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Goosebumps is a children's horror book franchise published by Scholastic Corporation. The books are written by author and creator R.L. Stine.

Beginning with the eponymous Goosebumps series in 1992, the Goosebumps franchise has spawned numerous followup and spin-off series. The franchise's other forms of media include a television series and a feature film.

Book series

Main series


Goosebumps

Main article: Goosebumps (original series)

The first three books in the Goosebumps franchise, Welcome to Dead House, Stay Out of the Basement, and Monster Blood were published at the same time in July 1992 as part of the original Goosebumps series. From 1992 to 1997, sixty-two books were published in the original series. The final book in the original Goosebumps series was Monster Blood IV, in December 1997.


Goosebumps Series 2000

Main article: Goosebumps Series 2000

After the original series ended, it was followed-up by Goosebumps Series 2000 the month after, with Cry of the Cat. The series claimed to be scarier than the original series, and the covers featured artwork that was more dark in tone. The cover art was also raised, unlike the original series, where only the logo was raised. Series 2000 and the spin-off gamebook series, Give Yourself Goosebumps, were discontinued in 2000 after R.L. Stine's contract with Scholastic ended. Due to this, the twenty-sixth book in the Series 2000 series, The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader, was canceled, along with the planned Goosebumps Gold series.


Goosebumps HorrorLand

Main article: Goosebumps HorrorLand

After receiving requests from fans for the Goosebumps series to return, R.L. Stine and Scholastic lucnhed the Goosebumps HorrorLand series in April 2008, with the books Revenge of the Living Dummy and Creep from the Deep. When the series launched, it had been eight years since the last main series Goosebumps book, Ghost in the Mirror. Around the same time, Scholastic launched the Classic Goosebumps series, which was a series of Goosebumps reprints that included bonus materials, and new artwork from Brandon Dorman. HorrorLand has since been followed-up by Goosebumps Hall of Horrors, Goosebumps Most Wanted, and Goosebumps SlappyWorld.

Each book had two stories. The first ten books had its own self-contained storyline which takes place outside the gates of HorrorLand, with a secondary story thread which leads its main character to HorrorLand only in the final few chapters. The final two books in the series served to wrap up the HorrorLand plot, uniting the characters and villains from the first ten books in a single climactic storyline.


Goosebumps Hall of Horrors

Main article: Goosebumps Hall of Horrors

Goosebumps Hall of Horrors (originally titled Goosebumps HorrorLand: Hall of Horrors), is a mini-series consisting of six books.

Each book features a story told by a child visiting the titular Hall of Horrors. Unlike the Goosebumps HorrorLand books, the Goosebumps Hall of Horrors books have no overarching plot. Each book told an independent story, similarly to the original Goosebumps books.


Goosebumps Most Wanted

Main article: Goosebumps Most Wanted

Goosebumps Most Wanted was a series of Goosebumps books written by R. L. Stine. It began in 2012, and ended in 2016. The series contained 10 main series books, 4 Special Edition books, and a stand-alone book, Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask.

Like with the previous series, most of the books contain an introductory section. In this series, Stine introduces the main villain of the book in the "Welcome You Are Most Wanted" section. The cover art for the books feature the main villain of that book with a colored background behind them, suggesting that it is some kind of "Wanted Poster" for them. The cover art for the books take on a more detailed and realistic look compared to Goosebumps Hall of Horrors and Goosebumps HorrorLand 's book covers, which had a more cartoony art style.


Goosebumps SlappyWorld

Main article: Goosebumps SlappyWorld

Goosebumps SlappyWorld is the successor to Goosebumps Most Wanted. The series focuses on Slappy the Dummy, telling his own "twisted tales" and "scary stories". The first book in the series, Slappy Birthday to You, was released on February 28th, 2017.


Spin-offs


Tales to Give You Goosebumps

Main article: Tales to Give You Goosebumps

Tales to Give You Goosebumps is a series of six books that contain ten short stories in each book, making a grand total of sixty tales in total. Every book in the series came packaged with Goosebumps themed merchandise, from booklights, to even undergarments. Some books were based around certain themes, such as Halloween and Christmas.


Give Yourself Goosebumps

Main article: Give Yourself Goosebumps

Give Yourself Goosebumps is a horror fiction gamebook series in which the reader chooses the story. All of the books are credited to R.L. Stine, but many of the books were ghostwritten. The books were written from 1995 to 2000, starting with Escape from the Carnival of Horrors, and ending with All-Day Nightmare. There are fifty books in the series, including special editions, and all of them are currently out of print, except for Please Don't Feed the Vampire!, which was made into a Classic Goosebumps book as a tie-in to the Goosebumps film.


Goosebumps Triple Header

Main article: Goosebumps Triple Header

In November 1997, Scholastic launched the Goosebumps Triple Header series. They were somewhat similar to the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series, in that the books contained short stories. However, instead of featuring ten short stories, Triple Header only featured three. The books were hosted by a three-headed monster, Lefty, Righty, and Slim. The final book in the series was published in May 1999, making it the shortest Goosebumps book series, with a total of only two books published.


Other media

Television series

Films

Merchandise

Main article: Goosebumps (franchise)/Merchandise

Reception

References

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