When it comes to horror books that really give you the chills, then you can’t go wrong with Goosebumps. This young adult horror series became a huge hit and has sold millions of copies around the world, but how many are there exactly?
Well, you might be pleased to know that there are over 200 Goosebumps titles. Some of these books form part of a series (such as the Monster Blood books), which spanned over a few years.
The original series finished in 1997, but the franchise continued well into the 2000s. These books were written by R.L. Stine has been adapted into a television series and a movie starring Jack Black.
What Are Goosebumps Books?
Goosebumps was a horror series that first began in 1992 by R.L. Stine with a book called ‘Welcome To The Dead House’. This soon became a series of books, most of them focusing on children who have to overcome some sort of evil monster.
Some books can be read as a one-off, although there are plenty of books in the series that are sequels to previous Goosebumps novels. But what are the main Goosebumps titles? Well, I’m going to list them all for you right here.
20 Goosebumps Books (In Chronological Order)
Welcome To Dead House (1992)
Two children, Josh and Amanda, find a house that they believe to be haunted, despite what their parents tell them.
- First ever Goosebumps book
- Great for fans of ghosts
- Not as scary as some other Goosebumps books
Stay Out Of The Basement (1992)
Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about the thing their dad is growing in the basement.
- A scary thriller
- Will keep you turning the page from beginning to end
- If you’re scared of the dark, do not read!
Monster Blood (1992)
When a young boy called Evan finds an old tin of something called ‘Monster Blood’, he’s fascinated. But the problem is that it keeps growing…
- One of the best entries in the Monster Blood series
- Great for fans of old B-movies
- Might be too terrifying for younger readers
Say Cheese and Die! (1992)
This Goosebumps book follows Greg who finds a cool old camera. However, when he takes pictures, they come out showing a catastrophic future event.
- A chilling installment in the Goosebumps series
- An action-packed read
- Another one that might be too scary for younger readers
Gabe is unearthing some secrets in an ancient Egyptian tomb, however, he soon finds out that there are some secrets best left undisturbed.
- An adventure with scares
- A great central character
- Not your traditional Goosebumps book
Let’s Get Invisible! (1992)
We’ve all fantasized about becoming invisible, right? However, when Max and his friends find a magic mirror that makes them invisible, they discover there are consequences.
- A common fantasy made all too real
- A unsettling story
- Too creepy for really young readers
Night Of The Living Dummy (1993)
This is a classic of the original Goosebumps series, introducing the recurring character of Slappy, a ventriloquist dummy. This is where we first find out that this dummy can really cause some problems.
- Introduces a classic Goosebumps character
- A great story with a terrifying end
- If you have a fear of dummies, avoid this book!
The Girl Who Cried Monster (1993)
This is another classic Goosebumps that really propelled the early series into global fame. This is about a young girl called Lucy who notices something very strange about the school librarian.
- Another Goosebumps classic
- If you like monsters, this is a great read
- Another very scary tale that might keep you up at night
Welcome To Camp Nightmare (1993)
This is the story of Billy, who goes to a special camp for the summer. But he soon notices the camp counselors are a little strange and when his other campmates start to vanish, he knows something is seriously wrong.
- A great read to take on summer camp
- Perfect for older teenagers
- Too frightening for young readers
The Ghost Next Door (1993)
Hannah has noticed that a young boy has moved into the abandoned house next door… but is everything as it seems?
- A chilling tale of suburban ghosts
- One of the best Goosebumps books
- Don’t read this one before bedtime
The Haunted Mask (1993)
We all like to dress up on Halloween, and there’s nothing scarier than a monster mask. But what if you couldn’t take it off? That’s what the Haunted Mask is about.
- Taps into a very real fear
- The perfect Halloween read
- Might be triggering for younger readers
Have you ever wanted three wishes to do whatever you want with? Well, that’s what happens with Samantha Byrd, however, her wishes soon turn her life into a living hell.
- A great Goosebumps novel
- A standalone book
- Might be too chilling for younger readers
Piano Lessons Can Be Murder (1993)
If you’ve ever tried taking piano lessons, then this might be the scare story for you. Jerry hears tales about his creepy piano teacher, one of which is that none of his students lives to complete a lesson.
- A great Goosebumps book for any musician
- The perfect starting point for Goosebumps
- Not enough monsters in this one
The Werewolf Of Fever Swamp (1993)
A lot of people believe that Gray’s dog is responsible for howling into the night and eating the farmer’s rabbits. But who is really responsible for terrorizing Fever Swamp?
- Great for fans of werewolves
- A very creepy setting
- Features some gruesome animal mutilations
You Can’t Scare Me! (1993)
If you think of yourself as a difficult person to scare, then you might think twice before reading this book. Eddie plans on luring the unscare-able Courtney to Mud Creek to show her the mud monsters, but are they just a rumor?
- A great Halloween book
- Buy this for a friend who thinks you can’t scare them
- Might actually be too scary for younger readers
One Day At Horrorland (1994)
What could be wrong with a theme park with rides called things like ‘Werewolf Village’, ‘The Doom Slide’ or ‘The Coffin Cruise’? Well, it turns out Horrorland could be the last vacation for the Morris family.
