The Midnight Club – Ep 5: See You Later

The only way to win is not to play.

The PikeCast continues their watchthrough of Netflix's The Midnight Club series by Mike Flanagan based on the works of Christopher Pike. This week is Episode 5: See You Later.

Ilonka gives Anya CPR, reviving her. Ilonka reads the book, which is a diary written by Athena, a survivor of Paragon. Paragon, a health cult founded by Athena's mother Aceso in 1931, practiced five-goddess worship and blood sacrifice, and culminated in a group murder-suicide orchestrated to extend Aesco's lifespan. Ilonka thinks that Julia read Athena's diary and found a way to cure her cancer. Ilonka has another vision of old Brightcliffe and follows the old woman through the halls into the library, where she bumps into Kevin. At Midnight Club, Spencer tells everyone about the intercom voice, and Amesh tells a story about a gamer who's invited to play a seemingly unwinnable war game. Anya confesses to Ilonka that she's scared of the shadow, which makes Ilonka more determined to find a cure.

The Midnight Club – Ep 4: Gimme a Kiss

In which the big bad is….herpes.

The PikeCast continues their watchthrough of Netflix's The Midnight Club series by Mike Flanagan based on the works of Christopher Pike. This week is Episode 4: Gimme a Kiss.

Ilonka and Kevin bring the rest of the Midnight Club to the secret floor. They find records of the original Midnight Club, which was founded by Julia in 1969, as well as evidence of cultists. Ilonka meets Shasta again. Sandra, who is religious, and Spencer, who has AIDS, get into an argument but reconcile after Sandra apologizes through a detective noir story she tells at Midnight Club. Spencer hears a voice calling to him through the intercom at Tristan's old room. Kevin goes to his girlfriend Katherine's senior prom. Ilonka realizes that “292.13” refers to the Dewey Decimal System, and uses it to search the Brightcliffe library for a book with the symbol on it. Anya sees the shadow again and collapses.

The Midnight Club – Ep 3: The Wicked Heart

How about a hammer murder, Scarecrow?

The PikeCast continues their watchthrough of Netflix's The Midnight Club series by Mike Flanagan based on the works of Christopher Pike. This week is Episode 3: The Wicked Heart.

Ilonka reads Julia's case file and finds drawings with a symbol and the number “292.13”. Ilonka tells Kevin about the visions and whispering voices she's heard her entire life that are now telling her to look into Julia, but he doesn't take her seriously, since all of them have medication-induced hallucinations. Tristan, one of the Brightcliffe patients, dies. Afterward, Natsuki thinks she sees Tristan in her room and tells the other Midnight Club members, but they decide it's not enough to be evidence of fulfillment of their pact. Kevin tells the club a story about a teenage boy who is a serial killer. The story triggers Ilonka's memory, and she and Kevin follow Julia's symbol to a secret floor beneath the basement, where Ilonka sees a ghostly figure.

The Midnight Club – Ep 2: The Two Danas

Heather Langencamp Plays the Devil!

The PikeCast continues their watchthrough of Netflix's The Midnight Club series by Mike Flanagan based on the works of Christopher Pike. This week is Episode 2: The Two Danas.

Ilonka tries to investigate Julia and Brightcliffe's past as the headquarters of a cult named “Paragon”, but Dr. Stanton, who runs Brightcliffe, claims ignorance of both topics. Ilonka explores the woods around Brightcliffe and meets Shasta, a woman who lives nearby and believes in the land's healing properties. Anya sees a shadow with red eyes watching her. For Midnight Club, Anya tells a story about a ballerina who made a deal with the devil. Ilonka breaks into Dr. Stanton's office with Kevin's help, and steals Julia's case file. Afterward, Ilonka has a vivid vision where she sees Brightcliffe as it was in the past, and a ghostly old woman.

The Midnight Club – Ep 1: The Final Chapter

Now on TV!

The PikeCast begins their watchthrough of Netflix's The Midnight Club series by Mike Flanagan based on the works of Christopher Pike. This week is Episode 1: The Final Chapter. When cancer cancels her plans for college, star student Ilonka finds a sliver of hope at Brightcliffe, a mysterious hospice for terminally ill teens.

The Visitor by Christopher Pike

Bring Plenty of Blood!

