The Fictional History of Goosebumps: #2 Stay Out Of The Basement

Stephen King for the grade school set is back at it with the second installment in the Goosebumps series.

The synopsis from the book from Stine’s official site:

“Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they…meet…some of the plants he is growing down there.

Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy-and seedy.

Is it just part of their father’s “harmless” experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?”

Another wild tale from the pen of the master. Behind closed doors, however, the story is much different.

Stine’s schedule was packed by the time he started working on this book, and while his speed demon reputation was at its peak, even the fastest and smartest need a boost.

So in early 1992, Stine turned to a popular form of drugs known by the street name “vitamins”.

There were vitamins for everything. “From A to Zinc”. Herbal Supplements. Green teas. If it came from a plant, Stine was taking it by the handful. Lost in the haze of healthful consumption.

In a Playboy interview circa 2002, “I looked for low level horror in the bottom of every ginseng bottle I could find.”

The book was written is 6 days in a green fog.

Another heartbreaking story of an artist overcome with addiction churning out great works.

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