Christopher Pike is an American author of, primarily, teen thriller and horror titles. He was most popular in the 1980s and 1990s, moving on to publishing adult works in the 2000s.

See ''[[{{Literature/Witch}} Witch]]'' and ''Literature/TheLastVampire'' for his works.

Not to be confused with the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' character, although that's actually where he got the pseudonym; the author's real name is Kevin [=McFadden=], born November 12, 1954.
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!!Tropes in his works:
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Roxanne accidentally pushed Pepper onto a pitchfork in ''Whisper of Death''. Subverted near the end though.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Nell in ''Slumber Party''.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: In the novel ''Falling'', FBI agent Kelly Feinman thinks she has tracked down the Acid Man serial killer, [[spoiler: Michael Grander. She goes to interview Michael's university professor, Gene Banks, to get background info to support her case on Michael. All the while she has kept her insights secret from the rest of the FBI. Professor Banks invites her to his apartment to supply information on Michael. While there, Kelly deduces Banks is the Acid Man and had all along planned to frame Michael. Banks holds her hostage and pours acid on her, with the FBI none the wiser.]]
* AlphaBitch: Lena Carlton in ''Weekend'', though she turns out to be a LovableAlphaBitch.
* AmbiguousInnocence: Young Betty Sue in ''Whisper of Death'' liked to put butterflies in jars. She poked holes in the lids, but the butterflies would die anyway because of the sun heating up the air in the jars. Betty Sue states that the butterflies have no idea they are in jars because they can still see everything, and just fly around in circles until they die.
* {{Antivillain}}: Mary Blanc in ''Monster''. She murders three people with a shotgun and intended to kill more at a party. Mary does this because she knew that the three in question were transforming into inhuman monsters that devour human flesh, and had already killed a small group of people before the book began. Crosses into IdiotBall territory when you realize Mary could've just waited until they were alone instead of killing them in front of dozens of witnesses.
* ArcWords: The term ''starlight crystal'' is the title of one of Pike's novels (but it isn't used anywhere in story), the title of a story in the last ''Remember Me'' book, and is a term Sati uses to describe herself as in ''Sati''.
** MAZE in ''Magic Fire''. Mark is told that it's a drug. [[spoiler: [[LotusEaterMachine In a way, it is.]]]]
* AuthorAppeal: Red hair and 'emerald' green eyes. Just try to count every example of an attractive character with those traits.
* {{Badass}}: Sita, protagonist of ''The Last Vampire'' series, routinely slaughters small armies single-handedly, with anything from her personal collection of assault weapons to her bare hands.
** However, as the series goes on Sita's Badass-ness gets a tad silly. What use is a character who can take on anything and brags about it endlessly? Especially with how ineffectual most of the villains are.
* BadFuture: ''The Eternal Enemy'' and ''See You Later''.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Whisper of Death]].
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: ''The Last Vampire'' series explains that {{God}} created evil, because without it people were complacent and couldn't become truly good.
* BatmanGambit: ''Fall Into Darkness''. [[spoiler: Ann figured that, even if Sharon wasn't convicted of her supposed murder, the shame of having been arrested and tried for murder would be enough to ruin Sharon's life.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Bert in ''Weekend'', [[spoiler: after everyone thinks he was killed in the garage explosion. He just got caught in a riptide and, once he made his way back to shore, got lost.]]
* BittersweetEnding: ''Monster''. [[spoiler: Angela Warner has fully become one of the monsters, but has retained enough sense to know that "people are not for eating", and manages to destroy the lake which is the cause of the transformations by causing an oil spill that becomes a fire.]]
** This is actually a reoccurring trend in Pike's books. Usually, the heroine will wind up dying or suffering AFateWorseThanDeath to achieve some greater good.
* BringMyRedJacket: Occurs in [[{{Literature/Witch}} Witch]]. Julia has a vision of [[spoiler:Jim dying in a gas station, and his red jacket is very prominant in the vision. Unable to deter him from going into the gas station, Julia makes him change into a white jacket. How that will help is questionable, but hey, it's a Pike book. Anyway, Jim is shot, and his bleeding turns the white jacket red, fulfilling both points of the vision.]] Doesn't fate suck?
