Parachute Publishing and HarperCollins Announce Publishing Deal With R.L. Stine

Posted on January 19, 2000

Parachute Publishing and HarperCollins Children's Books are joining to publish two new series by best-selling author and horror master, R.L. Stine. The Nightmare Room, Stine's first fiction series in six years, and Goosebumps Gold, a limited collectors series of brand new Goosebumps titles by Stine, will both debut in time for Halloween 2000. Parachute Publishing and HarperCollins collaborated in 1999 on Stine's Nightmare Hour. HarperCollins will release a paperback edition of Nightmare Hour in Fall 2000.

The Nightmare Room, a modern Twilight Zone for kids 9-14 will be published bi-monthly starting August 2000. Each book will center on the story of a boy or girl who unexpectedly finds himself/herself in a world one step beyond reality. Working titles in the series include Don't Forget Me and Lost in Locker 13.

"I am very excited about The Nightmare Room," says R.L. Stine. "It will be different from anything I've done before, but still filled with my scares and chills. I love writing for kids and I'm especially pleased that these new books will be published by HarperCollins."

Both series will be launched with an extensive marketing campaign -- a Year of Horror -- that includes trade and consumer advertising, retail events, major publicity, and an aggressive on-line campaign that will include an on-line destination designed specifically for Stine's fans. R.L. Stine will host live chats, discuss stories in progress, provide fans the opportunity to star in future books.