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Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  19,920 Ratings  ·  933 Reviews
Amanda and Josh think the old house they have just moved into is weird. Spooky. Possibly haunted. And the town of Dark Falls is pretty strange, too. — But their parents don't believe them. You'll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends. — So Amanda and Josh do. But these creepy new friends are not exactly what their parents had in mind.

Because they want
Paperback, 126 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1992)
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Aug 30, 2016 Alejandro rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, paranormal, novel
Goosebumpy alright!

This is the first book of the original book series of “Goosebumps”


Obviously I wasn’t expecting a scary bloody tale, since this is Goosebumps, not H.P. Lovecraft, but I am glad to say that the book is quite well written, with an engaging narrative and a kinda of “cliffhanger” or “shocking last line” on each chapter making you to keep reading.

I found ingenious that the main character (and narrator of the story) is a teenage girl, due this is the first book of
Archit Ojha
Jul 25, 2016 Archit Ojha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Alright ladies and gentlemen,

The first book of the fabled classic Goosebumps.

The house is a freebie. Is haunted.
The entire town is, as well. Two siblings discover that fears do come true.

Very well drawn up from the master of scare Mr. Stine.

The story bears a classic uniqueness of Stine but a cliffhanger ending is his trademark.

Turning back my high-school library years, it made my bone chill, yet again.

Take all the stars!
Hannah Greendale
Nov 08, 2016 Hannah Greendale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, horror
There's something off about the old house Amanda's dad inherited from a deceased uncle he's never heard of.

A cold breeze made me shiver. It was actually a beautiful, hot summer day. But the closer we got to the house, the colder I felt.

Welcome to Dead House offers a satisfying blend of camp and creepiness:

I started up the stairs and then stopped.
Above me on the landing stood a strange girl, about my age, with short black hair. She was smiling down at me, not a warm smile, not a friendly smil
Jun 04, 2015 Stepheny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

When it comes to horror movies I like them the same way I like my pizza- extra cheesy. However, the same cannot be said of my horror books.

Back when I was a young lady little turd, my favorite place in the world was a tiny library in an old fashioned town called Henderson. My aunt lived up the road, and when I say up, I mean it literally. Once I had a bag full of books I had to lug them up a hill that felt like it would never end. My siblings and I spent a lot of time there in the summers becau
I read this because I promised my 11 year old that I would read it with him. He hates to read anything that isn't a comic book, or at the very least, in graphic novel format. Since he loves all things creepy, I thought that this would be a great way to finally get the kid to read something with actual chapters!
I think this is probably as close to perfect as it gets for a reluctant reader like my son. The chapter are short (two or three pages at the most), and yet packed with super-creepy stuff.
So, my friend Stepheny put it out there that she wanted to read these this summer and was all...

I raised my hand. Because when I was a kid, I LOVED these books. They came out around the time I turned 10, and I was that kid who read anything and everything I could. I was the girl who WANTED reading homework. I looked forward to the Scholastic Book Fair all year long. I did the summer reading program and read circles around my classmates. By the time these books were being published, I was alread
May 17, 2014 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids interested in horror but not allowed to watch horror movies; Parents
Amanda and Josh didn't want to move to their new house. It's creepy - they see the faces of children in the windows and hear them whispering and giggling in their rooms.

Nobody can turn down a free house, though, and they inherited from their dead uncle in a stroke of luck (I'm not sure "luck" would be the word I'd use).

At least the kids in the neighborhood are nice. Well, except for that time they surrounded the siblings in a circle while holding baseball bats in a threatening manner.

