R.L. Stine is the creator of the bestselling Goosebumps series, which has more than 400 million copies in print worldwide and celebrated 25 years in 2017. Goosebumps is one of the bestselling children's series of all-time and inspired a popular television show, as well as a feature film starring Jack Black that opened at #1 at the box office. His other popular children's books include the series Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School, and his picture books, with Marc Brown, The Little Shop of Monsters and Mary McScary. R.L. Stine lives in New York City. You can connect with him on Twitter at @RL_Stine or Facebook: facebook.com/rlstine. For more information, visit rlstine.com and scholastic.com/goosebumps.

Creep from the Deep by R.L. Stine

Creep from the Deep: In this spinoff to the New York Times–bestselling Goosebumps series, a brother and sister searching for sunken treasure must fend off zombie pirates.

Siblings Billy and Sheena always expect adventure when they join their uncle, Dr. Deep, aboard his hi-tech boat. What they don't expect is a treasure hunt leading to a 200-year-old sea captain . . . who refuses to stay dead! Just when they think the tide is turning, Billy and Sheena accidentally drive into a dangerous mystery. Then they discover a chilling surprise awaits them in Horrorland, the theme park where their worst nightmare is about to come to life.




My name is William Deep, Jr. I'm from Baltimore, Maryland, and I live for adventure.

The people who think I'm a normal twelve-year-old call me Billy.

But the few who really know me call me by my secret name — the Undersea Mutant.

For me, danger is like breakfast. I can't start my day without a healthy, balanced bowl of danger.

Here I am in the middle of the ocean. Sure, it's dark and dangerous. But what do I call it?


I'm swimming off the island of Careebo, a tiny sand field in the Caribbean Sea. I peer straight ahead through my infrared snorkel mask. My laser-guided razor fins cut through the waves.

I follow a school of silvery angelfish, sparkling like diamonds in the sunlit waters. They don't seem to realize the danger nearby.

But my mutant senses are alert. No underwater villain can escape me.

You may remember some of my adventures.

I'm the one who defeated Sandy the Squid. He called himself the Cephalopod of Steel. Sandy liked to tickle swimmers to death — until I tied his tentacles in a knot.

Remember the Ragin' Ray of Honolulu Bay? He's not ragin' anymore. How about Joe, the Great White Stingray? After a smackdown with the Undersea Mutant, he floundered off with his stinger between his fins!

The Snapping Tortoise of Terror? After our three-day underwater battle, I tossed him into a soup bowl. His new name was Delicious!

Yeah, I'm tough. But these are tough waters.

And now I'm about to face my most dangerous foe. The Albino Electric Eel. The only one in the known universe.

I see him waiting for me behind a bank of red and yellow coral. To your eyes, he's just a long string of seaweed. That's because you don't have Mutant Vision.

I lower my 4-D hi-def mask into the water and kick harder. I glide toward my foe. I don't hesitate. I grab him bare-handed and begin to apply my famous Eel Squeeze.


Two hundred thousand volts of electricity shoot through my body. Enough power to electrocute a dozen men. But to me, it's only a slight itch.

I thrash and kick, wrestling with this Eel of Evil. Another jolt of electricity makes the churning water start to boil.

Yes, it's getting hot down here. But the only one who's in real hot water is my wriggling enemy!

I hear a voice … a distant voice, calling my human name. "Billy? Billy?"

A desperate cry for help. Someone is in danger.