R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series sucked legions of ‘90s kids into an incurable horror fandom, which is why the latest thing that has been done with modern technology is infinitely cool.
Never mind that Stine himself is still generating books after 30 years. Neil Cicierega is the brains behind an ingenious Twitter account called Goosebots, which uses a computer that would be otherwise obsolete to generate the most random and horrifying covers for Goosebumps books that never happened. @Goosebots got to be so wild that it has infested the internet with what-ifs that make you imagine the stories behind something like Fish Monsters From Jupiter or The Troll That Creeped.
The account’s bio opens the coffin on exactly what it is: “New classic Goosebumps novels, generated on the fly using top secret code extracted from a decommissioned Scholastic mainframe computer.”
If you thought the original Goosebumps covers were the stuff of nightmares, you’re about to have insomnia for days.
Fish Monsters From Jupiter is not for anyone who gets easily grossed out by raw fish, because the cover is positively squirming with squid tentacles. Revenge of the Cackling Teachers wants to make you believe the too-perfect classroom photo on the cover until something inevitably goes wrong. Why I’m Afraid of Babies is really about a creepy donut with candy eyes that stares at you with an open mouth. As in random dead body in the hallway wrong.
It gets even more random. The Horror of Nose Swamp somehow found an image of a beauty influencer doing a review of Youtuber @Grav3yardgirl’s Swamp Queen eyeshadow palette (in case you don’t know, Bunny Meyer aka @Grav3yardgirl is into all sorts of wonderfully creepy things and especially has a thing for gators).
This twisted version of Olaf from Frozen appropriately titled A Snowman on Insect Street.
By the way, The Troll that Creeped is an internet troll horror story, because everyone knows that's where the most trolls lurk.
Since you won’t be sleeping anyway, you’re going to find yourself scrolling through everything Goosebots has come up with all night.