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Goosebumps is a series of children's horror fiction books by creator and author R. L. Stine. It is the second best selling book series of all time, selling 400 million books worldwide in over 32 languages.

It shares its name with a condition of the same name also known as 'goose pimples', a symptom of fright.


Original series


BookUS Release
1Welcome to Dead House July 1992
2Stay Out of the Basement July 1992
3Monster Blood July 1992
4Say Cheese and Die! November 1992
5The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb January 1993
6Let's Get Invisible! March 1993
7Night of the Living Dummy May 1993
8The Girl Who Cried Monster May 1993
9Welcome to Camp Nightmare July 1993
10The Ghost Next Door August 1993
11The Haunted Mask September 1993
12Be Careful What You Wish For... October 1993
13Piano Lessons Can Be Murder November 1993
14The Werewolf of Fever Swamp December 1993
15You Can't Scare Me! January 1994
16One Day at Horrorland Feburary 1994
17Why I'm Afraid of Bees March 1994
18Monster Blood II April 1994
19Deep Trouble May 1994
20The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight May 1994
21Go Eat Worms! July 1994
22Ghost Beach August 1994
23Return of the Mummy September 1994
24Phantom of the Auditorium October 1994
25Attack of the Mutant November 1994
26My Hairiest Adventure December 1994
27A Night in Terror Tower January 1995
28The Cuckoo Clock of Doom Feburary 1995
29Monster Blood III March 1995
30It Came from Beneath the Sink! April 1995
31Night of the Living Dummy II May 1995
32The Barking Ghost June 1995
33The Horror at Camp Jellyjam July 1995
34Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes August 1995
35A Shocker on Shock Street September 1995
36The Haunted Mask II October 1995
37The Headless Ghost November 1995
38The Abominable Snowman Of Pasadena December 1995
39How I Got My Shrunken Head January 1996
40Night of the Living Dummy III February 1996
41Bad Hare Day March 1996
42Egg Monsters from Mars April 1996
43The Beast from the East May 1996
44Say Cheese and Die - Again! June 1996
45Ghost Camp July 1996
46How to Kill a Monster August 1996
47Legend of the Lost Legend September 1996
48Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns October 1996
49Vampire Breath November 1996
50Calling All Creeps! December 1996
51Beware, the Snowman January 1997
52How I Learned to Fly February 1997
53Chicken Chicken March 1997
54Don't Go To Sleep! April 1997
55The Blob That Ate Everyone May 1997
56The Curse of Camp Cold Lake June 1997
57My Best Friend Is Invisible July 1997
58Deep Trouble II August 1997
59The Haunted School September 1997
60Werewolf Skin October 1997
61I Live in Your Basement! November 1997
62.Monster Blood IV December 1997

For the UK editions, please see: UK Releases.

Reprints: 2003-2007

From 2003 to 2007, 57 out of the 62 of the original Goosebumps books were reprinted. Each reprint received a new cover base and used different colors. Two books, Stay Out of the Basement and Be Careful What You Wish For..., were given new cover art. This series of reprints were discontinued shortly after the Classic Goosebumps were introduced.

Reprints: Classic Goosebumps

Classic Goosebumps was a series of reprints made to coincide with the release of Goosebumps HorrorLand books. All of the Classic Goosebumps books featured new cover art by Brandon Dorman and a new Goosebumps logo. In addition, the font used for numbering chapters was redesigned and bonus materials were added to the end of each book.


Between 1995 and 1997, Scholastic Inc. released four Goosebumps Monster Edition books. Each book contained three Goosebumps books. The first three Monster Edition books were simply numbered while the fourth book was titled Fright Light Edition.

Four hardcover Goosebumps Collection books were released between 2003 and 2005. Each book contained three books from the Goosebumps franchise. Living Dummy Collection, Campfire Collection, and Monster Blood Collection, and 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps. The book 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps featured the first three books in the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series, but it was released at the same time as the other books.

Two paperback books collection books Hair-Raising Collection and Vanishing Collection, were released in the early 2000s. The covers on these books were similar to the covers on the reprints released between 2003 and 2007.

Graphic novels

Ten Goosebumps books were adapted into graphic novels via Goosebumps Graphix. The three Goosebumps Graphix books were title Creepy Creatures, Terror Trips, Scary Summer, and Slappy's Tales of Horror.

List of characters



Other Characters

Cover artists

The first book two books in the Goosebumps series were illustrated by separate artists. The first book cover, Welcome to Dead House, was illustrated by artist Tim Jacobus. The next book cover, Stay Out of the Basement, was illustrated by artist Jim Thiesen. Scholastic Inc. eventually chose Jacobus as the main series artist because of his use of saturated colors. Of the 62 books in the original series, Jacobus illustrated 60 covers. With the exception of Stay Out of the Basement, the only other book to not be illustrated by Jacobus was the book Be Careful What You Wish For..., which was illustrated by a currently unknown artist.

The first reprints of the Goosebumps series reused Jacobus's art. In addition to this, Jacobus illustrated new covers for the books Stay Out of the Basement and Be Careful What You Wish For....

The Classic Goosebumps reprints used new, digital cover art created by Brandon Dorman. Some of the new covers created by Dorman were based on covers from the original series.

Follow-ups and spin-offs

After the success of the original series, various spin-off series were made. The first spin-off series debuted in 1994 with the release of Tales to Give You Goosebumps. It spawned five sequels, and each book featured 10 short stories. The other spin-off series was the Give Yourself Goosebumps gamebook series, which debuted in 1995.

After the original series was discontinued in December 1997, it was followed up by Goosebumps Series 2000 the month after.

Other media

TV Show

Goosebumps was adapted into a TV series in 1995. The show started out adapting the original series of books, then eventually several stories from Tales to Give You Goosebumps, and Goosebumps Series 2000. The show ceased production in 1998 with a total of 58 episodes made, or 74 if you count the two-part episodes as separate episodes. R. L. Stine would sometimes make appearances at the beginning and end of some episodes, mainly the earlier ones.


A feature film based on the Goosebumps franchise was released by Sony and Columbia Pictures on October 16th, 2015. The film includes many references to the original books, and various monsters and villains from the series make an appearance. Slappy the Dummy, the Abominable Snowman, Will Blake (werewolf form), the Lawn Gnomes and the Giant Praying Mantises are among the more notable monsters in the film.


  • R. L. Stine came up with the title of the series while looking at a TV guide, and he saw an ad that said, "It's Goosebumps week on channel 11!"
  • At first, Stine didn't want to do Goosebumps, because he was afraid that fans of the Fear Street series would make fun of him for making a children's book series.
  • At first, the Goosebumps books were not a hit. After first six months, the books became bestsellers. To this day, the Goosebumps franchise has sold 400 million copies worldwide.

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