Reader beware, you're in for some brand-new scares! R.L. Stine, aka the Stephen King of horror for young adults, recently revealed that he's got six more Goosebumps books in the chamber at his longtime publisher, Scholastic.
"I don’t think authors retire," the 74-year-old writer told Medium.com. "I think of [Appaloosa author] Robert B. Parker, who just dropped dead on the keyboard. I think that’s the way to go. Anyway, I just signed on to do six more Goosebumps books. Maybe some of them will be posthumous, I don’t know."
In recent years, Stine's ouput has declined, when compared to his feverish writing of the 1990s. It was during this time that he helmed two separate horror series, whose new books were released on a regular, monthly basis: Goosebumps and Fear Street. Recognizing the noticeable slowdown in his work, he said:
"At the height of Goosebumps and Fear Street, they both came out every month and I’d write one every two weeks. I don’t know how we did that. I was younger, but I think it was that it was so exhilarating. I’d been writing for 20 years. I mean I wasn’t a young guy and to have that kind of success suddenly was so exhilarating. I think it kept me going. I had to do 20 pages a day. So I could write a Goosebumps book in eight days and then go on to the Fear Street. Can’t do that now. I’m kind of amazed myself just saying it."
When asked about his annual totals today, Stine explained that he does about four Goosebumps books every year and two Fear Street ones, with a few other, unnamed projects mixed in, which include graphic novels. Just last month, Scholastic released The Ghost of Slappy, the sixth entry in the SlappyWorld series.