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Goosebuds

Welcome to Goosebuds! A podcast where your hosts Paul Ritchey, Chad Quandt, and Kevin Cole dig into the Young Adult Literature of Goosebumps by R.L. Stine and give these tomes the deep critique and respect they deserve. Sometimes they get too scared and cover other adjacent 90s books and culture instead. Come join us and re-discover the stories you grew up with or jump in for the first time.

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Ep 71 - The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena (w/ Jordan Morris)

Zip up your hoodie, Goosebuddies; it's Halloween Timez and our podcast power grows stronger! Also what better way to celebrate the autumn season than a story that jumps back and forth between temperate California and snowy Alaska? The Goosebuds Boys Dom, Paul, and Chad are joined by Jordan Morris (Bubble, Jordan Jessie Go, Unikitty!, @midnight) to discuss R.L.'s tale of misunderstood yetis, frozen children and magic snowballs. We also learn about Young Jordan's entry into Goosebumps, his big fears, and his Orange County know-how. OTHER TOPICS: love of big boy superheroes, the Abominable Ang Lee, and the McDark Universe. You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/goosebuds Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 21mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 45 - Don't Wake Mummy & Click (TV)

Set down the book, Goosebuddies because this time we're turning on the boob tube. Dom, Paul, and Chad watch two "classic" episodes of the Goosebumps TV series. First, "Don't Wake Mummy", a pretty mundane tale of a scaredy boy and his sister whose archaeologist mother commits mail fraud and brings a real ancient pharaoh into their basement. And worst of all; he may become a real, living murderer! As opposed to a zombie one. Up next is the show-exclusive "Click" which so clearly inspired the Adam Sandler emotional comedy. Watch as a boring kid buys a magic remote and only uses it to get the newspaper. Also the boys discover a secondary background TV show that is way more interesting than the episode we're watching. We hope you enjoy our occasional dips into the silver screen of spooks! You can support the show and get bonus episodes at patreon.com/goosebuds You can reach us at goosebuds@gmail.com and on Twitter @GoosebudsPod Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Theme music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 36mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Ep 54 - The Horror of Camp Jellyjam

Back when this podcast started and the boys hit the first great wall of bad writing, Chad begged Paul & Dom: just wait for Camp Jellyjam. Years later we've finally reached this bizarre and great book and we can now turn into skeletons and die now that our purpose has been achieved. Or I guess we can just keep reading kids books and sharing goofs. This book is a refreshing read for the boys so enjoy this tale with minimal prank cliffhangers and genuine youth horror.   TOPICS: A call to action for reviews, winning our jeans, the sex-evolution of the Pillsbury Doughboy, communicating your baby status, the old handheld era hardships, kids love slime, sex crimes at gamer camp, and marrying Grimace.   You can support the show and get access to bonus content at patreon.com/goosebuds   Follow us on Twitter (@GoosebudsPod) and email us (goosebuds@gmail.com)   Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)   Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 17mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 55 - The Beast From The East

We finally did it-- we broke the chronological timeline of Goosebumps books. Voted on by you wonderful supporters, we've jumped ahead to the Willy Wonka wannabe The Beast From The East! In this Calvinball of a book the rules change constantly while the tension remains a consistent 'boring'. What a cruel splash of reality R.L. has for us after Jellyjam. Either way the boys love talking about these monstrous blue teddy bears and we hope you enjoy the episode. RANT TOPICS: Chad's Kickstarter Karma Scheme and Jesus' desire for groveling. You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes at patreon.com/goosebuds   Follow us on Twitter (@GoosebudsPod) and email us (goosebuds@gmail.com)   Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)   Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 18mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 75 - Adventure! - Checkout Time At The Dead-End Hotel

Pack your bags because we're booked at a haunted hotel! The Goosebuds Boyz cover another Give Yourself Goosebumps title filled with twists and turns and many plots unrelated to monstrous motels. With Dom returning as the 'DM', Paul & Chad must choose wisely. Can you believe we've recorded 75 episodes of this show? It's been a blast these past 5+ years. Thank you for all the love and listens. Cheers to 2020. May we all survive it. Other Topics: Punch Wizards, Religious Scientists in Hollywood, flicking the tip, and Dom's gun safety. Want to contact us? goosebuds@gmail.com You can support the show and gain access to bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/goosebuds Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 16mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 7 - Night of the Living Dummy

Slappy is here! Arguably the most beloved (and actually scary) books in the series, the boys tackle Mr Wood and his "brother" Slappy and the rival sisters who wish to become rival ventriloquists. Plus, Aaron Waltke (Paranoia Shoppe, Dreamworks Animation) joins us and blows the lid off the real message of this tale of haunted wooden people.

