Books by Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is the bestselling author of The Season of Passage, The Cold One, The Blind Mirror, and many other horror novels. Pike’s young adult fiction, which made him a household name, includes The Last Vampire, Remember Me, Chain Letter, and the

STRANGE GIRL by Christopher Pike
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pensive teen readers might appreciate the book's philosophical questions about the concept of advaita, the recognition of one's 'true self,' but this work better suits Pike's original fans—fans who are far removed from the teenage experience. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
An enigmatic new arrival turns the life of a high school rocker upside down. Read full book review >
BLACK KNIGHT by Christopher Pike
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Those overlooking its heroine will enjoy the plot's new spin on the familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Before new witch Jessie Ralle can get the hang of the parallel-world-hopping double life introduced in Witch World (2012), she's tossed into a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. Read full book review >
WITCH WORLD by Christopher Pike
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Underdeveloped characters, a dull plot with high page count and hollow moralizing make for very little to recommend. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Jessica Ralle expected her graduation trip to Las Vegas to go smoothly—a little bit of drinking, some entertainment and a smidge of gambling before going off to UCLA—but…. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF KA by Christopher Pike
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Fifteen-year-old Sara Sashee Wilcox developed a major crush on Amesh Demir moments before she tried to take a package from him in the lobby of a Turkish hotel. He later agrees to escort her to her father's construction site, where the pair uncover a mysterious carpet that flies them to a remote location occupied with djinn temples. When the carpet of Ka is stolen from her, Sara learns that the djinn are involved in an epic battle with forces that may yet destroy the world, and her destiny is tied into that battle. Narrator Sara embraces the American-abroad stereotype with enthusiasm: Foreign people are loud, the boys are hot and conservative men ignore advice from girls. There's very little characterization, but Pike's work is about action and twists, both of which are packed into the narrative. Shallow self-examination and inevitable betrayal crop up, but as plot devices rather than character elements. The soap-opera model has propelled Pike through the literary world, and there's no reason to change now. (Fantasy/thriller. 12 & up)Read full book review >
FALLING by Christopher Pike
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Gussied up with Kelly's allusions to world mythology and lines from Dante, this is stylishly written, but it's the corkscrew plotting and twisted imagination that provide the (guilty) pleasures here."
Gruesome serial killings, a faked death, kidnapping, pervy sex, mind games and a revenge fantasy—pretty sick, but pretty sensational. Read full book review >
THE BLIND MIRROR by Christopher Pike
Released: May 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and not above occasional silliness, but a rattling good read, almost as entertaining as Stephen King in medium-high gear."
An artist is hired to design the cover of a horror novel—and finds himself inadvertently trafficking with the supernatural. Read full book review >
THE COLD ONE by Christopher Pike
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

Pike's (The Season of Passage, 1992, etc.) briskly paced new sci-fi/fantasy/horror endeavor. Gruesomely shredded corpses attest to the presence of a brutal serial killer in Los Angeles. L.A. Times columnist Peter Jacobs gets involved when a caller confessing to the crimes stalks him. At the same time, Julie Moore, a Ph.D. candidate whose thesis topic is near-death experiences, is contacted by nervous teen Jerry Washington, who insists that his girlfriend, Susan Darly, has been demonically possessed since she nearly drowned. Soon Jerry and Susan's ex-boyfriend Ted are among the murderer's many victims, but not before Julie and Peter coincidentally—very coincidentally— meet and begin swapping kisses and evidence. The two quickly realize that the killings are somehow linked to their mutual acquaintances, Dr. Lawrence Morray and his much younger wife, Sara (for whom Peter lusts), as well as the first Mrs. Morray (presumed dead). Peter and Julie hunt for the answers to the mysteries of the murders, little realizing (unlike readers) that the real problem is The Cold One, a supernatural demon wearing human disguise and forming a troop of killer zombies. But whose form has ``It'' (as The Cold One is known) taken? That of one of the central characters, naturally, but we won't know which one until the stones of everyone's pasts are overturned and the tangle of worms beneath revealed. The Cold One's origin is finally identified by an Indian- born, L.A.-based engineer, whose pursuit of the superhuman beast Rak only makes things weirder. The gory details make this adequately spooky, but the plot is too ludicrously far-fetched for the novel to be truly harrowing. (Author tour) Read full book review >
THE SEASON OF PASSAGE by Christopher Pike
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Pike (Sati, 1990) leaves behind the young YA horror/suspense field to show what he can do with horror for adults and scores strongly—in a novel that covers many genres: suspense/fantasy/sf/horror. In 1996, the first unmanned space probe to land on Mars sent back sensational analyses (including secret pictures of huge footprints) before going dead. Four years later, the Russian crew of the manned Lenin loses contact in midmission. When the first American crew, which includes Dr. Lauren Wagner as medical officer, lands there in 2002, the mysteries expand rather than resolve, and author Pike hits top suspense with the American team discovering a Russian cosmonaut still alive in his bed in the orbiting Lenin, despite a freezing temperature in the ship. To be sure, he seemingly has no pulse and answers all questions with a fixed zombie grin that never wavers. When he leads the Americans below to comb the Martian surface by jeep and by foot, and then into a dark cave where they discover something very much like water, the reluctant reader begins shouting warnings. Meanwhile, back on earth, Lauren's sister, 13-year-old Jennifer, begins writing a fantasy tale about her life as the Princess Chaneen, a goddess among the Asurians, which somehow ties in with the vampires of Mars and for a while takes up alternate chapters with the sf/horror tale, though sf folks may not willingly accept the fantasy novel interwoven with the main text. Only Lauren and fellow astronaut Gary ``survive'' the Martian ordeal and return to earth where Jennifer has killed herself—or has she? At least she's been buried. But is the Princess Chaneen still around, to fight the vampire infection sent back to earth in the two astronauts called Lauren and Gary? Not without its ups and downs but, at its best, both riveting and a back-prickler. Read full book review >