Top 10 Books by R. L. Stine (Jovial Bob Stine, Eric Affabee)

 

Loved to read ghost stories as a kid?

If the answer is yes, then I bet you already know who R. L. Stine is. He is considered as one of the best horror fiction writers for kids. I personally loved his work, and some still give me Goosebumps, yeah you know what I’m talking about.

So, here’s a list of best R. L. Stine books in order for you to experience the amazing work of this author, again or maybe for the first time-

 

The Haunted Mask

The book is about an 11-year-old girl who is known to be scared of everything, and her classmates really enjoy that. Two boys are after her and ruin her science project; the girl vows to take revenge. She goes to a toy store to buy a mask for scaring the boys, she buys a hideous looking mask and is very happy that she was able to scare them and get revenge. The catch- that mask is her face now and she cannot take it off, it’s nice to see how events unfold.

Read it For:
The book is for those who love the Goosebumps series, although this book can still give some even as an adult.
Don't Read it For:
The way author has finished the story is something not all will enjoy, it’s not a happy ending at all but still the book very nice, one of R. L. Stine best sellers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fantastic description of an 11-year-old girl is really nice; every kid can really relate to the content.

Night of the Living Dummy

The book is about two sisters, who compete in everything and even  with the dummies they buy. One of the dummies comes to life for the worse, and a series of terrifying events unfold for the girls. After they somehow manage to get rid of that dummy another surprise is waiting for them at home.

Read it For:
The book is worth reading for you to get scared of dolls and dummies; not really just kidding. The book is a must read because of the imagination author has used in the events and in the character he selected for portraying the evil.
Don't Read it For:
Despite the fact that the dummy was evil there are some points which will disgust some readers, while some will really enjoy it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The idea of series of evil dummies (spoiler alert) is something that makes this book different; you are not really free even though you thought so.

One Day at Horrorland

The book is about Morris family and a friend, who gets lost and eventually come to a horror-themed adventure park. The events are really creative, fun and somewhat scary for the readers the book is aimed at. One of R. L. Stine’s best books, a must read for all the avid readers.

Read it For:
The book features a set of really exciting events and ghosts (yeah the ghosts are exciting); all the readers will definitely love it.
Don't Read it For:
The end is twisted and can be something not all readers enjoy, especially if you are a fan of happy endings; R. L. Stine is not known for happy endings, so don’t be disappointed.
What makes this book stand out?:
The mix of fun and scary events in the novel is something readers of all age group will enjoy, so you should read it at least once.

Welcome to the Death House

Considered as one the scariest R. L. Stine book, this book features the story of a family who just moved into a new house. The kids find it spooky and feel that their house is haunted, the parents don’t agree, and the kids are told to give it some time. The place overall is spooky not just the house, which is really nicely presented.

Read it For:
The classic new home plot is really worth reading and it works every time.
Don't Read it For:
The plot can feel a bit repetitive. However, there are points which really give the story some interesting twists.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way writer has presented the sweet and innocent concept of friends forever is very nice and makes this book different from others.
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Monster Blood

Story is about a boy Evan, who is forced to stay with his Aunt Kathryn as parents are out for work. He buys a can of monster blood from an old toy shop near his aunt’s home, which his dog loves a lot. The way things turn out with the can of monster blood is nicely presented.

Read it For:
The book is fun, and you will enjoy reading it, some readers may get Goosebumps when the monster blood starts to behave in a strange manner but overall a nice book.
Don't Read it For:
The ending of this book as well is not really satisfying; the book just ends maybe because it had to but the rest of the story is very nice.
What makes this book stand out?:
The concept of monster blood, presented in a creepy manner is nice and really different.

Say Cheese and Die

One of the R. L. Stine popular novels, this one has a story about a weird camera and the terrifying events which take place once you click a picture of someone with it.

Read it For:
The concept in the book is very interesting and many will love to read this book.
Don't Read it For:
If you are looking for a pure horror story, then you might be disappointed by this book as the story gets more like a Sci-Fi than a pure horror story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The details provided by the author is very nice and it will keep you hinged until the end, the book is a must-read.

The Horror at Camp Jellyjam

The title of the book reveals the readers it is aimed at i.e., kids. Well, the story is about two siblings going to a sports camp which is not like the usual ones you have seen. Everything is really creepy from the games to the people who are there; even the ground is weird, a book worth reading.

Read it For:
The element of mystery this book has is very nice, which will not fail to scare the readers while keeping them interested till the end.
Don't Read it For:
The book has something new to offer. However, it fails to deliver everything in a proper manner.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author has related to the kids directly through his title and story; basically, everything which is nice and not all writers does that.

A Night in Terror Tower

The story is about a tour group in London in which two kids are left behind. They are followed by a shadowy character which ultimately wants to kill them, everything from there is really nice and worth your time.

Read it For:
Read this book to enjoy more adventure than fear in a very creatively described manner.
Don't Read it For:
The book lacks the element of fear which many of us will not like still the plot is really nice.
What makes this book stand out?:
The factor of time travel involved with fear in an adventurous manner is something you won’t come across every day.

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

The story is about a guy and the mystery surrounding his half wolf dog which appeared out of nowhere one day as being the werewolf of the swamp, a reason for terror in the area. The story is nice and the mystery of werewolf is something you will really like.

Read it For:
Read this book to enjoy more adventure than fear in a very creatively described manner.
Don't Read it For:
The book lacks the element of fear which many of us will not like still the plot is really nice.
What makes this book stand out?:
The factor of time travel involved with fear in an adventurous manner is something you won’t come across every day.

The Ghost Next Door

The book features the story of a girl and her mysterious new neighbor who moved in suddenly one night. After a set of events, the girl finds out that he is possessed and then the story is about how she bought him back to normal.

Read it For:
The description of events and characters is really nice; also the plot is very interesting.
Don't Read it For:
The end is something, not all will be able to grasp, but the book overall is very good.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way author has mixed the element of fear and adventure together is really nice and worth reading.

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