1hr 25mins

25 May 2015

Rank #6

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Ep 67 - Goosebuds RPG - Issue #1 - Apple Cider Pleasantries

This is it, podcast collectors: the mint first-edition issue of Goosebuds RPG. Paul, Dom, and Chad join Game Master Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) for a custom tabletop adventure set in the Goosebumps-ish universe. Will the boys be able to survive a nightmare world of apple cider sucking children and corrupt able companies? Normal episodes of Goosebuds will return after this miniseries! But let us know if you dig this experiment and want to hear more. You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/goosebuds Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 3mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Ep 35 - Attack of the Mutant

BAM! POW! ADAM WEST! Goosebuds takes a turn to the comic books to cover Attack of the Mutant. Join Dom, Paul, and Chad as they take on this comic book "horror" story where a little chub boy realizes realizes the comics he loves are now about him! He then visits what seems to be the infamous Masked Mutant's evil lair right off the New Jersey Turnpike. The boys also discuss RL's potential love of comic books, Gumby, old men made out of clay, eating a child's lunch to gain their mother's power, and knowing that anyone hitting on you is secretly a shapeshifter. You can support Goosebuds and unlock bonus episodes and content on patreon.com/goosebuds. Follow us on Twitter @GoosebudsPod Theme music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 33mins

13 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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Ep 9 - Welcome To Camp Nightmare

Hello Goosebuddies! Pack your things and kiss your parents goodbye because we are going to Camp Nightmare! A terrible place filled with jungle monsters, guns, and tennis tournaments. Join us for what might be our favorite Goosebumps book yet! And hello all new listeners who have found us thanks to iTunes featuring the show on the front page. We don't know WHY you subscribed, but we're thankful. And to all you loyal listeners, thanks for supporting us! Your word of mouth and reviewing the show has helped spread the good word of R.L. Enjoy the episode!

58mins

3 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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Ep 10 - Adventure! - Escape From The Carnival of Horrors

Goosebuddies, this is no normal episode, this is a Give Yourself Goosebumps adventure! You've been demanding we try a Choose Your Own Adventure, and what better way than to read Book #1 in the series, Escape From The Carnival of Horrors. With Story Master Dom leading Chad and Paul through a crazy carnival, will the two survive? There's spooky rides, freaks, and a LOT of boring carnival games! Let us know if you enjoyed this test episode of a possible format we could keep revisiting. You can reach us @GoosebudsPod on Twitter and on our subreddit /r/GoosebudsPod WATCH OUT FOR CARNIVAL CROCS!

1hr 15mins

12 Oct 2015

Rank #10

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Ep 47 - Monster Blood III

This is a particularly raunchy episode of Goosebuds, friends. Not sure why; maybe we're just all really hot and bothered by the idea of canned monsters. In this episode Chad, Dom, and Paul talk public event notification systems, cock socks (and cock mummies), daggerin' & dancin', Captain Stabbin', and the weird fetishes of Monster Blood. That's right; we discuss Chapter Three in 'The Chillogy' of goopy globs of giantism. Hope you enjoy. You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes at patreon.com/goosebuds Follow us on Twitter @GoosebudsPod Email us at goosebuds@gmail.com Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 16mins

2 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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Ep 8 - The Girl Who Cried Monster

We're back with a tale of snitchin'. Did you know if you see something? You should say something? Even if it's just a lonely old man who likes to eat bugs when he's alone? Chad, Paul, and Dom catch back up to talk about probably the worst girl in the series yet, the monster food chain, and tales of woe about a lost recording. Enjoy! Goosebuddies, thanks for sticking with us. We love you all. Make sure you keep up to date on all news for the show on Twitter @GoosebudsPod and on Reddit at /r/Goosebuds!

59mins

21 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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Ep 16 - Be Careful What You Wish For

If you had three wishes, what would you ask for? Unlimited wealth? Super strength? Maybe make all your fellow basketball teammates really tired? If you chose that stupid third option, then do we have the episode for you! In this episode the Goosebuddies follow the dumb adventures of "Byrd", a girl that doesn't think her wishes through. Or think about anything really. There are really a billion better wish choices than what the characters in this book make. Plus the boys try to figure out how to eat Swamp Thing and we dive further into everyone's individual Culling plans (Which is what you all really want to know about.) Thanks for listening! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @GoosebudsPod and talk about the show on reddit.com/r/goosebuds!

