R. L. Stine Facts

R. L. Stine Facts
R.L. Stine is an American children's horror writer best known for his Goosebumps and Fear Street series. R.L. Stine was born Robert Lawrence Stine on October 8th, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio to Anne, a homemaker, and Lewis Stine, a shipping clerk. Stine has two younger siblings, a brother Bill and a sister Pam. Stine found a typewriter when he was nine years old and began writing. His first works were joke books and short stories. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1965 from the Ohio State University, where he had edited the school's humor magazine for three of the four years he attended. Upon graduation he moved to New York City where his writing career took off.
Interesting R. L. Stine Facts:
Everyone in R.L. Stine's family calls him Bob.
As a child he did not excel in school, getting mostly B's. He didn't like math or gym but was good at ping pong.
After graduation from the Ohio State University and moving to New York City, Stine started writing children's joke and humor books under the pen name Jovial Bob Stine.
R.L. Stine married Jane Waldhorn in 1969.
Jane became a writer and editor and started Parachute Press with Joan Waricha in 1983. Parachute Press would help in the creation of all of R.L. Stine's popular series.
R.L. Stine also started a teenage humor magazine called Bananas. It was published by Scholastic Press.
Bananas ran from 1975 to 1984 and had 82 issues plus special editions.
R.L. Stine wrote his first horror novel in 1986 titled Blind Date. He continued to write several more books such as Beach House, The Babysitter, and The Girlfriend.
While R.L. Stine wrote his novels he also worked for Nickelodeon Network as co-creator and head writer of Eureeka's Castle, a children's program.
R.L. Stine began writing the Fear Street series in 1989. This series became the bestselling series for young adults in history, with more than 100 books.
In 1992 the Goosebumps series was launched. This series has been translated into at least 32 languages. It also became a kids show rated as the #1 show in the United States for three years.
From 2000 to 2010 R.L. Stine focused on writing installments for five book series including Mostly Ghostly, Rotten School, Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, and Goosebumps Horrorland.
R.L. Stine was listed as one of the top 40 entertainers of 1996-1997 by Forbes magazine. He was estimated to have earned $41 million during that time.
R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 400 million copies around the world. His success has led him to be one of history's bestselling children's authors of all time.
R.L. Stine and Jane had one child together, Matthew, born in 1980. Matthew went on to become a musician, composer and sound designer.
In addition to the large number of series, R.L. Stine also wrote several stand-alone novels, humorous books, anthologies, short stories, and non-fiction books.
R.L. Stine has used pen names including Eric Affabee and Jovial Bob Stine.
It is estimated that R.L. Stine's net worth is more than $200 million, and growing.

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