And Petey
Dec 12, 2008 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book Level 3.7 / AR Points 3.0
Shelves: childrens-shelf
So it’s like this. 12 year old Amanda and her 11 year old little brother Josh aren’t too thrilled about being uprooted from the house they’ve lived in their entire life just because some dead Uncle Charlie (that no one even knew anyway) left their Dad a house in his will. But here they are in Dark Falls anyway, because really, there’s only so much whining and complaining a kid can do. So like I said, now we’re at this creepy old house covered in shade trees (along with the rest of the neighborho ...more
Mohamed Khaled
وعودة مرة آخري مع صرخة الرعب ولكن هذه المرة مع قصة قرأتها سابقاً .. أعتقد أني قرأتها في المرحلة الأبتدائية أو أول الأعدادية .. وأربعة نجوم هو تقييمي وقتها للرواية .. لو قيمتها علي قرائتي الثانية ستكون حوالي نجمتين أو نجمتين ونصف ..
ولكن للإنصاف ما زال تسارع الأحداث المُفاجئ الذي يتمز به الكاتب يُبهرني حتي في سني الحالي .. ونهاية الرواية ذكرتني بأن الكاتب متخصص في النهايات الغريبة والغير متوقعة تماماًَ ..
في النهاية ، قراءة مُفعمة بالنوستالجيا .. خفيفة ومشوقة .. لا بأس بها كل شهر وكل عدد جديد .
Aug 20, 2015 Evelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το σπίτι των νεκρών,το πρώτο βιβλίο της παιδικής σειράς τρόμου “Ανατριχίλες”,είναι κατάλληλο για παιδιά που αγαπούν τα μικρά,ευκολοδιάβαστα βιβλία περιπέτειας και μυστηρίου.
Θα τους κρατήσουν σε εγρήγορση αλλά δε νομίζω να τους φέρουν εφιάλτες τα βράδια,καθώς οι ανατριχιαστικές περιγραφές είναι δοσμένες μέσα στα πλαίσια του φυσιολογικού. Το σπίτι των νεκρών κατορθώνει,δίχως να κουράζει και να δυσκολεύει τα παιδιά, να ισορροπήσει τις σκηνές τρόμου με πιο χαλαρές εικόνες καθημερινότητας,όπως η σχέ
"Where is everyone?" I asked, looking up and down the empty street. "It's really dead around here, huh?"
He chuckled. "Yeah, I guess you could say that."


I decided this year would FINALLY be my Year of Stine. I couldn't resist. I wanted to jump into the books of my young adolescent life. I've got to tell you, this is going to be super fun for me. Reading Welcome To Dead House was like a blast from my youth past. I used to love this book. Like a lot. It w
Oct 20, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, re-read, z-2015
Guess what time it is, guys? Time for a walk down memory lane. It’s October so naturally I’ve been immersing myself in all things scary and one night I was reminiscing about where my love of horror began and I started thinking about revisiting Goosebumps. Well, it happened. First off, do you realize the first Goosebumps came out in 1992?

No, it was not, thus making me feel officially fucking ancient I’ll tell you what. I love the idea of re-reading my childhood favorites, but what happens if its
Emm ♆
This is the first entry and probably the best Goosebumps (right up there with Terror Tower and One Night in Horrorland). My nostalgia filter might be running a bit high when I rate it a solid five-star, but there are reasons to love it still. It's aged a lot better than some of the series, as well.

For one, this series, starting with Dead House, got so many kids into reading that wouldn't normally have. And I do mean MANY. These books were (and still are) the "In" thing for kids who love spooky s
Nov 10, 2012 Salymar rated it liked it
Shelves: 1999-2007-read
Welcome to Dead House was the first book in the Goosebumps book series. I read it in our allotted library hours back in my elementary school.
I appreciated this a lot more because this was my first goosebumps book. The story starts with Josh and Amanda moving with their parents into a relic of a house willed to them by their late uncle. Amanda and Josh felt sad about their uncle and they are not too thrilled about the new house or town. Amanda tries to give a chance on liking the new place but s
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words:I never was a fan.

I never was a fan of Goosebumps... There was something about those stuck up, nasty, selfish brats that never appealed to me.

And this first book is perhaps one of the worst. Josh is such a brat, such a spoiled little... Yeah, these little shits frustrate me so much. I can't even put them into words. Chav comes to mind.
3 Stars

Reader beware - you're in for a scare!

It's still easy to see why the various Goosebumps series were such a big phenomenon in the 90's. They balance the creepy and the fun with expert appeal. Kids eat this stuff up! Hell, I once ate this stuff up. In fact, this particular series can actually be attributed to the start of my reading obsession as a child, and I couldn't be more grateful.

I was about 8 when I read this book for the first time and I know it scared the bejesus out of me! I'm not
Binibining `E (Maria Eleynita)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

After watching the movie Goosebumps I have decided to read this series. This is very popular way back when I still in school and at that time this stories creeps the hell out of kids who reads them. I remember I don't usually read this kind of genre in books before.

Now as I finished this one this particular book was not that scary but yeah it was kind of creepy and the way it was written would very much appeal to younger readers. The characters are very well relatable si
James Finn
Oct 17, 2012 James Finn rated it it was amazing
Readers beware…

Similar to many young boys, library visits in my youth consisted of hunting down and searching for the Goosebumps series! I was already familiar with the TV show, but was particularly drawn to the horror and built up tension entailed within each book. R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series made me willingly read for the first time; and this appetite for horror has continued with particular interest in Stephen King novels.

Welcome to Dead House is the first title of the Goosebumps series. Am
Andy Carrington
Jul 26, 2016 Andy Carrington rated it liked it
Shelves: trippy
Decent horror for kids. Read it back in the early 90s, growing up. Got quite caught up by the Goosebumps craze at the time.

