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(Halloween #1)

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Based on the screenplay by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Tricked by his cunning ... Treated to his savagery ... Annie, Linda and Laurie ... fresh, pretty, ready to be taken ... stalked by a sadistic power who has returned to claim new victims, on this ... the most frightening night of the year.
Mass Market Paperback, 168 pages
Published by Bantam Books (first published October 1979)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I have had this book a million and one years and I love it so much! I love the old Halloween movies like you wouldn't believe. Watched them over and over as a kid and still to this day. I enjoyed the book a great deal, there are a few little tidbits added to the book that are not in the movie. I loved how you get the thoughts of Laurie and some other characters in the book that's not JUST in the movie!

The gory little figure turned and stepped over the fallen furniture and scattered clothing and
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As good as the movie!!!

This is the novelization by Curtis Richards based on the original screenplay done for the film by John Carpenter & Debra Hill.


Quick answer... YES!!!

...but those are movies. You can always turn the television off if you get too scared. You can't turn off real life.

I had already watched the film several times in the past, but since I was able to get a copy of it like four years ago, I set a "tradition

It's 1963.......Take a trip to Haddonfield, Illinois for a spook-filled time of goblins and witches, scary Jack-o-lanterns and the real bogeyman if. you. dare. as 6 year old Michael Myers answers the demanding wicked voices in his head with a violent attack on HALLOWEEN night.

Dressed as a clown, and later referred to as "IT" (sound familiar Stephen King fans?) even after 15 years in exile at the Warren County Sanitarium, Michael returns and the evil is still not gone,

Cameron Chaney
It’s safe to say that 1978’s Halloween, directed by master filmmaker John Carpenter, is my all-time favorite slasher film. In fact, it is in my top-five favorite films ever made. Being the first real, honest-to-Samhain horror movie I ever saw, it made me into the horror-loving freak I am today.

Horror has always enticed me, which is why I was such a big fan of children’s horror series like Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? But movies like Halloween? I wasn’t allowed to watch them. I was
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Finally you come to learn about the background story why Michael Myers started to kill! Fantastic read, okay, not the highest literary style and skills, but extremely compelling and eerie. If you know the movie (I watched the whole series for several times) you can still experience more details you missed between the scenes. Absolutely recommended! If you want to get in the mood for Halloween or Samhain this is the book you should focus your attention to. Now!
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halloween, in my mind, is one of the best horror movies ever made. I remember when it came out, and being disappointed that I never did get to see it in the theater. I was lucky that this year, a local movie theater was playing it in the week leading up to Halloween and I ended up going (and yes, far less than 10 of us were there!). I was not disappointed with the big screen experience and I got to share it with my son, which was great. Despite having seen this movie at least once a year since t ...more
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- My Description -
Halloween - The time of year for the giving of candy and fear of ghosts.

Halloween 1963 - Young Michael Myers brutally stabs his older sister with a large kitchen knife.

He is sent to an insane asylum where he sits for 15 years till one night, Halloween 1978.

Michael returns to Haddonfield.

He's come home for unfinished business.
He's come home to kill.

- My Review -
For anyone who has watched and loved the movie, Halloween, you'll love this book.

It gives deeper insight to the
Gianfranco Mancini
Movie novelizations/tie-ins usually suck, but this was very good. Almost as good as John Carpenter's cult movie. Almost.

Jack Tripper
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as to-read

(Cover of the first Bantam mass-market printing from 1979. I don't normally read novelizations, but this one supposedly adds a lot of depth and backstory to Michael Myers. Too bad it's nearly impossible to find in decent condition for less than $100, which is crazy.)
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
No form of the written word is more maligned than the "movie tie-in" paperback novel: those hastily written adaptations of film scripts released to coincide with a movie opening to stir up more attention and hopefully rake in extra cash. Some of these actually became quite collectible, depending on the cult nature of the film, and scarcity of the first pressing.
Halloween, based on the now iconic horror movie, was one of a number of film related horror titles Bantam books was doing at the time, m
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, horror

John Carpenter's Halloween...the no-brainer "Set on Halloween" book. A classic, one of the original slashers. Often imitated. Interestingly enough, until today, I'd never seen the movie. 

I fell into this perfectly. It wasn't until I started the book and read the blurb that I realized that this book is a novelization of the film. That discouraged me a little because just the idea of a book based on screenplay sounds like a rip off. Can you create an iceburg from the top down?

Turns out, you can. O

Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween-reads
I'm a big fan of the John Carpenter film so I was expecting a fairly straightforward movie tie-in, given that this book was written after the film.

I was pleasantly surprised - this gives the characters so much more depth, and we find out so much more about Michael Myers and what makes him tick. We see how a curse in ancient Northern Ireland led to an evil soul doomed to walk the earth, repeating evil deeds over and over - and how it eventually ended up affecting Michael's Grandfather and then h
Stewart Sternberg
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
People read novelizations of movies either to relive favorite moments, perhaps to get an extra insight, or because they just wanted a new way to experience a film. Me? All of the above. What a shame Curtis Richards wasn't up to the task. His writing is simplistic to the point of being juvenile. This is someone doing a job, and poorly, not writing from a deep love for the genre or the subject. The real monster in his book is weary cliche. ...more
Richard K. Wilson
Who has not seen this movie....BUT have the read the HORRIFYING novelization based on the Screenplay? So much more details about little Michael Myers background!!!