Cooper and Cassie return from their PikeCast hiatus to discuss what Cooper calls the UR text of all of his biggest gripes with Pike. 1995's The Visitor seems cobbled together from various ideas, copying other stories while straight up even cannibalizing itself. We're joined by the awesome Zee, co-host of the Ghosts ‘N Heauxs podcast to discuss this bonkers book.

He was out of this world.


Tom was not like a normal teenager. First off, he looked weird. He was too tall, too thin, and his hair was practically white. Also, he had incredible eyes. When you looked into them you felt like you were staring into deep space.

Some thought he was from outer space.

Almost everyone believed he was a nice guy.

But was Tom really nice?

Was he even human?

Often described as “creepy, but definitely cool,” or “a genetic experiment that spliced the DNA of Morticia Addams and Mrs. Roper,” Nowal “Zee” Massari is a Portland based writer, actress, comic, paranormal investigator, podcaster and all around nerd.

Remember Me 3: The Last Story by Christopher Pike

Wait! Don't! The sharks! They– Eeeehh!

The PikeCast finishes out a trilogy that we began way back in episode 16 by digging into Christopher Pike’s 1995 book Remember Me 3: The Last Story. As it had been prophesized, Grady Hendrix, author of The Final Girl Support Group, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell, has returned, fulfilling his destiny to complete this trilogy, with a book that bears almost no resemblance to either of the books that came before it, and seems obsessed with the idea that a best-selling author could literally save humanity with their stories.

Someone did not like Shari Cooper writing her stories.

Shari Cooper had died once, and then returned to earth as a Wanderer—a soul who had been given permission to take the place of another soul in a mature body. Shari has regained her memory of her previous life. More than that she has realized her purpose in returning to mortal life. To write stories for young people to help them understand the immortal life that is to follow. Her talent is inspired; her destiny great, and it is not long before Shari and her books are known all over the world.

Then one special night a story of incomparable beauty and mystery comes to her. An ancient tale that speaks of the origin of mankind and the purpose of human life. Quickly, almost in a fever, Shari begins to write it down, sure that it is nothing more than a wonderful fable. But what Shari doesn't know is that her new book is true—a mystical blueprint that warns of a great danger to humanity. From creatures who despise all human beings, but who have a unique and terrifying hatred for Wanderers. Creatures who will go to any length to stop Shari's story from being published.

Creatures who wait unseen outside Shari's door.

Grady Hendrix is an American author, journalist, public speaker, and screenwriter known for his best-selling 2014 novel Horrorstör. Hendrix lives in Manhattan and was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. 

See You Later by Christopher Pike

We're Having Science for Breakfast!

Pike superfan Danielle Sepulveres rejoins The Pikecast to dig into Christopher Pike's 1990 novel See You Later, one of the most streamlined Pike books ever, with only eight characters (who really are only four). We lament the lack of space vampires or ancient lizards, and cringe at how prescient the nuclear war plot is.

And check out The Dark Half video game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ_wzwsiviU&ab_channel=Stormspirit86

He fell in love with the right girl at the wrong time.


Mark has just graduated from high school and has just fallen in love for the first time. The girl's name is Becky. Unfortunately for Mark, Becky has a boyfriend. Mark tries his best, but he is unable to win Becky for himself.

Then Mark meets a young couple: Vincent and Kara. Both look extremely familiar to him, although he could swear he's never seen them before. They quickly become good friends. Kara does not want Mark to give up on Becky. In fact, Kara is obsessed that Mark and Becky get together. Kara comes up with an elaborate scheme to break up Becky and her boyfriend. Mark thinks the scheme cruel. He tries to stop Kara. He doesn't succeed. Suddenly Becky is a free woman, and Mark can't help but ask her out on a date.

Then things start to get very strange. An evil man appears out of nowhere. Somebody is kidnapped. Somebody is tortured. Kara knows what is happening but she refuses to talk. She has good reason not to, for no one would believe the story she has to tell.

But in the end Mark does believe her, when all he loves appears to be lost and the world stands on the verge of destruction.

Freelance writer mostly covering entertainment, pop culture, women's health and relationships. A Christopher Pike superfan who thinks about Whisper of Death and Remember Me at least twice a week. Loves TV, movies and baseball, specifically the Mets. Is on a lifelong quest to bring back the VH-1 show Pop-Up Video.

The Listeners by Christopher Pike

This is what we look like.

