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R.L. Stine was recently promoting his new book, Red Rain, and fielded some questions about his most famous works, the Goosebumps series. Stine was asked about the Goosebumps movie, which is currently in development, and he wasn’t too optimistic about it. Stine remarked “I never believe those things until I see them,” and “I’m waiting, I’m waiting.” A lot [...] »
Everything is better with the Swedish Chef.
This fact has been made crystal clear by a new video, posted on the Nerdist YouTube page. In the video, a couple of fellows turn the "Ermahgerd" meme into a love song, "Gersberms (Yer Gervin Mah)." It's just silly... Until the Swedish Chef arrives to rap the video into (still silly) awesomeness.
While "Ermahgerd" has been a thing on the Internet for awhile, it seems that no one has -- before now -- thought to include the Swedish Chef. Thank goodness the Nerdist realized the important of this Muppet!
You really have to watch it for yourself to truly understand the brilliance, but highlights include a reference to a specific "Goosebumps" series book, an untranslatable rap interlude by the »
Last night, I fulfilled a childhood dream by meeting one of my earliest literary idols, R.L. Stine. As a dedicated bookworm with the requisite coke bottle glasses, I jumped right from The Baby-sitters Club to Fear Street, and never looked back. Stine was promoting his new book, Red Rain, penned for adults who grew up on Fear Street and Goosebumps--which recently hit its 20th anniversary--and the crowd made up largely of twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings was positively giddy to meet the man whose twisted tales had kept them up at night. For a man who proudly proclaims his job is to "terrify kids," Stine was a delightful speaker, sharing stories about his early ambitions to write humor novels for adults nand his first embarrassing job in the industry.writing pulp-style stories for a men's magazine under a nom de plume. He even brought out some fan letters, including his favorite »
This past Friday found the popular New York children’s horror author R.L. Stine in the hometown of Destroy the Brain – St. Louis. He attended an event here where he spoke about his beloved Goosebumps series as well as his new adult horror novel Red Rain. Since I grew up as an avid reader of his horror novels, I was absolutely ecstatic to be able to meet the author and get a couple of my old books signed. I was lucky enough to also be able to ask him a few questions about some rumors about a potential Goosebumps film series. Several news sites reported this past January that Darren Lemke was to write the film update after Carl Ellsworth (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Disturbia) was originally attached to the project. According to Mr. Stine, fans of the series shouldn’t hold their breath.
“Look, it’s never going to happen! »
- Michael Haffner
Mystical cameras, living and breathing plants, creepy librarians, missing campers in the woods, and a mischievous ventriloquist dummy are just some of the reasons why many kids did not sleep well in the 90′s. These nightmares were put on the page by the now legendary children’s author R.L. Stine. Goosebumps first arrived on book shelves in 1992 courtesy of the New York writer and has spawned other series stemming from the original name and even a TV series. Stine’s series was a fun foray into horror for young people who were just getting into the world of ghosts, mummies, and werewolves. I was a huge collector of the books and have even kept and re-bought many of my favorites from my younger days. Back in the day, Waldenbooks used to call me and hold a copy of each new book behind the front desk for me. If I got »
- Michael Haffner
Leave it to the Goosebumps guy to spread some Halloween horror today. R.L. Stine, the author of the popular Goosebumps children's horror series, tapped into his social media circle and posted an original short story geared towards today's Halloween festivities. The tale, told in 13 twitter posts, tells the story of a farmer dealing with bare fields who maliciously steals pumpkin seeds from another farmer he runs into on a "dark country road." Of course, after the brazen farmer plants the stolen seeds, all hell breaks loose. Stine prefaced the short by tweeting, "Here is a Halloween story
- Joshua Stecker
Geek Out focuses on collectibles, videos, or just random stuff that reminds us of or pays tribute to a film. Geek Out will feature these types of things that we can…well, geek out on.
