R.L. Stine, 74, is a novelist and author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series of horror fiction for preteens and teens. His latest books are ‚ÄúR.L. Stine Presents Scream and Scream Again‚ÄĚ (Harper) and ‚ÄúYou May Now Kill the Bride‚ÄĚ (Harper Teen). He spoke with Marc Myers.
I was a fearful kid. We had this meat freezer in the basement of our house. It was white enamel and long, like a coffin. I dreaded being asked to go down to bring up some lamb chops. I was afraid I‚Äôd find a frozen corpse in there.