Author Hailey Piper returns The PikeCast to dig into another of Christopher Pike's adult novels, 1994's The Listeners. While touching on many of Pike's recurring themes, including ancient lizard races, The Listener finds a way to be truly terrifying, often as it draws us into a group that may or may not be a cult.

FBI agent David Conner is investigating the Listeners, a channeling group that seems to have access to highly classified information. Though he quickly falls in love with Lucy, one of the twins who are the heart of the group, David remains skeptical about the Listeners' power – until an astonishing experience convinces him that they really can reach into humanity's past and carry ancient wisdom to the present.

But wisdom is not all that lurks in the past, awaiting innocent discovery. The Listeners have tapped into an ancient evil that intends to remake first David and the woman he loves, and then all of mankind, in its own horrifying image.

Hailey Piper is the author of several horror books, such as The Worm and His Kings, The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, Benny Rose the Cannibal King, Queen of Teeth, and most recently her short story collection Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy. She's a member of the Horror Writers Association, with short fiction appearing in Dark Matter Magazine, The Arcanist, and Year's Best Hardcore Horror. She lives with her wife in Maryland.

Final Friends 3: The Graduation by Christopher Pike

Why didn’t you tell us something actually happens in this book? Wait…Katie did!

Katie Lilly, the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, returns to wrap The Final Friends trilogy up with 1989’s Part 3: The Graduation. It’s immediately evident to all of us that Pike saved all his action and intrigue for this final book for some reason, and both Cooper and Cassie are surprised by how much they enjoyed the close of this trilogy.

It was his last chance to find the answer.

The last day of school had finally arrived, six months after the homecoming dance and the ruin of a princess, and nine months after the big party and the death of an angel. It is to be a busy day; there is the graduation ceremony in the afternoon in the football stadium, and then the senior all-night party aboard a cruise ship heading to Catalina.

But for Michael Olson, it is not a time to celebrate. It is a day to finish an investigation that may cost him his life. It is also a final chance to let the girl of his dreams, Jessica Hart, know his feelings for her.

But the last day will not last long enough.

For Michael or Jessica.

The cruise ship will never reach its destination.

The truth will turn out to be a lie.

Katie is the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, an Instagram creative project where she draws characters from retro teen horror books wearing outfits as described straight from the text. She also has a new podcast called Super Chillers that reviews books from RL Stine, Point Horror, and other scary teen literature.

Final Friends 2: The Dance by Christopher Pike

Good news, people still stand around at a sporting event asking where others are.

Katie Lilly, the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, returns to continue our run of the Final Friends Trilogy from Christopher Pike. As the only one who's read the trilogy before, Katie is forced to smile through Cassie and Cooper's WILD speculation. 

He searched for a murderer that couldn't exist.

The party was over. Alice McCoy was dead – a depressed girl who'd taken a loaded gun to her head. At least that was what everyone thought. Everyone except Michael Olson. He knew it was no suicide. But how could he prove it? How could he catch a murderer that seemingly had the power to walk through walls?

And how could he tell Jessica Hart that he loved her when she obviously preferred someone else? Michael did not know, but he would try his best.

It would not be enough. For him or Jessica.

The homecoming dance will end like the party – in horror.

The murderer will walk through another wall…

Katie is the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, an Instagram creative project where she draws characters from retro teen horror books wearing outfits as described straight from the text. She also has a new podcast called Super Chillers that reviews books from RL Stine, Point Horror, and other scary teen literature.

Final Friends 1: The Party by Christopher Pike

We'd tell you what the book is about, but we're waiting for someone. Don't go anywhere!

Katie Lilly, the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, joins us to “run the series” as we begin tackling the Final Friends Trilogy from Christopher Pike. It won't take long for you to figure out that, well, we weren't to crazy about it. But at least Katie, who's read all three, assures us that SOMETHING happens in the other two books.

When Mesa High closed, more than half the students were sent to Tabb High. Among them were Jessica Hart and her best friends, Sara Cantrell, Polly McCoy and Polly's younger sister—Alice.

Together they decided to have a “get to know each other” party. They invited dozens of people: Michael Olson—shy as he was brilliant; Nick Grutler—powerful and insecure; Bill Skater—the handsome quarterback, Clair Hilrey—the gorgeous cheerleader, and “Bubba”—whom all the girls loved and hated.

But some people came that weren't invited.

And the evening ended in horror.

Most figured it was a suicide, they figured wrong.

