Celebrating the Life of Author Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is an author well-known for both his young adults and children books. Join us in celebrating his life and accomplishments with some fun facts.

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A well-loved author, Christopher Pike has written many thrillers. But he doesn’t just write thrillers for young adults and children, he writes them for everyone. The name Christopher Pike is actually a pseudonym based on the fictional character, Christopher Pike captain of the USS Enterprise, from the original Star Trek. Join us as we celebrate Pike’s life and accomplishment with some fun facts about the author.

Education

Did you know that Pike dropped out of college? I didn’t. Even though Pike didn’t finish college, he didn’t let that hold him back. But he didn’t become an author right away, in fact, he had quite a few other jobs before he found his calling in writing. He worked in a factory, painted houses, and programmed computers.

Writing

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Writing for young adults and children wasn’t where Pike started out. He actually tried his hand at writing science-fiction and adult mystery first. Even though the publishers weren’t interested in Pike’s science-fiction or adult mystery, one editor was interested in his work and suggested he try teen thrillers. From there history was made, as Pike’s young adult thrillers took off. He also writes thrillers for children, which can be found in Spooksville.

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Pike has had two of his series turned into tv show adaptations starting with Spooksville in 2014. However, Spooksville was only given one season on Amazon Prime. But on Netflix, The Midnight Club has been awarded for having the most jump scares in one episode. The Midnight Club premiered on Netflix this year and has yet to be renewed for a second season.

Influences

While a highly private person, Kevin McFadden, the man behind Christopher Pike, has shared some of the influences behind his work. Pike’s writing is often influenced by his favorite authors: Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Agatha Christie, and Stephen King. His writing is also not strictly bound to horror, as you will often find traces of science-fiction, spirituality, and mythology within his words.

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