Top Ten Tuesday – It’s All About the Pike

Today’s assigned top ten topic holds no interest for me. It’s not one that I can actually make a list for. There would be only a couple entries and I would struggle just to figure those ones out. So, I’m going rogue! Hold onto you butts!

Today’s list is inspired by this post I found on Space channel’s page.

Christopher Pike books that should be made into movies:

Christopher Pike ruled YA horror in the late 80s and early 90s—and is still producing his twisty brand of chills today. But so far, only one of his books has been made into a movie. With over 60 novels published and Hollywood on a YA novel kick, Pike’s oeuvre is prime for adaptation.” – Jocelyn

I read this post and immediately started thinking about which books I would want to see. I definitely agree with some of her choices. But I only have one of those on this list. There are so many choices! Oh Mr. Pike, you write such amazing cheese.

Honestly, they’re just remaking everything anyway. They might as well tap this unmined well. These are only a few of the books to pick from.


Bury Me Deep (1991)

Jean is on her way to Hawaii for a week of fun but the vacation gets off to a gruesome start. The boy beside her on the plane chokes and dies. Jean tries to push the incident out of her mind when she arrives on the island but it’s impossible. Part of the reason is because Mike keeps coming back to her in dreams; horrible dreams filled with blood. Two of Jean’s friends are awaiting her in Hawaii – Mandy and Michele. They have already made friends with two young men who teach scuba diving at the hotel, Dave and Johnny. Jean and Johnny quickly become friends but there are problems in paradise. Dave and Johnny have recently lost a partner in the ocean. No one knows how he died. No one can find his body. Then Jean does. It isn’t where it’s supposed to be and seems to have some life in it!

Format – Movie – Airplane shots. Scuba diving. Pretty, pretty scenery. Possibly zombies?


Scavenger Hunt (1989)

School was almost over. A secretive club on campus had organized a scavenger hunt for the entire senior class. In small groups, and with the help of cleverly planted clues, the kids are led throughout the city, and then deep into a nighttime desert. The sponsoring club has promised a wonderful prize for the first group to reach the goal of the hunt. But for Carl Timmons, a troubled young man who has recently lost his best friend, the hunt will become a nightmare. Led astray by his love for a strangely beautiful girl, he will wander far from the others, and back into a haunted past, where the line between the living and the dead is blurred and broken.

Format – Movie – Scavenger hunt movies are always awesome. And I remember this one being scary. Like knock your boots scary.


The Midnight Club (1994)

Rotterdam Home, a hospice where teenagers with terminal illnesses went to die, was home to the Midnight Club–a group of five young men and women who met at midnight and told stories of intrigue and horror. One night they made a pact that the first of them to die would make every effort to contact the others . . . from beyond the grave.

Format – Tv Series – Are You Afraid of the Dark style. But with less 90s Canadian film production quality


Final Friend Series (1988-1989)

Jessica Hart and her friends, sent to Tabb High after their own school closes, throw a get to know each other party which is a smash hit until some uninvited guests arrive and the evening ends in horror.

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 will not be enough. For him or Jessica. The homecoming dance will end like the party–in horror.

For Michael Olson, the last day of school is not a time to celebrate–it’s a day to finish an investigation that may cost him his life. It’s also a final chance for him to let Jessica Hart know his feelings for her. But the last day will not last long enough!

Format – TV Series – Pretty Little Liars style. Don’t even tell me you wouldn’t watch this. You totally would.


Whisper of Death (1991)

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.

Format – TV Series – This book was fucking weird. It would make a kick ass Showtime/HBO esque show.


Road to Nowhere (1993)

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

Format – Movie – Indie hipster potential is through the roof. And the soundtrack potential in driving movies is always top notch


Last Act (1989)

Melanie was the new girl in town, a little lonely, a little bored. The she auditioned for the school paly 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…  

Format – Could go either way. The more I think about it, the more I think TV series.


Spellbound (1988)

They found Karen Holly dead in the mountain stream and thought Jason had murdered her in a fit of rage. Now Jason has a new girlfriend, and together with some new kids in town is returning to the place where Karen was killed. Some will die. The others will come face to face with a horror beyond imagining.

Format – Movie – Murder. Intrigue. Horror. Do it!


Die Softly (1991)

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.

Format – Movie – Male protagonist. A little peeping Tomism. Murder.


Monster (1992)

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 Angel 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.

Format – TV Show – the slow reveal. The fucking weirdness. The blood lust. The cannibalism.

Man, by the time I finished writing this, I was even more certain that this should happen. Hey, people that are making terrible remakes of things that don’t need to be remade – do this instead. Okay?


2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – It’s All About the Pike

  1. I think I read every single one of these books. I don’t really remember the plots, but I sure do remember the covers. They are burned into my brain.

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