Katie is the artist behind The Haunted Outfit, an Instagram creative project where she draws characters from retro teen horror books wearing outfits as described straight from the text. She also has a new podcast called Super Chillers that reviews books from RL Stine, Point Horror, and other scary teen literature.

The Cold One by Christopher Pike

We were conditioned in the void.

Author Hailey Piper joins The PikeCast to deconstruct Christopher Pike's batshit crazy 1995 adult novel The Cold One. With so many characters, plot twists, horrifying revelations, gruesome murders, and of course, a healthy amount of Hindu mysticism, this book is both unlike any we've done before, and also a clear result from everything that has come before.

In The Cold One, Christopher Pike creates a villain whose soft touch can wither a person's soul, whose great beauty conceals a black heart, and whose breath carries death in every exhalation.

An emotionless being of great and ancient evil, the Cold One exists only to destroy mankind.

Hailey Piper is the author of several horror books, such as The Worm and His Kings, The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, Benny Rose the Cannibal King, Queen of Teeth, and most recently her short story collection Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy. She's a member of the Horror Writers Association, with short fiction appearing in Dark Matter Magazine, The Arcanist, and Year's Best Hardcore Horror. She lives with her wife in Maryland.

The Immortal by Christopher Pike

Yes, Have a Murder Burger!

Christopher Pike superfan Danielle Sepulveres joins us again to discuss a novel rife with horniness, boyfriend stealing, gods and goddesses, and screenplays that are startling reminiscent of other Christopher Pike books, for 1993's The Immortal

The ancient artifact was cursed.

Josie is on vacation in Greece with her father, his new girlfriend, and her best friend. While visiting the sacred island of Delos, she accidentally stumbles upon an ancient artifact—a tiny statue of a Goddess. Immediately Josie is enchanted by the statue and she takes it with her when she leaves the island.

Then the trouble starts. A guy takes her for a boat ride and she is almost killed. Then the image of the Goddess begins to haunt her dreams. The Goddess wants something from Josie that she doesn't want to give.

The immortal wants to be mortal.

The Goddess wants Josie's life.

Freelance writer mostly covering entertainment, pop culture, women's health and relationships. A Christopher Pike superfan who thinks about Whisper of Death and Remember Me at least twice a week. Loves TV, movies and baseball, specifically the Mets. Is on a lifelong quest to bring back the VH-1 show Pop-Up Video.

Weekend by Christopher Pike

Good for kids.

The PikeCast returns to the Point Horror era of Christopher Pike with 1986's Weekend, a book that feels, in many ways, like Pike just chose to rip himself off by duplicating Slumber Party nearly entirely. We're joined by Alana Phelan, the Polyamorous Librarian to discuss the good, the decent, and the obnoxious in this, again, overstuffed book.

The dream became a nightmare.

The weekend in Mexico sounded like a dream vacation. Four guys, five girls – and a gorgeous oceanside mansion all to themselves. It should have been perfect.

Except nothing was going the way they'd planned. There was the girl upstairs who was fighting for her life. The phone lines that went dead. And the explosion in the garage that could have killed them all.

But not even that prepared them for what happened next. Because while they were getting some sun, someone else was getting revenge – and the terror wouldn't stop until the weekend was over.

Alana Phelan is a writer and degreed librarian out of Southern New Jersey. Along with Kevin A. Patterson, she is the author of the For Hire series of superhero novels and has received an Effing Grant for an upcoming book about non-monogamous relationships. She's also spoken across the country on topics from building alternative library collections to coded queerness in science fiction.

Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike

The one with multiple library thefts.

The PikeCast wraps up Sequel September with a sequel to one of his Christopher Pike's earliest books, 1992's Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil, which takes a simple revenge story/I Know What You Did Last Summer rip-off and adds, well, an Ancient Evil. In the spirit of sequel September we're again joined by a returning guest, Jenny Nulf, whose enthusiasm for this book came from way back in middle school when she stole it from the library.

The chain letter returned like a curse.

Another chain letter has arrived. The group decides that it must be a joke. After all, the perpetrator of the original chain letter is dead and buried, the victim of a horrible illness. Yet the new chain letter is similar to the old ones. It is signed “Your Caretaker,” and insists they perform certain deeds, or else they will be hurt.

Fran receives the first letter. She refuses to perform her “deed,” and almost immediately she is killed. Then the group realizes that the letters are no joke, and that the power that originally drove their friend to start the chain letters – the same power that killed him – is still alive.

