R.L. Stine Promises Glow-In-The-Dark Books, Just In Time For The Solar Eclipse

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As individuals and families across the U.S. gear up for the Great American Eclipse, a lot of businesses and cities have planned special, lucrative events to draw in customers and tourists. Even authors are getting in on the action. Goosebumps author R.L. Stine teased glow-in-the-dark books for eclipse reading in a Wednesday tweet, generating a media frenzy as everyone clamored for more information. Which of Stine's hundreds of books will get the glow-in-the-dark treatment? And will they be available before Monday afternoon, when the moon blocks out the sun and the ancient rituals commence? Here's what we know so far.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse will pass over 10 states — Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming — drawing tourists from neighboring states to view the rare event.

If you're thinking it seems like a waste to print glow-in-the-dark books for some spooky fun during a few short hours on Monday afternoon, think again. Not only are glow-in-the-dark R.L. Stine books perfect for reading in a dark room — and past your bedtime — but they will come in handy when the next total solar eclipse happens in 2024. That eclipse will pass over Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, and Vermont.

Here are five books R.L. Stine should release for glow-in-the-dark reading.


'Egg Monsters from Mars'

Although Egg Monsters from Mars wasn't R.L. Stine's scariest Goosebumps book, it did feature one of the series' more memorable science-fiction stories, and it wouldn't be difficult to imagine Dana's egg appearing just after a total eclipse of the sun.

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'Calling All Creeps!'

In Calling All Creeps!, a middle-school prank leads to its perpetrator receiving strange phone calls from lizard-people known as the Creeps. This Goosebumps book is perfect for the Great American Eclipse, which might bring on a spike in Lizardmen sightings.

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'Moonlight Secrets'

When a group of friends, calling themselves the Night People, begin a series of late-night meetings at a local bar, they think it's all a fun way to take a break from the rigors of life. But when a killer stalks among them, the Night People must decide whether to go public or solve things on their own.

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'Revenge of the Shadow People'

In Revenge of the Shadow People, Vinny has a reason to be afraid of his own shadow. It has begun to change into a gruesome figure, complete with horns and claws. Worse, it's doing things Vinny isn't...

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'The Hidden Evil'

As a child, Timothy Fear was looked after by an escaped convict-turned-governess named Maggie. Now, after contact with forces many of us cannot comprehend, Timothy has the power to control the living and reanimate the dead.

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