The Halloweenies are back in Haddonfield to kick off a new October tradition! After carving out the franchise for a whole year in 2018, then proceeding to slice through the Hallogreen trilogy in 2021 and 2022, they’re finally turning to the stacks. Specifically, the novelizations. So, each spooky season, they’ll dust off those vintage novelizations to cover them in full.
This year, the gang trick or treats through the one that started it all: Curtis Richards’ excellent 1979 novelization of John Carpenter‘s Halloween. Together, co-hosts Michael Roffman and Dan Caffrey flip through all the pages, discussing the added scenes, the way our favorite characters are fleshed out, and whether or not these additions warrant a place in the film.
Bonus: After they discuss the book, Roffman connects with Printed in Blood co-founder and publisher Steven Hoveke, who shares some insights into the forthcoming illustrated reprint due out in 2024. In addition to teasing what to expect, Hoveke also shares how he got Richard Curtis on board, his past work with the Carpenter family, and so much more.
Stream the episode below or subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, RadioPublic, Acast, Google Podcasts, and RSS. New to the Halloweenies? Catch up with the gang by revisiting their essential episodes on past franchises such as Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Scream, and The Evil Dead. This year? It’s Chucky!
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