October is nearly over.
And Halloween will soon be here.
But that’s only part of the spooky fun, because a beloved author is coming to Charleston.
The West Virginia Book Festival has announced that R.L. Stine, the beloved author of the Goosebumps series will headline this year’s event.
His work has been perennially popular since Scholastic introduced this book series with Welcome to Dead House.
Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all times, with more than 350 million English language books in print, according to a biography that appears on the festival website.
His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School
Stine’s work has also been made into ten children’s movies, and a television series that was the number one children’s show in America for three years.
This year’s book festival is being held Oct. 26-28 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Doesn’t it seem perfectly fitting for him to headline an event the week of Halloween?
But that’s only the beginning of the fun.
There will be plenty of other children’s activities throughout the weekend, including a storybook costume parade on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Best selling horror author Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, will be among the authors set to participate.
Hill is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Azar Nafisi will kick off the fun Oct. 26 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Stine will be the keynote speaker the following day at 7 p.m.
Other authors will include Henry Winkler, of Happy Days fame, who is the author of several children’s novels, and Nicola Yoon, whose book “Everything, Everything” was recently made into a movie.
West Virginia author and blogger Candace Nelson will participate. Her first book, The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll, documents the history of the state’s popular snack.
She will be speaking Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.