Before Edward and Bella, before Katniss Everdeen, there was... Michael Myers?
Cinema's quintessential boogeyman, first introduced in John Carpenter's horror classic Halloween, has returned in director David Gordon Green's new hit sequel. After 40 years of incarceration, Michael returns to his hometown of Haddonfield for some unfinished business with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the victim who got away.
The character has had plenty of experience letting blood hit the screen for decades, having appeared in six sequels following the 1978 original and two updated reinterpretations by Rob Zombie in the 2000s. But, in the late 1990s, he became the star of a different kind of medium and very different genre.
Author Kelly O'Rourke wrote a trilogy of novels featuring Michael Myers that were specifically targeted toward young adults. It began with The Scream Factory, published in 1997 along with The Old Myers Place, and concluded with The Mad House the following year.
Each book focused on teenagers, usually a boy and girl as the covers seem to suggest, terrorized by the Halloween villain, despite being unofficially licensed and having no connection to the films other than the title and Myers' appearance. Imagine if Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine took over for Carpenter and that would be the books in a nutshell.
The series is no longer in print, but, apparently, has earned some decent reviews on Goodreads. Perhaps if you cannot get enough of Michael Myers in action, unearthing a copy might be worth the journey. After all, no matter what demographic you fall under, everyone is entitled to one good scare.