Born: October 8, 1943
Ohio connection: Birth
Entered into the Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium Edition as author of the world’s top-selling children’s stories, Robert Laurence Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 8, 1943. When he was 9 years old, he began writing short stories, jokes, and comic books for his friends. He attended Ohio State University and was editor of The Sundial, the university’s humor magazine. After graduation, Stine moved to New York City. He was head writer on the Nickelodeon show Eureka’s Castle and was also editor-in-chief of Bananas, a humor magazine for children. In addition, he wrote many joke and humor books for children under the name Jovial Bob Stine.
In 1986, he published his first scary novel for teenagers, Blind Date, which was an immediate best seller. With The New Girl, Stine began “Fear Street,” a horror series for teens that had a number of spin-offs. The phenomenally successful “Goosebumps” series was launched in 1992. This scary but funny series for 8-12 year olds was an instant hit; it has been translated into 16 languages in 31 countries, and has expanded into television and has even become a theme-park attraction at MGM-Disney. Stine’s series are instrumental in reaching boys and bringing them back to reading, and Stine is committed to promoting literacy for kids. He has established a middle school writing program in his hometown of Columbus and continues to visit classrooms across the country. Stine and his wife live in Manhattan.
Children’s Choice Award, American Library Association, for several novels; Lifetime Achievement Award, Ohioana Library Association; Guinness World Records listing for best-selling children’s series in history, 2000, for the “Goosebumps” series; three time winner of Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award.