It Came from Ohio! is the autobiography of R.L. Stine about how he came to be a writer. It talks about his childhood, his life in college, his early jobs, his wife, and how he came up with the ideas for Fear Street and Goosebumps.

It was originally published in 1998, with some versions featuring a holographic cover. The book was rereleased on April 28, 2015 as a tie-in to the film Goosebumps. It contained new information not seen in the original, such as three new chapters and the top 20 most asked questions being updated.


Has He Had a HORRIFYING Life?

  • Was RL Stine a SCARY kid?
  • Did he have a WEIRD family?
  • Did his friends at school think he was STRANGE?
  • Why does he like to TERRIFY his readers?
  • Where does he get the frightening ideas for his stories?

All of your questions about best-selling your favorite author are answering in this STINE-TINGLING life story! For the first time ever, RL Stine reveals what he was like when he was YOUR age--and what his scary life is like TODAY!

PLUS: Private snapshots and photos from his family album!



The 1998 cover (illustrated by Tim Jacobus) features R.L. Stine sitting and typing at his computer. He is surrounded by Slappy, The Lawn Gnomes, Monster Blood, Amaz-O the rabbit, Curly the Skeleton, The Mummy, a Scarecrow, The Ghost of Harrison Sadler, The Swamp Monster, The Abominable Snowman, and The Shrunken Head.

The 2015 cover (illustrated by Brandon Dorman) features R.L. Stine sitting at his computer writing, surrounded by Slappy, A lawn gnome, Fifi the Vampire Poodle, a mummy, a scarecrow, The Haunted Mask, Monster Blood, and the Abominable Snowman.


R.L. Stine is sitting in a large chair surrounding by The giant bug, A Beast, A Mummy, Slappy, a Black Cat, The Dragon from Be Afraid – Be Very Afraid!, Amaz-O, a vampire (possibly Count Nightwing), and more monsters.

International releases




  • Susan Lurie (who wrote the new chapters) is also the author of the Monster Survival Guide.
  • In the Goosebumps: The Game , the achievement "It Came From Ohio" is unlocked after the player engages in their first conversation with R.L. Stine over the phone.