Robert Lawrence Stine (better known to us as R.L. Stine) was born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 8th, 1943.
When R.L. Stine was growing up no one called him R.L. Everyone called him Bob, and his friends and family still do today. R.L. Stine is a pen name that he uses to write his books instead of using his full name. In fact, R.L. Stine has another pen name too! Jovial Bob Stine!
R.L. Stine is the author of hundreds of scary books for kids, including the Goosebumps series. There are 62 book sin the original Goosebumps series, which were published between 1992 and 1997. Goosebumps was wildly popular and remains so! In 1995 the series was adapted into a television series, and in 2015 the series and author were used to inspire a Goosebumps movie!
Other than Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has published hundred of horror novels for kids and teens. SO many that he has been called the "Stephen King" for kids!
But R.L. Stine has his funny side too... You might not believe it, but he has also published over one dozen joke books for kids too!