Name: Dennis Etchison
Known aliases: Curtis Richards (pseudonym)
Gender: Male

Curtis Richards is the pseudonym used by Dennis William Etchison (born March 30, 1943 in Stockton, California), the author of the novelization of Halloween.

Etchison is an American writer and editor of fantasy and horror fiction. He refers to his own work as "rather dark, depressing, almost pathologically inward fiction about the individual in relation to the world." Stephen King has called Dennis Etchison "One hell of a fiction writer" and he has been deemed "the most original living horror in America" (The Viking-Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural). While he has achieved some acclaim as a novelist, it is his work in the short story format that is especially well regarded by critics and genre fans. He was president of Horror Writers Association from 1992 to 1994. He is a multi-award winner, having won the British Fantasy Award three times for fiction, and the World Fantasy Award for anthologies he edited.

Also writing under the pseudonym Jack Martin, he has published popular novelizations of the films Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) and Videodrome. Under his own name, Etchison's novels include Darkside (1986), Shadowman (1994), and California Gothic (1995), as well as the novelization of John Carpenter's film The Fog (1980).

The Halloween novelEdit

The novel's copyright is 1979 by Bantam Books, Inc. and is based on the 1978 movie Halloween. The cover photo was courtesy of Compass International Pictures, Inc. and the edition language was English. The book also indicates it was released simultaneously in the United States and Canada. However, the novel has been out of print since the 1980s.

Aside from the title, "Halloween", the cover also says "Trick...or treat...or die" and "The # 1 screen shocker of the year."

On the inside of the cover is a brief prelude:

Someone has removed Judy Myers' headstone from the graveyard. Someone has left a freshly killed dog in the old Myers house. Someone has broken into a store and stolen a Halloween mask and several long knives.

Someone had returned to Haddonfield after 15 bitter years of exile...someone who will strike again...and again...and again...

The summary on the back of the novel is:

Tricked by his cunning...Treated to his savagery...Annie, Linda and Laurie...fresh, pretty, ready to be taken...stalked by a sadistic power who has returned to claim new victims, on this...the most frightening night of the year.

The back cover also includes a statement that says "A novel by Curtis Richards based on the screenplay by John Carpenter and Debra Hill."

The novel also includes a quote from US Magazine: "The scariest movie since Psycho."

A prologue is contained within the novel and the novel itself consists of 15 chapters and has a total of 166 pages.