* BroughtDownToNormal: An ancient Greek goddess in ''Literature/TheImmortal'' and her ArchEnemy are turned mortal as a punishment, [[spoiler:they turn into the heroine (and her best friend respectively)]] who gain PastLifeMemories as a result.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Shari's [[spoiler:adopted]] brother and [[spoiler:the villain]] in ''Remember Me''. In [[spoiler:Amanda]]'s defense, the fact she and her brother did not grow up together would have overridden the aversion to incest which would normally have developed. Even so, she still knew him, was close to him, and pursued the relationship even after she learned of the incest, not to mention the whole disturbing IfICantHaveYou, TogetherInDeath plot she pursues, so the {{Squick}} remains. Also an example of SurpriseIncest on the part of Shari's brother.
* BuryYourGays: ''The Midnight Club'' and ''Sati''.
* ChivalrousPervert: A favourite of Pike's in his novels: the ''Final Friends'' series (Bubba); ''Monster'' (Kevin); [[{{Literature/Witch}} Witch]] (Randy); ''The Eternal Enemy'' (Ed).
* ClingyMacGuffin: In the ''Chain Letter'' books, the titular chain letter. Once the letter is sent to you and you are on the list, the only way to free yourself from eternally being commanded to perform tasks (each task progressively becoming more malicious and difficult) is death.
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''The Starlight Crystal'' features the cover image of a giant silver hourglass, decorated with jewels in a rainbow pattern, containing skulls and bones that turn into stars in its bottom half. No such hourglass appears anywhere in the story. In fact, the term "starlight crystal" isn't used anywhere at all in the book.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Julia's aunt in ''Witch'' is presented as a very cold and stern woman, very unlike Julia's mother. By the end of the novel, she's softened considerably.
* DoomedProtagonist: ''The Midnight Club''. That's sort of the point, as the main characters are all teenagers with incurable diseases living in a hospice. [[spoiler: Well, one of them turns out to have been misdiagnosed, but it's not the main character.]]
* DreamLand: Seen multiple times in ''Remember Me'' when Shari attempts to invade the dreams of her friends so as to find out which one of them killed her. Also, the moment when she saves her brother's life, which she had [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreamed about beforehand]].
** Also used in ''Last Act''.
* DreamWithinADream: ''Magic Fire''
* EvilRedhead: Betty Sue from ''Whisper of Death''.
* ExpressDelivery: Occurs in ''The Grave'' and ''The Last Vampire 4: Phantom.''
* FairPlayWhodunnit: A few, though ''Last Act'' is probably the purest example.
* FakingTheDead: ''Falling'', [[spoiler: ''Chain Letter'' (Neal), ''Slumber Party'' (Nicole/Celeste)]], ''Weekend'' [[spoiler: (Bert)]], ''Gimme a Kiss'' [[spoiler: (Jane), ''Scavenger Hunt'' (Joe/Tom)]], ''Fall Into Darkness'' [[spoiler: (Ann)]].
* FetusTerrible: ''The Grave'' was about a young woman who is impregnated by one of TheUndead and killed by being dumped in a freezer. She becomes one of the undead herself and it is revealed that the fetus she is carrying [[spoiler: was specifically bred by a MadScientist to become the antichrist. But by the end it's revealed the MadScientist has failed, the FetusTerrible being more a balance between good and evil who destroys the MadScientist and goes on his merry way.]] Oh, and this book was aimed at teenagers. Really.
** See also ''The Cold One.''
** Subverted in ''The Last Vampire'' series. [[spoiler: Kalika is, like her namesake goddess Kali, a True Neutral who is woefully misunderstood by everyone, including Sita.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Betty Sue's alter ego Queen Beetle from her disturbing short stories.
* GoneHorriblyRight: ''Gimme A Kiss''.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: ''Weekend''. [[spoiler: The poisoned beer was meant for Lena, not Robin.]]
** [[spoiler: In as much as it was meant for anyone. IIRC, if someone hadn't walked in to take the drink while she was still staring at it, she probably wouldn't have given it to anyone. A moment's mad impulse gone horribly wrong.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with in ''Whisper of Death''.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Used in ''Slumber Party''. [[spoiler: Nell's scars are only on her face, and aren't as severe as Nicole's. Nicole's face is bare of any scars, but the damage is more prevalent on her torso and lower body. She doesn't even have nipples or a belly button anymore, and alludes that the damage is much worse below the belt. Nell is the truly bloodthirsty one, whereas Nicole does a HeelFaceTurn because Nell had been lying to her about the accident.]]
