Come one, come all, to my personal list of favorite R.L. Stine books! What?! You’ve never read any of his books?! Boy, are you missing out. R.L. Stine is the epitome of horror.
Don’t think any of his books would interest you? Here are my top 14 favorite R.L. Stine books. With 98 days left until Halloween, why wait to start the spooky?
The Beast From the East
Twelve-year-old Ginger and her two younger twin brothers Pat and Nat and their parents go on a camping trip one weekend. While exploring, the Ginger and her brothers find themselves face to face with giant beasts who want to play a dangerous game. The rules are simple, you win, you get to leave, but the losers get eaten. Will Ginger, Pat, and Nat survive the deadliest game they will ever play?
Stine, R.L. (1996) The Beast From the East. New York, NY: Scholastic.
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
Michael lives his daily life constantly being tormented by his annoying little sister who, according to their parents, can do no wrong. Tara the Terrible, as Michael calls her, is constantly getting him in trouble and making his life miserable. At least until their dad brings home the giant, old, grandfather clock that neither he or his little sister are allowed to touch. Under any circumstance. Michael ends up messing with the clock and finds himself different. In the past different. He finds out the hard way that somebody put a dangerous spell on the clock, and Tara is the least of Michael’s troubles now.
Stine, R.L. (1995) The Cuckoo Clock of Doom. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Don’t Stay Up Late
Lisa’s life was forever changed when her and her family were in a fatal car accident. Lisa was the only survivor and was plagued by severe brain trauma which led to hallucinations and night terrors. Lisa’s therapist gave her the idea to try and take her mind off of the accident by babysitting. Harry, the boy she is babysitting, comes with very strict instructions: do not let him stay up late. After the first few nights, strange and horrifying things begin happening to Lisa. Are they results of the brain trauma, or is something more sinister happening?
Stine, R.L. (2015) Don’t Stay Up Late. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Ghost Next Door
Hannah has always been the social type. She is always hanging out with her siblings, or with her friends at school. But when the new boy moves in next door, she finds very interesting things about him. He claims to go to the same school as her, but she does not recognize him at all, he keeps disappearing, and Hannah is pretty sure that his house was completely empty when she went to sleep last night. Could Hannah be befriending a ghost next door?
Stine, R.L. (1993) The Ghost Next Door. New York, NY: Scholastic.
It Came From Beneath the Sink
Daniel and his sister Kat just moved into a great new house. The place is enormous, the yard is huge, they have amazing balconies on their bedrooms, and the house comes with it’s own free pet. This pet, however, is not something either of the kids were hoping for. It’s green, it’s pulsing, it feeds off of pain, it’s beneath their kitchen sink. Do Kat and Daniel have what it takes to stop these accidents from happening? Or will the thing from beneath the sink consume all hope in their little town?
Stine, R.L. (1995) It Came From Beneath the Sink. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Evan is an adventurous kid who is always up for a challenge, but staying with his great-aunt Kathryn is more of a challenge than he’s used to. She is deaf and never learned to read or use sign language, so Evan is basically on his own while he’s with her. He stumbles upon an old store one day while adventuring in town where he purchases a bucket of monster blood. All is fun and games until Evan’s dog, Trigger, eats some of this monster blood and grows four times his regular size, Evan knows something is very wrong.
Stine, R.L. (1992) Monster Blood. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Night of the Living Dummy
When twins Lindy and Kris Powell discover a ventriloquist dummy in a dumpster behind their neighbor’s house, they name him Slappy. But when Lindy had more success with Slappy than Kris, Kris became rather jealous. Kris gets a dummy of her own, but Slappy doesn’t like that at all. Soon, the two dummies begin fighting and pitting the two sisters against each other. Is this just another case of sibling rivalry, or is Slappy to blame?
Stine, R.L. (1993) Night of the Living Dummy. New York, NY: Scholastic.
One Day at Horrorland
An amusement park with no lines, no crowds, and free admission sounds too good to be true! This is a daily occurrence at Horrorland. The Morris family, after getting extremely lost on their way to Zoo Gardens, stumbles upon Horrorland. Determined to keep this family trip a success, they decide to give Horrorland a try. What’s the worst that could happen? Soon they are thrust into a world with horrifying rides and attractions that seem a little too real. They’re just rides, right?
Stine, R.L. (1994) One Day at Horrorland. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Rachel Martin has a serious crush on Brendan Fear. Everyone has warned her about the Fear family and their dreaded estate on Fear Island, but when Rachel is invited to Brendan’s birthday party on said island, she cannot say no. Brendan has a lot of fun planned for his party and a lot of party games, but when the games turn deadly and begin killing off the party goers one by one, this party becomes much less fun. Trapped on the island, Rachel now has only one goal at this party: survival.
Stine, R.L. (2014) Party Games. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Say Cheese and Die
Greg is a lover of old items. So, when he finds an old camera that still works, he is elated. The pictures he takes, however, are not as joyous. He takes a picture of his father’s brand new car and when the photo develops, the car is totalled. A few days later, his father crashes the car. He very quickly realizes that this camera is evil. Coincidence? Or something more sinister?
Stine, R.L. (1992) Say Cheese and Die. New York, NY: Scholastic.
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
When Jodi and her brother Mark make their way to their yearly month-long visit to their grandparent’s house, they are a bit troubled. Their grandparents seem more run down than usual, the cornfield has hardly any corn compared to last year, and most disturbingly, the one ratty looking scarecrow has been replaced with twelve newly made scarecrows. After finding out that the scarecrows were made based off of instructions from a creepy book, Jodi and Mark don’t trust any of them. But now they feel like they are being watched.
Stine, R.L. (1994) The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Stay Out of the Basement
Dr. Brewer is the definition of a “crazy scientist,” but when Margaret and Casey Brewer find exactly what he is creating down there, they more than believe it. What starts off as harmless experimentation turns into nightmare fuel. What’s even more horrifying is the experiments do not always stay in the basement. Dr. Brewer begins to take on the characteristics of his experiments and that’s when the girls get very concerned. Can they stop their crazy scientist father before it’s too late for him or them?
Stine, R.L. (1992) Stay Out of the Basement. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Welcome to Dead House
The Benson family has been left an amazing home by their recently deceased uncle that they don’t remember much about. When they move in, they realize that the house is spacious, grand, and probably haunted. At least, that’s what Amanda and Josh Benson think. Their parents tell them that it’s just their imaginations and they will get used to the spooky old house they just moved into, but the siblings are not convinced. Not only is this house a dead house, but the street has no seemingly alive people, and neither does this entire down.
Stine, R.L. (1992) Welcome to Dead House. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Photography freak. Photography aunt and uncle. Sounds like a perfect getaway, right? Alex just has two rules when he stays with his aunt and uncle: do not go into or near the creepy neighbor’s house and stay out of the forest at night. Seems simple enough until Alex meets a girl named Hannah who isn’t afraid of the forest or of the creepy neighbor’s house. They come across enormous paw prints outside of the house and in the woods, but are told the creepy neighbors just have big dogs. Is that the real story, or is there more going on in Wolf Creek?
Stine, R.L. (1997) Werewolf Skin. New York, NY: Scholastic.
I can guarantee that you’ll find something that you love on this list, especially if you’re as big of a horror fan as I am! The count down to spooky season has begun, so get ready for more horror related posts.
And as always, I love you, you should love you, and I’ll talk to you next time!