There are currently 12 movies in the Friday the 13th franchise, but there have been 20 novels published that were set in the world of Jason Voorhees. I plan on doing some writing about these books individually in the future, but getting my hands on them could be tricky because they are generally super expensive. They can be seen with an asking price of a couple of hundred dollars respectively. I feel like Jason isn’t the only one looking to make a killing.

There have been seven novelizations of six of the motion pictures. That was not a typo. Friday the 13th Part 3 was adapted twice by two different writers, and both were published. One was written in 1982 and the other in 1986. Another interesting choice was that they skipped the fourth and fifth films and went right to the sixth movie. There were apparently some pretty wild decisions made back then about the novelizations of these pictures.

In 1994, a new line (pun intended) of Friday the 13th novels started and ended that year. The series was called Camp Crystal Lake, and it had four books published under that banner aiming for a more YA audience. The books were written after Jason goes to Hell and don’t actually feature Jason Voorhees. The novels usually were about teens finding Jason’s hockey mask and becoming possessed by his spirit. Jason goes to Hell never got a novelization, but it basically received four books that took place after it. There was a fifth book released by the original author of the novels as an ebook online, but the official site for it has been shut down likely due to copyright issues.

Jason X, the tenth Friday the 13th movie that was set in space and in the future, had five books in total. One book is the novelization of the movie, and the other four take place after it. I’m so curious about these books. They have titles like Death Moon and Planet of the Beast. Based on synopses of these books, basically, the military tries to clone Jason to make super soliders, and he isn’t having any of it. It all sounds crazy enough to be insanely fun.

Lastly, there were five novels published after the release of Freddy vs. Jason. Each of these books aren’t connected to any specific movie and handle Jason in their own way. I find it amusing that they used what appears to be promotional images of Kane Hodder’s iconic portrayal as Jason after Jason had been controversially recast with another actor in Freddy vs. Jason.

That does it for all the fiction novels for Friday the 13th. There are plenty of books also out there that cover the production of the different films like Slash of the Titans and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. Plus, there have been tons of comic books from several different publishers over the years. I guess what I am trying to say is there are plenty of different ways to enjoy your Friday the 13th, but I just wouldn’t recommend camping as one of them.


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  1. That bit about the pricing makes me think of the Final Destination novels. They’re also out of print and it’s murder trying to find them.
    Best of luck! I look forward to seeing when you talk about these.

      • It makes sense. Novelizations don’t tend to stay on the shelves long and, like sci-fi/fantasy novels, I’m imagining that the people who have them don’t tend to resell them.
        I’m pretty lucky that the Alien novelization got reprinted fairly recently.

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