Christopher Pike


A friend sent me a poem this morning that reminded me of Christopher Pike, specifically of what I thought was his most profound work — the book about the teenagers in a hospice (I looked it up, The Midnight Club). How I loved his books in school. I want to re-read them now, and read the ones I missed back then. I don’t remember much — but I remember how his books made me feel. I believe that they must have influenced me on some level, because I was very scared of darkness for a long time and now I have tea with Lucifer on a regular basis (thank you, Tori Amos). The most lasting resonance I have of those books is that he played with darkness the way people play with their cigarette lighters while they speak, relishing the burn and the warmth. That he knew it intimately.

If anyone knows where I can find his books in Chennai, please let me know. Am leaving comments open on this post.

4 responses »

  1. Here in Manila NO bookstores stock his work anymore. Yet I’ve seen some of his books and RL Stine’s Fear Street in used books stores. God, I can’t believe I used to read RL Stine.

    I love The Step Sister 1 and 2. Great intelligent plot, astonishingly developed characters and stirring literary style. He deserves the Knobles Prize.

  2. Michael — R.L. Stine was, in a word, AWFUL. Am so glad I discovered Pike.

    I realised after posting this up that I haven’t actually checked the YA sections of local bookstores for his work. I will look.

  3. I have been reading a few of Pike’s books lately (read The Midnight Club a few weeks ago), but find it hard to get hold of them locally.

    I have found that Amazon offer a wide selection of his books. To be honest I get most of my books from Amazon now, because the local shops never have what I want, and a lot of the traders in the Amazon Market Place will ship books to just about anywhere.

  4. I recently got hold of a bunch of second-hand Christopher Pike titles. I’d never heard of Pike, and only noticed the books because you’d mentioned him on your blog. If you’d like, I’d be glad to mail these out to you.


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