- A great read for vacation
- This book comes with more bonus material than the original
- This won’t do anything to alleviate your fear of rollercoasters
Why I’m Afraid Of Bees (1994)
Gary wants to get away from the bullies in his school, so he chooses to be transferred into a different body. However, something goes wrong and Gary ends up in a body that isn’t exactly… human.
- Great for people who like insect scares
- Mixed sci-fi and horror
- If you have bee-fear, stay away from this book
Monster Blood II (1994)
This next installment in the infamous Monster Blood series, where the hero Evan once again has to face the mysterious substance, which has now turned into a giant rodent.
- Great for those who liked the first Monster Blood
- Even scarier than the last one!
- If you like animals, then you might want to give Monster Blood a miss
Deep Trouble (1994)
When Sheena and Billy visit their Uncle on a Caribbean island, they revel in the sun, sand and swimming. However, when they visit the coral reefs they are told to stay away from, they get a frightening fishy surprise.
- Great for those who like water-based adventures
- This edition features extra real-life shark stories
- We might not recommend this one for a beach read
When Jodie goes to visit her grandparents’ farm, she notices that something is different about the things standing in the field. Could the new scarecrows be responsible for the crops not growing this year?
- A very scary Goosebumps tale
- Great female-centered story
- Might be too scary for younger readers
Other Goosebumps Books
There are so many Goosebumps books, we can’t go into them all. So here is a list of every single Goosebumps book.
Goosebumps Original Series
- Go Eat Worms! (1994)
- Ghost Beach (1994)
- Return of the Mummy (1994)
- Phantom of the Auditorium (1994)
- Attack of the Mutant (1994)
- My Hairiest Adventure (1994)
- A Night in Terror Tower (1994)
- The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (1995)
- Monster Blood III (1995)
- It Came from Beneath the Sink! (1995)
- Night of the Living Dummy II (1995)
- The Barking Ghost (1995)
- The Horror at Camp Jellyjam (1995)
- Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes (1995)
- A Shocker on Shock Street (1995)
- The Haunted Mask II (1995)
- The Headless Ghost (1995)
- The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (1995)
- How I Got My Shrunken Head (1995)
- Night of the Living Dummy III (1996)
- Bad Hare Day (1996)
- Egg Monsters from Mars (1996)
- The Beast from the East (1996)
- Say Cheese and Die – Again! (1996)
- Ghost Camp (1996)
- How to Kill a Monster (1996)
- Legend of the Lost Legend (1996)
- Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns (1996)
- Vampire Breath (1996)
- Calling All Creeps! (1996)
- Beware, the Snowman (1997)
- How I Learned to Fly (1997)
- Chicken Chicken (1997)
- Don’t Go To Sleep! (1997)
- The Blob That Ate Everyone (1997)
- The Curse of Camp Cold Lake (1997)
- My Best Friend is Invisible (1997)
- Deep Trouble II (1997)
- The Haunted School (1997)
- Werewolf Skin (1997)
- I Live in Your Basement! (1997)
- Monster Blood IV (1997)
Give Yourself Goosebumps Series
This is a series of books where the reader chooses different paths to take, resulting in many endings.
- Escape from the Carnival of Horrors (1991)
- Tick Tock, You’re Dead! (1991)
- Trapped in Bat Wing Hall (1991)
- The Deadly Experiments of Dr. Eeek (1991)
- Night in Werewolf Woods (1991)
- Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter (1991)
- Under the Magician’s Spell (1991)
- The Curse of the Creeping Coffin (1991)
- The Knight in Screaming Armor (1991)
- Diary of a Mad Mummy (1991)
- Deep in the Jungle of Doom (1996)
- Welcome to the Wicked Wax Museum (1997)
- Scream of the Evil Genie (1997)
- The Creepy Creations of Professor Shock (1997)
- Please Don’t Feed the Vampire! (1997)
- Secret Agent Grandma (1997)
- Little Comic Shop of Horrors (1997)
- Attack of the Beastly Baby-Sitter (1997)
- Escape from Camp Run-For-Your-Life (1997)
- Toy Terror: Batteries Included (1997)
- The Twisted Tale of Tiki Island (1997)
- Return to the Carnival of Horrors (1997)
- Zapped in Space (1997)
- Lost in Stinkeye Swamp (1997)
- Shop Till You Drop … Dead! (1998)
- Alone in Snakebite Canyon (1998)
- Checkout Time at the Dead-End Hotel (1998)
- Night of a Thousand Claws (1998)
- Invaders from the Big Screen (1998)
- You’re Plant Food! (1998)
- The Werewolf of Twisted Tree Lodge (1998)
- It’s Only a Nightmare! (1998)
- It Came from the Internet (1999)
- Elevator to Nowhere (1999)
- Hocus-Pocus Horror (1999)
- Ship of Ghouls (1999)
- Escape from Horror House (1999)
- Into the Twister of Terror (1999)
- Scary Birthday to You! (1999)
- Zombie School (1999)
- Danger Time (2000)
- All-Day Nightmare (2000)
Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Editions
- Into the Jaws of Doom (1998)
- Return to Terror Tower (1998)
- Trapped in the Circus of Fear (1998)
- One Night in Payne House (1998)
- The Curse of the Cave Creatures (1999)
- Revenge of the Body Squeezers (1999)
- Trick Or…Trapped! (1999)
- Weekend at Poison Lake (1999)
Goosebumps 2000 Series
This is separate from the original series, intended to mark out a new series for the new millennium.
