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Goosebumps Horrorland #2: Creep from The Deep


Goosebumps Horrorland #2: Creep from The Deep

Billy Deep (known to his friends as the "Undersea Mutant") is into adventure. He lives for danger, so he's excited to be fighting underwater terrors (at least in his imagination) from the boat owned by his uncle, "Dr. D," in the Caribbean Sea. Dr. D is a marine biologist, and his boat, the Cassandra, is a floating sea lab. Billy's 10-year-old sister, Sheena, is also aboard.

Sheena fancies herself as quite the adventurer as well, so both kids are excited when Dr. D informs them that they are searching for a sunken pirate ship called the Scarlet Skull and that they are close to the spot where the ship sunk. Supposedly the ship was loaded with millions of dollars worth of treasure when it sunk in the 1780s. Dr. D plans to donate any found treasure to a dolphin rescue fund --- slightly disappointing to Billy, who hoped to return home a millionaire. Still, the siblings are plenty excited.

They are even more intrigued when they learn that two pirate ships were spotted on the long-ago day when the Scarlet Skull vanished. Although it was a pleasant, calm day, the ship, which was owned by the infamous Long Ben One-Leg, disappeared into a spinning dark cloud, never to be seen again. In fact, Dr. D tells his nephew and niece, people say that the Scarlet Skull is actually haunted, with the zombie ghost of the evil captain patrolling the ship at all times in order to keep his treasure.

When Dr. D believes they are right above the sunken ship, the three dive down in a small submarine to investigate. As they approach, the submarine engine dies and a black wave engulfs them. GULP. And yet, Billy and Sheena's day takes an even worse turn when Dr. D vanishes! Now they are all alone in the bottom of the ocean in a submarine with engine problems. Billy manages to get the motor going, and they blast right into the sunken pirate ship, where a horde of horrors awaits them. Just when they think they've managed a daring escape, they stumble onto an even more dire situation. Is there any hope for Billy and Sheena, as the plot twists and turns?

R. L. Stine’s CREEP FROM THE DEEP is another glorious goryfest with lots of chills and thrills as Billy and Sheena battle the impossible. At the end of the story, the Horrorland series continues with episode two, as Billy and Sheena accept a mysterious invitation to the intriguing HorrorLand amusement park. After all, how could they possibly resist the Hungry Crocs Piggyback Ride or the 20-Mile Swim-For-Your-Life Ride? But after they arrive, what are they to make of the incredible stories that two strange girls, Britney Crosby and Molly Molloy, tell them?

Readers will be breathlessly waiting for the next book in the Goosebumps Horrorland series, fueled by the cliffhanger at the end of this installment.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on April 1, 2008

Goosebumps Horrorland #2: Creep from The Deep
by R. L. Stine

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2008
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0439918707
  • ISBN-13: 9780439918701