Every single time I hear ‘Goosebumps’, there’s always that familiar surge of nostalgia that seeps in naturally and before I know it, I’m re-reading a whole lot of my favorite Goosebumps books. Compared to when I was young, it seems I could read them faster but that’s a given, though despite the numerous re-reads I’ve given these amazing books, they never seem to bore me; in fact, they are more interesting in an adult’s point of view. Throughout the years, the number of my favorite Goosebumps’ books have gradually increased and that’s saying a lot because they aren’t what you would call recent. Of course, that being said, you really can’t avoid having to rank the books in your head because that’s what we, humans, naturally do.
Without further ado, here is a list of Goosebumps books that rocked.
Night of the Living Dummy
Now, this one tops the list. Not only is this book the creepiest I’ve read but the more I read it, the more frightening it becomes. I’ve always been scared of dolls (or dummies, at this point) and Slappy, the story’s resident evil dummy, is definitely something that’ll make someone jump out of their skin. There’s just something about this daunting dummy that’s grim and sinister, especially when he’s up to no good.
Say Cheese and Die!
‘Say Cheese and Die!’ has a rather unique plot so it’s no surprise that this book made the list. It’s spooky in a lot of ways but mainly because of how its depicted. A camera that shows a gruesome future of the one whose photo has been taken (instead of an actual photograph)? Yep, that’s definitely harrowing in its own way.
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
This particular Goosebumps book has a lot of life lessons when you dissect it. Although not as scary as the other two I’ve just mentioned above, it’s something that’s disconcerting especially when it involves turning back time but in an alarmingly fast pace, all the while losing your pesky younger sister in the process. Not only that, the ending is quite a lot to take in judging from the fact that our protagonist never got his sister back.
Stay Out of the Basement
‘Stay Out of the Basement’ is a perfect book to showcase the saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’. Despite the certitude that no one died in the story (or at least they never mentioned that), it still has that general vibe that you won’t be able to shake off. The story revolves around two kids and their mad scientist of a dad that has been performing plenty of weird, plant experiments. A lot of plot twists and an ending that will leave you wanting more.
Camping is fun but not when you’re camping with the undead. Surely, going to summer camp with only them in the bus was a fair enough warning for brothers’ Harry and Alex. This one always kept me on my toes wondering how in the world they were getting out of the situation. It was horrible and odd, and you’ll love it.