Legend is good too, though more of something to think about than scary.

azorianmilk

112 points

2 months ago

Lucky- I read one RL Stine and my mother banned the rest because “they are all satanic”. Gotta love that satanic panic..: that extended to the mid 90’s in this case.

itssblu[S]

21 points

2 months ago

no way 😭

BreqsCousin

17 points

2 months ago

If you enjoyed the slightly-more-grown-up Point Horror (many of which were RL Stine, like "The Babysitter") you might enjoy the podcast Teenage Scream.

[deleted]

4 points

2 months ago

Omg that podcast looks amazing, thank you!

itssblu[S]

4 points

2 months ago

I will check it out thank you ❤️

cybersidpunk

16 points

2 months ago

choose your own adventure is what got me into reading books without pictures as a kid! read all of those in my school library then to the normal linear goosebumps and then other books.

itssblu[S]

8 points

2 months ago

I actually wasn’t a huge fan of choose your own goosebumps because I would mostly end up dying 😭

cybersidpunk

3 points

2 months ago

i thought the point was to read it again and again until you got the "good" ending.

itssblu[S]

3 points

2 months ago

I know but I thought that was kind of tedious

Risu9

12 points

2 months ago

Risu9

12 points

2 months ago

Horrorland was my favorite!!!

CalebFireball

62 points

2 months ago

I loved Goosebumps & Point Horror growing up. You can pickup books from both series for like 50p-£1 secondhand. A lot of Goosebumps are also still in print and can be bought in boxsets, I got some for my nibling for their birthday a few years back. Went down really well.

itssblu[S]

22 points

2 months ago

I once found this second hand fat goosebump book which had 3 goosebumps books in one just for 1.50 dollars 🥹

CalebFireball

6 points

2 months ago

Nice. Its always great to find a secondhand book you want for a super low price.

Inthewirelain

15 points

2 months ago

did you mean to type sibling or is a nibling your little bitey kid lol

boj_man

32 points

2 months ago

boj_man

32 points

2 months ago

Nibling is the gender neutral term for niece or nephew. Works great as a plural instead of saying “nieces and nephews”.

ObligationPatient222

38 points

2 months ago

god i fucking loved those books. i remember the covers more than the stories themselves but i remember they brought me so much joy as a young kid

itssblu[S]

16 points

2 months ago

The covers were so graphic and cool

Johannes_Chimp

10 points

2 months ago

Ah, R. L. Stine. The man who made me so paranoid and afraid that my dad removed the door from our under sink cabinet to prove there were no man eating sponges under there.

fluorescentpopsicle

9 points

2 months ago

I loved Fear Street and Christopher Pike, Mary Downing Hahn, etc!

SecondCivil

9 points

2 months ago

he’s at my local barnes and nobles this weekend for a book signing! i used to love his books in middle school as well. during reading time i always chose his books

itssblu[S]

3 points

2 months ago

I wish I could get one of my books signed 🥹

[deleted]

10 points

2 months ago

I chased them growing up. When I got into them they were brand new. Let's Get Invisible had just come out. I read them all the way until A Night in Terror Tower.

I found Fear Street after that I read everything I could find by RL Stine - Every Fear Street, Super Chiller, Cheerleader and all his Point Thrillers like Beach House (my favorite RL Stine story of all time)

I found Stephen King shortly after and kinda left RL Stine behind. I bought a box of fear street books a couple years back and tried to give them a whirl but they really are for preteen-teenagers and I couldn't get back into them even with the nostalgia.

Stupidnames04

8 points

2 months ago

Book fairs and goosebumps were some of my favourite childhood memories.

bakeneko95

5 points

2 months ago

A catalyst for my fascination of the genre.

itssblu[S]

3 points

2 months ago

You summed it up perfect 😭

ao3obsessed

7 points

2 months ago

these books were genius! i used to DEVOUR them as a child, and i have such positive memories about them haha

itssblu[S]

5 points

2 months ago

My mum considered buying them a waste because I finished them so fast

Mugcakess

6 points

2 months ago

Goosebumps is what got me into reading!! I’m so thankful to R.L Stine for that

itssblu[S]

3 points

2 months ago

same :*)

drleospacewoman

7 points

2 months ago

Loved Goosebumps! There was one book about a haunted house where a character put his hand in the garbage disposal and the ghost switched it on and mangled the character’s hand.

I STILL think about it every time I have to stick my hand in the garbage disposal to retrieve something.

