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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Nightmare Room (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Avon Ed edition (May 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064409074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064409070
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,322,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RobertLawrence Stine is the best-selling children's author in history. He began his writing career at the age of nine, writing short stories, joke books, and comic books for his friends. He has been at it ever since. A graduate of Ohio State University, Mr. Stine served as editor-in-chief of Bananas, a humor magazine for children, before teaming up with Parachute Press to create Fear Street, the first young adult horror series. After the enormous success of Fear Street, Stine and Parachute went on to launch Goosebumps, the best-selling book series that made Stine an international celebrity and the #1 best-selling author in America for several years. His latest projects include The Nightmare Room book series, TV show, and videos/DVDs; and his brand-new hardcover book, Beware!.

R. L. Stine lives in Manhattan with his wife, their teenage son, Matt, and their dog, Nadine.

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...


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!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "francomovie" on May 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book no.9 in the Nightmare Room Series is by far the best I have ever read. It has lots of chills and scares, it is very eerie, freaky and has a great plot and great charachters and great descriptions. It should be a bestseller. And it doesn't matter the age because this book is gonna make you sleep with the lights on for a very long time. Russel, David, Charlotte, Marty and Erin are the most important charachters in the book. They are senior campers in Camp Hawkwood, and senior campers in Camp Hawkwood go over forbidden falls. Counselors tell a story about five kids who went over the falls and were never seen again. The senior campers take the risk and go over forbidden falls and when they realize that it was all a joke they decide to play a joke on the counselor, Ramon. The joke works but it messes up the kids plans because they lose ramon and the canoes. Looking for their camp they find another camp called Camp Evergreen. But there is something wrong with that camp and that kid Drew what was he talking about when he said that he was going to tell the kids the truth about the camp?
This is one of the best books that I have ever bought and I encourage you to buy them too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
For years, Russell has dreading being a senior camper. Because all senior campers at Camp Hawkwood must complete the terrifying tradition of canoeing over the mysterious Forbidden Falls. Over their years at the camp, Russell and his friends have all heard countless ghost stories about the Falls - but Russell is the one who is most afraid. Determined to appear brave to his friends, he determinedly sets out with them - but mishap after mishap occurs, and the five kids soon find themselves lost in the wilderness without their counselor or any supplies. By a stroke of luck, they come upon another camp, where they are welcomed with open arms. But is it really luck - or something evil and sinister? Russell and his friends must unravel the mystery if they are to survive. After the disappointing Shadow Girl, the Nightmare Room series is back on track with the thrilling Camp Nowhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on July 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Camp Nowhere by:R.l Stine is a very good and scary book. I will give you a short summary of this book to show you how scary and good it is. The book Camp Nowhere is about a boy named Russell who goes to summer camp. During the summer camp, the campers talk about different legends. One of the legends was about a river called "Forbidden Falls" which was close to the summer camp. This legend will scare you to death. Well you see, several years ago, 5 kids went in a canoe to the forbidden falls and they all vanished in thin air.
If you want to find out why did the kids disappear?, What happend to the river?, Was the river haunted? and etc, I suggest you to read the book. I say that this Nightmare room book is the best that R.l Stine has written, but who knows there might be a better one coming up. READ IT!!
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