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Horror movies reimagined as Goosebumps book covers

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What if The Shining, The Evil Dead, and Videodrome had started life as books in R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series? If It Were Stine pictures the book covers that would result, complete with the expository titles and the terrible tagline puns.

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Theodore Holmstead-Scott puts together these faux covers and Jude Deluca writes the titles and blurbs. Check out the rest of the tributes to Goosebumps over on their Tumblr.

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Back in the 90s, I got the opportunity to co-write some Children's Horror scripts for a local kids TV show in New Zealand. But instead of having the "happily ever after" non-scary that Goosebumps was doing (creepy horror themes but no real bite), we decided to have ambiguous endings, genuine scares, and pervading creepiness; everything we could get away with short of violence and gore.

They got a good response when they aired, but we did get one single complaint from a viewer. A mother complained that her 5 year old child was upset with the way we portrayed the Tooth Fairy (an ugly man in a tutu carrying a vicious pair of pliers), and we were told to tone down the other stories. One complaint! And the TV show that our stories were playing on was aimed at 8-12 yr olds! We thought that was really unfair, what we were doing was in fact very much age appropriate.

Anyway, we got a bit jaded about TV after that and never got back into it. An opportunity lost.