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Goosebumps HorrorLand is a horror novella series by R.L. Stine, a spin-off of his popular Goosebumps books. There was an almost ten-year gap between the publication of the initial installment in the Goosebumps Horrorland series and the previous publication of other Goosebumps novels.
R.L. Stine is currently writing what was originally announced as a twelve-book series titled Goosebumps HorrorLand. The series, based loosely on One Day at HorrorLand (sixteenth in the original series) and Return to HorrorLand (thirteenth in the Goosebumps 2000 series), is the first Goosebumps series where each book is part of the same plot, and the first Goosebumps fictional crossover, with characters, villains and locations from distinct Goosebumps continuities interacting.
The first twelve books were announced with the following details:
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 #1-12, 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 #11-12 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.
Each book had two stories. The purpose of the first, considerably longer, story is to introduce the villain and protagonists; the second story shows what happens to the protagonists when they get to HorrorLand, and are united with the other characters. The books also include a case file that links to material on the EscapeHorrorLand.com tie-in website. The final two books in the series serve to wrap up the 'HorrorLand' plot in a single climactic storyline.
Scholastic's reprints of classic Goosebumps titles to accompany the series have all-new covers and bonus material. They are known as "collector's editions," and are marketed under the title "Classic Goosebumps." Since not all the books in Goosebumps HorrorLand are connected to classic books, some of the reissues relate to the ongoing Enter HorrorLand storyline, or are simply reissues of bestsellers. For example, Be Careful What You Wish For... is a Classic reissue because the character Clarissa was used as the basis for HorrorLand's fortune-teller dummy, Madame Doom.
Ultimately, there were some deviations from the original announcement; the tenth book did not take place exclusively in HorrorLand, and reissues of classic Goosebumps book continued on past the tenth, probably due to their sales success. Finally, shortly before the publication of the twelfth and concluding book in the series, it was revealed that a new story arc, running for seven books and bringing the total to nineteen, would begin in 2010. This was confirmed in the back of the Survival Guide, in which there was a three-chapter preview.
In May 2010, Stine revealed via a video interview that he had just agreed to write six more books in the series, bringing the total to twenty-five, and that he hadn't yet come up with any ideas for them.
Each book in the first arc is split into three sections.
Section 1: The Story
This is the main section of the book, lasting approximately 100 pages. Since it reads identically to a classic Goosebumps book, readers will be most familiar with this section.
Section 2: Enter HorrorLand
Technically a continuation of the first section (as well as a continuation of the previous books' "Enter HorrorLand" segments), this 30-40-page mini-story is a crossover which finds the book's characters invited to HorrorLand as Very Special Guests, meeting up with other books' protagonists and villains. Each HorrorLand segment ends with a "cliffhanger" ending, to be continued in the next book's HorrorLand segment. For example, in The Scream of the Haunted Mask, at the end, Carly Beth and Sabrina think that a werewolf is tackling them. In Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz, it is revealed that it was just Robby. The first two sections are merged in the final two books.
Section 3: Fear File
Only a few pages long and not included in the page count, each book's Fear File contains fictional maps, brochures, menus, etc. pertaining to the section of the theme park featured in that book, along with a hand-drawn map of the area. Each book also includes a fictional advertisement to its featured park area on the front page of each book. Most of the advertisements feature web addresses for EnterHorrorLand.com and EscapeHorrorLand.com. Each map can be connected to form the whole park map. The order of the maps (from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner): Top row: 6,12,4,11 Middle row: 10,8,1,9 Bottom row: 2,3,5,7 The Fear File features which appear in the books are merely samples of the full chapters, which are published in full in Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide. The first ten chapters were originally located at escapehorrorland.com, but the site now redirects to an updated version of enterhorrorland.com.
Some books feature single-chapter previews of the books on which they were based. For example, Creep from the Deep features a single-chapter preview of the original Deep Trouble. In addition, the back of each of book in the first arc shows half of a HorrorLand map token on either edge of the book. When two corresponding books, such as #1 and #2, are placed next to each other, the two halves match up and show a complete token; in this case, it features Slappy the Dummy. Following this pattern, the second book shows half of a coin that will only be complete when placed next to the third book, and so on. Each token has a unique message, written in mirror writing, around the edge. The tokens form different messages depending on whether they are placed against the following book in the series, or their corresponding companion reissue, which also bear half-tokens; for example, placing Revenge of the Living Dummy and Creep from the Deep together gives the message "Find This Token Online," but Revenge of the Living Dummy and the reissued Night of the Living Dummy spell "Find This Dummy Online." The twelfth, final token was never completed.
