Brooklyn, New York
Christopher Pike has been hailed as the “junior Stephen King.” He writes suspense and horror fiction with teenage heroes, on themes ranging from revenge killings to ghosts to vampires.
Pike is not the writer's real name but a pen name, taken from a character in the pilot movie for the Star Trek television series. (Pike was the captain later replaced by James Kirk.) Pike's publisher will not release his identity; however, Children's Literature Review has identified Pike as Kevin McFadden. The reference book does not offer any further biographical information.
If we are to believe the biographies printed in recent Pike paperback novels, Pike was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up and still lives in Los Angeles. His hobbies include astronomy, meditating, running, and playing with his nieces and nephews.
A college dropout, he was a factory worker, a house painter, and a computer programmer before taking up writing. He tried writing adult mystery and science fiction. A book editor suggested he instead tackle a teen thriller. His first young adult book was Slumber Party, which was so popular he quickly produced two more: Chain Letter and Weekend.
The popularity of Pike's young adult novels stems from his keen plot hooks. He likes violent themes and graphic descriptions. He is perceptive about such teen issues as alienation, humiliation, drug abuse, and dating. Although his characters' problems are average,