Goosebumps Gold was a series originally intended to follow Goosebumps Series 2000 and was scheduled to launch in October 2000. However, the series was cancelled early in its production.
The titles and the covers, which were published on Goosebumps illustrator Tim Jacobus's website, were the only things from Goosebumps Gold that were ever released. In an interview, author R.L. Stine stated that none of the Goosebumps Gold books were ever completed.
In the late 1990's, Scholastic Inc. and Parachute Press engaged in a lengthy legal dispute over the marketing rights for the Goosebumps franchise. As a result of the legal battle and declining sales, all series in the Goosebumps franchise were cancelled, and R.L. Stine left Scholastic.
Early in the year 2000, it was announced that R.L. Stine would be teaming up with HarperCollins Children's Books to create two new series: Goosebumps Gold and The Nightmare Room. According to reports, HarperCollins was planning an "extensive marketing campaign" for Stine's upcoming work.
For unknown reasons, possibly licensing issues, Goosebumps Gold was cancelled early in its production.
Goosebumps Gold was planned to be a "limited series of 12 books", but only three book titles are known: The Haunted Mask Lives!, Happy Holidays from Dead House, and Slappy New Year. The plot details for all of these books are unknown. A book titled Slappy New Year! was released as the eighteenth book in Goosebumps HorrorLand series. However, other than the title, the book has nothing to do with the Goosebumps Gold version.
- Goosebumps Gold section on Tim Jacobus' website.
- The Incredible Shrinking Fifth Grader
- Give Yourself Goosebumps Book #43
|Main series||Original series • Series 2000 • HorrorLand • Hall of Horrors • Most Wanted • SlappyWorld|
|Spin-off series||Tales to Give You Goosebumps • Give Yourself Goosebumps • Goosebumps Presents • Triple Header|