If you grew up in the 90s, than the name R.L. Stine would likely mean a great deal to you. He is the author of hundreds of horror-fiction for young readers and, for many of us, Mr. Stine was our introduction to the genre of horror. Most notably, Stine’s work consisted of the Goosebumps series and the Fear Street series.
I can still remember my first Goosebumps book; it was called A Night in Terror Tower. The tension that Stine was able to spread could be cut with a knife and I remember thinking that the two protagonists, Sue and Eddie, might not escape the clutches of the masked, axe-wielding Lord High Executioner.
Many fans of the Goosebumps series, though, would agree that Stine’s best villain is that mouthy psychotic dummy — Slappy. We first met Slappy in Stine’s seventh Goosebumps book, Night of the Living Dummy, and he has since become something of an icon in the series.
The maddening ventriloquist’s dummy returned several times in the books, he appeared in the television show and he was even the main villain of the 2015 Goosebumps film, starring Jack Black as both R.L Stine and the voice of Slappy.
The current line of Goosebumps book series is called Goosebumps Slappyworld and Stine has promised a total of at least eight books. Four have been released and the cover art for the sixth in the series, due to hit book shelves in September, was just revealed. The sixth book is titled The Ghost of Slappy. The cover shows us that same white-eyed wooden psycho, but this time in an ethereal form. He’s reaching out toward the reader, with that creepy grin spread across his face, and his hands are open.
The frightening idea of Slappy was that he could somehow be anywhere, whenever he wished. He was LIKE a ghost but now it seems that he IS a ghost! The Ghost of Slappy will be released September 25th, 2018.