R.L. Stine’s 10 Most Essential Goosebumps Books

Prolific author R.L. Stine has many YA horror series under his belt, from Fear Street, to Mostly Ghostly, to The Nightmare Room, but none are more iconic than Goosebumps, with over a hundred in number and 350 million copies sold worldwide. Columbia Pictures will release the Goosebumps movie this October 16, with Jack Black playing Stine to ghoulish perfection, and we had the chance to ask Stine himself what he considers to be the ten most essential entries in the series. Check them out in the gallery below!

“They’re just the best books,” Stine said of his personal selections. “They’re the cleverest, they’re the best stories and they have the biggest surprises.”

We were also lucky enough to get young actors Dylan Minnette (Let Me In, Prisoners) and Ryan Lee (Super 8, This is 40), both veterans of the Goosebumps movie, as well as R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, to give us their two-cents on some of Stine’s picks.

“I grew up with Goosebumps books and watched all the Goosebumps marathons,” Minnette admits. “I was obsessed with all of it. Just doing The Haunting Hour I was like, ‘This is this generation’s Goosebumps!’ I never thought I’d be in the actual Goosebumps movie.”

“I was a fan,” Lee concurs. “I remember being at the book fairs, we’d buy the books, trade them around. I’ve read Say Cheese and Die! and now I’m on Night of the Living Dummy, so I’m becoming a fan and it’s a fun experience. 

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For more, check out our full interview with R.L. Stine over at ComingSoon, where he talks about which monsters you’ll see in the film and his love of Evil Dead 2!