It is fairly easy to scare children (just FYI, in case you haven’t tried). Anyone who was lucky enough to grow up watching shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark, and then tried to revisit them as an adult knows what once caused you to cower under your covers at night is almost laughable post puberty. It is difficult to find the balance between fear and fun that gives kids the chills, but doesn’t scar them for life or lead to too many sleepless nights. One of the few prolific writers who has had a successful career scaring children just that right amount is R. L. Stine.
Stine has written well over 300 books (according to his official website) including his well-known children’s horror series Goosebumps. Goosebumps has been adapted into several mediums including a four-season television show, a 2015 film and recently a series of comic books by Scholastic. Now, it looks like Stine will finally be making a foray into the comic world that breaks free from his previous work.
During a recent Reddit AMA, Stine was asked if he would ever consider writing a comic series. That is when he dropped the bomb that not only is he making his first foray into the medium, but he’s working for none other than Marvel.
“I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel—my first comics ever. But, I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”
Unfortunately, aside from the general knowledge that Marvel and Stine have teamed up, there is currently no info on what the comic will be about. Though Stine is a best-selling children’s author (having sold more than 350 million copies of his books) he also writes horror for teens and adults including the Fear Street series and the adult horror novel Red Rain.
So, what does this mean? It means none of us are safe. It means Stine is still in the business of serving up scares for all ages. We will have to wait and see exactly who is the target audience for this particular comic series. Until then, we can all have our night lights at the ready just in case.
Image: R. L. Stine, Tim Jacobus, Simon and Schuster