Have you seen Part One of our salute to Thrillerfest’s ThrillerMaster Award winners? If not, you can check it out here.


This year marks the tenth anniversary of ThrillerFest—a gala that draws hundreds of thriller enthusiasts from across the globe to New York City to celebrate the genre.

The pinnacle of the weeklong gathering, put on by the International Thriller Writers organization, is the presentation of a lifetime achievement accolade, the “ThrillMaster Award.” We recently caught up with the ten iconic authors who have received this honor, and these masters of suspense gave us their views on the genre. In Part One of this article, the first five recipients gave us their observations. Here are the rest of the honored authors:

2011: R.L. Stine


R.L. Stine

Known for his delightful sense of humor, Bob Stine deadpans, “anyone who knows me knows that I HATE all honors and recognition. I don’t like attention. I prefer to sit alone in my apartment in total obscurity. And anyone who knows me knows that what I just said was a complete lie. I was truly honored to be named ThrillerMaster by the most popular and successful thriller authors in the country. As one of the few children’s authors in ITW, it meant an awful lot to me to be accepted and honored in that way.”

Reflecting on an incredible career in which he sold more than 350 million books, Stine said-

“I’m lucky. I have so many wonderful moments. Being the bestselling author in America for three years was certainly a thrill. Having the number-one kids’ TV show, having my own Goosebumps attraction in Disney World, amazing book tours in Australia and China. These all come to mind. But what I am most proud of is the millions of kids all over the world who discovered the joy of reading from my books.”

Stine’s upcoming projects promise more spine-tingling tales. “I’m still turning out Goosebumps books, now in their 23rd year. The Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black as ME, will be released in October. I have revived my YA Fear Street series and am writing six new Fear Street novels. And my first-ever picture book (with art by the wonderful Marc Brown of Arthur fame) will be released in August.”