The ‘Stephen King of Children’s Literature’, Robert Lawrence Stine - more commonly known by his initials R.L. Stine - was born in Columbus, Ohio on 8 October, 1943 and is best known for being the creator of Goosebumps, the funny horror series for kids. Before creating Goosebumps, R.L. Stine created the humour magazine Bananas, that ran from 1975 to 1984, and was the writer of the Fear Street series for young adults.
In 1992, Stine published Welcome to Dead House and the Goosebumps series was born. Since then, he has sold over 400 million copies of his books and seen them adapted into a successful TV series (1992 to 1995) and a feature film in 2015 starring Jack Black - playing Stine himself. Also known as Jovial Bob Stine, he began writing at the age of 9, has won many awards and is a huge fan of horror films and novels.