In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the “spooky” children’s series Goosebumps, IDW announced today that they will publish a comic series based on R.L. Stine’s popular books by a rotating series of creators. The first issue arrives in October.
“My first reading thrill when I was a kid were the EC horror comics, Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror,” said R.L. Stine. “They introduced me to the excitement of reading. Now all these years later, I have another thrill–seeing my stories and characters come to life in a comic book series of their own.”
Writer Jeremy Lambert (Attack on Titan Anthology) and artist Chris Fenoglio (X-Files: Origins) will kick off the series with “Monsters at Midnight,” which is set in Horrorland — a theme park first introduced in the 16th book in the Goosebumps series, and would go on to appear on the TV series, in video games and in later books. The plot of the comic revolves around two girls named Mia and Ginny, “who were planning on spending a thoroughly dull summer at Grandma’s house with nothing but mothballs to entertain them. Enter a spooky, old bookshop and a door left slightly ajar, and soon these sisters find themselves trapped in a Horrorland drastically different from the sleepy, suburban town they left behind.”
IDW plans to have three-issue arcs for each story by a different creative team, which should give a lot of fans of the series who are now creators the chance to stir up some goosebumps of their own. This isn’t the first time Goosebumps has crept its way into comics, as Scholastic’s Graphix imprint released several graphic novels based on the books about a decade ago.
Check out the cover to the first issue below.