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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Goosebumps Hall of Horrors (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Special edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054528936X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545289368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.RLStine.com.

More About the Author

Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

Customer Reviews

This book kept me up every night reading it.
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Wow this is amazing even better than Goosebumps Wanted the Haunted Mask R.L. Stine you have done it again thanks!
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I read these books as a kid and now I'm buying them for my kids!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I guess I am considered a first generation Goosebumps fan as I remember my mother bringing home the first book in the series for me to read back in the early 90s. Since then I have continued to collect them and other R.L. Stine books. A new Goosebumps series is going to start in the fall and I have four unread books on my desk. Naturally, I decided to take a break in between book reviews and picked up book three in the Hall of Horrors series.

The series has an introduction by The Story-Keeper from Horrorland, in which a kid is telling him a true scary story. Monica Anderson is looking forward to going trick-or-treating with her friends, but she has taken her annoying karate-chopping brother, Peter, with her. Things are going great until Peter bothers her friends and the friends go their separate ways. Monica puts her foot down, telling him they are going home, but Peter runs ahead of her toward another street.

She catches up to him and agrees to go trick-or-treating at one more house - a creepy old house. They are greeted by a woman, Bella, who invites them inside as she has been expecting them. They are the ones that are going to help her. How does Bella know this?

Bella is the protector of five scary masks - a skull, a mummy, a wolf, a pig, and an insect. Every year the dangerous Dr. Screem steals and hides them. Bella has until midnight to retrieve them, or Dr. Screem will have control of the masks...forever. There is one little catch - Bella can't leave the house because of the curse, therefore she is allowed every year to bring two kids, who names are listed in The Hallows Book, and this year it's Monica and Peter's turn to join the nightmare.

Unlike the other Hall of Horrors, this one is a double-edition at almost two-hundred pages long.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NovembersRain on November 9, 2011
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I am in third grade and my mom and I read this book together. We didn't want to stop reading it. It was very good, and frightening!
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It's really AWESOME and creepy it gave me the chills
very very scary for sure

Review written by my 7 yr old son. :)
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An avid reader of the Goosebumps series, carefully selected this book and was very excited to have received it for summer reading.
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By Michael J Balistreri on May 1, 2014
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My son loved it. It is the first lengthy book he has sat through because it held his interest. Like all Goosebumps, each chapter ended with a cliff hanger that made him want to continue.

I loved Goosebumps as a kid, so it is fun to share them with my son now. The one thing I'll say, the story is pretty weird and it kind of falls apart towards the end. But my 5 year old didn't notice, so your kid will probably like it too.
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Let's get to the point: R.L. Stine obviously didn't write this one. Stine is known for the humor he injects into these books, and this one has no humor, save for an EC Comics-style introduction and conclusion (those parts are possibly written by Stine).

This book, instead, is really dark. The female protagonist is constantly being held down by bugs or Egyptian priests or whomever in a manner that is, let's say, not appropriate for a children's book (overtones of another act which can be committed against women). This book is also gorier than many Goosebumps books. This series is known for being "fun-gross" (think the Purple goo the aliens excrete in "Brain Juice", or the snail-sweating monster King JellyJam), but this book simply describes the gory innards of a rabbit devoured by wolves. Stine would never write that. He was primary a joke-writer who fell into these scary stories, and he has said at numerous live readings that he always broke up something scary or serious with humor, so kids would know that the crazy events in his books could never happen to them. The tone of this book, and its writing style, make it clear to any devoted reader of the Goosebumps books that this is NOT Stine.

Also, this book has some throwaway references to popular YA books that are distracting (a character named Bella....a references to Hallows).

Oh, and the protagonist makes a reference to parents over-medicating children! Stine kept overt social commentary out of these books.

The book itself, putting aside all of the above, is boring, repetitive, and not at all fun to read. The cover art is excellent, but that's the only positive thing I have to say about this.
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By iam known on May 7, 2013
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Best goose bumps ever a must buy
Epic book !!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!¡!!!!!!! If I had time I would read it thrice a day
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By Gabi Urban on April 13, 2013
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This book kept me up every night reading it. It kept me off the edge of my seat. I love how at the end of the Goosebumps's books, the characters always forgets what happens and then something bad happens again.
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