October is my favorite month of year. Often referred to as “spooky season,” there’s a lot to love: the leaves start to turn, the sweaters come out, freshly baked pies are everywhere, and of course, there’s Halloween. But there’s another reason why October is great you may not know: today, October 8th, is R.L. Stine’s birthday!
It's been well-documented on this blog that the Goosebumps series was my favorite growing up, and being able to meet (and sometimes work with!) R.L. Stine has been a career highlight. But R.L. Stine’s humor and spookiness isn’t limited to October; he maintains a very active Twitter account featuring upcoming appearances, jokes, fun facts, cover reveals and more, all year round. So in honor of his birthday, here’s just a sample of what you’ll see in your feed when you give him a follow.
My https://t.co/Bop9lJiPcD report came in today and it says I’m a house plant.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) September 2, 2019
After a few unpleasant incidents, I’m thinking of moving my beehives outdoors.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) May 29, 2019
Yes, I alphabetize my shoes, and I’m guessing that a lot of other people do, too.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) May 11, 2019
My Macarena class was canceled tonight. Any idea how I can spend the hour?— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) March 29, 2019
#funfact Even though humans have roamed the earth for thousands of years, rubber vomit wasn't invented intil 1959.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) December 9, 2014
#funfact: 15,000 people a year visit the emergency room because of Xmas decorating injuries.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) December 25, 2014
The cover is REVEALED! pic.twitter.com/m9K2MhNR2v— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) June 25, 2019
Morning Inspiration from Harrods food halls, London. pic.twitter.com/w0L5L5EJcb— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) June 19, 2019
I am going to try to write a story live on Twitter now. The story is called "What's In My Sandwich?"...— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) October 29, 2014
Stine wrote this short story over a series of 15 tweets, before threads were offically developed. (What a trendsetter!) You can read the full story, tweet-by-tweet, at USA Today.
People ask for writing advice. Here's a tip: Keep all your pencils in a coffee mug in front of you. That way, you always know where to find your coffee mug. #BestAdvice— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) March 15, 2019
The Occasional Random Song Lyric
All I wanna do is have some fun.— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) May 25, 2019
Shakira, Shakira!— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 7, 2018
I’m worried about you, Julia. Try to get some fresh air, too!— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) May 19, 2019
Looking good!— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) March 7, 2019
This photo made my day. From a fan in New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/dFZB3UphH9— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) October 7, 2019
Happy birthday, R.L. Stine!
Photo credit: Dan Nelken