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After the monumental success of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps children's horror novels, this interactive spin-off was created. Stine was no stranger to gamebooks, and many of these adventures are similar in feel to the earlier Twistaplot series, being relatively straightforward branching-plot novels occasionally enlivened by a puzzle or gimmicky choice. Although all of the books are credited to R. L. Stine, it seems likely that many were ghostwritten by other authors, since style and quality varies wildly from book to book. All of the plots are rather silly, but some adventures have surprisingly sophisticated game design while others are comparatively amateurish and directionless. The first twenty-two adventures were released with colorful prismatic patterns on the front, but the remainder of the series had more traditional (and presumably less expensive) covers. The series spawned one spin-off: Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Edition, which contained some books featuring more complex gameplay mechanisms.
CollectionsGive Yourself Goosebumps Books #1-#4
Give Yourself Goosebumps Books #5-#8
Gamebooks1. Escape from the Carnival of Horrors
2. Tick Tock, You're Dead
3. Trapped in Bat Wing Hall
4. The Deadly Experiments of Dr. Eeek
5. Night in Werewolf Woods
6. Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter
7. Under the Magician's Spell
8. The Curse of the Creeping Coffin
9. The Knight in Screaming Armor
10. Diary of a Mad Mummy
11. Deep in the Jungle of Doom
12. Welcome to the Wicked Wax Museum
13. Scream of the Evil Genie
14. The Creepy Creations of Professor Shock
15. Please Don't Feed the Vampire
16. Secret Agent Grandma
17. Little Comic Shop of Horrors
18. Attack of the Beastly Baby-Sitter
19. Escape from Camp Run-For-Your-Life
20. Toy Terror: Batteries Included
21. The Twisted Tale of Tiki Island
22. Return to the Carnival of Horrors
23. Zapped in Space
24. Lost in Stinkeye Swamp
25. Shop Till You Drop...Dead!
26. Alone in Snakebite Canyon
27. Checkout Time at the Dead-End Hotel
28. Night of a Thousand Claws
29. Invaders from the Big Screen
30. You're Plant Food
31. The Werewolf of Twisted Tree Lodge
32. It's Only a Nightmare!
33. It Came from the Internet
34. Elevator to Nowhere
35. Hocus-Pocus Horror
36. Ship of Ghouls
37. Escape from Horror House
38. Into the Twister of Terror
39. Scary Birthday to You!
40. Zombie School
41. Danger Time
42. All-Day Nightmare
An overall weak series but has some great entries. Many of the books are plagued with one huge problem: Many of the ideas are great but are not developed enough!!!! In addition, the writing is usually poor and there's a lack of consistency. Some entires can be forgiven of their flaws but others like The Deadly Experiments of Dr. Eeek are just awful.