The Life Of R.L. Stine (W/ Works Cited)

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Robert Lawrence Stine, better known as R. L. Stine, was born January 8th, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio. As a child, Stine enjoyed humorous books, TV shows, movies, magazines, and so on (Cashburn). Stine, himself, accredits Mad magazine for changing his life. It was not until Stine read Something Wicked Comes, a horror book by author Ray Bradbury, that Stine became interested in stories of horror and terror. One day, when Stine was nine, he ventured into the attic to find an old typewriter. Every since that day Stine said he has been fascinated with writing. In fact, it could be said that Stine started his writing career when he was nine years old. During the school day Stine would often write up stories, jokes, and comics for his friends and classmates to enjoy. As a high school student in Columbus, Stine wrote for the school paper, The Sundial. After graduating from high school, Stine attending The Ohio State University, home of the Buckeyes where he excelled in almost of his classes (R.L. Stine).After his college graduation in 1965, Stine moved to New York City and served as the editor-in-chief of children's humor magazine called Bananas. In 1969, while attending a party in Brooklyn Stine met Jane, his soon-to-be wife. They had a son, named Matt, on June 7, 1980. Stine held his position as editor until 1989 when he signed withthe Parachute Press to write the Fear Street series of books, which would be made for a more mature audience than that of his more famous Goosebumps series. In 1992, after 3 years of tremendous success of the Fear Street series, Stine released the first book of the now famous Goosebumps series, Welcome to Dead House. Stine would go on to write fifty-nine more Goosebumps books as well as a long string of other book series such as, Fear Street, Ghost of Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, Give Yourself Goosebumps, Fear Street Seniors, Goosebumps Gold, Rotten School, Fear Street Sagas, and Goosebumps 2000. Today R.L. Stine is the best-selling children's author in history. The famous author now sits on his throne in Manhattan alongside his wife, Jane, their son, Matt, and their dog, Nadine (R L Stine Biography).For years R.L. Stine dominated children's book sales all across America and even in various nations across the world. Welcome to Dead House received rave reviews the second it hit the shelves. Lee DeWald, a former Goosebumps fanatic and now a book critic, calls Welcome to Dead House, "the book that started a phenomenon" (The Book that Started a Phenomenon). Another critic examines and reviews one of Stine's more mature books, Halloween Night II, saying, "This book was thrilling and nail biting. If you are looking for an exciting book, here it is...the ending will leave you scared" (Halloween Night II). Throughout his career, Stine has been praised by readers, fans, and critics young and old all across the world. Stine has been the recipient of such great honors such as numerous Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,...

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