R.L. Stine, the writer of the popular "Goosebumps" horror series, began writing in 1952 when he was 9 years old, not much older than many of his current fans. Before he began the Goosebumps series in 1992, Stine was known for his humorous children's books that included "101 Silly Monster Jokes" and "Bozos on Patrol." He was also editor of Bananas magazine.
Stine remembers being a big fan of scary movies when he was a kid and he recalls those titles when he names new books in the Goosebumps series. But he chose the name of the series from a TV listing that said, "It's goosebumps week on Channel 11." This circle was complete when the Goosebumps series became a Fox television series in 1995.