Read 'em and weep! 'Goosebumps' author writes so fast, it's scary

Stine Time

Yak's Corner

Just for kids

December 14, 1998|By Janis Campbell

Here's a fact that will give you goosebumps: Author R.L. Stine writes two books a month. For anyone who has ever toiled over a book report or school paper, the idea is alarming. For more than five years, he's been writing two books a month, one for "Goosebumps" and one for "Fear Street," his scary series for teen readers.

Writing has always come easy to the world's best-selling children's book author. He started writing when he was a kid in Ohio. He spent hours at a typewriter, tapping out funny stories and joke books to hand out at school.

"I was always the class clown," he said. Stine said he always loved reading science fiction, fantasy and Greek myths. He also loved "Tales From the Crypt" comics.

One of the things that pleases Stine most is that his books are popular with both boys and girls. Why do young readers love them so much?

"Mainly, it's because everyone likes a good scare," said Stine.

Stine said reading a "Goosebumps" book is a little like riding on a roller coaster.

"You scream because it's frightening, but you laugh because it's fun and you know it's going to turn out OK."

Where does he get his ideas? Some come from childhood memories, things that scared him. But most ideas come from book titles.

"I think of a good title and then I know it will lead me to a book," he said. After the title, Stine thinks up an ending.

Pub Date: 12/14/98

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