Earlier today, iconic horror author R.L. Stine did an AMA on Reddit, where he answered several questions over the course of a few hours. Within that AMA were several great answers that reveal some very ambitious plans, much of which is very exciting for us horror fans!
For example, Stine explained that he’s working on a new Goosebumps series called ‘SlappyWorld’, with the first book to be titled “Slappy Birthday to You“. He explains that the series will be coming out next year. For those of you who adore the “Give Yourself Goosebumps” series, there’s unfortunately some bad news as Stine explains that there are no more entries planned at this time.
One of the series that Stine really spooked me with was the Fear Street books, which were aimed at an older audience than the Goosebumps series. Stine revealed that he’s venturing back down that street and that there is also a Fear Street movie planned for next year!
Funny enough, while Stine is a prolific author, it seems he slipped on the reading comprehension test during this AMA as he answered a question with an unrelated answer. Still, it revealed his thoughts, I assume, on the Goosebumps movie that starred Dylan Minnette and Jack Black. Stine explained that he really enjoyed the film although he wished it had been a little scarier. He did however joke that Black, “…played me as Orson Welles! Hilarious.”
An aspect I really enjoyed about the AMA was Stine talking about the things that inspired him as a child and even as an adult. When asked about his thoughts of Rod Serling, the man behind “The Twilight Zone”, Stine replied, “Rod Serling was a hero of mine. The Twilight Zone was a big influence on me. I’ve seen them all.” Furthermore, he spoke about what he read as a child, which were, “…mostly comics–Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, MAD. When I was nine, I discovered Ray Bradbury. Changed my life.”
When it comes to Halloween and how he celebrates the holiday, Stine says he likes to cozy up with, “…the old Universal horror films, Frankenstein and Dracula and the Invisible Man.” Additionally, when asked what he felt the scariest movie of all time was, he replied with Stanley Kubrick’s book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, which is notoriously disliked by King himself.
Speaking about future plans, Stine revealed some huge news when he let loose that he’s currently working with Marvel. “I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel– my first comics ever. But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”
Finally, when asked what book he’d rewrite for an adult audience, Stine went to the beginning of Goosebumps with the first one of the series, “Welcome to Dead House“. He explained, “It would fit the zombie craze today.”
The full AMA can be read at the link above.