The books in the second arc, from #13 onwards, are also split into three parts - Part One is a mini-adventure in HorrorLand, Part Two tells the main story, and the Epilogue describes the hero's return to HorrorLand.
Online bookstores have posted a listing for more upcoming Goosebumps HorrorLand books, beginning with "When The Ghost Dog Howls", set to be released on January 1, 2010. They have provided the following synopsis, implying that the series has been extended to include nineteen books with a new seven-book story arc:
Each eerie adventure of the next seven-book arc begins with a trip to the Chiller House, a gift shop only found in HorrorLand. Kids are invited to take a little horror home with them and given a souvenir and a miniature Horror. At home, the kids experience wild things with their "free" gift, while the glowing, menacing Horror keeps an eye on the fun. When it's time for their payment, the Horror takes them back to shopkeeper Jonathan Chiller.
Unlucky book #13 kicks off an entirely new type of terror that will keep you guessing and quaking until book #19.
Announced in May 2010, the third arc, known as "Hall of Horrors", will contain six books. The arc's tagline is "The Hall of Horrors is open. Step into the nightmare!". According to the teaser at the end of book 19, the Hall of Horrors is "hidden in the darkest shadows of the park. It is the place for kids who have frightening stories to tell." Hall of Horrors is numbered as a separate series, beginning again at #1.
|#||Title||Original published date||Pages||ISBN|
|N/A||Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide||October 12, 2009||137||ISBN 0-545-09008-3|
|A promotional book filled with HorrorLand facts.|
|N/A||Goosebumps HorrorLand: Write Your Fright||2009||64||ISBN 0-545-33295-8|
|Think you can out-scare the Master of Horror, R.L. Stine? Write your own endings to six of his scariest stories and keep your work safe behind the oozing hand lock, which screams in alarm when opened.|
|01||Revenge of the Living Dummy||April 1, 2008||128||ISBN 0-439-91869-3|
|R. L. Stine commented in an interview that he thought Revenge of the Living Dummy, the first Goosebumps Horrorland book, was one of his scariest stories. Revenge of the Living Dummy was listed as the 39th bestselling children's paperback frontlist book for the year 2008, with over 184,000 sales. Terry Miller Shannon from KidsReads.com described this book as "a fun, fast-paced, spine-chilling thriller for kids who love to be scared". Publishers Weekly stated in a starred review that this book was "a suspenseful opener" that was "broken into two equally enjoyable sections". An excerpt from this book was published on The New York Times and NPR. Revenge of the Living Dummy was adapted into an audiobook released in August 2008, narrated by Alissa Hunnicutt. The School Library Journal stated that Hunnicutt did a "more than capable job reading these two related stories" and "Effective and nearly constant sound effects enhance the telling and increase the tension".|
|02||Creep from the Deep||April 1, 2008||137||ISBN 0-439-91870-7|
|Billy and Sheena Deep always expect adventure when they visit their uncle Dr. D, the marine biologist, and encounter another creep from the deep - the fearsome pirate captain Long Ben One-Leg, even though he's been dead for centuries... Later, an invitation to HorrorLand leads the siblings and their new friend Matt into another terrifying situation.|
|03||Monster Blood for Breakfast!||June 1, 2008||137||ISBN 0-439-91871-5|
|Athletic Matt Daniels and his sister Livvy can't stand their neighbor Bradley "Worm" Wormser, who copies Matt in every way he can. Bradley orders a plastic egg full of Monster Blood on Matt's computer, but a backfiring prank leaves Matt with Monster Blood for breakfast. Even after solving that problem, Matt is faced with another: An invitation to HorrorLand, where old and new dangers may be lurking around!|
|04||The Scream of the Haunted Mask||August 1, 2008||139||ISBN 0-439-91872-3|
|Menaced by the scream of the Haunted Mask, Carly Beth starts to delve into its past - searching for a way to escape it. She uncovers a terrifying tale about an old stable she works near, but the mask isn't the only threat. At HorrorLand, she and her friend Sabrina team up with the other Very Special Guests, and overhear a disturbing plot to dispose of them all.|
|05||Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz||October 1, 2008||132||ISBN 0-439-91873-1|
