The PikeCast is an in-depth discussion of the work of YA horror author Christopher Pike. Every episode, we review one of his novels and discuss it from a modern perspective as well as looking through our teenage eyes at the violence, sex, and goofiness that was so prevalent in his writing.
Weekend by Christopher Pike
The PikeCast returns to the Point Horror era of 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.
Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike
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 Last Vampire 2: Black Blood by Christopher Pike
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.
Remember Me 2: The Return by Christopher Pike
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 little about its main characters..
Road to Nowhere by Christopher Pike
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.
The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike
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 thorougly!
Where have you been all my life?
Just discovered this gem of a podcast and I can’t tell you enough how much I love this. Been a gigantic Christopher Pike fan since I was 12. This show makes me think of books I’ve read dozens of times in new ways. I love the hosts - their passion, their insight, their wit. This podcast is like curling up with a Pike title on a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and a comfy chair.
Love this podcast and love Pike!
Christoper Pike was such a huge part of my childhood, so when I discovered that this podcast existed, I was ecstatic. My excitement has only grown as I’ve gone through the archive of episodes and realized that there truly are people who love his books (and his weird McDonald’s obsession) as much as I do!
The hosts are fantastic, the guests are always great, and the commentary is always on-point. I can’t wait for more!
I love this podcast so much and feel like the fandom of Christopher Pike almost collectively willed it into existence. Because Cooper, Cassie and Becca explore everything Pike fans love about all his books while clearly having the best time talking about it. Every week I’m excited to see which book they’re covering next. It’s essentially the “book club” I always wished I had while reading these in the 90s.