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Why I Quit Zombie School is the fourth book in the Goosebumps Hall Of Horrors book series. It was preceded by The Five Masks of Dr. Screem and followed by Don't Scream!

The cover illustration features a zombie boy coming out of the locker.


Matt is enrolled in a new school in which he mysteriously excels as a student. But his fellow students' lack of intelligence and energy is revealed to be due to the fact that they are zombies and they plan to kill Matt and turn him into a zombie!

Cover Art Gallery

Pre-release Cover Art

Prior to release, this book was marked as a Goosebumps HorrorLand book. It was originally titled "Why I Went to Zombie School". The zombie's skin is less green and decayed than in the final version. Also, some of the papers and books in the background are more detailed in the final version.



  • The school's name is Romero Academy. This is a reference to George Romero, director of many zombie films, such as the Night of the Living Dead (1968).
  • The principal is named Mr. Craven. This is a possible reference to Wes Craven, deceased director of horror movies, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and one of its sequels, Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
  • This book is ostensibly a spiritual successor to the Give Yourself Goosebumps book, Zombie School although they are set in different schools (Romero Academy vs. Ranewash School.) Furthermore, the zombies in this book are actual undead zombies, whereas in Zombie School, they are living children who have been brainwashed.
Goosebumps Hall of Horrors series
#01 Claws!#06 The Birthday Party of No Return
#02 Night of the Giant Everything
#03 The Five Masks of Dr. Screem
#04 Why I Quit Zombie School
#05 Don't Scream!

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