|Robby Schwartz creates comic strips on his computer, starring bizarre supervillains. His favorite is the crazy Dr. Maniac, but fantasy and reality collide when Dr. Maniac appears in Robby's hometown with a dastardly plot. It's Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz, and even after Robby is invited to HorrorLand their fight continues... with more friends and enemies appearing on the scene.|
|06||Who's Your Mummy?||January 1, 2009||133||ISBN 0-439-91874-X|
|Abby Martin and her little brother Peter are staying with their Egyptologist uncle Jonathan, but suspect he is keeping secrets from them in his creepy Egyptian-themed mansion - including a bunch of ancient mummies. But who's the real threat? Later, Abby visits HorrorLand, where she meets another Very Special Guest, Michael "Monster" Munroe, and the Horror named Byron. Can he really help them out?|
|07||My Friends Call Me Monster||January 1, 2009||138||ISBN 0-439-91875-8|
|Michael "Monster" Munroe has had it with his teacher Mrs. Hardesty. But during an attempt to get even, he discovers a giant egg in her attic, and finds out that she's not human... and soon, neither is he. Afterwards, Michael visits HorrorLand and meets Abby Martin, another of the Very Special Guests. With Michael's help, the Very Special Guests learn more about HorrorLand and the mysterious Panic Park, but are they on the right track?|
|08||Say Cheese - And Die Screaming!||March 1, 2009||160||ISBN 0-439-91876-6|
|Julie Enhrit enters a picture taking competition, confident she can win. But when she gets a weird camera from a yard sale, weird and evil things begin to happen...weird and evil things that show up in Julie's camera pictures. If that's not scary enough, a trip to HorrorLand is also in Julie's future, including a nightmarish experience in the Tunnel of Screams.|
|09||Welcome to Camp Slither||April 15, 2009||133||ISBN 0-439-91877-4|
|Spooky legends aside, animal-loving siblings Boone and Heather Dixon can't wait to get to Camp Hither, but an infestation of snakes soon changes their minds. Even after they can get to the bottom of the trouble, more danger awaits when Boone gets to HorrorLand and is captured with the other Very Special Guests.|
|10||Help! We Have Strange Powers!||April 15, 2009||133||ISBN 0-439-91878-2|
|Twins Jillian and Jackson Gerard need help. They've developed some really strange abilities, and soon find themselves being targeted by an evil organization that wants to control that power. And the danger doesn't stop once they get to HorrorLand, where they join the rest of the Very Special Guests and meet a couple of surprising faces from the past.|
|11||Escape From HorrorLand||June 1, 2009||132||ISBN 0-439-91879-0|
|Luke and Lizzy Morris have returned to HorrorLand, intending to save the Very Special Guests from their mysterious enemy. But even their best efforts can't keep them from escaping to Panic Park, a strange world where the sixteen must confront some old foes from their pasts, and finally meet the man behind everything - The Menace.|
|12||The Streets of Panic Park||July 1, 2009||136||ISBN 0-439-91880-4|
|They escaped from HorrorLand. But they ended up trapped in the streets of Panic Park instead, at the mercy of The Menace. In order to escape the nightmare for good, and foil The Menace's evil plans, the fourteen Very Special Guests and the Morris siblings must face their fears. With the help of some frightful allies, will the horror finally be at an end?|
|13||When the Ghost Dog Howls||January 1, 2010||160||ISBN 0-545-16194-0|
|Twelve-year-olds Andy and Marnie had a great week in HorrorLand, even though they were freaked out by Murder the Clown and a zombie mob. When the park's Chiller House store offers Andy a free souvenir he doesn't ask any questions - despite the shopkeeper saying he'd have to pay "next time you see me"... or that the souvenir hound's tooth is said to be haunted. He thinks it's worth the risk to have a dog's tooth that grants wishes, but when he hears howling in the night and Marnie starts behaving oddly, he thinks again about the gift from HorrorLand.|
|14||Little Shop of Hamsters||March 1, 2010||160||ISBN 0-545-16195-9|
|Sam Waters is desperate for a pet, but his parents insist he must prove he's responsible. To do so he takes an after-school job in the Little Shop of Hamsters, but it turns out that the hamsters have a monstrous side. Could his HorrorLand souvenirs have anything to do with this?|
|15||Heads, You Lose!||May 1, 2010||160||ISBN 0-545-16196-7|
|Jessica Bowen and Ryan Chang return home from a visit to HorrorLand, and bring along a souvenir: a two-headed coin, which transports them back in time to meet Prince Beaufort, the coin's original owner... and are faced with losing their heads, unless they can reunite the prince with HIS head!|
|16||Weirdo Halloween: Special Edition||July 1, 2010||192||ISBN 0-545-16197-5|