And hungry for more victims.

Jenny Nulf has extensive experience in the film industry as a film distributor, critic, and festival programmer.

The Last Vampire 2: Black Blood by Christopher Pike

We kiss. Hmm. Yuck.

Joe Lipsett, The PikeCast's first guest from way back in episode one, returns to discuss another return, that of Christopher Pike's Last Vampire Alisa Perne / Sita. The ‘Cast is thrilled that this sequel provides a far better follow-up than the last episode, and continues Sequel September in style.

Where had the new vampires come from?

Alisa and her partner, Ray, thought that they were the last vampires.

Suddenly, however, in one area of the United States, there is a series of brutal murders that can only be the work of other vampires.

Who created these creatures?

How can they be stopped?

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.

Remember Me 2: The Return by Christopher Pike

You never forget your WORST time.

The PikeCast is thrilled to welcome back author of The Final Girl Support Group, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell, Grady Hendrix to discuss our first book for Sequel September, Christopher Pike's 1994 book Remember Me 2: The Return, a bizarre rehash of the plot of the first book laden with a ridiculous amount of Latinx stereotypes, an astonishing seeming hatred for the disabled, and a plot that seemingly cares so little about its main characters that it first takes a short story digression that has nothing to do with the main plot yet lasts 13% of the page count, and then just removes all but one of the characters from the first half in favor of the first book's characters. Join us for the lowest rated Pike book so far!

They called her a Wanderer.

Shari Cooper is dead, the victim of a murderous attack. She is on the other side, in a place of spirits, an eternal realm of light and love. But she is given a rare offer. To return to earth without having to be reborn. Into the body of a depressed teenage girl. A transfer of souls, they call it. Shari is given a chance to be a Wanderer, and to do a great service for humanity. It is an offer she gladly accepts.

Then she is back, in a human body. Yet she does not remember being Shari Cooper. At first she recalls nothing of the afterlife. Perhaps it is just as well. Not everybody on earth welcomes Wanderers. Of the few who know of their existence, some want them dead. And others, the truly evil ones, wish them much worse than that.

Grady Hendrix is an American author, journalist, public speaker, and screenwriter known for his best-selling 2014 novel Horrorstör. Hendrix lives in Manhattan and was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. 

Road to Nowhere by Christopher Pike

There's Always a Spaceship From the Mind of God!

The PikeCast welcomes Jude Doyle author of Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear… and Why and Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power to take a ride down the Road to Nowhere, Christopher Pike's 1993 novel that is a journey through a liminal world while storytelling about relationships falling apart.

A dark and stormy night.


Teresa Chafey is running away from home. Driving north along the California coast, she picks up two mysterious hitchhikers: Poppy Corn and Freedom Jack. Together the three of them tell stories: Teresa, of her devastating relationship with her boyfriend; Poppy, of a
sad young woman she once knew; and Freedom, of a talented young man with a violent temper.

Yet as they talk a darker story unfolds around them. A story of life and death, of redemption and damnation. It will be the longest night of Teresa's life.

Maybe the last night of her life.

Jude Ellison S. Doyle is the author of Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear… and Why and Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power. Their columns on gender, power and pop culture can be found all across the Internet. Their first comic book, MAW, is forthcoming from BOOM Studios in September 2021.

The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike

These space vampires have us greased!

The PikeCast is joined by freelance writer and Christopher Pike superfan Danielle Sepulveres to tackle the first adult novel from Christopher Pike, 1992's The Season of Passage, a book that seems to have a Pike variety pack of interests with vampires, ghosts, lizard people, and outer space. It's violent, scary, and loooong, and we enjoy it thoroughly!

Love me, the voice said. I am not evil.


Dr. Lauren Wagner was a celebrity. She was involved with the most exciting adventure mankind had ever undertaken. The whole world admired and respected her.

But Lauren knew fear.

Inside-voices entreating her to love them.

Outside-the mystery of the missing group that had gone before her. The dead group. But were they simply dead? Or something else?

A terrifying novel of horror-and, surprisingly, of salvation-from one of Americas bestselling writers. A novel you won't forget.

Freelance writer mostly covering entertainment, pop culture, women's health and relationships. A Christopher Pike superfan who thinks about Whisper of Death and Remember Me at least twice a week. Loves TV, movies and baseball, specifically the Mets. Is on a lifelong quest to bring back the VH-1 show Pop-Up Video.

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