The Life of R.L Stine
Award winning children’s book author R.L. Stine was born Robert Lawrence Stine in the city of Columbus in Ohio
on October 8th in 1943. Stine picked up writing as a hobby at just 9 years old with an old typewriter that he used to type stories.
Early on, his writings were not the scary stories that made him famous, instead they consisted of jokes and funny stories.
Stine lived with his father and mother growing up. His father’s occupation was a shipping cerk in a warehouse while his mother stayed home to take care of Robert and his two siblings.
As a child, Stine described himself as “a very fearful child”. Amusingly, Stine recalls his first memorable frightening moment as the time when his mother read “Pinocchio”.
Quote from R.L Stine – “The original Pinocchio is terrifying … He goes to sleep with his feet on the stove and burns his feet off!”
R.L. Stine attended college at The Ohio University where he was in charge of editing for the school
magazine, The Sundial . He migrated to New York City after graduating
in the mid 1960’s. Stine continued his passion for writing in the big city working as an editor and a writer. He eventually obtained a job at Scholastic, Inc., a leading publisher.
Funny magazines were on of Stine’s strengths early on. He even wrote comical books on the side for children using the name “Jovial Bob Stine”
R.L. Stine first began experimenting with the horror genre after he lost his position at Scholastic and started writing full-time. Blind Date was his first scary narrative and it did fairly well upon release.
He proceeded to write 2 more novels in 1987 and 1989.
After authoring his first successful horror series Fear Street , Stine started on his next big hit, the Goosebumps series.
The books were produced through Stine’s wife’s publisher, Parachute Press, whose target audience where tweens. The first tale was rapidly followed by more books. At one point, Stine was putting out one to two books a month.
Stine often included drastic plot twists and nail-biting cliffhangers at the end of chapters that his fans quickly fell in love with.
The series quickly became a bestseller in the United States and even overseas where the books were translated into 16 different languages.
The prodigious success of the series lead to a television series that really stamped Stine as one of the most prolific children’s writers of all time.
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