R.L. Stine

MTV’s Gruesome ‘Eye Candy’ Is a Solid Teen Psychological Thriller

Thrillers aren’t exactly MTV’s forte, though it’s also true that MTV has no idea what its current forte is. Its reality shows are quickly growing stagnant, and its scripted teen dramas can only be judged on an episode-to-episode basis, because they vary so widely each week. Eye Candy is the network’s newest scripted program, a cyber-centric mystery thriller starring former Disney queen Victoria Justice. Based on a novel by R.L. Stine and developed by Christian Taylor, Eye Candy aims to have (teen) viewers second-guessing their e-dating habits and online addictions. Even with gruesome visuals, the show has a tough time navigating its confusing plot, but the potential is there. … Read More

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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Asked to Play Max in ‘Hocus Pocus’ : Links You Need to See

In case you’d like a soundtrack for the incoming deluge of links, Haim’s collabo with Calvin Harris is the perfect, fast-paced electro-anthem to help you feel a sense of deliberateness as you meander through this web of distraction. The song would also, of course, be great to dance to, but this simply isn’t the place for that, partially because: … Read More

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Zadie Smith, R.L. Stine, Ben Marcus & More Collaborate on Wild Exquisite Corpse Short Story

Perhaps in college you were interested in the surrealists, and you played Exquisite Corpse. Or, more likely, perhaps in… Read More

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The Greatest Monsters in Children’s Literature

Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend. Sendak’s tale about a young boy whose imagination transports him to a land full of “wild things” was an early, rare portrait of the dark emotions children learn to cope with. “If I’ve done anything, I’ve had kids express themselves as they are, impolitely, lovingly… they don’t mean any harm. They just don’t know what the right way is,” Sendak said of the book in a 2004 interview. The many monsters in children’s literature have helped young readers face their fears, empowering them — and in some cases, frightening them to tears. Here are 13 of the greatest… Read More

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R.L. Stine Relaunching ‘Fear Street’ Series

In case you’re not already overwhelmed by the current assault of Halloween-themed content coming your way, you can now get… Read More

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Celebrate R.L. Stine’s 70th Birthday With His 10 Best ‘Goosebumps’ Books

On the fifth floor of a storage facility off of US 1 sits my collection of Goosebumps books. They used to sit on the top shelf of a bookcase in my childhood bedroom, next to the Bible and a few issues of National Geographic. In that same box is a compilation of R.L. Stine’s “scariest stories” called Nightmare Hour: Time for Terror that frightened me so much that my mother had to hide it in my father’s dresser between his old pants. I only found it years later, and by then, there were other things to be afraid of. … Read More

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Whodunit? 10 Famous Ghostwriting Collaborations

The newest celebrity scandal has nothing to do with sex, drugs, or alimony. Instead, New York Times dining writer Julia Moskin recently shared a behind the scenes look at cookbook ghostwriting and outed star Gwyneth Paltrow. Moskin states that the actress did not write her best-selling cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. Gwenny isn’t happy and responded to the claim on Twitter. “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself,” she shared with fans.

While we love a good cookbook, the recent headlines inspired us to revisit some of our favorite fiction penned by ghostwriters instead. Many famous authors have either helped others find their footing in the literary world, or have sought the assistance of an invisible friend. Check out ten ghostwriting collaborations past the break. Head to our comments section to leave your own picks. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we looked at Pinterest’s oddest posts. We wondered why Oxygen is just realizing that “thrifting” is a thing and imagined how disturbing their teen wedding show will be. We had a super bad laundry day. We vowed never to eat something called a “Triple Bypass… Read More

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10 Famous Children’s Authors Who Also Wrote Books for Adults

Although we were big Goosebumps fans in our elementary school years, we have to admit that we haven’t been up on R.L. Stine’s authorial activities since the early ’90s. So we were surprised, last week, when he tweeted, “I’m happy to say I’ve finished my horror novel for adults. It will be published next July.” His announcement got us thinking about how many famous children’s authors — both classic and current — have also written books for adults, with varying degrees of publicity and success. After the jump, we take a look at the more mature work of some of our favorite authors from childhood. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Jeff Goldblum as Dracula in 1996 Video Game

The title of i09’s post about Jeff Goldblum’s appearance in a Goosebumps video game may have been changed before publication, but its URL tells us how they really feel: http://io9.com/#!5791286/jeff-goldblum-as-dracula-in-a-1996-goosebumps-computer-game-is-weirdly-erotic. Back in 1996, Steven Spielberg was producing the video game version of R. L. Stine’s kiddie horror novels, which means he was able to secure cameos from Jeff Goldblum, Isabella Rosselini, and some other adult actors eight-year-old probably didn’t care about. And, as PopMatters noticed, Goldblum’s appearance as Dracula really something special. He mugs, he flashes fang, he mutters — and then he sweeps the game’s tween heroine into a waltz of seduction. “Weirdly erotic” or just plain weird? Either way, we’re sure we’ll be seeing this one in our nightmares. … Read More

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