Birth date: October 8, 1943
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Pen names: Jovial Bob Stine, Eric Affabee, R.L. Stine
Genre: Children’s literature, horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor, Gothic fiction, genre fiction, dark fantasy, thriller, Supernatural fiction
Spouse: Jane Waldhorn
- Robert was not a straight-A student, and he says he didn’t study very hard. But Stine loved to write. He spent his time writing stories, comics, and jokes. In high school, he joined the school newspaper.
- Some book ideas came from Robert’s real life. He explains, “One Halloween, my son, Matt, put on a green rubber Frankenstein mask and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask.” Robert also says that although he does not base his characters on people he knows, he does sometimes use their names.
- Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional 50+ million international copies in print in 32 languages.
Notable Characters Created
First appearance: Night of the Living Dummy (1993)
Last appearance: I Am Slappy’s Evil Twin (2017)
Nicknames:Ol’ Crazy Eyes, Mr. Bad Boy, Smiley
Family: Wally (brother), Snappy (brother)
Species: Living ventriloquist dummy
Since his debut in 1993 with Night of the Living Dummy, Slappy has become the most popular villain and character in the Goosebumps franchise, appearing in more books and media than any other character. He received his own book series in 2017, with the release of Goosebumps SlappyWorld. He has also appeared in over four episodes of the Goosebumps TV series and appeared as the main antagonist in the Goosebumps film.
First appearance: Monster Blood (1992)
Last appearance: Goosebumps: The Game (2015)
Species: Green slime
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.
First appearance: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp (1993)
Last appearance: Goosebumps film (2015)
Nicknames: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
Status: Deceased (books) Movie (Alive)
Hair color: Brown