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.
For non-US editions, please see the following:
- Welcome to Dead House
- Stay Out of the Basement
- Monster Blood
- Say Cheese and Die!
- The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
- Let's Get Invisible!
- Night of the Living Dummy
- The Girl Who Cried Monster
- Welcome to Camp Nightmare
- The Ghost Next Door
- The Haunted Mask
- Be Careful What You Wish For...
- Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
- The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
- You Can't Scare Me!
- One Day at Horrorland
- Why I'm Afraid of Bees
- Monster Blood II
- Deep Trouble
- The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
- Go Eat Worms!
- Ghost Beach
- Return of the Mummy
- Phantom of the Auditorium
- Attack of the Mutant
- My Hairiest Adventure
- A Night in Terror Tower
- The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
- Monster Blood III
- It Came from Beneath the Sink!
- Night of the Living Dummy II
- The Barking Ghost
- The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
- Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes
- A Shocker on Shock Street
- The Haunted Mask II
- The Headless Ghost
- The Abominable Snowman Of Pasadena
- How I Got My Shrunken Head
- Night of the Living Dummy III
- Bad Hare Day
- Egg Monsters from Mars
- The Beast from the East
- Say Cheese and Die - Again!
- Ghost Camp
- How to Kill a Monster
- Legend of the Lost Legend
- Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns
- Vampire Breath
- Calling All Creeps!
- Beware, the Snowman
- How I Learned to Fly
- Chicken Chicken
- Don't Go To Sleep!
- The Blob That Ate Everyone
- The Curse of Camp Cold Lake
- My Best Friend Is Invisible
- Deep Trouble II
- The Haunted School
- Werewolf Skin
- I Live in Your Basement!
- Monster Blood IV
2003 - 2007 series
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. The series of reprints were discontinued shortly after Classic Goosebumps was introduced.
Phantom of the Auditorium, Legend of the Lost Legend, Werewolf Skin, I Live in Your Basement!, and Monster Blood IV were the only books not reprinted in this series. However, Phantom of the Auditorium was later reprinted in the Classic Goosebumps series.
- Main article: Classic Goosebumps
Classic Goosebumps was a series of reprints originally 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 hardcover books under a series titled Goosebumps Monster Edition. Each book contained three Goosebumps books.
|No.||Book||Publish date||Stories contained|
Monster Edition #1
Monster Edition #2
Fright Light Edition
Monster Edition #3
Four hardcover books under a series titled Goosebumps Collection were released between 2003 and 2004. Each book contained three books from the Goosebumps franchise. The first three books, The Campfire Collection, Monster Blood Collection, and Living Dummy Collection contained three stories from the original series. Wile the fourth book, 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps, featured the first three books in the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series.
|No.||Book||Publish date||Stories contained|
The Campfire Collection
Monster Blood Collection
30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps
Living Dummy Collection
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.
Retro Collector's Tins
- Main article: Goosebumps Retro Collector's Tins
From 2015 - 2017, Scholastic released Goosebumps collector's tins. Inside the tins include five of the best selling Goosebumps books with their original covers.
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
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.
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.
- R.L. Stine has said that Goosebumps is a lot like riding a roller coaster, with many twists and turns and thrills, but all with the feeling of safety throughout the experience
- The Mummies, Slappy the Dummy, Hannah Fairchild, Carly Beth, The Haunted Mask, Clarissa, Will Blake, The Bees, The Scarecrows, Prince Khor-Ru, Nila Rahmad, The Lord High Executioner, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, The Lawn Gnomes, One of the Giant Praying Mantises, The Abominable Snowman, The Shrunken Head, The Swamp Monster, One of the Pumpkin Heads, Count Nightwing, The Creeps (Ricky Breamer, Brenda and Wart), The Blob Monster and Brent Green appeared in the Goosebumps film.
|Main series||Original series • Series 2000 • HorrorLand • Hall of Horrors • Most Wanted • SlappyWorld|
|Spin-off series||Tales to Give You Goosebumps • Give Yourself Goosebumps • Triple Header|