|On October 30, siblings, Chris and Meg Oliver rescue a young child in a costume from a gang of bullies, only to discover the "kid" is really Bim, a smelly alien known as a Weirdo with a lot of disgusting habits, who promptly swears allegiance to them. On October 31, Weirdo's people invade Earth, and the twins find their souvenir from HorrorLand may be the only thing that can save or harm them! In the second part of the story, Meg is summoned back to HorrorLand by Jonathan Chiller to participate in one of his bizarre games.|
|17||The Wizard of Ooze||September 1, 2010||160||ISBN 0-545-16198-3|
|Marco and Gabriella are fans of The Ooze, a graphic novel series about a mutant made of oil sludge, and Jonathan Chiller's shop happens to have a rare edition of The Wizard of Ooze - with instructions on how to gain your own super powers. But when Marco mentions the book at a comic convention, he finds himself pursued by some shady characters.|
|18||Slappy New Year!||November 1, 2010||160||ISBN 0-545-16199-1|
|Ray Gordon loves scaring his wimpy brother Brandon, especially with the new dummy, Slappy, he got from Chiller House in HorrorLand. His parents command him to stop or they'll cancel his New Year's Eve party, so why do weird things keep happening?|
|19||The Horror at Chiller House||January 1, 2011||160||ISBN 0-545-16200-9|
|Jonathan Chiller told 6 of his customers that they could each take a souvenir home and that they would pay him back the next time they saw him. Now the time has come for him to collect. Now the six kids must compete in a scavenger hunt searching all of HorrorLand for 6 red chests that can each send one kid back to their home But Chiller has no intention of letting them escape In the guise of 6 of HorrorLands most notorious denizens he will be doing his best to block them at every turn and in doing so make sure the horror never ends.|
|Hall of Horrors|
|01||Claws!||March 1, 2011||160||ISBN 0-545-28933-5|
|Mickey and Amanda have been put in charge of their vacationing neighbors' cat, Bella. But when she escapes from the house and disappears, Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store Cat Heaven. When the owner refuses to sell them the cat they pick out, they decide to steal it... but unfortunately, the cats at the store are more than what they seem.|
|02||Night of the Giant Everything||May 1, 2011||160||ISBN 0-545-28935-1|
|When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals, things begin to get strange, as he starts shrinking and must navigate his way through gigantic dust bunnies, enormous birds, and other once seemingly harmless, everyday items to get to his best friend's house for help.|
|03||The Five Masks of Dr. Screem: Special Edition||July 1, 2011||192||ISBN 0-545-28936-X|
|It's Halloween and Monica Anderson and her little brother have just gotten involved in a terrifying adventure that will pit them against the evil Dr Screem who wants to obtain five sacred masks with the power to manipulate the world around them.|
|04||Why I Quit Zombie School||October 1, 2011||160||ISBN 0-545-28932-7|
|Matt Krinsky is enrolled in a new school where he excels at everything -- because the other students are zombies bent on taking over the city.|
|05||Don't Scream!||January 1, 2012||160||ISBN 0-545-28937-8|
|Jack Harmon finds a cell phone on the bus and gets a call from a girl -- who turns out to be an invisible entity haunting him through electronic devices and looking for a human body.|
|06||The Birthday Party of No Return||April 1, 2012||132||ISBN 0-545-28938-6|
|Lee Hargrove wishes he could be lucky like his friend Cory Duckworth. He even has a crush on Laura Groden. Lee receives a good luck charm in the mail - but it brings nothing of the sort.|
The series is complemented by companion websites.
The website EnterHorrorLand.com is a "gameplay experience which immerses fans in HorrorLand itself". It is based around twelve map sections corresponding to each HorrorLand book, each of which includes numerous mini-games. The premise of each map section is that the antagonist of the corresponding book is trying to take over that area of HorrorLand; the minigames tell the story of each antagonist's defeat by the player. Strangely, the player is frequently represented by Mr. Wood, the main antagonist from Night of the Living Dummy. Guidance and help is provided by the automated fortune teller named Madame Doom. The front page features two short animated movies, "What to Expect in HorrorLand" and "An Interview with Slappy", with a blank option suggesting a third to come. The site opened on February 20, 2008. The site was redirected to Scholastic.com/Goosebumps/HorrorLand in November 2009.