** Shena in ''The Star Group'' is introduced with a badly scarred face after getting sprayed with battery acid which was not immediately wiped off. [[spoiler: Gale did this on purpose to set up Shena as a scapegoat when she finally made her move.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: The Immortal]] and [[spoiler: The Blind Mirror]] use this trope as a twist - without the transferred soul initially remembering their true identity.
** In ''Spellbound'', [[spoiler: how Josies' soul came to be infused with that of a vulture.]]
* HannibalLecture: in ''Falling'' [[spoiler: the Acid Killer, Gene Banks, has a way of turning the tables on FBI agent Kelly Feinman. Even after Kelly has caught and made him a quadriplegic, she finds herself drawn to him and the revelations he provides her about her character.]] Pike has stated he owes a debt to ''Silence of the Lambs'', and a character in ''Falling'' name-checks Hannibal Lecter.
* HopeSpot: ''The Eternal Enemy''. [[spoiler: This would actually be a subversion, given that Christopher, as an old man, remembered Rela in the future, which could've meant the book was a StableTimeLoop. However, when Rela views the recording of her death when Christopher is at her house, the footage temporarily changed to feature ''Christopher's'' death. Which means that Christopher's vow to never become like Rela's grandfather isn't so futile.]]
* IllGirl: Robin in ''Weekend'', most of the female characters in ''The Midnight Club''. [[spoiler: Robin gets better, two of the girls from ''The Midnight Club'' don't.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: Gale in ''The Star Group'' is revealed to be one of the negative beings mentioned by Mentor as only being interested in their hungers and desires at the expense of others.]]
* JerkJock: Averted with Randy in ''Witch'' and Jimmy in ''The Star Group''. Randy has jerkish moments but he's an okay guy, and Jimmy's pretty nice too, but he has issues with Gale over her scarring.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: The end of ''Monster'' and ''The Star Group''. Angela Warner kills her turned classmates by blowing up her house, then after she fully loses her human appearance, retains enough sense of self to cause an oil spill into the lake responsible for the transformations and sets it on fire. Shena in ''The Star Group'' used her pryokinesis to destroy Daniel's house after Gale had forced Daniel to kill himself. Shena savored hearing Gale scream from inside.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Discussed in ''The Midnight Club''. Anya seems to believe the cancer which is slowly killing her and has already claimed her right leg is punishment for destroying her relationship with her boyfriend Bill by sleeping with another guy when Bill did nothing to deserve it. What adds to this belief is the fact that the clay statute of two lovers Anya had made for Bill was broken by him when he found Anya and the other guy in bed. Only the right leg was broken.
* LotusEaterMachine: ''Magic Fire''
* LoveMakesYouEvil: ''Last Act''.
** Also ''Remember Me''.
* MamaBear: Mrs. Trasker in ''Die Softly''. [[spoiler: When she sees photographs of Alexa killing her son Herb, she ''punches'' Alexa in the face and then spits on her before Alexa is arrested.]]
* MercyKill: ''Whisper of Death''. [[spoiler: Roxanne has to shoot Helter to put him out of his misery after he accidentally shoots himself in the groin and slowly starts to die from blood loss.]]
* TheMole: In ''The Star Group'' one of the teenagers is actually planning to kill the rest. [[spoiler: It's Gale.]]
* TheMovie: ''Fall Into Darkness'' was adapted into a made-for-TV movie.
* MythologyGag: In ''The Star Group'', main character Daniel mentions he's writing a story where the protagonist has just set a giant fire in Los Angeles. He's essentially writing ''Magic Fire''.
** Roxanne and Pepper see ''The Season of Passage'' at the movies, Shari begins writing ''The Starlight Crysta'', and ''The Listeners'' is mentioned in the second part of the "Collect Call" short story.
* NearDeathClairvoyance: Killed at a party, Shari Cooper spends the remainder of ''Remember Me'' as a ghost, watching over friends/family and trying to figure out who murdered her.
* NewAge: A lot of Pike's science fiction and fantasy novels have very New Age feels toward them in terms of their discussions of spirituality and religion.
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: Used in ''Master of Murder''. An author names his characters after his friends, and then the fanfics become canon (i.e., they happen in RealLife). Hilarity doesn't exactly ensue, being a Pike novel.
** Used again in ''Whisper of Death'', when the main characters discover that a dead classmate had written stories about them using different names, and each one dies as the characters in the story.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In ''The Last Vampire'' series, old vampires (5000 years or so) can walk about in sunlight; they don't have fangs and must manually cut open a vein in order to drink blood; and Alisa/Sita in particular can [[spoiler:survive a stake in the heart; and is a close personal friend of Krishna, as the vampires of this series have a connection with Hinduism.]]