Well, I just got done listening, YES listening to the audiobook of this HARD AS FUCK to find (however I have 2 copies of the first one, and 1 of each of pts. 2 and 3) novelization of the horror classic 'Halloween'. This is available here on Youtube by 'the 80's Slasher Librarian' and he does an INCREDIBLE job with this!!! He adds the
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
5 stars. Perfect companion to the film. It fills in so many missing details. While it follows closely to the film, there are some slight changes to it, particularly the ending. It’s still the same just a bit rewritten. I have the entire series that I got for dirt cheap at a garage sale (thank goodness because these books are stupid expensive!) so I plan on reading them all this month and then watching the corresponding film afterwards. Honestly, the entire time I was reading this I really wanted ...more
Lauran D
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book for Halloween.
Andrew Cliett
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This is far different from the film, which is why I didn't like it.
It delves into the reasoning of Michael Myers, the reason he is so creepy is because he's just there for no apparent cause. It's much more creepier to some random guy just kill 3 people (As an adult, in THIS movie, snyway) with no remorse or feeling. Loomis was a nice element in this, he was the only one actually trying to stop Michael.
The end, having Michael shot 6 times over the balcony of the Doyle house (An error Halloween II
Lance Dale
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little biased since this is one of my favorite movies of all-time. It's hard to take off the "fanboy glasses" sometimes. The story unfolds pretty much the same as the movie; however, there is a dash of other details sprinkled in here and there. It's not worth the $300 price tag (it's long out of print and this is what it will cost you if you find it out in the wild); however the ebook can be found online. It's a fun read if you're a fan of the movie. Also, the cover is ridiculous and aweso ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
More like 3 1/2. Fun read, especially for the origins of the curse of Samhain and Michael Myers' life in Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Just wish the characters could have been more fleshed out. ...more
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, horror
I didn't actually see Halloween until about twelve years ago. I've never been a big horror movie buff, but around that time I tried to get around to seeing some of the classics. I remember watching it and thinking, "That's it?", but it was also over 25 years since it had been released, so maybe it hurt that I didn't see it during its original release to understand its context as one of the first slasher movies.

(Side note: Thank whomever I didn't see it during its release. I was six!)

So, I'm not
Jordan Anderson
Spooktober 2020 Book 10

I’m man enough to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the film Halloween. Personally I find the film slow, and kind of silly, with far too many plot holes and confusing moments. However, I can’t deny how seminal the film is both in terms of horror and the film industry in general. There is obviously something interesting and different about the film and story and, couple that with a novelization I hoped would fill in the gaps, as well as it being October, it only made sense t
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy Cow! Jesus!
Now this is the Horror I want to read absolutely. Freaking awesome that was...

Trick or Treat or Die?? Your choice!...

It's 1963, welcome to Haddonfield illinois where a 6 years old boy named Michael Myers guiding by some demonic voice through his mind on that Halloween 🎃 night he killed his sister Judy Myers with sadistic satisfaction. Spotted murderer right in the spot and after that being visited regularly with the psychiatrist named Loomi and it's because of Loomi's report that
Peter Gulgowski
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book, as it has been out of print since the 1980s. Listings for the book on Amazon are not cheap, and that makes me sad that many fans of the film will never read this novelization.

Here's my review.

What a ride! As a fan of the 1978 film, when I found out there was a novelization, I was already hooked. "Halloween" delves into the world of killer, Michael Myers who began his killing pursuit at the age of 6. The book goes where the film did not. It delves into Michael's c
Jeff Spencer
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
As a fan of the film, and the holiday as well, I really, really wanted to like this book. However, if you have seen the film, then you pretty much have read the book (which is kind of the point). So taking that into account, I tried to imagine myself never seeing the film and just reading the book, and found it rather enjoyable. It is not a masterpiece, but it is interesting, especially with the references to Samhain and the origins of the evil that possesses the body of Michael Myers.

This deta
Leah Horton
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do I need to tell you this is a classic? Definitely not. This is a classic horror. Really well done screen to page slasher book based on our dude Michael Meyers. He’s out for revenge from a long forgotten time against beautiful young lovers.

Written in 1980 this one has some outdated language, ideas and concepts. If you can keep in mind the time that this was written and you enjoy gorey slasher flicks/books you’ll love this one.
Court Garris
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 A fun novelization of one of my favorite horror films of all time!!!
Bryan D
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since last read and oh Lord it's a fantastic tragic tale and I was surprised to find myself sympathise with Michael and his lineage. I had a moan about the end of the last Halloween film, I've recovered thanks to this book which filled plot holes and explains the origin of the Shape (as he's credited in the films) and its abilities.
There's an alternative cut of the first film which I prefer as it's closer to the novel.
I must rewatch the second film to find out how they claim
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who know me don't need to guess that 'John Carpenter's Halloween' is my all-time favorite scary movie. I have lot of fond memories watching this classic over the years, including the first time I saw it when I was in high school at friend's house for a debate team scary movie night. The terrifying suspense and gritty realness of that film has stayed with me all these years and motivated me to seek out more thrills from this classic. I was aware that novelizations existed for the first four ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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‘Halloween’ is about little Michael Myers who kills his elder sister after repeatedly hearing a mysterious voice. Years later when he escapes from the sanitarium, he stalks three teenage babysitters while his psychiatrist and the police attempt to track him down.

The background behind the voice was given at the beginning of the book. It was interesting, dark and sad all at the same time but most importantly, it helped explain the existence and owner of the voice. The part where Michael killed hi
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