Scholastic Launches Bone-Chilling New Book Series by World-wide Bestselling Author R.L. Stine - Goosebumps HorrorLand


“R.L. Stine rode a wave of kid popularity, partly fueled by the fledgling Internet, to become perhaps the best-selling children’s author of the 20th century.”
— Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly (August 17, 2007)

New York, NY (January 21, 2008) -- Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce that it will publish an all-new series from R.L. Stine, author of the monstrously successful Goosebumps® series—featuring Stine’s hallmark combination of humor and horror. Goosebumps HorrorLand™, an original twelve-book series, will launch with two books in April 2008.
 
The new series will be an immersive storytelling experience welcoming fans to HorrorLand, a vast theme park which R.L. Stine describes as “the scariest place on Earth.” In a Goosebumps first, the new series will be a serialized adventure, and the story won’t end on the final page of book one, Revenge of the Living Dummy. Instead, the spine-tingling and funny bone-tickling adventures will continue on the Internet and in books #2-12, each of which can also stand alone. The first nine HorrorLand books all will feature a combination of frightful new faces as well as the vilest villains from the original Goosebumps series. Ordinary kids are being summoned to HorrorLand—but why? Readers are in for the ride of their lives as the cast of characters trapped in the theme park grows larger with each book, and their situations become more and more perilous.
 
Books #10-12 will take place entirely in HorrorLand. Who—or what—is behind the evil plot to assemble these kids? The answer will be revealed in the final book. Soon after the debut of books #1 and #2, Scholastic also will begin to reissue original Goosebumps books—ten bestselling titles that tie in with each new story as it unfolds in HorrorLand.
 
Also launching in April will be a dedicated Goosebumps HorrorLand website (www.enterhorrorland.com) that, with the publication of each book, will further the narrative and provide corresponding clues to help readers unlock the secrets to HorrorLand. In addition, the web site will offer readers original HorrorLand material not available in the books—including ten free internet-only related stories, bonus downloads, interactive games, and more.
 
Since the Goosebumps books debuted as a monthly series from Scholastic in 1992, more than 300 million copies have been sold worldwide in 32 languages—selling at the phenomenal rate of four million books per month in the mid-1990s—making Goosebumps a household name and Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer).
 
Scholastic Media produced a hit TV series based on the books which topped ratings charts and aired in over 60 countries, an award-winning global consumer products campaign, and a chart-topping home video series. Goosebumps currently airs on Cartoon Network, reaching over 91 million households, and the official web site www.scholastic.com/goosebumps receives more than 2 million page views each month, making it one of the most highly-trafficked kids’ websites. Scholastic holds the Goosebumps trademark and all related rights on a worldwide basis in all media.
 
R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history, with more than 400 million books sold. In 1986 he wrote his first teen horror novel, Blind Date, which became an instant best-seller. Many scary novels followed, including Beach House, Hit And Run, and The Girlfriend. In 1989 he created the Fear Street series, the best-selling young adult book series in history, with more than 100 titles. Both the Fear Street and Goosebumps series were developed with Parachute Publishing, a top independent producer of children's books and entertainment. Other R.L. Stine book creations include: Rotten School, Dangerous Girls, The Haunting Hour, and The Nightmare Room (also a TV series). R.L. Stine lives in New York City with his wife Jane, co-chair of Parachute Publishing, and his dog Minnie. For more information, visit www.rlstine.com, www.enterhorrorland.com, www.scholastic.com/goosebumps, and www.rottenschool.com.
 
GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND #1
Revenge of the Living Dummy
ISBN: 978-0-439-91869-5/ 0-439-91869-3
 
GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND #2
Creep from the Deep
ISBN: 978-0-439-91870-1/ 0-439-91870-7
By R.L. Stine
Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 2008
$5.99 / Ages 9-12
 
Coming soon from Scholastic Paperbacks:
Goosebumps HorrorLand #3 Monster Blood for Breakfast (June 2008)
Goosebumps HorrorLand #4 The Scream of the Haunted Mask (August 2008)
 
Coming soon from Scholastic Audio:
Goosebumps HorrorLand # 1Revenge of the Living Dummy (August 2008)
Goosebumps HorrorLand # 2 Creep from the Deep (September 2008)
 
 

 

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