Thanks to going to the thrift stores and Netflix, the wildly popular Goosebumps book series and tv show has been slowly creeping it's way back into my life (no pun intended). Going back to watching the tv series and reading the books makes me feel a little nostalgic. I can distinctly can remember picking up my first selection of what would be countless others, One Day At Horrorland, in the summer of 1994, for some summer reading. I was blown away by the fun horror and the humor. What also appealed to me was the sense that these books catered to a certain audience but didn't dumb everything down to a point that a reader would feel insulted. In fact, I can also remember reading it and thinking that it was a somewhat of a current Tales From The Crypt. By that point, Goosebumps popularity was in it's infancy but it didn't taken long. Within a year, Goosebumps was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. The show became so popular that spawned a merchandising juggernaut with clothes, toys, a fan club, and eventually the inevitable, a tv series on Fox Kids. To this day, I still have my middle school journal written in a Goosebumps notebook. It seemed Goosebumps was not going away anytime soon and to this day, it remains very popular with kids of all ages.
Author RL Stine took a great concept of writing PG rated horror, marketing towards the school age and tweens who craved creepy stories but weren't ready for some of the craziness and scariness of Stephen King. And it was a great idea too, not to mention a risky one. If done wrong, the books would've been a flop. But they weren't and they made RL Stine a household name.
So today, I offer you an opportunity to win a nice little prize pack of Goosebumps goodies in my first giveaway as a small way to thank you for the growing support of this blog and the Facebook page!
Up for grabs is 5 books, a DVD and a cassette. The books included are classics such as Night of the Living Dummy, The Haunted Mask 1, One Day At HorrorLand, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, and a selection from the Hall of Horrors subseries "Claws!". The DVD included is "Chillogy" which includes three episodes from the TV series. And rounding out the prize pack is a cassette-audiobook of The Haunted Mask 2. All can be yours, but in order to win, you must follow the following steps:
1.) Head over and "like" the growing Horror Movie BBQ Facebook page by clicking here!
2.) Come back here and leave a comment about what was your favorite Goosebumps story, tv episode, memory or even piece of memorabilia. Don't forget to leave your email address in your comment. Otherwise, how can I send these out???
You can enter anytime between now and October 13th at midnight to enter. I'll pick a name at random on Monday the 14th and you will be notified via the email you provided.
Good luck to all who enter and all those who have supported this blog throughout the past few months. Hope this prize pack keeps you warm on these chilly Fall nights!
And in the words of RL Stine "Reader beware...you're in for a scare!"