The website EscapeHorrorLand.com was a "serialized, story-driven, fact-finding experience" hosted by the protagonists of One Day at HorrorLand. It was ostensibly a blog that sought out and posted evidence and information about the HorrorLand theme park, written by Luke Morris of One Day at HorrorLand. His sister Lizzy also contributed to the site, largely in the form of extracts from a "Welcome to HorrorLand" guidebook (ultimately printed separately as Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide). Luke's friend Clay was also mentioned. Luke and Lizzy received HorrorLand correspondence from Madame Doom, the mysterious "MONSTER-X", who tells the Morrises that HorrorLand has changed, and Slappy the Dummy Several of the correspondence props appear within the HorrorLand books themselves. The site opened on February 14, 2008, and ceased updating its blog on August 22, 2008; the HorrorLand survival guide had only ten of its twelve chapters posted. The site was closed and redirected to Scholastic.com/Goosebumps/HorrorLand in November 2009.
Scholastic Book Company released a Goosebumps HorrorLand video game on October 28, 2008 to tie into the series, on the Nintendo DS, Wii, and PlayStation 2 platforms. Developed by Gusto Games in Derby, the plot follows a young child and his/her friends trapped in HorrorLand, where they must make their way through challenging levels to escape the evil theme park. Reports indicate the game is similar to the original Goosebumps Horrorland game Goosebumps Escape From Horrorland, in which you had to beat the minigames of various levels to reveal who was behind events in the park and get back home. The official website reveals that HorrorLand in the game will have five main areas: Vampire Village (which serves as a hub connecting all the others), Mad Labs, Terror Tombs (an Egyptian-themed area), Fever Swamp, and the Carnival of Screams. Several of these areas are references to classic Goosebumps books or previous depictions of HorrorLand.
- Scarafile, Andrew (October 21, 2010). "Goosebumps is BACK!". Scholastic. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- Scholastic Launches Goosebumps HorrorLand by R.L. Stine, Bone Chilling New Book Series
- Reading Is Fundamental | Reading Planet | Book Zone | Meet the Authors and Illustrators
- One Day at HorrorLand collector's edition (bonus material)
- Escape HorrorLand - Ebook Index - Chapter 4, pages 6-7
- 5 Questions with Scholastic Summer Challenge Authors
- Scarafile, Andrew (October 21, 2010). "Does Anything Scare R. L. Stine?". Scholastic. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- Roback, Diane. (March 23, 2009). "Bestselling Children's Books 2008: Meyer’s Deep Run". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- "GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND #1: REVENGE OF THE LIVING DUMMY". KidsReads.com. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- Stine, R. L. (March 24, 2008). "‘Revenge of the Living Dummy’". The New York Times. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- Stine, R. L. (October 31, 2008). "Excerpt: 'Goosebumps HorrorLand #1: Revenge Of The Living Dummy'". NPR. Retrieved on November 21, 2010.
- Amazon.com: Goosebumps Hall of Horrors #5: Don't Scream!
- Amazon.com: Goosebumps Hall of Horrors #6: The Birthday Party of No Return
- Scholastic International Rights
- Enter HorrorLand
- Escape HorrorLand - Thursday, February 14, 2008
- Ebook index
- Escape HorrorLand - Thursday, March 20, 2008 - "My friend Clay is here, and we’re gonna play soccer in the backyard."
- Escape HorrorLand - Thursday, March 6, 2008 - "We opened it carefully, and inside were two fortune-teller cards with the words “MADAME DOOM” printed on them. One of the cards also had BOTH OUR NAMES printed on it!"
- Escape HorrorLand - Monday, May 12, 2008
- "“HorrorLand is NOT what it used to be!”"
- Escape HorrorLand - Friday, July 11, 2008
- Escape HorrorLand - Friday, August 1, 2008
- Escape HorrorLand - Friday, August 22, 2008
- http://store.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_Goosebumps+HorrorLand+NDS+Game_29508_-1_10052_10051 Goosebumps Horrorland NDS game
- http://store.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_Goosebumps+HorrorLand+Wii+Game_29510_-1_10052_10051 Goosebumps Horrorland Wii game
- http://store.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_Goosebumps+HorrorLand+PS2+Game_29512_-1_10052_10051 Goosebumps Horrorland PS2 game
- Goosebumps HorrorLand video game
- Scholastic's HorrorLand webpage
- Official Goosebumps Web Page
- Official Goosebumps HorrorLand Video Game Web Page
- R.L. Stine's Official Website
- R.L. Stine's Twitter