R.L. Stine shares stories at Austin cemetery



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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:23 AM

AUSTIN -- The Texas Book Festival has attracted some of the most well known authors to Austin, including a childhood favorite known for his spooky reads. R.L. Stine shared his stories with readers Saturday night. 

Stine told ghost stories at the Texas State Cemetery in East Austin.

"I just like to scare kids that's it. I just enjoy it so much," Stine said.

Stine has sold more than 400 million books including horror novels the Fear Street series and Goosebumps.

"R.L. Stine is one of my literary heroes," said Lauren Ferguson. "I'm an English major at UT, and he's definitely one of the reasons I got into books."

"I like that he uses a lot of imagination in the books, and he puts a lot of humor into it while he is trying to make the person scared," said Caleb Ramirez.

Stine read from Nightmare Hour, a story that takes place in a cemetery.

It was a special twist on the Texas Book Festival and a treat for readers.

"To me he is like a hero in literature. He inspires me a lot," said Ramirez.

Stine is an inspiration and the cause of children's nightmares for more than two decades.

"It was a shock to see how my readers have grown up, but you have to realize it's the 21st year of Goosebumps. I've been doing it 21 years. I have a lot of readers in their 20s and 30s. It's great to have readers in different generations," said Stine.

Saturday night's reading at the cemetery is part of Austin's Lit Crawl, which included events throughout downtown.