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Classic Goosebumps #15: Ghost Beach Kindle Edition
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TIM (the illustrator) asks R.L. STINE (the author):
TIM: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write?
R.L.: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.
TIM: You've written so many books I can't do the math, but I bet you've used millions of words. What's you favorite word?
R.L.: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!
TIM: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?
R.L.: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.
TIM: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?
R.L.: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.
R.L. STINE (the author)asks TIM (the illustrator):
R.L.: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?
TIM: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!
R.L.: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?
TIM: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos--they all seem more "real" than full color to me.
R.L.: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?
TIM: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!
R.L.: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?
TIM: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!
Top Customer Reviews
In Ghost Beach, Jerry and his sister Terri go to visit their aunt and uncle who live near a cemetary as well as a beach that has a scary cave and is the subject of local legends. Jerry and Terri are told by local kids that the cave is haunted but of course they decide they need to check it out for themselves and journey off to explore the dark and forbidding cave. A flickering light entices the kids in and soon they wish they would have heeded the warnings.
Like all Goosebumps book this is a light, quick read. Perfect for younger kids to read themselves in a few days or for parents to read along with other children. Just scary enough to give them some chills but not too scary to cause nightmares. Very enjoyable!
I used to get scolded for reading too much Goosebumps and not enough "real" literature, but it's hard enough to get kids to read these days. Recommended for any paperback collection.
When Jerry and Terri tell the three other Sadlers about exploring the cave, they tell them that there is a ghost that lives in the cave. At first Jerry and Terri don't believe them, but after uncovering the skeleton of an animal in the woods, they are convinced that something strange is going on. When Jerry sees a light flickering in the cave during a full moon night, he realizes that there is someone in the cave.
As the story progresses, Jerry and Terri decide to explore the cave to solve the mystery of the ancient ghost, only to discover the shocking secret behind it, and how much danger they are really in.
Review: Even though this is not one of the best Goosebumps stories I have read, I certainly did enjoy reading this story. I feel it was really different from other Goosebumps books, because it was more of a mystery story than a scary one. With the setting of a beach, a cave and a mystery to solve, I felt like I was like reading a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys story with a tinge of supernatural element added to it, which is why I enjoyed it so much.
Some parts of the story that stood out for me were, when Jerry and Terri confront the entity living in the cave, when Jerry gets attacked by the `bat' from the cave, and the climax of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book. I figured the kids were ghosts at the beginning but still a great bookPublished 3 months ago by Eli DallasSidders
It wuz a very very very very very very cool !! book I loved it so much that I cried and cried and cried and cried and cried and cried for a gift card to buy this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Penny
ghost beach is one of the best stories ever it gets u thinking about whats going to happen and if they will escape and make itout a livePublished on December 28, 2013 by Kevin
FINALLY finished this one I started with my son. We went through a phase of watching the show Goosebumps together on TV, and after we watched this episode, he turned to me and made... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Paperbackstash
The Goosebumps series are responsible for sparking my love of reading. R.L. Stine is a fantastic author, and he does a masterful job of keeping his readers glued to his books.Published on July 20, 2013 by Neal Verma
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