10 Things You Didn't Know About Goosebumps Writer R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine is well-known for this Goosebumps novels, but did you know these facts about him?

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    R.L. Stands for Robert Lawrence

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    R.L. Stine writes the titles first, then comes up with a plot. He makes an outline of the entire book, chapter by chapter, before he really starts to write. It takes him around 3 weeks to write a Goosebumps novel. When he’s done with the book, he gives the manuscript to his wife, who is an editor, to read.

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    On why he likes to write the books...

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    Before he was a horror writer, Stine was known as “Jovial Bob Stine” and wrote comedy.

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    Stine has a writing studio in his apartment. He keeps a tribal mask, a skeleton, and a three-foot-long cockroach there to create an eerie atmosphere.

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    R.L. Stine isn't scared of much..but he does have a phobia of jumping into water. You won't catch Stine cannonballing.

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    Just like the rest of us, he is partial to a Netflix binge.

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    Stine has a cameo in the 2015 movie based on his wildly successful book series. Jack Black plays Stine.

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    One of Stine’s favourite horror novels is Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury). It tells the story of two boys who get tangled in the nightmares of a mysterious traveling carnival. Stine started reading Ray Bradbury’s work when he was 9/10 years old and apparently says that Bradbury was the first writer to inspire him.

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    R.L. Stine tried collaborating with his wife but they worked too differently. Stine prefers to work from the beginning whereas his editor wife tends to work from the middle. The collaboration ended with Stine's wife locking him in a closet. They decided not to collaborate anymore.

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