Last Act

[Cooper sighs…]

Filmmaker, screenwriter and podcaster Toni Cunningham joins Cassie, Becca, & Cooper on The Pikecast to discuss 1988's Last Act, a meandering and overstuffed murder mystery set on a literal set, and staged as a play. Cooper gets grumpy about the plot and Cassie reveals her distaste for milk and penchant for stealing pigs.

It was only a high school play—until death walked on stage…

Melanie was the new girl in town, a little lonely, a little bored.

Then she auditioned for the school play and won the starring role. Suddenly she had a whole gang of exciting friends. But these friends shared something that Melanie did not know, something from the past. Something so terrible that none of them would ever talk about it.

Until after the play's opening night.

When the police came for the body, and for Melanie….

Sometimes it is OK to not be OK. That is the central theme in the work of screenwriter Toni Cunningham. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Media Arts and Studies while chasing her dream of being a writer/director. Whether she is writing a dystopian science-fiction short or a coming-of-age feature, the goal of her work is to always let the reader know that “other” is perfect.

The Last Vampire

A bloodthirsty harlot she may be…

Author Nat Edwards (who masquerades as TC Parker) returns to join hosts Cassie, Becca, and Cooper on  The PikeCast to discuss Christopher Pike's 1994 novel, and the first in a series, The Last Vampire, an Interview With the Vampire for teens that doesn't forget the brutal blood and guts, as well as delving into a whole new mythology and origin for vampires. 

This time someone is hunting her…

Alisa Perne is a five-thousand-year-old vampire. For ages she has hunted humanity, loved humanity, but now someone hunts her. Who is this person— what is he or she? Another vampire? Alisa is not sure. She thought she
was the last of her kind.

Alisa has only one lead to follow. A detective, Mike Riley, has tried to blackmail her. In haste, before she could learn everything he knew, she killed him. Now she must go after the detective's son and find out what his father knew. Fifty centuries ald, and she must enter high school and befriend Ray Riley, a handsome, shy boy who will attract her like no mortal has in centuries. Ray will make Alisa think the unthinkable, to make another of her kind, something she hasn't done since ancient times.

Will Alisa use Ray to help protect her from the mysterious enemy? Or will she just use him as bait?

Natalie Edwards, who masquerades as TC Parker, is a writer and researcher based in the fox-ravaged wilds of Leicestershire, where she lives with her partner and two extremely energetic children. A former copywriter and lecturer, she runs a cultural insight agency by day, dreams up horror and crime fiction at night and spends more time than is sensible thinking wistfully of indie bands from the mid-90s.

Gimmie a Kiss

Why don't we just drown the rah-rahs this weekend?

Randall Colburn, co-host of The Loser's Club podcast and editor at AVClub.com joins PikeCast hosts Cassie, Becca, and Cooper to talk about Christopher Pike's 1988 novel Gimme a Kiss, a saga of sexual shame and embarrassment that leads to convoluted plots, murder, pretend suicide, and made up diary entries about sex.

Some secrets are worth dying for…

Jane Retton would never let anyone read her diary. After all, it was filled with her wildest secrets – the sort of things she wouldn't even tell her closest friends.

Then something terrible happened.

Somehow her diary ended up at school. And soon, everyone was reading her final, shocking entry.

Some girls would simply die.

Other girls would kill.

But Jane Retton…she would do both

Randall Colburn is a writer, podcaster, and occasional playwright who is currently the Internet Culture Editor at The AV Club. He is also a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

Slumber Party

Melted snowman. How did it happen?

Cassie, Becca, & Cooper are joined by author David Sodergren and his pug sidekick Boris to discuss Christopher Pike's very first horror novel Slumber Party, released in 1985 as part of the Point Horror series.

It was the perfect weekend…for murder.

Lara thought the ski trip should be a blast. The old gang was getting together again for the first time in years. What could be better than six single girls out for sun and ski and apres ski — plus a huge house and a warm fire? Even with the memory of what had happened the last time, it looked like the perfect weekend. Until things started to go wrong…

It wasn't much at first—a snowman that melted when it shouldn't have, a weird phone call. But then somebody went out for “one last run” and didn't come back. And the storm they heard about on the radio was getting worse. Lara thought everyone was up there for a good time. But she was beginning to realize that someone was up there for murder.

David Sodergren is a Scottish horror author who lives with his wife and pug. He has published four novels to date, with many more to come.

Monster

Redwood Dick Wizard…He's got legs.

Author Nat Edwards (who masquerades as TC Parker) joins PikeCast hosts Cassie, Becca, and Cooper to tackle the wildest and strangest (and most unpublishable today) book in Pike's canon. A book with space vampires, sexually transmitted monsterism, and a shocking amount of murdered high schoolers. Join us to talk Monster.

THEY WERE NO LONGER HUMAN.

She said she killed them because they were monsters. Mary Blanc walked into the party with a loaded shotgun. In the blink of an eye she blew two people away. She wanted to kill more, but was stopped by her best friend, Angela Warner, and the police. The next day, when Angela visits Mary at the jail, she asks why she did it. Mary responds, “Because they were no longer human.” Angela thinks she's crazy. At first.