- Cry of the Cat (1997)
- Bride of the Living Dummy (1998)
- Creature Teacher (1998)
- Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Part 1 (1998)
- Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Part 2 (1998)
- I Am Your Evil Twin (1998)
- Revenge R Us (1998)
- Fright Camp (1998)
- Are You Terrified Yet? (1998)
- Headless Halloween (1998)
Next up, we have a series of Goosebumps graphic novels based on the original series.
Goosebumps Horrorland (First Arc)
This is a spin-off of the original series that R.L. Stine wrote 10 years later.
- Revenge of the Living Dummy (2008)
- Creep from the Deep (2008)
- Monster Blood For Breakfast! (2008)
- The Scream of the Haunted Mask (2008)
- Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz (2008)
- Who’s Your Mummy? (2009)
- My Friends Call Me Monster (2009)
- Say Cheese – And Die Screaming! (2009)
- Welcome To Camp Slither (2009)
- Help! We Have Strange Powers! (2009)
- Escape From Horrorland (2009)
- The Streets of Panic Park (2009)
- Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survivor Guide (2009)
Goosebumps Horrorland (Second Arc)
- When The Ghost Dog Howls (2010)
- Little Shop of Hamsters (2010)
- Heads, You Lose! (2010)
- Weirdo Halloween (2010)
- The Wizard Of Ooze (2010)
- Slappy New Year! (2010)
- The Horror at Chiller House (2011)
Goosebumps Most Wanted Series
This is another more recent series in the Goosebumps canon.
- Planet of the Lawn Gnomes (2012)
- Son of Slappy (2013)
- How I Met My Monster (2013)
- Frankenstein’s Dog (2013)
- Dr. Maniac Will See You Now (2013)
- Creature Teacher: The Final Exam (2014)
- A Nightmare on Clown Street (2015)
- Night of the Puppet People (2015)
- Here Comes the Shaggedy (2016)
- Lizard of Oz (2016)
Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition Books
Goosebumps Special Edition Collections
- Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1994)
- More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1995)
- Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1996)
- Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1996)
- More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1997)
- Triple Header Book 1: Three Shocking Tales of Terror (1997)
- Triple Header Book 2: Three Shocking Tales of Terror (1998)
Goosebumps SlappyWorld Series
This series features the prominent character Slappy as the main narrator or villain.
- Slappy Birthday to You (2017)
- Attack of the Jack (2017)
- I Am Slappy’s Evil Twin (2017)
- Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo (2018)
- Escape From Shudder Mansion (2018)
- The Ghost of Slappy (2018)
- It’s Alive! It’s Alive! (2019)
- The Dummy Meets the Mummy! (2019)
- Revenge of the Invisible Boy (2019)
- Diary of a Dummy (2020)
- They Call Me the Night Howler! (2020)
- My Friend Slappy (2020)
- Monster Blood Is Back (2021)
- Fifth-Grade Zombies (2021)
- Judy and the Beast (2021)
- Slappy in Dreamland (2022)
- Haunting with the Stars (2022)
- Night of the Squawker (2023)
- Friiight Night (2023)
Goosebumps: Hall Of Horrors Books
- Claws! (2011)
- Night of the Giant Everything (2011)
- The Five Masks of Dr. Screem (2011)
- Why I Quit Zombie School (2011)
- Don’t Scream! (2012)
- The Birthday Party of No Return! (2012)
Goosebumps Special Books
- Scaredy Caps Special (1995)
Goosebumps The Movie Books
I hope that my ultimate guide to the Goosebumps books has given you a better idea of what this series has to offer and where you should start.
The great thing about Goosebumps is the fact that the more you delve into it, the more you’ll see certain characters cropping up again and again. This is a huge series and with over 200 titles at your disposal, you can pick and choose which novels to read.
These are perfect novels for young adults, giving them plenty of chills, but not so scary that they won’t be able to sleep at night. Another great thing about this series is the fact that they are very well-written and short enough to read in a single afternoon.
If you are a parent, then you can buy a couple of Goosebumps books to keep the kids busy when you are on vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Have To Read The Goosebumps Books In Order?
No, we have only put them in order so you can see when they were released. Most of these books are standalone, meaning you can read just one or two and never have to return to the series again.
How Many Goosebumps Books Are There?
In the original series, there were 62 Goosebumps books. However, there are over 100 titles affiliated with the original series.
Are There Any Goosebumps Movies?
There are currently two Goosebumps movies: Goosebumps, which was released in 2015 and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, released in 2018.