An Evening with R. L. Stine

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephanie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable: his books defined horror for a generation of young readers — readers who have now come of age. As recognized by USA Today, R.L. Stine was the best-selling author in America for three years in a row (1993- 95). The Guinness Book of World Records cited him as the best-selling series author in history.

In a legendary partnership the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Phoenix Fan Fusion, Changing Hands Bookstore and Burton Barr Central Library present a talk with iconic children's horror author R.L. Stine from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nov. 1, on the 2nd floor at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. Please note that due to interest in this event and the capacity of the venue we will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we have reached capacity no further attendees will be allowed to access this event due to fire safety and building code regulations. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

About the Author

Stine’s "Goosebumps" series for young people has sold over 300 million copies in this country alone and has become a publishing phenomenon in 32 languages around the world. 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of "Goosebumps," which means that he has frightened several generations of kids. Many of his original readers are now in their twenties and thirties and have been demanding that he write something for them. Other popular children’s book series include "Fear Street," "Mostly Ghostly," "The Nightmare Room" and "Rotten School."

Stine’s anthology TV series of horror stories for the whole family, "R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour," is beginning its third season on The Hub TV Network. The original "Goosebumps" TV series is also being shown daily by the same network.

Now Stine sets his sights on adults with a terrifying new horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt. In "Red Rain," Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.

Stine’s previous novels for adults include "Superstitious," "The Sitter" and "Eye Candy." Stine lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher.

Photograph of R. L. Stine

Burton Barr Central Library, 2nd Floor

For more information contact:

Jake Friedman, Marketing and Outreach Specialist
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing