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R.L Stine, sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric Affabee, is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY LIFE & CAREER
- Robert Lawrence Stine was born on October 8, 1943.
- He was born in Columbus, Ohio to Lewis Stine and Anne Feinstein.
- Stine’s family was Jewish, and he grew up in Bexley, Ohio with a younger brother and sister named Bill and Pam.
- Stine has said that his family was very poor, and he would often wear hand-me-downs, which made him feel shy at school.
- Part of his interest in writing was a result of spending a lot of time in his room (due to shyness).
- Stine was not very good at school and didn’t get the best grades, but he loved writing.
- When Stine was nine years old, he found a typewriter in the attic of his family home, brought it downstairs to his room, and began typing short stories, comics, and joke books for his friends.
- According to Stine, he didn’t work very hard at school, got mostly B’s on his report card, and was always making jokes in class.
- He was bad at math, and didn’t really like gym (except playing ping-pong).
- Stine attended Ohio State University to study English. While he was there, he was the editor of the OSU humor magazine called The Sundial for three years of his four-year degree program.
- In 1965, he graduated from Ohio State University with his Bachelor of Arts in English, even though he admitted that he barely ever went to class.
- In 1967, Stine moved to New York to write.
- He began working for Scholastic writing school magazines, then joke books and humor books for kids.
- He created the magazine Bananas (seen right), which was a humor magazine that he edited for ten years under the pen name “Jovial Bob Stine”.
GOOSEBUMPS AND FEAR STREET
- Stine married Jane Waldhorn on June 22, 1969, and shortly after that, Jane became an editor and writer.
- Jane created the publishing company, Parachute Press, which was the company that helped create Stine’s most popular book series.
- His first horror novel, Blind Date, was published in 1986.
- Other books that followed included Beach House, The Babysitter, and Hit and Run.
- The first young adult horror series, Fear Street, began in 1989 and quickly became a top-selling young adult book series.
- By 1992, Stine wrote the Goosebumps series, which quickly became popular Worldwide. It got turned into a TV show that ran for four seasons from 1995-1998.
- Goosebumps was also turned into three video games called Escape from HorrorLand, Attack of the Mutant, and Goosebumps Horrorland.
- The following is a short list of selected titles from the Fear Street and Goosebumps book series:
|The New Girl||The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight|
|Ski Weekend||Return of the Mummy|
|Lights Out||Vampire Breath|
|The Knife||The Ghost Next Door|
|The Knife||The Ghost Next Door|
FUN FACTS ABOUT R.L STINE
- Stine co-created and wrote the Nickelodeon children’s T.V series Eureeka’s Castle during its 1989-1995 seasons.
- Between the release of Fear Street and Goosebumps, Stine wrote three sci-fi books in the Space Cadets series called Jerks in Training, Bozos on Patrol, and Losers in Space, which had a humorous element to them.
- Stine made the list of 40 best-paid Entertainers of 1996-1997, ranking 36th with an income of $41 million.
- Stine’s books have sold over 400 million copies as of 2008, so you can just imagine how much higher that number has grown since then.
- Stine and his wife Jane have one child together. His name is Matthew and he was born on June 7th, 1980.
- Stine writes in his studio, where he keeps a mask, skeleton, and a huge fake cockroach to create an eerie atmosphere.
- He thinks that if people want to become writers, they should read as many different authors as they can in order to learn different styles.
- Stine was inspired by author Ray Bradbury when he was 9 or 10 years old.
- Stine has been referred to as the “Stephen King of children’s literature”.
R.L Stine Worksheets
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- True or False?
- R.L Stine Wordsearch
- Our Five Senses
- Character Sketch
- Title Unscramble
- R.L Stine Crossword
- Create a Book Cover
- Questions for R.L Stine
- A Creepy Character
- Bone-Chilling Book Report
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