Don't know if I could read it now, though.
Andrew Greatbatch
Jan 31, 2015 Andrew Greatbatch rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Πρέπει να πρωτοδιάβασα το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο όταν πήγαινα στην Δ' Δημοτικού. Βρισκόταν στη δανειστική βιβλιοθήκη του σχολείου και ακόμα θυμάμαι πόσο μεγάλη έκπληξη είχα νιώσει που ένα βιβλίο τρόμου βρισκόταν ανάμεσα σε εκείνα την κλασσικής λογοτεχνίας. Κι επειδή από εκείνη κιόλας την ηλικία είχα μια έντονη αγάπη στα θρίλερ, φυσικά, έσπευσα να το διαβάσω... και κόλλησα! Μια αρκετά κοινότυπη ιστορία, δοσμένη όμως με τρόπο άμεσο και κατανοητό, ό,τι πρέπει για να μυηθεί ένα παιδί σε αυτό το είδος λ ...more
¡A la cuarta va la vencida! Ah no, espera; era a la tercera. ¡Es igual! El cuarto libro de la serie; por fin uno que descubro releyéndolo ahora, siendo más mayor, que perfectamente podría dar miedo a un niño; público al que están destinados estos libros. En cuanto al tema principal de este libro: la tan trillada historia de una casa encantada. Un matrimonio junto a sus dos hijos deciden mudarse a una casa que recientemente han heredado de un pariente que no conocían; sucesos paranormales y dosis ...more
Kavita Ramesh
Aug 08, 2015 Kavita Ramesh rated it did not like it
I was disappointed. I have heard so much about this series, and I love zombies, but I couldn't get into this book. I read a lot of children's books, and enjoy them, but I found the plot to this one weak. There were also several (big and small) inconsistencies in the story. Overall, it felt like the author could not make up his mind which direction he wanted to take his tale. The zombies, too, were unconvincing. They behaved more like effete vampires than zombies!

Hard as it is to believe, this zo
Lexi Herondale
Jan 11, 2016 Lexi Herondale rated it it was amazing
When I read this I thought it was fantastic, of course I was 8 or 9. Still it was an easy read that was quite enjoyable at the time, I remember reading this whole series and this was on my top favorites. I liked how you did not know what the heck was going on in that community until it was too late. Overall: 4.5 stars
Jul 27, 2014 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-reader
When the "Goosebumps" books started coming out in the early 1990's, I was too old to read them. Now, twenty some odd years later, I picked up "Welcome to Dead House", the first in the series, as a quick read. I actually really enjoyed the book and wish these had been around when I was a kid.

Looking forward to reading a few more of the 61 other titles.

Oct 05, 2015 Amina rated it it was ok
2 ★★ and a half
It was a good read, though I wasn't really scared :D I liked the -should I say?- end of the story
was thinking of a totally different closure, am a sick mind I guess :D
George Jankovic
Mar 12, 2017 George Jankovic rated it really liked it
How come I've never heard of this series before? Three hundred fifty million of these books were sold, most of them in the nineties. I guess I was way too busy back then. (I really was.) So I decided to read a bunch of them.

Welcome to Dead House was the first Goosebumps book published so it was a good start. A sister and a brother (13 and 12) are moving to a new house that their dad inheritted from his uncle. From the get go, something seems wrong with the house. They see some strange people, t
This book actually ends with the note : Scanning, formatting and basic proofing by Undead.

*slow clap*
Tara Lynn
I'm an 80's kid, and I grew up loving the Goosebumps and Fear Street books by R.L. Stine. Scholastic book clubs used to send a flier out to middle school students and teachers every quarter to purchase new books for home or the classroom. I used to beg my mother for two or three new ones every few months until she finally gave in and signed me up for the R.L. Stine Fear Street book club, that used to send books to the house every month. (I'm a geek, I admit it AGAIN without shame.)
Sep 29, 2015 Ray rated it liked it
I started early on my October reading. I've never read the Goosebumps series so I'm taking on the original 62 books. It may take a lot of coffee and some sleepless nights and the challenge may be to large but hey I'm a gonna try :). Wish me luck!! This first book was good, predictable except for the dog, I saw everything else. A nice start. Onward and upward from here
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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“This was a normal town once, and we were normal people. Most of us worked at the plastics factory on the outskirts of town. Then one day there was an accident... something escaped from the factory, a yellow gas. It floated over the town so fast that we didn't see it, didn't realize... and then it was too late, and Dark Falls wasn't a normal town anymore.” 14 likes
“We used to live in your house," George said.
"And now, guess what?" Jerry added. "Now we're dead in your house!”
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