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23 Goosebumps Books You'll Still Find Terrifying

I'm not scared, you're scared!

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Raise your hand if you're ever felt personally attacked by a R.L. Stine Goosebumps book that you read as a kid or if there's one that still creeps into your mind every now and then. ::raises hand::

OK, now that we can all agree on something, here are some of the original books that'll *still* force you to sleep with the light on and *still* ~alarmingly~ resonate with you. Sorry, not sorry.

1. Say Cheese and Die because a camera that wreaks havoc on its subjects is ~especially~ scary in 2017. RIP your social media presence.

Synopsis: Greg steals a cool AF old camera but everything he photographs meets a horrible demise! So, don't steal!Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $7.34, or Walmart for $7.34.Also, check out the sequel because apparently Greg doesn't learn!
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Synopsis: Greg steals a cool AF old camera but everything he photographs meets a horrible demise! So, don't steal!

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $7.34, or Walmart for $7.34.

Also, check out the sequel because apparently Greg doesn't learn!

2. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb — it has everything, like snooty cousins, ancient curses, and dead things stalking you in an unfamiliar locale!

Synopsis: Ben's stuck in Egypt on Christmas vacation with his archeologist uncle and terrible cousin after his parents strand him last-minute for business. They naturally venture into a pyramid where an ancient curse *might* have been broken. And something is definitely following him.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle) or Walmart for $6.29.And check out the sequel because what doesn't kill you the first time may kill you the second time.
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Synopsis: Ben's stuck in Egypt on Christmas vacation with his archeologist uncle and terrible cousin after his parents strand him last-minute for business. They naturally venture into a pyramid where an ancient curse *might* have been broken. And something is definitely following him.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle) or Walmart for $6.29.

And check out the sequel because what doesn't kill you the first time may kill you the second time.

3. One Day at Horrorland — an even more treacherous spin on your typical family vacay: the Morrises end up at an empty monster-theme park. Sketchy much?

Synopsis: A family (in pre-GPS times) gets lost driving to the zoo so they just go to Horrorland when they come upon it. And as much as you'd love to never have to wait in line for a coaster again, that perk at this park is *not* worth it.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $6.07, or Walmart for $6.07.You too can low-risk go to Horrorland in the Wii game!
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Synopsis: A family (in pre-GPS times) gets lost driving to the zoo so they just go to Horrorland when they come upon it. And as much as you'd love to never have to wait in line for a coaster again, that perk at this park is *not* worth it.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $6.07, or Walmart for $6.07.

You too can low-risk go to Horrorland in the Wii game!

4. The Haunted Mask — a tale that's enough to make you second guess all those gory Halloween looks you pinned months ago. Do you want your face to stay that way!?

Synopsis: Timid Carly Beth sources a totally gruesome mask that she can't wait to use to scare all the other kids. But then, you guessed it, it works too well.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $5.43, or Walmart for $5.34.Oh, and another unsuspecting kid gets a rude surprise in the sequel.
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Synopsis: Timid Carly Beth sources a totally gruesome mask that she can't wait to use to scare all the other kids. But then, you guessed it, it works too well.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $5.43, or Walmart for $5.34.

Oh, and another unsuspecting kid gets a rude surprise in the sequel.

5. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam — it'll definitely speaks to people who'd rather not camp. Or play sports. Or go to a sports camp. Blech.

Synopsis: The counselors at Camp Jellyjam are ~creepily~ happily and not-so-happy camper Wendy doesn't trust them. It turns out she has good reason to be wary around these winning-obsessed weirdos.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle).
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Synopsis: The counselors at Camp Jellyjam are ~creepily~ happily and not-so-happy camper Wendy doesn't trust them. It turns out she has good reason to be wary around these winning-obsessed weirdos.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle).

6. Night of the Living Dummy 2 because a ventriloquist doll that's "normal" and minding its own business is still damn terrifying. And Slappy is not normal and even worse the second time around.

Synopsis: Unassuming Amy swaps her well-loved ventriloquist doll for Slappy and reads a magic spell she found in his pocket. Chaos ensues when the animated doll apparently sets out to ruin her life.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $4.52, or Walmart for $4.52.Paint the full picture with the slightly less terrifying original and then the third.
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Synopsis: Unassuming Amy swaps her well-loved ventriloquist doll for Slappy and reads a magic spell she found in his pocket. Chaos ensues when the animated doll apparently sets out to ruin her life.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $4.52, or Walmart for $4.52.

Paint the full picture with the slightly less terrifying original and then the third.

7. It Came from Beneath the Sink! somehow makes the chore of doing the dishes even less desirable.

Synopsis: The thing that looks like a normal kitchen sponge in Kat and Daniel's new house is actually an evil being that causes and thrives on bad luck. Saying it sucks for them would be an understatement.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle) or Jet for $8.49.
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Synopsis: The thing that looks like a normal kitchen sponge in Kat and Daniel's new house is actually an evil being that causes and thrives on bad luck. Saying it sucks for them would be an understatement.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle) or Jet for $8.49.

