Fright fight! Stephen King vs. R.L. Stine

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Face off: Stephen King and his (presumably) haunted guitar or R.L. Stine?

Experts predict a rise in adult diaper sales in Brooklyn this week, when two kings of horror writing visit the Borough of Kings within days of each other. Legendary scarer of children R.L. Stine is haunting BookCourt in Boerum Hill on April 18 with his latest book “Don’t Stay Up Late.” And legendary legend Stephen King will lurch into to Saint Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on April 21, where he will be part of a panel discussion with his son, novelist Owen King, horror writer Peter Straub, and his daughter, novelist Emma Straub. But which scary story spinner is truly the greatest? On the one hand, R.L. Stine is considerably more prolific and has his own video game. On the other, Stephen King is Stephen King. So we have pitted the two authors head to head in a definitive battle of arbitrary facts and figures. Let’s go to the tape!

R.L. Stine at BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Boerum Hill, (718) 875–3677]. April 18 at 7 pm. Free.

Stephen King at Saint Francis College Founders Hall (180 Remsen St. between Court and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, April 21 at 7 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:55 am, April 17, 2015
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Reasonable discourse

Teddy from SoHo says:
To be fair to Steve, a great many of RL's books are ghostwritten (no pun intended). And I believe they're launching a Goosebumps TV series. Probably on Netflix or something.

Also, little kids don't use twitter. Not a fair comparison.
April 17, 2015, 3:10 pm
Betty from Palm dessert says:
R.L Stine is better because his books are amazingly adventures .He is so good I did my biography project on him and I am gifted.I dislike Stephen Kings.
May 30, 2016, 12:55 am
lily from palm desert says:
R.L Stine no contest
June 11, 2016, 8:28 pm
Anonymous from The Genuine Desert says:
R.L. Stine is better.
June 21, 2016, 2:52 pm
Jerome from Des Moines says:
Stephen King is overall better but r.l Stine is not bad just more for kids
July 4, 2016, 12:43 pm
Joseph Galvan from seeded says:
well Stephen king has movies
so m.r king might be good but then again
R.L Stine has great books!
so i go with stone.
July 8, 2016, 10:53 pm
Joseph Galvan from pembork pines says:
the shining read it
Aug. 21, 2016, 1:30 am
james from james town says:
R.L Stine rocks! cause the movie is so epic!
Oct. 3, 2016, 9:29 pm
Barbie from Castle Rock says:
I believe that both are very talented writers. I also believe that no comparison can be made here. We should really appreciate each of their abilities and be thankful that we have so much fantastic literature to read.
Jan. 8, 2017, 6:11 pm
Deadpool 101 from deadpool neighbor says:
I think that if you want to know the answer you should watch goosebumps.
March 29, 2017, 12:42 pm
Depi from Somewhere in Greece says:
OK... First of all I have to say that I am 13 years old... My opinion about this "battle" is this: OK R. L Stine is a really good writer... I love his books but I am more with Stephen's king's side... I love the kind of horror he write....
Aug. 27, 2017, 8:18 am
Josh from USA says:
I think that R.L.Stine and Stephen King are both great writers and can not truly be compared. Stine and King’s works are both amazing but are set up for different minds. Most adults and older children would most likely choose King over Stine. But most younger children would most likely choose Stine over King. Everyone can agree that their books are amazing and so the best decision is to agre that there isn’t a better writer.
Nov. 23, 2017, 12:46 am
Jordan from Canada says:
Grew up reading R.L. stine books (ie: all of the original goosebumps series) and I've also read some king books (ie: IT, the stand, the shining, 'salems lot, the gunslinger). They're both good, and they are different from each other, but I think that if you have to pick one I give the nod to Stephen King. King in his prime beats RL Stine in my opinion. Go read the shining, absolutely fantastic. Look at how many of King's novels have been made into movies and tv mini-series. Again, R.L. Stine is great, but King wins it for me!
May 10, 8:06 am
Noah Bergeron from Egg Harbor Township says:
R.L. Stine is the best I get scared from watching the series and the book Steven king I’m sorry it didn’t scare me noir did the shining R.L. STINE IF YOU SEE THIS YOUR THE BESR MAN KEEP IT UP 🐱
July 19, 12:42 pm

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