Official Author Site for John Passarella

Welcome to, the official website for Bram Stoker Award-Winning supernatural (and paranormal) thriller author John Passarella. He is the author of the original novels Wither (co-authored, Bram Stoker Award-Winner for First Novel), Wither's Rain, Wither's Legacy, Kindred Spirit and Shimmer, and the fiction collection Exit Strategy & Others.

Passarella also wrote several original media tie-in novels, including his forthcoming Supernatural: Joyride (OCT 2018) , Supernatural: Cold Fire, as well as Supernatural: Rite of Passage, Supernatural: Night Terror and the Scribe Award Finalist, Grimm: The Chopping Block, all from Titan Books. Previously, he authored three media tie-in novels for Simon & Schuster, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ghoul Trouble, Angel: Avatar and Angel: Monolith.

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I'm excited to announce the publication of my first movie novelization. As you can see below, the novel is... Halloween (2018), based on the screenplay sequel to John Carpenter's original classic movie of the same name!

Halloween (2018)

Halloween (2018)

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ISBN-13: 978-1789090529
$7.99 US | $10.99 CAN | €7.99 UK
$5.99 US - KINDLE

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Halloween (2018)

IAMTW (logo)SCRIBE AWARD NOMINEE! I'm pleased to announce my Halloween (2018) novelization was selected by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) as a nominee for a Scribe Award in the Adapted Novel category. Winners will be announced at San Diego ComicCon in July 2019.

John Passarella
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
The Official Movie Novelization
Titan Books

In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith’s Grove State Hospital.

For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. This time, Laurie is prepared with years of survival training to protect herself, her daughter Karen and her granddaughter Allyson, a teenager separated from her family and enjoying Halloween festivities.

Praise for Halloween: The Official Movie Novelization

“Terrifying, intense and oh so good”

“"I had a constant sense of impending doom, just waiting for something bad (really BAD!) to happen and I loved it!... Terrifying, intense and oh so good."

“A wonderfully suspenseful read”

“[A] remarkable novelisation... [T]he author manages to showcase an almost seemingly effortless talent to lull his readers into the story as it unfolds. It’s a wonderfully suspenseful read, enjoyable whether you’ve seen Halloween or not.”
Avery McReynolds, Cultured Vultures (“6 Best New Books of 2018 You Should Read”)

“Passarella has taken Danny McBride, Jeff Fradley and David Gordon Green’s screenplay and given it the depth that a 106 minute horror movie just can’t have.” Rating: 9/10
Sci -Fi Bulletin

“Now THIS is more like it! Passarella has not only adapted the film perfectly but has fleshed it out so much more to the extent that some of the film that was slightly off or didn’t make sense is now crystal clear... The book has nailed the film perfectly and then some. This is the kind of film tie-in that I’m pleased has been released. It’s rich narrative and attention to even the smallest detail leaves us wanting more... after reading this, I intend to search out any other novels [Passarella] has written and immerse myself again in his rewarding and gripping words and worlds. ”
Future of the Force

“Expands and Enriches
This Year’s Hit Sequel

How the Official Novelization for HALLOWEEN (2018) Expands and Enriches This Year’s Hit Sequel: “I have one recommendation to make: read the novelization... It offers so much more added depth, so much more background... Just pick up a copy and enjoy.”
Bloody Disgusting

“A must have for both hardcore Halloween franchise lovers and casual readers alike... The book and film complement each other the way novelizations should.”
40oz of Horror

“[A] great job creating detailed descriptions, which made the story feel less of a "novelization" and more like a full-fledged horror novel.”
Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer (blog review)

“Fans of Michael Myers will find plenty to love here...”
Bloody Flicks

Reader (& Listener) Reviews

“This book is perfect! I recommend [it] to all lovers of the franchise!(Amazon reviewer)

“A well written and mandatory companion to the new film. What a fantastic read! Mr. Passarella captured the essence of Halloween and Michael Myers amazingly well.
— Amazon reviewer

can't put it down... intense like [the] movie”
—Amazon reviewer

“wow, wow, wow! Absolutely amazing! The suspense kept me up literally all night... Scary, violent, and a damn good read.”
—Audible reviewer

Author Interviews

Bloody Flicks (UK) | My Interview at NovelPro

Halloween Movie Reviews

Halloween Has Premiered at TIFF and the Critics are Raving
Den of Geek "[has] the scariest slasher movie sequence in at least a decade"
LA Times "nasty and nimble"

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Supernatural: Joyride (Available Now!)

