The Truth About R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine says he has a great job: “My job is to give kids the CREEPS!”

R.L. Stine

Stine’s books are read all over the world. So far, he has sold over 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors in history.

He was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1943. R. L. stands for Robert Lawrence. His mother, Anne Stine, was a homemaker and his father, Lewis Stine, was a shipping clerk. He has a younger brother and sister–Bill and Pam. No one in his family ever called him R.L.; everyone calls him Bob.

When Stine was nine years old, he found an old typewriter up in the attic. That became his new endeavor. He ¬†brought it down to his room and started typing some stories and little joke books. Oddly Stine always tried to be funny. When he was asked to write a scary story for his humor magazine called “Bananas,” it became an instant hit. In 1986, he wrote is first horror book called “Blind Date.” When Stine was a child, his mother begged him to go outside and play. But Bob always said it was too boring outside. He stayed in his room typing away–and he has been writing ever since.


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