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Exploring the Tales of Terror Alien Movie Storybook

Hey everyone! RidgeTop here, hope you all are having a Happy Alien Day. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. When I was still a kid in the early 90’s I stumbled upon certain horror books in my elementary school library. These were part of the Crestwood House ‘Tales of Terror’ series, movie storybook adaptations of horror films, a number of them on R-rated films. There were books on A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Fly, and of course… Alien.

Reading this book as a kid was actually my first experience of the story of the original film, and it was one of the primary things contributing to my early interest of Alien. These books became a rarity and faded into obscurity. It wasn’t until some years back that I decided to track down the book. My memory of it was hazy, at first I thought it was the Alien – The Movie Novel by Richard J. Anobile and Avon Publishing, but I knew upon looking at it that wasn’t the book from my childhood.

After a while I tracked it down. The book was written by Jane O’Brien. I managed to find a single copy on eBay. While the cover was pretty beat up, the inside was in pretty good shape. After I received it I opened it up, this was definitely the one I remembered.

Since this book remains a rarity, I’m not currently seeing any copies available online, I thought it might be nice to share this with everyone. I’ve put together a full video readthrough of the book which you can check out below!

If you’d like to read the book on your own. I’ve scanned and added this full book to our downloads section so grab the PDF for yourselves here!

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  1. El Diablo
    I had this book when I was a kid. Actually, I may have forgotten to return it to my school library and it may have been accidentally packed up when my family and I moved that summer. Oops. I remember it had some gruesome images from the movie I hadn't seen before and I got hold of it a few weeks before the release of ALIEN 3.
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