** In ''The Season of Passage'' and ''Monster'' the [[spoiler:vampires originate from Mars, people on Earth being infected by a virus from that planet.]]
* OutGambitted: Used in ''Weekend''. [[spoiler: Lena purposefully gave the wrong date on the invitations but made sure those who were at the party where her sister drank insect poison came, with the intent to discover who actually gave Robin the poison. She drugs them, locks them in a room filled with venom-less rattlesnakes (herself included), and uses a recording of her dubbed voice to interrogate them. She hadn't expected on A: Bert turning up alive and B: them bringing Flynn, who reveals himself to be Robin's biological brother Michael. He planned to figure out who poisoned Robin himself, but at the same time whether or not Robin actually deserved one of his kidneys for a transplant, as he wasn't about to give one without learning if she was a good or bad person.]]
* ParodySue: The character of Melissa in the ''Final Chance'' play from ''Last Act''. [[spoiler: She's basically Susan Trels' perfected memory of herself.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Lara in ''Slumber Party'' starts to believe that someone in their group is either a pyrokinetic, or it's the case of spontaneous combustion, in order to explain how these fires keep occurring. [[spoiler: It turns out she's wrong, and Nell was secretly goading her beliefs just to screw with her.]]
** ''Magic Fire'', obviously.
** Shena in ''The Star Group'' develops pyrokinetic abilities as the group begin to gain new abilities from their collective awakening.
* PoorCommunicationKills: ''Last Act'' and ''Sati''.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Shari's dream about her brother and the balloon in ''Remember Me''. Which, naturally, she doesn't find out [[PropheticFallacy what it really means]] until the moment it becomes relevant.
* Really700YearsOld: The crews of ''The Traveler'' and ''The Pandora'' in ''The Starlight Crystal'', by means of traveling at the speed of light and cryogenic freezing respectively, live so long into the future that the Earth is rendered a lifeless, radioactive wasteland, and by the time they return the radiation has since abated. [[spoiler: Paige Christian, however, lives so long that she witnesses all life in the universe die out, then its rebirth. She then returns to Earth under a different identity, right at the same time her previous self was planning on leaving Earth to become a member of ''The Traveler''.]]
** This is a subversion, though, as the reason the crew of ''The Traveler'' remains so young isn't because of extended immortality, but because of how fast the ship is travelling, they don't age inside at the same rate as the universe outside is. A week to those in the ship is really two hundred years outside.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In both ''Last Act'' and ''Monster''.
* RecycledScript: ''Weekend'' and ''Slumber Party'' are both about a group of friends spending the weekend in some isolated location, and both groups share a dark secret from their past involving a former friend who was badly injured. The villain of the book is revealed to be someone out for revenge.
** ''Gimme a Kiss'' and ''Fall into Darkness'' both feature a girl who decides to set up someone else for her murder, and then things [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]] and people start dying for real. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the implication that Ann, the girl in ''Fall into Darkness'', has read ''Gimme a Kiss'' and got the idea from there.
* RedPillBluePill: In ''Magic Fire'' there is [[spoiler:a drug that takes you into a Matrix-esque reality that is extremely addictive. Despite Jessa (main character) being informed she is living in a fantasy world, she refuses to wake from her coma (and stop her addiction).]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Witch''. Julia's heart and mind are clouded by thoughts of revenge after Scott is gravely injured.
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: Gale set Shena up as this by deliberately scarring her and feigning innocence. She then set Sal up as Jimmy's murderer by saying so to the police, leading to Sal getting shot in the back.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Not prophecy per say, but the events that occur in ''The Starlight Crystal'' are revealed to have been set up by none other than [[spoiler: Paige Christian herself, who lives past the death of the universe and well into its rebirth. She discovers upon experience that she was really the woman who convinced her to visit a nearby park, where she would meet the love of her life, and was also responsible for creating the alien race that would wipe out all life on Earth, on purpose.]]
* SelfServingMemory: In ''Last Act''. [[spoiler: ''Final Chance'' was nothing more than Susan Trels warped memory of what her friendship with Rindy and Clyde was like. Clyde himself calls Susan out on it by saying her play was nothing but garbage compared to how things actually happened. This contributes to Susan's VillainousBreakdown.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWasWrong: ''See You Later'' and ''The Eternal Enemy''.
