10-31-2013

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Ohio State Graduates get Goosebumps

Author R. L. Stine to deliver autumn commencement address

The Ohio State University today announced that award-winning author R. L. Stine will address graduates – some of his biggest fans – as the speaker for Ohio State’s autumn 2013 commencement, which begins at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Stine earned his B.A. in English in 1965 from Ohio State. After graduation, he moved to New York to begin his writing career. The Bexley, Ohio, native has written more than 300 books for children and young adults. He has sold over 350 million books.

Many of the estimated 2,500 graduates were born in 1992, the same year Stine began writing the Goosebumps series of scary books for kids.
"Columbus native and Ohio State alumnus Bob Stine is one of the best-selling children's writers in history," said Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. "On behalf of this university, I am proud to have him return to address our graduates and their families. His journey from 9-year old with a typewriter to English major at Ohio State to international author will be a fitting final chapter to inspire our graduates to pursue their dreams."

"Many Ohio State students grew up reading Stine's books, and he’s very popular," said Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President Taylor Stepp. "Students have recommended him as their commencement speaker, and are happy to hear he will be here in December."

During his days as an Ohio State student, Stine was editor-in-chief of The Sundial, the university's student-produced humor magazine, where he began writing under the name "Jovial" Bob Stine. He also launched a write-in campaign to become president of USG. Students credit Stine with helping to re-launch the Sundial organization several years ago, and it remains active today.

In the mid 1970s he created Bananas, a humor magazine for teens published by Scholastic Inc., writing under the name Jovial Bob Stine.

In 1989, Stine created the Fear Street series of horror books for young adults. Fear Street, which told the stories of teens facing scary situations at Shadyside High School, grew to include roughly 100 novels, eventually selling more than 80 million copies.

In 1992, Stine began writing the Goosebumps series, which became best-sellers in the U.S. and abroad – translated into 32 languages. The Goosebumps TV show followed, and was the No. 1 kids’ show in the U.S. for three years in a row. The episodes are still shown weekly, and are available on DVD and on Netflix.

Stine continues to produce Goosebumps books, including Goosebumps Horrorland and Goosebumps Most Wanted. Other book series include Ghosts of Fear Street, Give Yourself Goosebumps, The Nightmare Room (also a TV series), Mostly Ghostly and Rotten School. Beware! a collection of Stine’s favorite stories, poems, comics and illustrations, was published in 2002. His newest teen horror novel is titled A Midsummer Night's Scream. His TV series, The Haunting Hour, now in its third season, recently won an Emmy Award as Best Children's Series.

Stine’s autobiography, It Came from Ohio, discusses how he became a writer and the genesis of his ideas.

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