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Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell

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    R.L. Stine
    The Preteen Frightener

    When fans refer to him as “Stephen King for kids,” Stine admits he’s flattered by the comparison. It’s easy to see why they make it. Stine, 70, has sold more than 400 million books in multiple series, most notably Goosebumps (175-plus volumes) and Fear Street (150-plus volumes).

    Up next could be the long-hoped-for Goosebumps movie with Jack Black — who is “90 percent signed,” says Stine — playing a fictional version of him as a retired horror writer who has to pen one last book after his fictional monsters leap from the page to the real world.

    In 2012, he also published a well-reviewed adult horror novel, Red Rain, about murderous twin boys, because he “liked the challenge” of pursuing a new audience and he enjoyed the irony “of writing about evil kids after writing so many good ones.”

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