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10 Of The Best Goosebumps Books

Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novels by American author R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic Publishing. The stories follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations, usually involving monsters and other supernatural elements. From 1992 to 1997, sixty-two books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title.

Various spin-off series were written by Stine: Goosebumps Series 2000, Give Yourself Goosebumps, Tales to Give You Goosebumps, Goosebumps Triple Header, Goosebumps HorrorLand, Goosebumps Most Wanted and Goosebumps SlappyWorld. Another series, Goosebumps Gold, was never released. Goosebumps has spawned a television series and merchandise, as well as a series of feature films, starring Jack Black as Stine.

Take a look below for our list of 10 of the best Goosebumps books.

1. Night of the Living Dummy

Night of the Living Dummy is the seventh book in the original Goosebumps book series, and the first book in the Living Dummy saga. It was first published in 1993. It was later followed up by Night of the Living Dummy II in 1995 and Night of the Living Dummy III in 1996.

In the book, Lindy names the ventriloquist’s dummy she finds Slappy. Slappy is kind of ugly, but he’s a lot of fun. Lindy’s having a great time learning to make Slappy move and talk. But Kris is jealous of all the attention her sister is getting. It’s no fair. Why does Lindy have all the luck? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She’ll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. No way a dummy can be causing all the trouble. Or is there?

2. Haunted Mask

The book follows Carly Beth, a girl who buys a Halloween mask from a store. After putting on the mask, she starts acting differently and discovers that the mask has become her face; she is unable to pull the mask off. R. L. Stine says he got the idea for the book from his son who had put on a Halloween mask he had trouble getting off.

The Haunted Mask was written by R. L. Stine and originally illustrated by Tim Jacobus. The author says the idea for the book came from his son Matthew Stine, who put on a mask that he had trouble getting off during Halloween. Stine also says that he incorporated a duck costume his parents got him for trick-or-treating in the book. Tim Jacobus’s niece was the model for the cover of the book.

3. Say Cheese and Die

Say Cheese and Die! is the fourth book in the original Goosebumps book series and the first book in the Say Cheese and Die! saga. It was first published in 1992. The book follows Greg and his friends who discover a strange camera, and things get chaotic after he takes a lot of pictures. It was later followed-up by the forty-fourth book, Say Cheese and Die — Again!.

In the book, Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he and his friends found. The photographs keep turning out wrong. Very wrong. Like the snapshot Greg took of his father’s new car that shows it totaled. And then Greg’s father is in a nasty wreck. But Greg’s friends don’t believe him. Shari even makes Greg bring the camera to her birthday party and take her picture. Only Shari’s not in the photograph when it develops. Is Shari about to be taken out of the picture permanently? Who is going to take the next fall for… the evil camera?

4. The Ghost Next Door

The Ghost Next Door is the tenth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1993. The cover illustration features a ghost’s feet standing on a welcome mat, and a door open with a person’s foot visible.

In the book, Hannah’s neighborhood has just gotten a little–weird. Ever since that new boy moved in next door. But when did he move in? Wasn’t the house empty when Hannah went to sleep the night before? Why does it still look deserted? She’s not getting any answers from her new neighbor. He just keeps disappearing in the oddest ways. And he’s so pale… Is Hannah being haunted by… …the ghost next door?

5. Werewolf Of Fever Swamp

The story follows Grady Tucker, who moves into a new house next to the Fever Swamp with his family. After a swamp deer is killed, his father believes Grady’s dog is responsible, but Grady is convinced a werewolf is the culprit. One reviewer felt the book built up suspense by hiding the identity of the werewolf until the end.

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp was featured on the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller list. In the mid-1990s, the book was adapted for television, and it was later released on both VHS and DVD. In 2006, the book was adapted into a comic book story in the volume Creepy Creatures.

6. Welcome To Dead House

Welcome to Dead House is the first book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in July of 1992 along with Stay Out of the Basement and Monster Blood. Along with this, it was re-released in 2010 as the thirteenth book in the Classic Goosebumps series, featuring new artwork by Brandon Dorman.

The book follows Amanda and Josh Benson, who move with their parents into a creepy old house located in the strange town of Dark Falls where people are unlike any they have known before.

7. The Curse of Camp Cold Lake

The Curse of Camp Cold Lake is the fifty-sixth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1997. The cover illustration shows a skull-like ghost emerging from Cold Lake.

In the book, camp is supposed to be fun, but Sarah hates Camp Cold Lake. The lake is gross and slimy. And she’s having a little trouble with her bunkmates. They hate her. So Sarah comes up with a plan. She’ll pretend to drown–then everyone will feel sorry for her. But things don’t go exactly the way Sarah planned. Because down by the cold, dark lake someone is watching her. Stalking her. Someone with pale blue eyes. And a see-through body.

8. Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes

Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes is the thirty-fourth book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1995. The original cover illustration shows Hap and Chip posing in a garden.

In the book, two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe Burton’s dad loves those tacky lawn ornaments. But then he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes. And that’s when the trouble starts. Late at night. When everyone’s asleep. Someone’s creeping in the garden. Whispering nasty things. Smashing melons. Squashing tomatoes. No way two dumb old lawn ornaments could be causing all the trouble. Is there?

9. Monster Blood

Monster Blood is a thick, green slime with magical properties that appears in several Goosebumps books.

Initially, Monster Blood resembles a typical novelty “slime” toy, such as Mars Mud or Silly Putty, and comes in a small metal can. It can glow in the dark and will bounce like a ball when thrown. However, it is also alive, able to move on its own and consume anything it can envelop, including people and animals, to add to its mass. In addition, any living thing that consumes Monster Blood will grow several times their original size.

Monster Blood makes its debut in this book, where it is found in an old toy store in a dusty metal can opened by Evan Ross and Andy. It’s innocuous at first, cool to the touch, glowing, stretchy, and bouncy. It evolves and becomes warm, sticky, and bubbling. Soon after Evan and Andy open the Monster Blood, Evan’s dog Trigger eats some and grows very large. The Monster Blood itself grows larger and larger as the story progresses, eating several objects and even a couple people. It’s later revealed that the Monster Blood’s abilities were caused by a spell cast by a witch named Sarabeth.

10. The Headless Ghost

The Headless Ghost is the thirty-seventh book in the original Goosebumps book series. It was first published in 1995. The cover illustration shows a headless ghost walking down the stairs, while carrying his severed head.

In the book, everyone knows about Hill House. It’s the biggest tourist attraction in town. That’s because it’s haunted. Haunted by the ghost of a thirteen-year-old boy. A boy with no head! Duane and Stephanie love Hill House. It’s dark. And creepy. And totally scary. Still, they’ve never actually seen the ghost. Until the night they decide to go on a search. A search for his head.

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