Having been born in 1985, the early years of my horror education consisted of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, and the short story anthology Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Plus, the occasional Really scary movie was thrown in there for good measure such as The Frighteners – which I saw in theaters when I was eleven and preceded to have nightmares. Thanks dad. The Scary Stories books always made a lasting impression on me thanks to the exquisitely creepy charcoal illustrations by Stephen Gammell. They were a perfect pairing to Alvin Schwart’s eerie tales of ghosts, old houses, and haunting sounds in the darkness. Countless nights were spent »
- Michael Haffner
Last week, we envisioned what would happen if R.L. Stine's kid-horror series Goosebumps adapted stories from Dexter, American Horror Story, and The Walking Dead. But illustrator Jon Defreest later realized that there is another horrific TV tale that would lend itself to the Goosebumps treatment: a terrifying story about an Army veteran with one hand who is terrorized by his witchy mom. It is, of course, the haunting story of Arrested Development's Buster Bluth. Look at it, if you dare, because if you listen closely at night, you can hear him moan, Hey, brother »
- Jon Defreest
Several months ago we learned that bestselling children's book author R.L. Stine was entering the adult horror novel arena with Red Rain, which was released by Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint earlier this month. Now we have an excerpt for you to listen to.
Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephenie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, his books defined horror for a generation of young readers— readers who have now come of age. In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island, and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath she discovers two orphaned boys—twins. »
- The Woman In Black
It's that time of year again: the leaves have changed, pumpkins have been carved, and once it gets dark, something always seems to be lurking right behind you. Lock your doors, break out the candy corn, and get ready to be spooked.
Here are 10 of the best Halloween movies of all time:
2. Disney's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
Forget the one with Johnny Depp. This 1949 animated Disney short is the perfect mix of comedy and terror.
3. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
4. Hocus Pocus
Need a reason to watch Hocus Pocus? Here are 30.
5. Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask
R.L. Stine sure knew how to scare the »
- Michelle McGahan
Turns out Scott Speedman and Ryan Gosling have more in common than just their homeland -- as revealed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Canadians also share an on-screen credit: a 1996 episode of Goosebumps!
Thankfully we weren't just told about this small screen collaboration, we were given video!
"Goosebumps was a show, like, honestly, I got that job the morning of," Scott said last night. "I showed up, they put these porn sunglasses on me, I didn't know what was going on. I played a cop. I was like 20-years-old playing a cop. It was cool."
Video - Ryan Gosling's Pre-Fame Talent Show
Check out the clip and see if you too think it was "cool."
Any kid from the 90s can relate to you the two most popular horror series in any medium without thinking: Are You Afraid of the Dark? of Nickelodeon’s Snick lineup and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. The latter were easily digestible tales of strangeness, and they were wildly popular. So much so that they were later adapted into a TV series, and supposedly someday, a movie. After that though, the time of R.L. Stine passed and the Goosebumps series and R.L. Stine’s name passed into obscurity—until recently. Thanks to the new, well-crafted series R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour on Hub, the author’s name finally gets its resurgence, and in a way that takes many of its cues from his older works as well as some of the modern trends in the horror genre.
- Lex Walker
The Movie Pool gets a creepy thrill from The Haunting Hour Season One Vol. 1 & 2 DVDs!
This is a review of Volumes One and Two of Season One, each sold separately.
From the mind of R.L. Stine, the creator of Goosebumps, comes this anthology of scary stories as shown on the Hub TV network. Volume One covers the first five episodes of Season One, and Volume Two covers episodes six through ten of Season One.
I don't know how R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour managed to stay off my TV-watching radar, but I'm glad this DVD release has introduced me to this outstanding suspense series. Each episode features an excellent story and high production values, which resulted in the show garnering seven 2012 Daytime Emmy nominations. It is aimed at pre-teens, but I found the episodes highly entertaining, and at times, creepy and atmospheric. The stories are self-contained, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
The Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? adaptation that could star Jennifer Lopez — she's producing, but hasn't committed to the role yet — has tapped Darren Lemke as its writer. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Lemke — who wrote Shrek Forever After and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, and who worked on the ongoing Hollywood attempt at R.L. Stine's Goosebumps — is "one of the town’s go-to scribes for family films." Sorry to crush your dream of seeing Carmen Sandiego rebooted as a dark and sexy 90-minute geography lesson for grown-ups. »
- Zach Dionne
Looking for a way to enjoy this coming Friday, April 13th, with your kids (or maybe just indulge the kid inside of you)? Then look no further than The Hub TV Network, which is airing a nine-hour marathon of chills and thrills.
