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.
The series marks the debut of Curly the Skeleton, who became the mascot of the series and the Goosebumps franchise as a whole. The cover of the first book depicts Curly as a ghost-like figure with long curly hair. Scholastic wasn't a fan of the design, and asked the cover artist, Tim Jacobus, to redesign him. From the second book onward, Curly took the form of an actual skeleton, and with a slight Mohawk. Book three onward also featured Curly's bulldog, Drool.
The cover design used on books one through five matched the slime aesthetic used for the original Goosebumps. The final book in the series, More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps, ditched the slime aesthetic in favor of one resembling that of a picture frame. The first three books in the series were reprinted in 1997 to match the new aesthetic.
According to Scholastic, R.L. Stine's contract for the series Tales to Give You Goosebumps did not stipulate that Stine had to be the sole author of the series (unlike Stine's contract for the original Goosebumps series).
The story Fun With Spelling from the book More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps was ghostwritten by author Carolyn Crimi, an author who also ghostwrote two books in the Ghosts of Fear Street series. Currently, Crimi is the only author to openly claim to have ghostwritten for the Tales to Give You Goosebumps series.
|No.||Book||Publish date||Pages||Merch included||Stories contained|
|4||September 1996||138||Halloween kit|
|6||October 1997||125||Christmas stocking|
- Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
- More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps
Reprints and rereleases
In 1997, the first three books in the series were reprinted to match the cover style of the final book in the series, More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps. The reprints did not include the original merchandise for the books. A hardcover collection book titled 30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps was released in April 2004, featuring stories from the first three books in the series. It was also available in paperback.
The stories Click, An Old Story, Perfect School, The Haunted House Game, The House of No Return, Strained Peas, Awesome Ants and Don't Wake Mummy were adapted into episodes for the Goosebumps TV series.
- The French version of the stories were released separately, instead of a short story collection.
- ↑ "Scholastic Inc. -v- Parachute Press (Index No. 600512/99)" (mirror)
- ↑ Carolyn Crimi - Freelance: Short Stories
|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|