Book Review: Goosebumps Ghost Beach by R. L. Stine


Ghost Beach is by R. L. Stine is Goosebumps book 22 in original published order. Ghost Beach is scary, in both its nightmare scares and real life scares. This book is hauntingly atmospheric. It sets the tone early and will give the reader goosebumps. The twist are really clever and it ask you the audience what is going on? The final twist could be the best one yet, I loved it so much. The book is paced so well and a really fast read, that is hard to put down. The Scares that really work are the hands grabbing from the grave, finding a dead body, skin peeling off bones, ghost that can kill, and the final twist. This is a good story around the campfire. This book did not have to be called ghost beach, more like ghost cave. There is nothing that really dates this story, you can’t tell it was written in the 90’s. This is one of the better Goosebumps stories that I have read in some time. This story will stick with me more than others. Check how high a ranking this story will go against all the 21 other Goosebumps books I have read so far at the bottom of this review.

The Plot: Jerry and Terri spend their Summer vacation in a cabin near the woods, a beach, and a graveyard. They meet 3 other children around the same age with the same last name, who live not to far away, the kids, their distant cousins, like pranks and scare each other, they warn of ghost are they joking or serious. Their relatives are happy they made friends with the local children, but what those friends said about ghost seeks into their brain and they must find out if ghost exist or not?

What I Liked: The final twist, I was a little shocked by, and what it means for the characters, it was a pretty awesome twist, more out of Tales from the Crypt than Goosebumps. I liked the brother/sister relationship, Stine will sometimes write them too annoying but this one was just right. The twist kept me guessing all the way until the end. I like how dark this tale got with the graves dug for Terri and Jerry, to the skins falling off to reveal skeletons, and the final twist. The pranks weren’t too much, they were good and provided a jump scare.

What I Disliked: The rules of ghost were never established, it is said that they can go through walls but it never happens.

Recommendation: This is a can’t miss Goosebumps novel, it is scary and spooky with a great twist. The story and the twist will stick with me. I rated Ghost Beach by R. L. Stine 5 out of 5 stars. Here’s my full ranking of the 22 Goosebumps books that I have read in order to my favorite to least favorite: Stay Out of the Basement, Ghost Beach, Piano Lessons Can Be Murder, The Haunted Mask, One Day At Horrorland, Night of the Living Dummy, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Say Cheese and Die, Let’s Get Invisible, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, Welcome to Dead House, Monster Blood II, The Girl who Cried Monster, Deep Trouble, The Ghost Next Door, Be Careful What You Wish For… ,Why I’m Afraid of Bees, Go Eat Worms!, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Monster Blood, And You Can’t Scare Me!

Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight by R. L. Stine

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight by R. L. Stine is book 20 in Goosebumps original publication order. This is one of the scarier Goosebumps stories the nightmare scene is pretty terrifying. The story is good and focused as it ramps up horror at the end. The characters are more memorable than most Goosebumps stories, especially Stanley that is similar to Forrest Gump, but with a twist. The twist at the end is good and fits the sorry, even if it is not going to be memorable. The story is the first one that takes place on a farm and R. L. Stine plays with the isolation of that. In these reviews I always have to point out everything that is so 90’s Mark plays Nintendo’s Gameboy and wine about how much he wants his MTV for music.

The Plot: Jodie and Mark make their annual summer trip to their Grandparent’s farm., but this time when they visit things have changed. There’s no scary stories at dinner time, and no chocolate pancakes for breakfast, just plain corn flakes. Stanley, the grandparent’s simple helper is content but he does keep muttering to himself the scarecrow walks at midnight. This sticks in Jodie’s mind when she looks outside into the field; is the scarecrow trying to get off his hook or is that just wind? Jodie and Mark will out what goes bump in the night.

What I Liked: The nightmare about people Jodie knows having painted on cloth faces chasing her around. That nightmare is super scary and I could visualize it really well. I loved all the sound words used to add tension. Stanley is a get memorable character. I liked the flow of the story. I like the superstition book. I liked how the mystery unfolded of the scarecrows.

What I Disliked: That the plot is an extortion plot and when it’s all over everything is back to normal even though the person was not possessed and still has access to the spell book.

Recommendations: The Scarecrow that Walks at Midnight is by far one of the more scarier stories, the plot has some holes, but for the most part the book flows really well. I will recommend you read this story, it should be read aloud while in a field with a campfire and a scarecrow behind the kids in sight distance. I rated The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight by R. L Stine 4 out of 5 stars.Here’s my full ranking of the 20 Goosebumps books that I have read in order to my favorite to least favorite:Stay Out of the Basement, Piano Lessons Can Be Murder, The Haunted Mask, One Day At Horrorland, Night of the Living Dummy, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Say Cheese and Die, Let’s Get Invisible, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, Welcome to Dead House, Monster Blood II, The Girl who Cried Monster, Deep Trouble, The Ghost Next Door, Be Careful What You Wish For… ,Why I’m Afraid of Bees, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Monster Blood, And You Can’t Scare Me!.