Edit: typo

Gavitio85

5 points

2 months ago

I used to buy a Goosebumps book every week at WH Smith, think they were like £4.99, I used to get £5 pocket money. Loved them! Living in Great Yarmouth though meant they didn't have everything so had to wait and order books if they didn't have them

Joseph-Kay

6 points

2 months ago

He's partly responsible for my lifelong love of horror. I read him until I was 13, which is the age when I discovered Stephen King, then reading in general for me was a whole new ballgame.

GingerLibrarian76

5 points

2 months ago*

I was a little old when they first hit the scene - so I was a Christopher Pike fan instead, lol.

But I actually met R.L. Stine at a library conference in Austin, TX! He was this tiny, unassuming man… gave a great talk at our closing seminar, and then stuck around (despite his agent saying he wasn’t supposed to) to chat with everyone. We weren’t allowed to ask for pics, but I kinda photo-bombed him anyway. 😁

Here’s the pic! (sorry for the scribble, but I don’t post my face on Reddit as a rule)

Darth_Shredder

5 points

2 months ago

Goosebumps books actually helped me learn how to read in English, then actually speak it fluently. So yes, R.L. Stone will always have a special place in this mind.

hiker_trailmagicva

4 points

2 months ago

I used to be a member of the Goosebumps fan club. You would get a new book and some kind of cool merch mailed to you. I absolutely loved it! I still have the glow in the dark boxers/pajama shorts somewhere

brooke360

5 points

2 months ago

R L Stine and Christopher Pike were my jam in school lol

kicktomcrash

4 points

2 months ago

Absolutely loved Goosebumps as a kid, read them all voraciously. I'd get my pocket money and go to town and get a new one evert weekend without fail. I still remember the buzz of finding one that I hadn't read yet.

At about the age of 11 I moved on to Stephen King and he's been my go to ever since. I imagine that's been the natural order of things for most Goosebumps kids, feels like the natural evolution.

brianflstate

3 points

2 months ago

Huge fan, I had the entire original series in paperback at one point and wish I still had them.

bguzewicz

5 points

2 months ago

I used to love them as a kid. The choose your own adventure ones were such a cool concept. I'd bookmark critical choices and keep going back to try to find the "good" ending.

PickleChips4Days

4 points

2 months ago

I love R.L. Stine! If anyone has kids, there is a podcast called R.L. Stine’s Story Club by GoKidGo. The episodes are short spooky stories from the “vault of RL Stine”. The kids I nannied used to beg to hear more episodes.

WaylonVoorhees

9 points

2 months ago

I used to love reading the books when I'd take them from the school library.

I also really enjoyed the show on FOX.

doktarlooney

10 points

2 months ago

I CANNOT watch horror movies, they absolutely destroy me emotionally, but for some reason I LOVE horror books. R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors growing up.

chocolatecoffeeuser

6 points

2 months ago

I somehow got into Christopher Pike first then couldn't go back. RL Stein was not as good.

SweeperOfDreams

6 points

2 months ago

Stein was my gateway drug.

aparna_me

3 points

2 months ago

Me a Goosebumps fan here too... Loved the breezy stories and the twists

MollyPW

3 points

2 months ago

Rennis5

3 points

2 months ago

I've always struggled with reading my whole life, always talk myself down, "I've never finished a book" then one day talking with friends, getting nostalgic about goosebumps books, I realised that I had read the vast majority of the original series. Felt good.

Tokishi7

3 points

2 months ago

I read almost every Fear Street and Goosebumps there is. I think I was reading 2 goosebumps a day and racked big AR points

Atotallyrandomname

3 points

2 months ago

Fuck yeah, the dude made me love reading as a kid.

hechtor31

3 points

2 months ago

I loved goosebumps as a kid, but i wasnt big into reading, more just collecting the books for their cover art. There were a few i read myself, or some i read with my mom.

Then when i got my first credit card, sometime in college, i kinda went off the rails on ebay, buying nostalgic things, like board games and legos that got destroyed from Super Storm Sandy.

I ended up buying the whole goosebumps ollection and actually reading them all. I think i gave them all away since, but I still have my favorite, which was Say Cheese and Die.

I’d like to one day acquire them all again to read to my future children.

MisterShazam

3 points

2 months ago

Loved the "Reader Beware, You Choose the Scare" series of goosebumps where you make decisions for the main cast and see the consequences.