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Overview (3)

Born in Columbus, Ohio, USA
Birth NameRobert Lawrence Stine
Nickname Bob

Mini Bio (1)

R.L. Stine was born on October 8, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Robert Lawrence Stine. He is a writer and producer, known for Goosebumps (2015), Eureeka's Castle (1989) and The Au Pair. He has been married to Jane Waldhorn since June 22, 1969. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Jane Waldhorn (22 June 1969 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Known for his horror novels

Trivia (14)

Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25, 1995/January 1, 1996 issue)
Graduated from Bexley High School in Bexley, Ohio in 1961.
Went to Cassingham Elementary School in Bexley, Ohio.
He and Jane have a son named Matthew Stine (born in 1980) who owns 27 Sound Entertainment in New York City and is a music producer.
Wrote a new book for the "Fear Street" series in a period of ten days and a new book for the "Goosebumps" series over a period of eight.
His son appeared on the cover of one of his "Fear Street" horror novels: "The Perfect Date."
Was the head writer for Nickelodeon's top-rated children's show "Eureeka's Castle." In fact, when his son Matty was little, he would fall down a lot and quickly get up and instantly say, "I meant to do that!" This inspired the character of Batly, whose gimmick was whenever he would fly, he would fall down and do the same. Always with: "I meant to do that!"
Played the clarinet, trombone, flute, saxophone, guitar, xylophone, and the triangle in high school.
Won a Children's Choice Award.
Father-in-law of Elisabeth Weinberg (born in 1980).
New York City, New York [July 2010]
Born on the same day as Chevy Chase.
Son of Anne (Feinstein) and Lewis Stine, a shipping clerk.
His favorite movies are Island of Lost Souls(1933), A Damsel in Distress(1937), The Lady Eve(1941), The Godfather Part 2(1974), Spirited Away(2001), and Goosebumps(2015).

Personal Quotes (44)

If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles.
Believe it or not, my introduction to scary literature was 'Pinocchio.' My mother read it to me every day before naptime when I was three or four. The original 'Pinocchio' is terrifying.
I got the chance to do things that I dreamed of when I was a kid: I got to travel around the world; I had my own 'Goosebumps' attraction at Disney World; I've been on TV and had three TV series.
Most fears are basic: fear of the dark, fear of going down in the basement, fear of weird sounds, fear that somebody is waiting for you in your closet. Those kinds of things stay with you no matter what age.
I really wanted to be a cartoonist, and I was in 4th or 5th grade and I would bring my drawings in, and I'd look around, and everyone could draw better than me. Everyone. My drawings were just awful. So that's why I had to write.
When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called 'Tales From The Crypt' and 'The Vault of Horror.' They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous.
I set a goal for myself everyday when I write - 10 pages a day - and it's much harder because I'm too dumb to turn off my Twitter and everything so it's always on and it's a real distraction. It's a major distraction.
I drive a lot in the summertime, but after that, I don't drive if there's snow predicted for anywhere in 500 miles.
At least I can write.
It's my job, too, to keep up with pop culture and what the kids are into 'cause you don't want to sound like an old man trying to write for kids. I spend a lot of my time spying on them.
I've made myself laugh from some ideas - but I've never scared myself.
A real New Yorker likes the sound of a garbage truck in the morning.
Well, when I was 13, for my bar mitzvah I received my first typewriter. And that was special.
When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.
After spending 22 years in Ohio, I love everything about New York.
I'm obsessed with radio. It's a good start to Sunday morning.
I feel happy to terrify kids.
Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different styles.
I always just wanted to be funny. I never really planned to be scary.
I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I would never miss any of the comic books. I had practically no hair when I was a kid!
I've never turned into a bee - I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life.
If you do enough planning before you start to write, there's no way you can have writer's block. I do a complete chapter by chapter outline.
Making my class laugh and getting in trouble. I was the class clown.
I started writing when I was 9 years old. I was like this weird kid who would just stay in my room, typing little funny magazines and drawing comic strips.
I haven't written a young-adult book in years. I'm also doing six 'Goosebumps' books a year now.
Kids think you just sit down and start writing. I always tell them you never do that.
I've lived in New York for 40 years. I came right after college.
I'm a total Disney freak. I want to live in Disney World.
So many people in their 20s and 30s, on Twitter, say 'Please write something for us,' so I have to listen to them, they're my audience.
I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality, the way they look, etc. So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block.
It's hard for children's authors to be accepted when they try to write adult books. J.K. Rowling is the exception because people are so eager to read anything by her, but it took Judy Blume three or four tries before she had a success.
I should be concentrating on writing pages.
I have a great office.
People always ask, 'How do you write so many books?' And I say, I work a lot. I work six or seven days a week.
I feel that good fantasy will always be in demand. I think children especially need literature that helps them escape from the real world, which is very scary to them right now.
Twitter is fun because it lets me stay in touch with all my original readers who grew up with my books. I love hearing from readers instantly on Twitter.
Normally, I spend a week on the outline and take two weeks to write the book.
I do like a lot of things that a lot of adults would scoff at. 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' 'Looney Tunes.'
Everything that has happened to me has been amazing and surprising.
I guess I'm way too kind and generous, and a saint - if you can believe that!
I've never dreamed of a story idea. I have such boring dreams.
I love theme parks but I'm a real chicken on rides. I'd rather invent scary rides for my books than go on them for real.
When I write for kids, I have to make sure they know what can't happen. They have to know it's a fantasy. But when I write for adults, they have to think it's real. Every detail has to be real or they won't buy it.
I read everywhere. I read every day. I read on the couch with my dog in the afternoon and at night. I try to read at least two to three hours a day. I read only fiction.

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