Until she probes deeper into Mary's claims and discovers a horror so unimaginable that she thinks she is going crazy. She even gets to the point where she wonders if she should have let Mary keep on killing. While there was still time to stop the thing from spreading. The very old thing. The hungry thing.

Natalie Edwards, who masquerades as TC Parker, is a writer and researcher based in the fox-ravaged wilds of Leicestershire, where she lives with her partner and two extremely energetic children. A former copywriter and lecturer, she runs a cultural insight agency by day, dreams up horror and crime fiction at night and spends more time than is sensible thinking wistfully of indie bands from the mid-90s.

The Midnight Club

More cannibals, more drama, and more sex, PLEASE!

The PikeCast hosts Cassie, Becca, and Cooper are joined by author Jessica Guess to wrap their heads around terminally ill teenagers telling stories at the Rotterham Hospice. Every night, coincidentally at midnight, this club of teens meets and shares their stories, and one by one, they meet their ends. Come along as we talk The Midnight Club!

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THEY WERE ALL GOING TO DIE.

Rotterham Home was a hospice for young people, a place where teenagers with terminal illnesses went to die. Nobody who checked in ever checked out. It was a place of pain and sorrow, but also, remarkably, a place of humor and adventure. At the hospice was a group of five young men and women who called themselves The Midnight Club. Every night at twelve they met and told each other stories—tales of intrigue and horror, of life and death. True stories, made-up stories, and stories that fell somewhere in between.

But one night, in the middle of a particularly scary story, these five people make a pact with each other that says that the first one of them who dies is to make every effort to contact the others—from beyond the grave.

Then one of them does die. And the story begins.

The most wonderful story. The most horrible.

Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and is the founder of the website Black Girl's Guide to Horror where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Mused BellaOnline Literary Review. Her debut novella, Cirque Berserk, is available for purchase on Amazon. You can get weekly content from Jessica by joining her Patreon.

Whisper of Death

They found themselves in an empty world…

Join us on The PikeCast as Cassie, Becca, and Cooper spend some time with teenage suicide, abortion, and revenge! Whisper of Death presents a picture of an empty world, filled only with you, your boyfriend, and some people you know from school. And a witch (or something) who wants to torture you (for some reason). Come along as we talk Whisper of Death!

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ALL THE PEOPLE HAD VANISHED.

Roxanne and Pepper are a teenage couple with problems. They leave their small town for a weekend to try and solve them. They don't really succeed, and when they return home they find their town empty.

They call other towns.

They find the whole world empty.

But eventually they discover three other Kids their Age who are still alive in the town. They cannot imagine why the five of them seem to be the only ones left of the entire human race. They have only one thing in common. They were each directly or indirectly involved in the death of Betty Sue – the plain, shy girl who committed suicide only a short time ago. Betty Sue – the quiet, brilliant girl who wrote short stories about each of them. Stories of hate, of revenge, of death in a dead world.

It makes them wonder who Betty Sue really was.

Or what Betty Sue was.

Claire C. Holland is a poet and writer from Philadelphia, currently living in Los Angeles. She has been a freelance writer for more than ten years, writing primarily about film, politics, and the law. Her debut book of poetry, I Am Not Your Final Girl, is out now.

Die Softly

His blood was hot. His thoughts were naughty…

Join us on The PikeCast as Cassie, Becca, and Cooper spend some time with cheerleaders and cocaine! Released in 1991 (shortly after a show about small town highschoolers, murder, and cocaine, Twin Peaks premiered) this book paints a very unusual picture of high school life, full of perverts, wanton kinky sex, non-monogamy, casual drugs and drinking, and guns just hanging around. Yunno, like real high school. Come now, let's talk Die Softly by Christopher Pike!

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HE MAY HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED A MURDER.

Herb just wanted to photograph the cheerleaders in the school showers. He planted his camera high in the corner where no one could see it, and rigged it to a special homemade timer. He did that Thursday night, and he hoped that by Friday night he would have an exciting roll of film to develop.

But a girl dies Friday afternoon. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than a tragic car accident. But when Herb finally does collect his roll of film, he develops a picture that shows a shadowy figure sneaking up on the girl who has died — sneaking up on her with a baseball bat.

It makes Herb wonder if the girl was dead long before the car accident.

But unfortunately for Herb, he doesn't wonder if the murderer knows he took the picture.

Special Guest: Joe Lipsett

Joe Lipsett is a freelance film critic with bylines in Bloody Disgusting, Anatomy of a Scream, Grim Magazine and a bunch of other sites. He is the co-host of two podcasts: Horror Queers, which considers horror movies through a queer lens, and Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr, which explores film and television adaptations of young adult literature.

PikeCast Origins

Becca, Cassie, and Cooper sit down for a special preview episode of The PikeCast where they talk about how each of them discovered horror. Cassie and Cooper detail the nostalgia they have for Christopher Pike and Becca is shocked, being a Pike newbie, at some of the things they recall.

Follow the link below to view a fully formatted, easy to read transcript of the full episode:
PIKECAST ORIGINS TRANSCRIPT

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