* ShadowArchetype: Literally, with Shari and the Shadow in ''Remember Me''. Also a rare example where, despite the initial fear and horror, it turns out to be a positive thing and there is a merger.
* SignificantAnagram: ''Last Act'' features [[spoiler:a play written by the murderer, Susan Trels, solely to set up the murder; the pseudonym she uses as playwright, Stan Russel, (deliberately, as dramatic flair and a challenge) is an anagram of her name.]]
* SilentScapegoat: [[spoiler: Rindy in ''Last Act''.]]
* SoftWater: Subverted in ''The Last Vampire'' series. When someone gets thrown off a 10-story(ish) building into a deep swimming pool, they die. Effectively being pulpified in fact. The thrower, apparently finding this amusing, proceeds to get rid of all her opposition in the same way. The main character only survives because she's a vampire, though she's still very badly injured.
* SpiritualSequel: ''Sati'' and ''The Starlight Crystal''. The connections lie in the use of mankind interacting with God or a higher force which talks about the path to enlightenment and the struggles of daily life. Both books use the term "Alosha", and while the phrase "starlight crystal" is never used in the novel, Sati refers to herself as such.
* StoryWithinAStory: Used numerous times in some of Pike's novels. ''Weekend'', ''Last Act'', ''The Midnight Club'', ''Whisper of Death'', ''Remember Me 3'', ''Master of Murder'', and ''Road to Nowhere''.
* SwitchedAtBirth: [[spoiler:Happened with Shari and the villain of ''Remember Me''.]]
* ThanatosGambit: ''Fall into Darkness''. [[spoiler: Ann fakes her death to get revenge on Sharon for her brother's suicide.]]
* ThisIsMyStory: Shari in ''Remember Me'', particularly the last lines of the book.
** Rela in ''The Eternal Enemy'', Paige in ''The Starlight Crystal'', and Roxanne in ''Whisper of Death''.
* TokenShipping: Sal and Terri in ''The Star Group''.
* TheVamp: A few of Pike's female characters are written as having an impressive sensuality while not being total knockouts in terms of physical appearance. Notable examples include Jessa in ''Magic Fire'' and Gale in ''The Star Group''.
* VampireFiction: ''The Last Vampire'' series.
* VegetarianVampire: In ''The Last Vampire'' series Alisa/Sita will drink the blood of people she has to kill because, well, why let it go to waste? But, she has the power to control people and wipe their memories, and will avoid killing them if possible - drinking only some of their blood, then wiping their memory. In ''Monster'' most [[spoiler:of the vampires kill for blood. However Angela Warner, by the end of the novel, learns to avoid humans and will only kill animals.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: While she never gets called on it, Ilonka in ''The Midnight Club'' breaks up Kevin and his girlfriend Kathy by making it clear to her that Kevin is in a ''hospice'', not a ''hospital'', and is not going to get better. The girl leaves the hospice in tears without seeing Kevin. In all honesty, this was out of wanting Kevin for herself.
** Actually, this may be a subversion, as Ilonka feels conflicting emotions of guilt towards her cruelty towards Kathy and her love towards Kevin. Everyone who knows about what happened felt Kathy deserved to be set straight sooner than later.
* WhodunnitToMe: In ''Remember Me'', Shari begins the novel already dead. She was killed at a party, and being a ghost she must figure out which one of her friends killed her.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Rela in ''The Eternal Enemy''. [[spoiler: Rela is short for Robotic Experimentation Logistical Algorhythm.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Jessa in ''Magic Fire''. She's consistently trying to make sure it is only Mark and herself with no one else getting in the way. [[spoiler: It turns out the entire novel up until the epilogue has been Jessa's prolonged dream thanks to a LotusEaterMachine. Mark was trying to get her to come back to the waking world but along the way he completely forgot his purpose. It was only after he realized how simplistic Jessa's dreamworld was and the subsequent pattern of it being just the two of them that he remembered his true purpose. Only Jessa wouldn't go with him.]]
* YourVampiresSuck: In ''The Last Vampire'' Sita possesses few of the traditional weaknesses. She sometimes has the "what about crosses, garlic, running water, coffin?" conversation with humans she reveals herself to. She can even stand the sunlight, though she explains she couldn't really do this until she'd aged a few THOUSAND years. Vampires in this series were first created when a demon (a yakshini) was summoned and possessed the corpse of a baby who was still inside its dead mother's womb.
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