In “Goosebuds,” Paul Ritchey, Chad Quandt, and Kevin Cole are deep-diving into R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, ’90s-adjacent works, and culture. This podcast is looking back at possessed polaroids, an evil twin, hidden basement tombs, terrifying living dummies, monsters, otherworldly teachers, and more storylines that might have singlehandedly informed your nightmares as a kid – perhaps you loved every minute of these spooky stories.
Episodes might jog your memory and send you on a nostalgia trip because they’re talking about dozens of beloved books and content from the YA literary genre. The hosts welcome writers, authors, fellow podcasters, and other guests to join in analyzing, recapping, and reviewing classic tomes and other works.
Since 2014, “Goosebuds” has released over 120 episodes and counting. Start the series in any order, and take a look at the titles if you’re looking to start with your favorite Goosebumps book. The podcast descriptions are quite thorough, and they list the timestamp where the book/TV/etc. conversation begins and what off-topic things are covered each episode.
Episodes also delve into the choose-your-own-adventure-style Give Yourself Goosebumps series, The Fear Street Trilogy, Goosebumps‘ RPGs, Goosebumps movies, the TV show, and more.
Did you know that before Goosebumps, R.L. Stine was the head writer on a Nickelodeon children’s show, Eureeka’s Castle, that ran from 1989-1991? The hosts are joined by guest Josh Henderson (Pretend Friends, M-Class Podcast, Continue?) to explore some of the TV show’s wacky episodes.
When the hosts chatted about Cry of the Cat, they unpacked how 1990s Goosebumps books differ from those released after Y2K. Some of these episodes also touch on how different and simple times were, like in the episode about the book, Fear Street: The Wrong Number. They talked about regular, corded phones way before smartphones existed. The hosts also shed new light on these classic works and draw attention to subtext, takeaways, and any possible deeper meanings you might have glossed over as plot components when you read them as a child.
There are podcast episodes on K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs, a sci-fi series about humans with special abilities to morph into any animal they touch. They used their powers to combat a secret alien infiltration on Earth and fought a parasitic race trying to take over.
We think ’90s kids will enjoy this series most, but of course we’re not going to place any age restrictions on this wonderful series. Check out “Goosebuds” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.