Posted on October 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Think you’re too old for middle-grade horror tales like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series?

Well, think again.

Madelyne Xiao, like bookworms across the globe, returned to those childhood favorites in hopes of relieving her COVID-19 boredom and gloominess.

And, she writes in the New York Times Magazine, it worked.

Not just because of the nostalgia factor, though; Xiao also thinks that her choice of horror books for kids served a specific purpose that wouldn’t necessarily have been met by another genre.

Read her essay on the specific escapism of Goosebumps for a further explanation on why it worked.

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