R.L. Stine has been an important fixture in virtually all of our lives. He is probably best known for his Goosebumps series for tweens, but many fans also remember his Fear Street books, written for teens in the 1990s.
Despite being the master of children's and teen horror, Stine got his start writing joke books for kids as well as creating humor magazine Bananas. During lunch with his publisher from Scholastic, she arrived angry after a fight with another popular teen horror writer, Christopher Pike. She told Stine that he could probably write a good teen horror book, and told him to write one called Blind Date. It became a best-seller, so he wrote another, Twisted. That one became a best-seller, too. A new career was born.
Stine has written hundreds of teen and young adult horror books, as well as several for adults. He was a producer on the Goosebumps TV series, and Jack Black portrayed a fictionalized version of him in the feature film Goosebumps.
In our interview from C2E2, Stine talks about his love of the horror genre, how it makes him laugh, how he was first introduced to Ray Bradbury, and what really scares him. Also, he clears up pesky rumors about his death (spoiler alert: he's not dead).
Additional material by Alyse Wax.