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Goosebumps' R.L. Stine
Thinks This
Is Stephen
King's Scariest
Story
By VALERIE ETTENHOFER
The R.L. Stine to Stephen King pipeline is true because if you were a child who read "Goosebumps" under the covers, there's a strong probability that you've opened up King classics in your adult life. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Stine revisited the past 30 years of "Goosebumps" and credited King with the idea that scares him the most.
"I think Stephen King's scariest book is 'Pet Sematary,'" Stine told the outlet, before admitting with a laugh: "I've stolen that premise four or five times." Like Stine says, "Pet Sematary" is a chilling story: it follows the Creed family, headed up by campus doctor Louis, as they endure tragedies culminating in the loss of toddler son Gage.
While there are well over a hundred Goosebumps books, a few of them contain stories that show shades of "Pet Sematary," including "Cry of the Cat," a 1998 book that features a pet cemetery of its own, and an undead cat named Rip. The story also became the basis for one of the freakier episodes of the live-action "Goosebumps" TV show.