Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as R.
L. Stine, is a novelist and writer for teens. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps series. The plots of his books usually involve naive teenagers or preteens who fall into situations having to do with the supernatural or the occult. He is often called the Stephen King for young adults.
Stine is a 1965 graduate of The Ohio State University. During his years at Ohio State, he was renowned locally by the name of Stine, the editor of the campus humor magazine, The Sundial.
Under the "Hammering Hank" name, Stine has written a number of humor books for young readers, some of which are "instruction manuals" such as Don't Stand in the Soup.
In addition to the "Goosebumps" books, he also created a line of books called Fear Street, which was aimed at a more adult audience. He also created a Ghost of Fear Street series which was aimed more so at young teens as opposed to Fear Street. Stine later published the Mostly Ghostly and Nightmare Room books, also targeted towards a younger audience, as well as Invaders of Hark, a Choose Your Own Adventure-type book. Goosebumps remains his most popular series.
During the '90s, Stine's Goosebumps series became a popular live-action children's television show on the Fox Network.
Many of the later volumes of Stine's series were written by ghostwriters rather than by Stine himself.
Stine also wrote for Junior Scholastic Magazine and the Nickelodeon's Eureeka's Castle (Battley is said to have been modeled after his son, Matt).
He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife. He has published an autobiography, called It Came from Ohio!: My Life As a Writer.