Stranger Things book series to reveal details about Eleven’s background: authors, release date, plots and everything we know so far

Hawkins is heading to a bookshop near you

The past two series of Stranger Things have been a runaway success. Since the episodes dropped onto Netflix the show won an army of fans, and the young cast became instant A-listers. And now the beloved town of Hawkins is going to move from your laptop screens to your bookshelf, with a string of Stranger Things books being planned for release. Here’s what we know about them so far:

Who’ll be publishing them?

Deadline have confirmed that Penguin Random House Books UK have partnered with Netflix to publish the books in the UK.

There’s quite a few books set to be released, aren’t there?

Yes! First up we have a behind the scenes companion book and a hard-cover gift book for younger readers. The companion book will be called Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion, and the gift book currently doesn’t have a name, but according to Deadline it’ll offer “advice, wisdom, and warnings from the Stranger Things world”. These two are set to be released in Autumn of this year.

What about this Stranger Things prequel I’ve heard about?

These two books will be followed by a currently unnamed prequel for older readers, set for release in spring 2019.

So who’s going to be writing the prequel?

Gwenda Bond (known for previous works Girl on a Wire and Girl in the Shadows) has been confirmed as author.

What story will the Stranger Things prequel book tell?

It’ll be about Eleven’s mother, Terri, and it’ll explore her involvement in the MKUltra program (which was the program in which Eleven got her powers). Very little has currently been revealed about the prequel, other than it’ll be graded as a ‘adult fiction‘ (as opposed to young adult or children’s fiction), and that Bond hasn’t yet finished writing it.