This week I’m celebrating Christopher Pike’s Spooksville series.
Christopher Pike is one of my favorite authors, definitely the one who inspired me to become a writer. He was super big in the 80’s and 90’s when Young Adult horror seemed to be at its peak. While he was compared to Stephen King, he never seemed to be able to step out of R.L. Stine’s shadow which is a shame. (No disrespect to R.L. Stine since I was hooked on his books too!)
I was glad a few years ago, there seemed to be a resurgence in YA allowing both Pike and Stine to put out new books in their popular series- The Last Vampire (Thirst) and Goosebumps, respectively. With Pike, they also made a short-lived series based on his Spooksville books- which you can stream on Netflix. They also republished the books which I started to collect again. Unfortunately, with the show’s cancellation, they stopped midway through.
Spooksville was probably Pike’s answer to Stine’s Goosebumps- early chapter books for kids who like to get scared. I liked Spooksville more because it managed to seem more sophisticated and had a loose continuity. Whether battling aliens, dragons, or any other supernatural monsters you can think of, the stories seemed destined to be part of a larger plot which the original series run failed to address. The final book- #24 for those keeping track- ended abruptly. I wish there was a supersized #25 to actually tie the loose ends together. I’m sure it would have been an all-out interstellar war!
It was fun to revisit Spooksville for my Reading Challenge. I would recommend these books for fans of Goosebumps. It’ll be a great series (both the books and the show) to tell kids about as Halloween approaches!
What are you celebrating this week?