8. Welcome to Dead House hits on one of the most terrifying non-supernatural things ever for a kid — moving to a new town and school. But of course there are supernatural shenanigans, too.

Synopsis: The first Goosebumps book follows siblings Josh and Amanda, who move to a creepy house in a town called Dark Falls. And everyone is weird! But not in a fun way.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback and Kindle), Jet for $6.91, or Walmart for $6.91.
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Synopsis: The first Goosebumps book follows siblings Josh and Amanda, who move to a creepy house in a town called Dark Falls. And everyone is weird! But not in a fun way.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback and Kindle), Jet for $6.91, or Walmart for $6.91.

9. Piano Lessons Can be Murder because you would've quit piano lessons even sooner if your teacher were named Dr. Shreek.

Synopsis: Jerry finds an old piano in the attic of his new house and after he sees a ghost lady playing it, his parents still decide to enroll him in a piano school where students are dying to get in. Just kidding. But they are disappearing.Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, turtleback, and Kindle).
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Synopsis: Jerry finds an old piano in the attic of his new house and after he sees a ghost lady playing it, his parents still decide to enroll him in a piano school where students are dying to get in. Just kidding. But they are disappearing.

Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, turtleback, and Kindle).

10. Stay Out of the Basement floats the possibility of the things your parents warn you about being *so much* more monstrous than poisonous lawn chemicals.

Synopsis: Margaret and Casey's botanist dad has been spending a lot of time in the basement on his plant experiments, but both their dad and his sinister plants are cause for concern. Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $5.74, or Walmart for $5.74.
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Synopsis: Margaret and Casey's botanist dad has been spending a lot of time in the basement on his plant experiments, but both their dad and his sinister plants are cause for concern.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $5.74, or Walmart for $5.74.

11. Calling All Creeps! feels eerily relevant today because the pranker seems like he'd be a Twitter egg nowadays.

Synopsis: Ricky's mad at the school paper's editor-in-chief when he's fired from the staff, but his (PRETTY DOUCHEY) prank to get back at her backfires when he starts getting creepy calls instead. From lizards in disguise!Get it from Amazon for $1.66+.
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Synopsis: Ricky's mad at the school paper's editor-in-chief when he's fired from the staff, but his (PRETTY DOUCHEY) prank to get back at her backfires when he starts getting creepy calls instead. From lizards in disguise!

Get it from Amazon for $1.66+.

12. The Werewolf of Fever Swamp sounds like an absolute nightmare because the possibility of a very good pupper turning out to be quite the opposite is enough to spur an emotional breakdown.

Synopsis: Grady's new dog gets blamed for creepy happenings around Fever Swamp, like howling at night and shredded-up rabbit remains. Maybe don't live near a swamp?Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $9.97+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $4.72+ (paperback and audiobook).
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Synopsis: Grady's new dog gets blamed for creepy happenings around Fever Swamp, like howling at night and shredded-up rabbit remains. Maybe don't live near a swamp?

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $9.97+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $4.72+ (paperback and audiobook).

13. The Headless Ghost — like ghost hunting TV shows but with kids. So still creepy, but way more charming!

Synopsis: The ghost of a headless 13-year-old boy haunts the local town's most popular tourist attraction, Hill House. (I see what you did there, Stine.) Or does he?!Get it from Amazon for $0.10+ (paperback and mass-market paperback).
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Synopsis: The ghost of a headless 13-year-old boy haunts the local town's most popular tourist attraction, Hill House. (I see what you did there, Stine.) Or does he?!

Get it from Amazon for $0.10+ (paperback and mass-market paperback).

14. A Night in Terror Tower makes a *very good* case for sticking with the tour group at historical spots with ghastly pasts.

Synopsis: Sue and Eddie are touring a site that sounds a lot like the IRL Tower of London when they get separated from their tour group and locked inside the tower. And it gets *so much* worse.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $6.92, or Walmart for $6.97.Be warned: There's a sequel.
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Synopsis: Sue and Eddie are touring a site that sounds a lot like the IRL Tower of London when they get separated from their tour group and locked inside the tower. And it gets *so much* worse.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $6.92, or Walmart for $6.97.

Be warned: There's a sequel.

15. I Live in Your Basement! because basements AND phone calls that come from inside your house are hella scary.

Synopsis: Marco's overprotective mom tells him "Told ya' so" when he's recovering from a head injury in a softball game she forbade him from playing. Then he answers a call from someone who says he lives in Marco's basement. Yep folks, it's terrifying because Marco's mom is so overprotective that he doesn't know cell phones exist! (I kid.)Get it from Amazon for $1.66+.
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Synopsis: Marco's overprotective mom tells him "Told ya' so" when he's recovering from a head injury in a softball game she forbade him from playing. Then he answers a call from someone who says he lives in Marco's basement. Yep folks, it's terrifying because Marco's mom is so overprotective that he doesn't know cell phones exist! (I kid.)

Get it from Amazon for $1.66+.

