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About the Author

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Nightmare Room (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064409015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064409018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's Maggie O'Conner's thirteenth birthday, and she and her three best friends, triplets Jackie, Jilly, and Judy Mullen, are celebrating by going to a carnival. The triplets think it will be fun if everyone gets their fortunes told, and shy Maggie reluctantly agrees. But while her friends get ordinary enough futures predicted by the fortuneteller, what Maggie is told is anything but ordinary. The fortuneteller tells Maggie that she has evil powers. And it soon becomes clear to Maggie that something is very wrong indeed. Bad things are happening to everyone around her, and soon even the triplets have turned on her. The only one still on Maggie's side is Glen, a boy she has always had a secret crush on. Glen claims he can help Maggie. But is she right to trust Glen - and what are the origins of her terrible powers? Can she get rid of the powers, or will she have to learn to live with them? And why does Glen believe her when no one else does? Read to find out. If you're an R. L. Stine fan like I am, I can guarantee that you won't be dissapointed by this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "shayamorph" on April 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fans of R.L. Stine's popular Goosebumps series -- probably older now -- will like his brand new NIGHTMARE ROOM series, still sticking with the familiar scares (and laughs) type of style. Though I think his 'scares' are quite funny, this book reflects the writing of the Goosebumps series on perhaps just a notch above the old level. My Name Is Evil is the third installment in this series. Maggie was just an ordinary girl trying to have fun on her thirteenth birthday with her friends. She never really thought she had any evil or darkness in her heart. But that was until she met Miss Elizabeth, the Fortune Teller at the local carnival. From then on, her evil began to get worse, though she can't stop it. The friends she always had are turning against her because of her strange evil powers. Maggie doesn't know what's happening to her, or why she suddenly has evil powers on her thirteenth birthday. Nothing will prepare her for the big surprise in store for her. Before anything else happens, Maggie must do something to stop her evil -- before her world falls apart in front of her eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "francomovie" on February 8, 2001
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My name is evil is the 3rd book in the series of the nightmare room. The series starts going down hill after the excellent locker 13. But it is a very good book with a lot of chills and creepy stuff. The end is dissapointing and the beggining is a little slow. i give it a "B"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on September 16, 2006
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This is the third in R.L Stein's Nightmare Room series, which is a fine series of what I'll dub horror-lite, I believe the author is giving a tip of the hat to The Twilight Zone TV series, as each story begins with a very Twilight Zone-esque opening...which you can find in the publisher description on this same page. I rather like this about the series, and all three I have read thus far take a stab at recreating some of the startling, strange and just plain bizarre happenings (so Twilight Zone-ish...also like The Outer Limits, of more recent times) in the lives of the unfortunate soul who happens to be unlucky enough to enter the Nightmare Room.

This volume we encounter Maggie, a shy girl celebrating her 13th birthday with her three best friends in the whole world (the three J's) whom she has known since she was 4 years old. Maggie is just like any other 13 year old; she's trying on her newly minted teenage identity and just trying to have a good time. Her friends take her to the carnival to celebrate and there she encounters the boy she has a crush on (and who one of her friends played a vicious prank on last year) and then is told by a fortune teller that he is evil. The girls laugh it off, but as the story progresses, something terrible is starting to happen and just about everything Maggie touches turns out all wrong. We follow her through a rather bizarre series of "accidents" which lead more and more of Maggie's friends to really believe that she is EVIL! The story, like the others before it, always has a surprise waiting at the end...is Maggie truly evil and out to destroy her friend? Will Maggie survive her trip into the Nightmare Room?

This, for me, was the least subtle of the three I have read so far.
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By A 10-year old reader on August 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Everyone who likes to read books at night, this is a must! It's about a girl who's really nice then suddenly bad things start happening to her friends. Ok I won't spoil the surprise but it's really good. But then All R.L stine's books are!!!!!!!!
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By Athena Sevon on September 10, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
this book was to die for and it had a fabulous ending. everyone should read the r. l. stine books. if your looking for excitement read this book. it always keeps you guessing.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
this book was a mind twisting story of how maggie is evil but at the end is so wierd the person who is real evil at the end.............. read to find out who it is.
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