The prolific R.L. Stine
Before J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, R.L. Stine helped usher in the blockbuster age of children’s literature with his best-selling Goosebumps series. Stine’s short, suspenseful tales of everything from a haunted Halloween mask to an evil dummy spawned a cottage industry that included board games, computer games and a popular children’s TV series, making him the Stephen King of the YA set.
Now, he’s making his first appearance in the Triangle at the North Carolina Literary Festival, where he expects to greet multiple generations of fans. “I usually have people in their late 20s coming up to me at signings going, ‘I’ve been reading your books since elementary school,'” says Stine in a phone call from Long Island, where he’s vacationing.