16. The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight reminds you that scarecrows are probably more terrifying to humans than birds. Right?! Right.

Synopsis: Jodie and Mark notice something's off at their grandparents' farm this visit. Their normally chipper grandparents seem down, there's now an army of scarecrows in the sparser-than-normal fields, and Jodie sees the dang scarecrows twitching on their stakes. No thank you. Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $5.02+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $5.02+ (paperback and audiobook).
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Synopsis: Jodie and Mark notice something's off at their grandparents' farm this visit. Their normally chipper grandparents seem down, there's now an army of scarecrows in the sparser-than-normal fields, and Jodie sees the dang scarecrows twitching on their stakes. No thank you.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $5.02+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $5.02+ (paperback and audiobook).

17. The Barking Ghost — it might just make you less likely to pet a strange doggo. Might.

Synopsis: Cooper's family moves into a house deep in the woods (of course) and he starts hearing scary barking at night. Then he and his friend Margaret run across two dogs that are trying to steal their bodies. Yikes!Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle).
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Synopsis: Cooper's family moves into a house deep in the woods (of course) and he starts hearing scary barking at night. Then he and his friend Margaret run across two dogs that are trying to steal their bodies. Yikes!

Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle).

18. Vampire Breath as yet even more motivation to load up on some garlic bread sticks, no matter how tough you act.

Synopsis: Freddy and Cara are apparently really tough and stumble upon a secret room in Freddy's basement. And a bottle of something called Vampire's Breath. As you can guess, what follows is not good.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $6.29+ (paperback and audiobook), and Walmart for $6.29.
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Synopsis: Freddy and Cara are apparently really tough and stumble upon a secret room in Freddy's basement. And a bottle of something called Vampire's Breath. As you can guess, what follows is not good.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, audiobook, and Kindle), Jet for $6.29+ (paperback and audiobook), and Walmart for $6.29.

19. The Curse of Camp Cold Lake — it proves yet again that going to camp is the worst. Especially when some hijinks to make your bunkmates like you endanger your damn life.

Synopsis: Sarah's not into Camp Cold Lake. But she's stuck there and intent on making her bunkmates like her, even if it might kill her. Get it from Amazon for $1.66+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, and library binding).
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Synopsis: Sarah's not into Camp Cold Lake. But she's stuck there and intent on making her bunkmates like her, even if it might kill her.

Get it from Amazon for $1.66+ (paperback, mass-market paperback, and library binding).

20. Monster Blood reminds us that buying a dusty ole' jar of anything marked BLOOD is probably a horrible, no good, very bad idea.

Synopsis: Evan finds a jar of Monster Blood in a creepy toy store, so he has no choice but to buy it. Then it keeps growing and growing and growing.Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $6.99+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $6.99.Have an appetite for more? Check out the sequels here, here, here, and here.
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Synopsis: Evan finds a jar of Monster Blood in a creepy toy store, so he has no choice but to buy it. Then it keeps growing and growing and growing.

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (mass-market paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $6.99+ (paperback and audiobook), or Walmart for $6.99.

Have an appetite for more? Check out the sequels here, here, here, and here.

21. Don't Go to Sleep serves as a reminder that your mom is right 99.999999% of the time.

Synopsis: Matthew is bullied by kids at school, harassed by his siblings at home, and forced to sleep in a minuscule bedroom while the huge guest room sits empty. So he decides to sleep there one night, even though his mom forbade it. He should've listened.Get it from Amazon for $1.66+ (paperback and hardcover).
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Synopsis: Matthew is bullied by kids at school, harassed by his siblings at home, and forced to sleep in a minuscule bedroom while the huge guest room sits empty. So he decides to sleep there one night, even though his mom forbade it. He should've listened.

Get it from Amazon for $1.66+ (paperback and hardcover).

22. Go Eat Worms! has a gag-worthy title and instills a newfound fear that the loved ones of every bug you've ever killed are coming to get you.

Synopsis: Todd is obsessed with worms. And that's not even the scary part! It's when he cuts a worm in half that he feels the stares of the other worms in his worm farm. Then they start showing up everywhere. Ick.Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle).
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Synopsis: Todd is obsessed with worms. And that's not even the scary part! It's when he cuts a worm in half that he feels the stares of the other worms in his worm farm. Then they start showing up everywhere. Ick.

Get it from Amazon for $1.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle).

23. And Ghost Beach because R.L. Stine can make anything bone-chilling, including the damn beach.

Synopsis: A month at the beach with their cousins sounds awesome to Jerry and Terri. But then some kids tell Jerry that the cool old cave he just discovered is home to an old ghost that haunts the beach. Is nothing sacred?!Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $7.34, or Walmart for $6.97.
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Synopsis: A month at the beach with their cousins sounds awesome to Jerry and Terri. But then some kids tell Jerry that the cool old cave he just discovered is home to an old ghost that haunts the beach. Is nothing sacred?!

Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (paperback, library binding, and Kindle), Jet for $7.34, or Walmart for $6.97.

You were warned.

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