RL Stine gets Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award, reveals a Marvel comic series is in the works
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RL Stine gets Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award, reveals a Marvel comic series is in the works

Previous recipients of the award include Steven Spielberg, Neil Gaiman and George Lucas.

books Updated: Jul 21, 2017 12:40 IST
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Goosebumps creator R L Stine speaks on a panel on day one of Comic-Con International on July 20, 2017, in San Diego, California, US.(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine got a surprise during his first trip to San Diego Comic-Con: The author received the organisation’s Inkpot Award, which recognises contributions to the worlds of comics, fantasy and sci-fi. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Neil Gaiman and George Lucas.

“Everyone’s being too nice to me,” Stine said. “I’m not used to it. I don’t get that at home.”

Stine received the honour before appearing at a panel on Thursday in which he told stories from throughout his career. He said he was initially reluctant to write scary stories for young readers, but once he came up with the name Goosebumps, he decided to give it a try. To-date he has now written 130 Goosebumps books.

The 73-year-old also announced on Thursday that a new line of Goosebumps comic books is in the works, and that he’s making his first foray into comics with a Marvel series called Man Thing. “This was like a life’s dream,” he said. “I’d always wanted to write comic books. I always loved comics, but I’d never written one.”

R L Stine announced at the SanDiego Comic-Con that a new line of Goosebumps comic books was in the works.

Different authors will pen the Goosebumps comic books, spinning off characters from Stine’s novels. A sequel to the Goosebumps movie is also underway, Stine said. And Fox plans to adapt his Fear Street series books into a series of films.

The author also shared several personal revelations. For example, despite having written 330 books, he never learned to type. “I only use one finger. I don’t even use two!” he said, showing his bent, bandaged finger to the crowd. “The finger goes, that’s the career.”

He said that his son, Matt, never read a Goosebumps book growing up, but used to sell parts in future volumes to his elementary school classmates. Stine obliged and wrote them in.

Stine said his favourite Goosebumps instalment is The Haunted Mask, which was inspired by his son’s real-life experience of getting his head stuck in a rubber Frankenstein mask at Halloween. He said he never had to struggle to find story ideas.

“I only try to think of titles and a title will lead me to the story,” he said, adding that they often come to him while he’s walking his dog.

Responding to audience questions, Stine revealed that his favourite scary movie is Evil Dead 2, and his favourite Stephen King books are Misery and Pet Sematary. “I think I stole that plot about four times,” Stine said.

But horror movies don’t scare him, he said. His scariest experience ever was a real-life one: When he lost his young son at a New York car show.

“That was scary – that incredible feeling of panic,” Stine said. “And I lost him for about 20 seconds, but it was horrible.”

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First Published: Jul 21, 2017 12:40 IST