Christopher Pike is a mysterious man. To this day, no one even knows what he truly looks like. I have tried scouring the internet, but, I always feel like I being drawn to someone so sinister that he doesn’t exist. Excellent storyline.
No, I am not talking about the character from the Star Trek science fiction franchise! I am referring to the Steven King to the teens. The mega hit wonder that spawned horror tales and became a house household name to all teenage bookworms in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The master of teen sex horror.
I shouldn’t really compare the two authors, both are fantastic word slingers in their own right. However, as a teen, I found myself more drawn to the hunky monster quarterback with the light eyes as opposed to a fangy clown. That obsession started a little later in life.
To speak of all of Pike’s works, which by the way is his pen name, would have me at it the whole year. Kevin Christopher McFadden, Pike’s real name, has penned well over 150 books and has sold millions worldwide.
Like VHS covers and movie posters, book covers of the 80’s and 90’s were epic. I don’t know what possessed the publishing companies to change them and I was pretty disappointed to see the more “modern” version of the covers.
A comparison of “Monster” which follows athletes with abnormal powers, supports the theory that newer isn’t always better. Just stick to the classics.
Every single one of Pike’s original book covers were different in their own way. The branding was pure genius. You know a Christopher Pike book when you see it. There was just no way around it.
Most of the storylines were eerily similar. There was a hot guy. Then, the slutty hot girl who likes the hot guy. But, the hot guy really has a crush on the nerdy, shy protagonist that we all are routing for. But, in between we find ourselves immersed in a world of backstabbing, underage drinking, a lot of sex, Honda Civics and pretty much high schoolers that have better lives than we could have ever fathomed.
What made these books so darn amazing was the aha moment you get when you arrive at the ending. In my case it was 25 minutes in. I’m a fast reader. The endings were always a pure shocker.
Each story is unique and I have found myself going back to read the old school ones. I have to admit that the books don’t hold quite the charm as when I was 14 years old. However, Mr. Pike is one step ahead of us and has been penning newer books catered to the newer genre. A.K.A. the aging teens. Ahem, me.
I follow Pike on social media which he has surprisingly been active on. I respect his privacy and it has taken all of me not to fan girl it out with him on Facebook. Pike has been actively working on a new novel which is directly correlated with my favorite series, “The Last Vampire.” The series has been renamed “Thirst” and I can assure you that Pike’s spin on vampirism in the modern day world is nothing like you have ever read.
He passed on a message to his fans just the other day and to see one of my favorite authors of all time interact with his fans makes my little black heart happy.
As an avid reader and collector of sorts, I am pretty proud of my own growing collection. I at one point had all the books but moving and relocating to different cities, these antiques went missing.
If you are a Pike fan, I would love to know what books were your favorite. I personally despised anything sci-fi and loved all the ones where the endings were completely opposite than my forecast.
Long live the 80’s. And, 90’s.