From the Press Release:
Celebrate one of the spookiest days of the year on The Hub TV Network, a destination for kids and their families! The programming schedule for the evening is filled with 13 of the scariest and creepiest fan-favorite episodes of two of the network’s most popular series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series” and “Goosebumps.” The special Friday the 13th lineup will also include the debut of “Clue” as a movie recaptured from its original series format, which premiered as a five-part miniseries last fall. The nine-hour marathon of chills and thrills all happens Friday, April 13th, 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Et only on The Hub! »
- The Woman In Black
A.J. Cook is glad to be back where many fans feel she belongs.
After being let go from her role as FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit sleuth Jennifer "Jj" Jareau, the actress was brought back to CBS' long-running Wednesday crime drama "Criminal Minds" for its current season. With the show's seventh round nearing its end, and repeats shown regularly on both A&E Network and Ion, Cook feels as if she never left ... almost.
"Because of all that has happened in the past year, there's a huge sense of pride and accomplishment there," she reflects. "I'm happy to see the long way that Jj has come. I always think back to the first episode, and I don't even know who that character is anymore.
"She's grown so much, and we've watched her grow up on-screen in a way," Cook adds. "I feel like I've done a lot of growing up in »
R.L. Stine—creator of the Goosebumps series that allowed many a kid to escape the horrors of middle school with comforting tales of murder—has written so many best-selling stories by now that he could pretty much just give them away. And so that’s what he did late last week, tweeting a brief tale about a haunted kitchen to his followers that you can read below. It’s admittedly slight, true, but normally for the feeling of horror slowly mounting line-by-line, you’d have to follow Courtney Stodden (and you don’t want to do that). Still, it »
Speakeasy is live blogging the ads during today’s Super Bowl Xlvi between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
Our Pro Bowl-worthy team of experts is watching the commercials and Madonna’s halftime show and offering you their take:
Michael B. Jordan, co-star of the acclaimed football drama “Friday Night Lights” and the new movie “Chronicle,” which tells the story of three high school students who acquire superpowers »
- WSJ Staff
Columbia Pictures are in negotiations with Darren Lemke to adapt a movie based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling children’s book series, Goosebumps. Stine has written over 50 scare stories aimed at young teens, which gives Lemke – if a deal is reached, an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Columbia picked up the rights to the series in 2008, and has had a number of writers struggle to give them something substantial to work with. Lemke, it seems for the studio, could be the one to make that happen.
Goosebumps horror tales were inspired by the likes of The Twilight Zone and the familiar spooky camp-fire urban legends. The author capitalised on the fact that horror stories don’t always need blood, sex and gore to become effective, which made them perfect fodder for children around the world to enjoy. A kids television series (which aired on Nickelodeon) based on the books, »
- Craig Hunter
 Hey, remember that R.L. Stine children's horror novel series Goosebumps? Columbia Pictures certainly does, and it's hoping you do, too. Back in 2008, the studio acquired the rights to over 50 of Stine's books with the intention of bringing the stories to the big screen, but is still struggling to get the project off the ground after several failed attempts. Now the latest writer set to take a crack at the screenplay is Darren Lemke, whose previous credits include Shrek Forever After and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. More details after the jump. The Hollywood Reporter  writes that once Lemke finalizes his Goosebumps deal he'll be starting fresh with the story rather than updating an existing draft. Among the other writers who've worked on the script in past incarnations are Carl Ellsworth  (Disturbia) and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters). Lemke's other upcoming projects »
- Angie Han
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