Friday, October 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

Trips to exotic islands can be more exhausting than relaxing sometimes, and on the island of Mala Suerte, they’re a real beast in the newest original graphic novel from horror legend R.L. Stine! Worldwide bestselling author of Goosebumps and the master of scary stories for young readers, R.L. Stine launches the third book in his new middle grade graphic novel series, Just Beyond: Welcome to Beast Island. To celebrate the publication of this supernatural horror tale, Gramercy Books is hosting a national Halloween book launch for Stine, live streamed on Zoom Webinar, where he will be in conversation with two Bexley Middle School students: Nandni Patel and Ben Stebenne. Stine attended and graduated from the Bexley Schools and it was during his days as a student when the seeds of his writing career were planted. The audience will get to ask questions as well.

Bexley Community Foundation, Bexley Education Foundation, Bexley Public Schools, and the City of Bexley are Community Partners for this exclusive program!

Registration is on Eventbrite where you will receive login information and full instructions close to the event. Admission to the event is $15, which includes a copy of Mr. Stine’s new book. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on the day of the event.

Just Beyond: Welcome to Beast Island features Karla and her little brother Benny who accompany their Uncle Bill on a scientific expedition to study unidentified species on the remote island of Mala Suerte. But after a little “bad luck,” they soon discover something terrifying and deadly living in the river swamp... With nowhere to run, will Karla, Benny, and Uncle Bill survive the unimaginable and harrowing horrors of the place aptly nicknamed Beast Island? 

“Swamp monsters are horrifying to me. They rise up from the murky depths, bringing nothing but terror. With this story, I hope readers will feel like they are watching one of those timeless old-fashioned horror movies that make everyone shudder and scream,” said author R.L. Stine.

With the release of his debut novel Blind Date in 1981, R.L. Stine established himself as one of the most important voices in horror for a new generation. This was followed up with the release of Fear Street in 1989, which remains the best-selling YA series in history with more than 100 books published thus far, and Goosebumps in 1992, which transformed Stine into a worldwide celebrity. The series was soon adapted as a hit TV series and became a blockbuster film starring Jack Black in 2015 from Sony/Columbia Pictures, with a sequel in 2018. Stine continues to create exciting new horror concepts for younger audiences each year, in turn becoming one of the most successful American novelists of all time.