Lesser Known Facts about R.L. Stine

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If you were a kid or an adolescent teenager during the early or even late 1990s, you might remember those nights where the dark silence of your room at midnight gave you the chills. At least some of it could surely be attributed to the horror books you use to read and it is very improbable that R.L. Stine did not feature amongst your favourite authors. Robert Lawrence Stine is one of the most famous and accomplished writers in the history of horror fiction. His books of horror stories and novels are mostly for children, adolescents or young adults. Born in 1943 to Jewish parents Anne and Lewis Stine, he is a graduate from The Ohio State University with a B.A degree in English. Blind Date, his first horror novel for young adults, was published in 1986 and he never had to look back on his career since. He has written hundreds of horror novels for children and young adults in his illustrious career including books in the Fear Street series, Goosebumps, Rotten School and others.

Although R.L. Stine is a popular author amongst young adults by his own right, there are some lesser known facts about him which might be interesting to his admirers. Some of these facts are as follows:

  • R.L. Stine had a penchant for writing since his childhood. He actually started writing on an old typewriter he found in the attic of his home when he was only nine years old.

  • During his own childhood and early youth, Stine actually was more interested in writing humour than horror. While a student in The Ohio State University, he started editing a humour magazine, The Sundial. It was also during these early days that he decided to pursue his career as a writer.

  • Between 1975 and 1984, Stine published a magazine titled Bananas through the Scholastic Press. It was a humour magazine for kids and teenagers.

  • R.L. Stine himself wrote multiple humour books for kids at this time under the pen name of Jovial Bob Stine.

  • Stine was the creator and head writer for the Eureeka’s Castle which was aired on the Nickelodeon Network, from 1989 to 1995.

  • While a successful horror story writer with the Fear Street series making sensations, Stine did not give up writing humour stories. He wrote three humorous science fiction series during this time including Losers in Space.

  • Stine produced three horror video games for kids in the late 1990s including Goosebumps Horrorland.

  • R.L. Stine, in his career as an author, has found place in many bestsellers’ list. His books have sold 400 million copies till 2008 and he has been named America’s Best Selling Author by USA Today for 3 consecutive years during the 1990s.

  • Stine featured 36th in the Forbes’ list of 40 Best Paid Entertainers of 1996-97. He had an income of $41 million for that fiscal year.

  • In 2003, the Guinness Book of World Records named him as the best-selling children’s book series author of all times.

These are only a few lesser known facts about R.L. Stine. He is one of the best children’s horror story writers of all time and has been rightly named as the Stephen King of children’s literature.

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