Halloween (2018)

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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I'm pleased to announce my Halloween (2018) novelization was selected by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) as a finalist for a Scribe Award in the Adapted Novel category.


Halloween (2018)

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.

Read an in interview with me in this RVG Fanatic blog post about all the Halloween movie novelations.

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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