Sunday, August 1, 2010

Remember Christopher Pike?

Check out Like Pike, a blog dedicated to re-reading and then blogging summaries of Christopher Pike's YA and teen horror novels. I grew up reading this shit; it definitely accounts for a portion of my continuing interest in horror. But seriously - this stuff is way weirder than I remember. Take this paragraph from her post on The Visitor:

Anyway, Savey drives Mary home and begs for sex. She says no, but he can give her a massage. She gets naked and he massages her butt for, like, 45 minutes, until she tells him to leave. Then Mary, dressed in her robe, drives to the cemetery and humps the dirt pile on top of Jerry's grave. I'm being real.

Although I totally do remember that part of the book - it's one of the only parts I do (haha butt massage). I read a lot of his books that were geared toward older readers, when I was in elementary school (a few years later, I moved on to sneaking off with my mom's Jackie Collins books), and I remember being mystified and mostly intensely intrigued by his characters who - at only a few years older than I - had sex, smoked cigarettes, and had crazy experiences with aliens, vampires, ancient Egyptian gods, and fuck knows what else. I sort of wanted to be a character in a Christopher Pike novel, but I was way too much of a goody-two-shoes. For years they were my "what-if" fantasy; I used to daydream about being Sita/Alisa and living forever.

Yeah, I was sort of a weird kid. But shit dude, I had totally forgotten how fucked up these books were. I wonder if they're available on Kindle?

[Like Pike]

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