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    19 Facts Every Book Lover Should Know About R.L. Stine

    The famous children's horror author of hundreds of creepy Goosebumps and Fear Street books recently talked to BuzzFeed about his latest novel, Don't Stay Up Late. Here's what we learned.

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    1. It doesn't take him very long to write one of his books.

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    "I outline every book, some people hate outlines but I can't really work without one. So I take maybe a week to write the outline, and that's the hard part."

    2. He's a big fan of social media, particularly when he can write in 140 characters or less.

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    "I'm on Twitter all day long, so I write fewer pages than I used to."

    3. Writing and reading horror books doesn't scare him.

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    4. He has a favorite Fear Street novel.

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    "It's a story about two teenage girls who go out in the woods and switch bodies and come back as each other, only one of them has murdered her parents," Stine explained.

    "And now the other one is in her body and will be accused of murder. I love that book but it doesn't get mentioned very often."

    5. He also has a favorite young adult novel.

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    "Ray Bradbury's a real hero of mine, and this is one of the creepiest stories I ever read."

    6. These are some of his many favorite authors:

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    "He wrote 92 novels and I think I've read most of them. They're funny and wonderful."

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    9. He binge-watches shows on Netflix, just like the rest of us.

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    "I'm really enjoying it, it's a tangled mystery and it just keeps getting nastier and nastier."

    10. He's loyal to New York sports teams.

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    "I'm from Columbus, Ohio so I have to be a football fan. If you grow up in Columbus you have no choice."

    11. Of all the hipster cities he's been to, one specifically stands out as the most hipster of all.

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    12. He doesn't have many major fears except for one phobia.

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    "I can't dive or anything, I have to climb in," Stine said. "My nephews think it's hilarious this scary guy has to climb into the pool and can never jump in."

    13. His favorite thing about living in New York City is "just walking around."

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    "This is my wife's quote and it's perfect, 'The show is free,'" he said. "You just take the dog for a walk and see more things than people in other cities would see in a month."

    14. And he absolutely loves being a New Yorker.

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    "Everything is more of a challenge when you live in New York. You can't take the groceries and put them in the car, and everything is much harder in New York, but it's all worth it."

    15. He originally started using a pen name to mask his gender.

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    "There was a very popular author at the time named S.E. Hinton, she wrote The Outsiders and a lot of books, and I thought if I used my initials people would think I was a woman," he explained.

    16. His horror novels were originally aimed at one group of readers.

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    "I wrote them for girls, I just assumed. And then the fan mail started coming in and it was 50% from girls and 50% from boys. It really surprised all of us," Stine said.

    "This is actually the secret of Goosebumps, it was the very first series ever that was half and half, that was boys and girls."

    17. He doesn't believe in supernatural things happening in real life.

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    18. He has some pretty solid advice for his younger self.

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    19. Even though it didn't scare him to write his latest Fear Street novel, he thinks it'll definitely scare readers.

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    Make sure to check out the author's new Fear Street novel, Don't Stay Up Late, in stores now.

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