The Nostalgia Test: Goosebumps

 

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I remember Goosebumps quite fondly.  I always wanted to collect the entire series of books, and every time the Book Fair would come to my primary school I would fondle the books hopefully, but I didn’t receive pocket money so in all my years at primary school there was only one year I had enough money to buy a book, and I chose a Goosebumps book.

My parents bought me the 3-in-1 collections – just the first two, but it was 6 Goosebumps books to read and love to add to the one I already owned and the two or three I’d read from the school library. Then when I was a little more flush (probably after a birthday or Christmas or something) I bought some of the Give Yourself Goosebumps books.

All in all, I have fond memories of Welcome to Dead House, Stay Out of the Basement (which was even read to us by our Year 3 teacher), Say Cheese and Die, Let’s Get Invisible, Return of the Mummy, Night of the Living Dummy, The Ghost Next Door,  The Experiments of Doctor Eek, Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter and a few more I may have gotten out of the library but can’t quite recall the full titles and stories but only bits…

I ended up reading Shivers books as well because they were much cheaper to buy (only £1 from Lewins, I recall, and just as scary) but I suppose that Goosebumps stuck with me more because it was so popular, and because of the television series. I wasn’t a huge fan of the TV series – it never really matched up to how I imagined the books, and I preferred Are You Afraid of the Dark? for the scare-factor. I did watch quite a few episodes though which is why some of the books may seem familiar to me even if I didn’t read them.

The Mission

Enough about my past love affair with Goosebumps. The mission is to see how they fare now. Do they still scare? Or is it the nostalgia that makes the books so great? I will read all of the classic Goosebumps books and see how they stand as books for kids, as scary books, as the books of my childhood, and give them a review.
Here goes!

# Title Original published date My Review Link Pages ISBN
01 Welcome to Dead House July 1992   123 ISBN 0-590-45365-3
02 Stay Out of the Basement July 1992   122 ISBN 0-590-45366-1
03 Monster Blood September 1992   128 ISBN 0-590-45367-X
04 Say Cheese and Die! November 1992   132 ISBN 0-590-45368-8
05 The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb January 1993   132 ISBN 0-590-45369-6
06 Let’s Get Invisible! March 1993 139 ISBN 0-590-45370-X
07 Night of the Living Dummy May 1993   134 ISBN 0-590-46617-8
08 The Girl Who Cried Monster May 1993 137 ISBN 0-590-46618-6
09 Welcome to Camp Nightmare July 1993   136 ISBN 0-590-46619-4
10 The Ghost Next Door August 1993   124 ISBN 0-590-49445-7
11 The Haunted Mask September 1993   121 ISBN 0-590-49446-5
12 Be Careful What You Wish For… October 1993   121 ISBN 0-590-49447-3
13 Piano Lessons Can Be Murder November 1993 124 ISBN 0-590-49448-1
14 The Werewolf of Fever Swamp December 1993
123 ISBN 0-590-49449-X
15 You Can’t Scare Me! January 1994   120 ISBN 0-590-49450-3
16 One Day at HorrorLand February 1994   123 ISBN 0-590-47738-2
17 Why I’m Afraid of Bees March 1994 117 ISBN 0-590-47739-0
18 Monster Blood II April 1994   121 ISBN 0-590-47740-4
19 Deep Trouble May 1994   117 ISBN 0-590-47741-2
20 The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight June 1994   122 ISBN 0-590-47742-0
21 Go Eat Worms! July 1994 119 ISBN 0-590-47743-9
22 Ghost Beach August 1994   119 ISBN 0-590-47744-7
23 Return of the Mummy September 1994   118 ISBN 0-590-47745-5
24 Phantom of the Auditorium October 1994   126 ISBN 0-590-48354-4
25 Attack of the Mutant November 1994 117 ISBN 0-590-48355-2
26 My Hairiest Adventure December 1994 122 ISBN 0-590-48350-1
27 A Night in Terror Tower January 1995   129 ISBN 0-590-48351-X
28 The Cuckoo Clock of Doom February 1995 118 ISBN 0-590-48352-8
29 Monster Blood III March 1995   126 ISBN 0-590-48347-1
30 It Came from Beneath the Sink! April 1995 112 ISBN 0-590-48348-X
31 Night of the Living Dummy II May 1995   120 ISBN 0-590-48349-8
32 The Barking Ghost June 1995   117 ISBN 0-590-48344-7
33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam July 1995   128 ISBN 0-590-48345-5
34 Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes August 1995   119 ISBN 0-590-48346-3
35 A Shocker on Shock Street September 1995   117 ISBN 0-590-48340-4
36 The Haunted Mask II October 1995 124 ISBN 0-590-56873-6
37 The Headless Ghost November 1995 113 ISBN 0-590-56874-4
38 The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena December 1995   127 ISBN 0-590-56875-2
39 How I Got My Shrunken Head January 1996   119 ISBN 0-590-56876-0
40 Night of the Living Dummy III February 1996   125 ISBN 0-590-56877-9
41 Bad Hare Day March 1996 117 ISBN 0-590-56878-7
42 Egg Monsters from Mars April 1996 115 ISBN 0-590-56879-5
43 The Beast from the East May 1996 118 ISBN 0-590-56880-9
44 Say Cheese and Die – Again! June 1996 115 ISBN 0-590-56881-7
45 Ghost Camp July 1996   118 ISBN 0-590-56882-5
46 How to Kill a Monster August 1996 112 ISBN 0-590-56883-3
47 Legend of the Lost Legend September 1996 122 ISBN 0-590-56884-1
48 Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns October 1996 113 ISBN 0-590-56885-X
49 Vampire Breath November 1996   114 ISBN 0-590-56886-8
50 Calling All Creeps! December 1996 116 ISBN 0-590-56887-6
51 Beware, the Snowman January 1997 113 ISBN 0-590-56888-4
52 How I Learned to Fly February 1997 123 ISBN 0-590-56889-2
53 Chicken, Chicken March 1997 112 ISBN 0-590-56890-6
54 Don’t Go to Sleep! April 1997 None 118 ISBN 0-590-56891-4
55 The Blob That Ate Everyone May 1997 None 114 ISBN 0-590-56892-2
56 The Curse of Camp Cold Lake June 1997   114 ISBN 0-590-56893-0
57 My Best Friend Is Invisible July 1997 114 ISBN 0-590-56894-9
58 Deep Trouble II August 1997 113 ISBN 0-590-56895-7
59 The Haunted School September 1997 120 ISBN 0-590-56897-3
60 Werewolf Skin October 1997 125 ISBN 0-590-39053-8
61 I Live in Your Basement! November 1997 111 ISBN 0-590-39986-1
62 Monster Blood IV December 1997 118 ISBN 0-590-39987-X

 

If I can get my hands on some of the Give Yourself Goosebumps books, I will try and review those too. I wish I still had my copies. I think they may be up in the loft, but if they are they will probably be all mouldy which makes me so unbelievably sad.  Still, I have some kindle copies of the Goosebumps books (though the covers are awful compared to the ones I remember…  but more on that in the reviews!

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