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Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House

by R L Stine

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Just when you thought it was safe....the 25 top-selling titles in the series that revolutionized horror for kids are back w/ a fresh new look. The updated design will make you scream. The original artwork will give you nightmares. And the classic bone-chilling stories from the master of horror will just kill you. This spine-tingling series sparked a licensing phenomenon & made R.L. the #1 author in the U.S.--and it''s STILL the "must have" collection for true horror fans. Now a whole new generation will discover the thrill of reading ...and they''ll never be the same again.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.58 × 5.25 × 0.34 in

Published: September 1, 2003

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439568471

ISBN - 13: 9780439568470

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frightening First "Goosebumps" Things come and go in cycles and everything that was old is new again. Such is the case with the popular Goosebumps series of books. Before there was Harry Potter, there was Goosebumps. The series began with WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE, which was first published in 1992 and within a couple of years the books were seen everywhere in elementary and middle schools. All total over 60 books were written in the series, not counting the several spin-off series and a television show. By the mid-1990s R.L. Stine had more books being published than any other author and was ranked as the most read author by students in elementary and middle schools. In general, the Goosebumps books are scary stories with children protagonists. Most of the chapters in each book end with a "cliffhanger". The next chapter reveals the cliffhanger to be something mundane and ordinary. That is until the later chapters when the supernatural and spooky stuff starts to happen and the cliffhangers aren't explained away as easily. WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE is the first in the Goosebumps series. It is a bit darker and more horrifying than most of the other books in the series and reads more like a water-downed version of R.L. Stine's Fear Street books. The book tells the story of Amanda and Josh, a brother and sister. The family inherits a house in Dark Falls and decide to make a new beginning in the new town. However, no one knows much about Dark Falls except that it's a very dark place and in the middle of nowhere. Amanda and Josh's parents are excited about the move, but the children aren't. When they visit the new home, Josh is sure he sees someone inside in an upstairs window. Then once the move is completed, strange things start to happen. Voices are heard and things in the house move around. No one walks the streets and no cars drive by. Dark Falls is a quiet place, but it's also a dead town, in more ways than one. I enjoyed reading WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE. I read several of the Goosebumps books years ago when my youngest brother was in grade school. WELCOME TO THE DEAD HOUSE does a good job of using setting to affect the mood and tone of the story. I did find the book missing some of the humor found in most of the other Goosebumps books I have read. The twist at the end is also more frightening. In fact, the story would make for a decent PG or PG-13 scary movie. Recommended for children in the 4th grade or older.
Date published: 2009-08-03

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Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House

by R L Stine

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.58 × 5.25 × 0.34 in

Published: September 1, 2003

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0439568471

ISBN - 13: 9780439568470

About the Book

Just when you thought it was safe....the 25 top-selling titles in the series that revolutionized horror for kids are back w/ a fresh new look. The updated design will make you scream. The original artwork will give you nightmares. And the classic bone-chilling stories from the master of horror will just kill you. This spine-tingling series sparked a licensing phenomenon & made R.L. the #1 author in the U.S.--and it's STILL the "must have" collection for true horror fans. Now a whole new generation will discover the thrill of reading ...and they'll never be the same again.

From the Publisher

Just when you thought it was safe....the 25 top-selling titles in the series that revolutionized horror for kids are back w/ a fresh new look. The updated design will make you scream. The original artwork will give you nightmares. And the classic bone-chilling stories from the master of horror will just kill you. This spine-tingling series sparked a licensing phenomenon & made R.L. the #1 author in the U.S.--and it''s STILL the "must have" collection for true horror fans. Now a whole new generation will discover the thrill of reading ...and they''ll never be the same again.

About the Author

Robert Lawrence Stine, R. L. Stine was born on October 8, 1943, and grew up poor in Columbus Ohio. He began writing short stories and joke books when he was nine years old. He wrote his first book when he was a senior in high school, and he also wrote for the high school newspaper. Stine attended Ohio State University and after he graduated, he went to New York City, working a variety of writing jobs. Stine is the well-known author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street Series. He was also head writer for the Nickelodeon show called Eureka's Castle for three years. Under the pseudonym Jovial Bob, Stine shows his comedic side writing "101 Silly Monster Jokes" and "Bozos on Patrol." An avid reader still, Stine read a lot of science fiction as a child and was greatly inspired by authors like Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. At the age of 28, his first book was published, "How to Be Funny." Stine produced two books a month - one each for the Goosebumps and the Fear Street Series. He says it takes him about eight days to write a Goosebumps book and twelve days to write a Fear Street book. Children love his books because his writing is simple and clear. He keeps his characters believable and shows what happens, in his Goosebumps stories, through the eyes of the main character. He has also written a scary novel for adults entitled "Superstitious" but his main focus continues to be writing for children.

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