Pike versus Stine

Monster by Christopher Pike

For those not in the know, in school, Christopher Pike was like a much cooler R.L. Stine. His work was a bit edgier, a bit scarier, a bit more grown up. Of course this is talking in literary circles, so not in actual levels of cool, but to me, this is how it was.

I don’t know where I got this copy from, but it was obviously a library book once, and in a second hand store or two after that. Somewhere it lost its cover, but I think that was my fault.

I’ll quote the back to you:

Mary Carlson walked into the party with a loaded shotgun. In the blink of the eye, she blew two people away. She wanted to kill more, but was stopped by her best friend…

And so on. Pretty icky subject matter these days with ubiquitous school shootings in the US, but at the time, a good allegory for cool versus not cool.