YA Horror Novel ‘The Midnight Club’ Heads For Netflix

One of the most beloved thriller novels for younger readers of the ’90s is being adapted for Netflix by an acclaimed horror director.

Mike Flanagan–the writer and director who helmed The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep and Gerald’s Game–will tackle the adaptation of Christopher Pike’s YA horror novel The Midnight Club for Netflix, according to Variety.

Flanagan will script the TV version of the popular novel with Leah Fong, who also is working on the director’s upcoming Hill House sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor, which has been slated to debut on Netflix in 2021.

The Midnight Club tells the haunting tale of a group of teens who live in Rotterdam Home, a facility for terminally ill patients. These young patients have an interesting hobby: They gather at midnight every night and tell scary stories.

But it doesn’t stop there. The members of this exclusive club have made a pact. They agree that whoever passes away first will try to contact the remaining members from the beyond.

Back in the 1980s and ’90s, Pike’s books were must-reads for lovers of pulp teen horror fiction. The Midnight Club, published in 1994, was released after some two dozen other YA books from the pen of Pike filled shelves. And it was reported that the Netflix show may very well use some of the elements gleaned from those novels.

Flanagan confirmed this news on his Twitter account, writing that he “began brainstorming an adaptation of The Midnight Club as a teenager, so this is a dream come true. It’s an honor to introduce a new generation of young horror fans to the works of Christopher Pike.”

Flanagan also will serve as the show’s executive producer through Intrepid Pictures, along with Fong, Trevor Macy, Julia Bicknell, Elan Gale, James Flanagan and Chinaka Hodge.

Flanagan also created the upcoming Netflix series Midnight Mass that suspended production due to the pandemic, but which is expected to continue shooting as soon as the green light is given.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates in the production and a release date for The Midnight Club.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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