1hr 22mins

28 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Ep 41 - Adventure! - Welcome to the Wicked Wax Museum

Adventure abound! Paul takes Dom and Chad through a particularly gruesome Give Yourself Goosebumps book-- Welcome to the Wax Museum! Gasp in glee as the story leads you along on a literal treadmill! Cheer as children murder adults in boiling wax! And learn about RL's potentially coolest monster character... that we never actually meet. The boys also discuss how to spice up professional sports, the lost magic of the XFL, crow crime scene investigations, exciting ways to fight for net neutrality, slime fetish videos, and invent a new cryptocurrency! Thanks for listening! You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes and content at patreon.com/goosebuds Follow us on Twitter @GoosebudsPod Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 35mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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Ep 14 - The Haunted Mask (w/ Kyle McVey)

Somebody stop us! The Goosebuddies are back to discuss one of the iconic Goosebumps books- The Haunted Mask- with pal Kyle McVey (Grimm, Climax!, LOLJK). Just how does a haunted mask work? Can't you just cut that thing off or rub some lubriderm up in there and slip the baby off like a beer can turkey? And just how far down does this magic monster mask actually GO? Join us for the quintessential "kids doing mean pranks to each other" book in the franchise.

1hr 9mins

18 Jan 2016

Rank #15

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Ep 27 - The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight (w/ Nika Harper)

It's a new year, Goosebuddies! Time to rethink the choices you made in the past. Perhaps you were a bratty kid? Or you were a simple-minded farmer who found a necronomicon and raised a bunch of straw boys? Either way it's time for a new start. And what better way to do that with a new episode? The boys are joined by the lovely Nika Harper to discuss why this is one of her favorite Goosebumps books, what exactly is the rule with simpletons be allowed to have children, and how easily a scarecrow is defeated in a non-fall season. Also deep contemplation on each Muppet's political affiliations. Enjoy! This episode is brought to you by our wonderful supporters on Patreon. You can pledge support and get access to bonus content including side podcasts at patreon.com/goosebuds.

1hr 20mins

2 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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Ep 34 - Adventure! - Trapped In The Circus Of Fear (w/ Nika Harper)

It's Adventure Time, Goosebuddies! Paul, Dom, and Chad are joined by returning friend Nika Harper for our first ever Guest DM! Nika leads the boys through a fever dream of a story: a circus that seems to make its income off stealing kids through a time share-esque pyramid scheme. Will the boys be able to navigate this insane tale? Will they pick the right survival items? Will Nika crack under the pressure of so many clown voices she has to do? The gang also discusses Steam legacy accounts, vape coupons, and what determines which playthings have souls in Toy Story. Thanks for listening! You can support the show and gain access to bonus content and episodes at patreon.com/goosebuds You can talk about the show with other fans at reddit.com/r/goosebuds And follow us on Twitter: @GoosebudsPod Follow Nika @NikaHarper and patreon.com/nikaharper Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 37mins

29 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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Ep 65 - The Headless Ghost (w/ Elspeth Eastman)

The Goosebud Boys Paul, Dom, and Chad are joined by the wonderful Elspeth Eastman (Cadence of Hyrule, League of Legends, Twitch) to read The Headless Ghost, a story about two kids ruining a local historical house and tourist spot. Learn the tragic tale of a sailor, his lost love, and ripping heads off kids. OTHER TOPICS: Elspeth in the world of Hyrule and things she would tell Link, Dominic gets a new ally in the campaign to voice Mario, Chad's patented hiccup cure, and Elspeth's favorite Goosebumps. You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/goosebuds Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 25mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 22 - Adventure! - Night In Werewolf Woods

It's time for another Choose Your Own Adventure! With Dom at the controls, Paul and Chad head to Werewolf Woods, a terrible camp where nerds can have their D&D figurines stolen by wolfmen! Terrible! As the boys discuss Real World, growing old, and figuring out ways to die, they eventually learn the scary truth of Werewolf Woods: it's really bad. Like spectacularly bad. Enjoy this trainwreck of an episode! And thanks to Casper for sponsoring this episode. If you want to use our referral code make sure you go to casper.com/goosebuds and use the promo code "goosebuds". Editor's Note: This episode was previously uploaded with errors to Paul's audio. They have been fixed! Hooray!

1hr 22mins

6 Sep 2016

Rank #19

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Ep 62 - A Shocker On Shock Street

Paul, Dom, and Chad discuss the mantis-monster story Shocker on Shock Street, about an amusement park with technology far exceeding anything a modern-day Imagineer could come up with. The Shock Street movie series is not only the biggest horror franchise around, it covers all genres and tones: werewolf men, houses with flimsy electrical wiring, skeleton monorails. Pick a lane, movie producers! Enjoy. OTHER TOPICS: Meatloaf's biggest secret, the problem with having too many friends, capturing your nudes in new mediums, Christmas Milk You can support the show and get access to bonus episodes and more at patreon.com/goosebuds Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) Original music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)

1hr 27mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #20