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Escape from Horror House
Tagline Home is where the horror is!
Author(s) R.L. Stine
Cover artist Craig White
Publisher Scholastic
Media type Print (Paperback)
Release date July 1999
Pages 135
Number of Endings 26
Series Give Yourself Goosebumps
Series number 37
Saga None
Previous book Ship of Ghouls
Next book Into the Twister of Terror

Escape from Horror House was the thirty-seventh book in the Give Yourself Goosebumps gamebook series. It was preceded by Ship of Ghouls and followed by Into the Twister of Terror.

The cover had an image of a run-down house. The house had twisted and warped into features that seemed to form a monstrous face. This tagline is "Home is where the horror is!".

It was released in July 1999 and was 137 pages long.

Plot

Despite the title, this book focuses on you getting rid of a ghost that has haunted a house, not trying to get out of a haunted house. In most of the endings, you are killed by the ghost.

Bad Endings

  • You return home and find out that your family, except you has been turned into hideous monsters after the poltergeists possessed them all while you were away.
  • Your face melts off.
  • Your head explodes.
  • The poltergeists possessed the ants in your ant farm and one of them is hungry, so it decides to eat you up.
  • You feed the poltergeists enough fear to give them enough power to kill you, Bobby and Lisa.
  • The poltergeist drains the life force out of you forever.
  • Marvin and Matilda fail to defend you from a three-headed orange monster before it gulps you.
  • Dolls that were possessed by the poltergeists kill you when you crash your lawn mower into a tree.
  • A poltergeist tricks you into smashing Matilda's favorite necklace, which contains trapped poltergeists. after smashing the necklace, they are all released from her necklace and kill you instantly.
  • Poltergeists lock you in Jen's toy box with Marvin where you are transported to the poltergeists' world. There they eat you and Marvin.
  • You, Bobby and Lisa are turned into ghosts by the poltergeists.
  • The poltergeists literally tickle you to death.
  • Your mother feeds the poltergeists with enough anger to possess your body. You become just as evil and mean as they are.
  • The poltergeists might take over the whole town.
  • The poltergeist tricks you into scaring Matilda away, after it kills you.
  • The poltergeists transformed the ground into soft mud and waves from a nearby lake drown you, Bobby and Lisa.
  • The dolls who are posessed by poltergeists will tear you into pieces.
  • The poltergeists and Zak (who is now a poltergeist) combine together to bring you down.

Good Endings

  • The poltergeist's mother takes it away from the human world.
  • Your sister Jen has control over the poltergeists. The bad thing is that you should never fight with her unless the poltergeists wake again.
  • The poltergeists decide to stay in the dump and leave you alone forever.
  • You, Bobby and Lisa neutralize the poltergeist with magnets. You are now helped by your favorite school teacher, Ms. Peters.
  • You find out that you are telekinetic and you are the reason weird things happen. There aren't really any poltergeists and you're happy that your levitating abilities will make things much easier.
  • You find that your sister Jen was the reason weird things happen because she is now telekinetic. There isn't a poltergeist in the house (especially in your room), but you should just keep being nice to her.
  • The poltergeists were joking. They don't mean to take over you. You, Bobby and Lisa play with them and then they go away to find another house to haunt.
  • You don't let the poltergeists feed on anything that makes them strong. They evaporate and are gone forever.

Trivia

  • The book employed little of the type of humor characteristic of the series.
  • There are 18 bad endings and 8 good endings.
  • Despite the cover, the reader's house doesn't actually twist and warp to form the monstrous face that the front cover has.
  • The title doesn't actually focus on you escaping your house, since that will be too easy to do (just unlock the door and get out). Instead, it is all about you attempting to get rid of the poltergeist taking over your house and managing your fear.

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