This is your Monster Survival Guide. This book will tell you everything you need to know about some of the most horrible, hideous, dangerous monsters out there.
My name is Zach Cooper, and I bet I know what you’re thinking. A monster survival handbook? Horrible, hideous, dangerous monsters? This guy is nuts. It does sound crazy, I know. Before I moved to Madison, Delaware, I would have thought the same thing. But you have to believe me. There are monsters out there. Real monsters. They were hidden away in a house right in the middle of my new town. In the house right next door to me. The house belonged to a guy named Mr. Shivers. But it turned out Shivers wasn’t his real name. He was R.L. Stine, and he wrote scary books filled with all kinds of crazy creatures.
I didn’t know anything about Stine or his books, but my friend Champ did. But here’s something Champ didn’t know: He didn’t know the monsters were real. There were bloodthirsty vampires, terrifying ghouls, and an angry mummy. There was a clown named Murder, a praying mantis as big as a jet plane, ten-foot tall scarecrows, bug-eyed aliens, purple lizard people, and a haunted mask. There were all kinds of hideous creatures. And then there was Slappy, a ventriloquist dummy—the evilest monster of them all.
All the monsters wanted the same thing. They wanted us dead. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes Champ, my friend Hannah, and I made. You need this book. It could save your life. Keep it nearby. It will tell you what these monsters want, their weaknesses, their special powers, and the secrets you need to know to defeat them. A Monster Survival Guide. Not so crazy after all, right? Right. Because here’s the thing about monsters — you never know when and where they’ll turn up next.
Know Your Monster
Hometown: Fever Swamp, Florida
Special Power: Can smell kids and horror writers a mile away
Worst Moment: When Zach and Hannah tricked him with a rubber steak
Last Seen: Madison, Delaware, Amusement Park
The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
The moon is full. The air is heavy and wet, and it’s hard to breathe. The dewy grass gleams silver in the pale moonlight. It’s midnight in Fever Swamp—and you hear a howl.
Not a dog. Not a wolf. A howl of agony. Almost human, but not quite.
It’s the creature from Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp.
The werewolf of Fever Swamp is fierce and fast. Before he attacks, his dark eyes take on an eerie glow. His snout twitches. Then he opens wide to reveal two rows of gleaming teeth. Saliva drips from his long, pointy fangs. Now he’s ready for a bite.
What should you do before he attacks? Bite him first. That is, if you have a mouth full of silver fillings. Silver destroys werewolves. So if you don’t have a silver-tipped arrow or a silver sword, go ahead. Take a bite. It will be furry good.
How do you know if you’ve been bitten by the werewolf of Fever Swamp? You’ll come down with a fever. And you’ll start acting really strange. Talking crazy. Making up words. Walking in circles. Dizzy. Hot. Burning up. Wait. Is that from the werewolf . . . or is it just Fever Swamp sickness?
Guess you’ll have to wait till the full moon to find out.
Know Your Monster
Hometown: Somewhere near Iknek, Alaska
Bad news: He can turn you into a human popsicle.
Good news: He can defrost you, but…
Bad news: … he has to hug you to do it.
Last seen: Breaking into Madison High’s snack machine
The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
Mess with this ice . . . and you will pay the price.
This titan of the tundra stands upright like a human. His body is thick and powerful and covered with fur. His fur-covered hands are as big as baseball gloves. Legend says he likes kids. For lunch. But before he eats you, he’ll build a nice campfire — he doesn’t like his kids raw.
When he’s not hunting humans, Mr. Frosty hangs out in his cave, encased in a solid block of ice. That’s where Jordan Black and his sister, Nicole, first set eyes on him in Goosebumps: The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Five of Jordan’s shoes could ft in one footprint of this mighty beast. But Jordan thought he was safe. The beast was frozen solid after all.
Don’t be fooled the way Jordan was. With one mighty crack, the snowman will burst free. Then his black eyes will glitter from his half-human, half-gorilla face. His pink cheeks will turn bright red. His huge lips will break into a toothy snarl.
If you’re in his cave when this happens, stand very still — until he smiles. Then run! His razor-sharp teeth are about to meet your tender, tasty skin. You’re doomed—unless you happen to have a bag of trail mix. His favorite snack.
Want to become famous? Want to take his picture and show everyone he’s for real? Sorry. He doesn’t show up in photos. You’ll have to catch him.
How? Well, he likes to chill out in cold places. Zach and Hannah found him in the local skating rink. And this dude’s always hungry, so check out any nearby vending machines. But if you find him, watch out. One touch of the magic snow from his cave will turn you into a human snow cone. Forever.
Know Your Monster
Hometown: Two miles from a town called Town
Special Talent: They can pull their heads off and walk around without them.
How to Defeat Them: Fire
Last seen: Out in the field—the Madison High football field!
Twelve scarecrows stand in a farmer’s field. They all wear tattered black coats, stuffed with straw.
Arms stretched stiffly at their sides, they guard the corn. Their heads are made of burlap, crammed with straw, topped with floppy black hats.
If you pass this farm, you’ll spot them right away. They’re very, very tall, and they frown as they stare out over the crops, watching the leafy stalks with their evil black eyes. Don’t be fooled. They’re watching you, too.
In Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, sister and brother Jodie and Mark learned that these are no ordinary scarecrows. Their grandparents’ farmhand, Stanley, made them. He learned how from The Book of Superstitions. The book also taught him how to make them come alive.
If you’re on the farm, you’ll see them slip off their poles. And you’ll hear the sickening sound of straw scraping against straw as they head straight for you.
With their arms outstretched, they’ll reach for your neck, wrap their scratchy hands around it, and tighten their grip. Tighten their fngers around your throat. Until you can’t breathe. Or speak. Or cry for help. “They’re alive! They’re all alive!”
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Let Zach, Hannah and R. L. Stine introduce you to the monsters from the Goosebumps movie!
This survival guide will give kids everything they need to know to fight the dummies, ghosts, and ghoulies if they ever come to their hometown.
The book includes the monsters’ backstory, likes/dislikes, weaknesses, fears, and much more. It’s everything kids need to fight a monster invasion.
Text has been extracted from R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps: Monster Survival Guide