John Passarella
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
An Original Novel Based on the hit TV series Supernatural created by Eric Kripke
Titan Books

A brand new Supernatural novel inspired by the record-breaking show starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

A brand-new Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series!

At the stroke of midnight, everyone awake in a small Missouri town suddenly falls unconscious in the middle of whatever they were doing. When Sam and Dean investigate, the town seems peaceful. But they soon uncover a wave of strange behaviour - streaking, petty vandalism and random violence - and nobody can remember why they did it. With reports of strange shadows and horrible murders, the Winchesters dig deep into the town's secrets and uncover a tragedy fifty years in the making...

Praise for Supernatural: Joyride

“A great adventure... Passarella knows his subject and Sam and Dean’s voices are authentic... Another five star hit from the Winchester trenches.”
—Theresa Derwin (full review)

“John Passarella has delved into the world of Supernatural before and once again showcases his ability  to tap into the heart of the show... he also has a talent for writing eerie stories that chill you to your very core. If this was a stand-alone novel with no attachment to the show, it would be enjoyable,  but the fact that it’s set in a  familiar and much loved environment, makes it all the more sweeter… ”
Chris Andrews , Mass Movement Magazine

“Passarella delivers utter satisfaction!… FIVE STARS! Make sure you have plenty of time before you open these pages. I read the entire book in one afternoon... and I loved every second of it.
Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews



Supernatural: Joyride (Cover)

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Supernatural: Cold Fire

John Passarella
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
An Original Novel Based on the hit TV series Supernatural created by Eric Kripke
Titan Books

Synopsis: A brand-new Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!

When a gruesome murder takes place in Braden Heights, Indiana, the local authorities suspect the disembowelled and eyeless corpse was the victim of an animal attack. But when another body is discovered, the eyes gouged out, Sam, Dean and Castiel start looking for connections between the two men and discover both were soon to be fathers. As the boys hunt the killer, they unearth stories from the town’s troubled past, and secrets some would prefer stay buried forever.

“FIVE STARS! [E]nded up canceling my plans for the evening so that I could keep reading. . . . John Passarella’s writing style pulls the reader into the Supernatural universe with ease and paints such a graphic picture that the real world simply fades away and time becomes immaterial. This story is horrific, fascinating, outrageous – and I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading it.”
—Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews

Read more about my Supernatural novels…

Grimm: The Chopping Block

John Passarella
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
An Original Novel Based on the hit NBC TV series Grimm
Titan Books

* * * An International Association of Media Tie-In Writers * * *
* * * Scribe Award Finalist * * *

Synopsis: A cache of bones is found in a shallow grave in local woods... Meanwhile missing persons cases in Portland seem to be on the increase. As more bones are discovered, Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt and his partner Hank Griffin investigate - but there seems to be no connection between the victims... A brand-new original story set in the Grimm universe.

“Full of incredible suspense, mystery, violence, and more Wesen — this is what makes Grimm great. The characters are spot on. And the story is unique, scary, and thrilling. This fast-paced, exciting novel was impossible to put down. Fans of the show will want to pick this one up.”
— (Read full review.)


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Grimm: The Chopping Block

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About Matthew & Matthew's Miles

My son Matthew was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor in 2001 at the age of seven and given 6 to 9 months to live. (As of this writing, he is nearly 23.) To date he's had four brain surgeries—3 in 2005 alone—and six weeks of radiation therapy, completed April 3, 2006. Read his story here and find out why my wife and I started Matthew's Miles to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research.