'Stranger Things' fan favorite Eddie Munson to get prequel story

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By stefan armitage

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Stranger Things fans have a lot to look forward to as the beloved series continues to expand its universe, with one character in the spotlight: Eddie Munson.

In the show, Eddie was portrayed by actor Joseph Quinn and became an instant fan favorite in Season 4.

Now, he's set to get an origin story that delves into his past. Caitlin Schneiderhan, who is currently working in the show's Season 5 writers' room, is the author behind the upcoming novel titled Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus, set to be published by Penguin Random House on October 31.

This novel is set in 1984, two years before the events of Stranger Things Season 4, offering fans a deeper understanding of Eddie's character.

According to the official plot description, the story follows Eddie as he crosses paths with Paige, a record producer. Paige presents Eddie, the leader of the Hellfire Club, with the opportunity to pursue his musical dreams with his band, Corroded Coffin. The catch? Eddie needs money, which leads him into his father's questionable dealings, setting the stage for a gripping tale.

"The Eddie Munson we meet at the beginning of Stranger Things 4 is the protective shepherd to the nerdy lost sheep of Hawkins High. But taking on that mantle wasn't such a cut-and-dry decision," explains Schneiderhan. "I'm so excited for fans to go with him on his journey towards becoming a hero, to experience the messy and uncomfortable decisions that led him to become the brave misfit we all know and love."

The full synopsis can be found at the bottom of this article.

The cover of Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus features an illustration of Eddie, capturing his essence as he passionately plays the guitar. This artwork evokes memories of his selfless act distracting the Demobats in the Upside Down, showcasing his unwavering spirit.

Schneiderhan also reflected on why she believes Eddie made such a profound impact on fans, explaining: "Eddie is a person who is unfailingly, unapologetically himself, which is irresistible enough on its own. But add on the fact that he encourages the people around him to be the same? Who wouldn't want to be friends with that guy?"

She also teases the introduction of characters from Eddie's past, shedding light on how they influenced him. "Meeting the characters from Eddie's past who — for better or worse — had a part in shaping who he is was one of the most rewarding parts of exploring this story, and I can't wait for the fans to meet them, too!" she says. "Eddie, this is for you!"

As Stranger Things continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of '80s nostalgia and supernatural mysteries, the forthcoming novel promises to provide fans with an even deeper connection to one of its standout characters. The full synopsis can be read here: Hawkins, Indiana — for most, it's simply another idyllic, manicured all-American town. But for Eddie Munson it's like living in a perpetual Tomb of Horrors. Luckily, he only has a few more months to survive at Hawkins High. And what is senior year, really, but just killing time between Dungeons & Dragons sessions with the Hellfire Club and gigs with his band? It's at the worst dive bar in town that Eddie meets Paige, someone who has pulled off a freaking miracle. She escaped Hawkins and built a wickedly cool life for herself working for a record producer out in Los Angeles. Not only is she the definition of a badass — with a killer taste in music — she might be the only person that actually appreciates him as the bard he is instead of the devil incarnate. But the best thing? She's offering a chance for him to make something of himself, and all he needs is to get her a demo tape of Corroded Coffin's best songs. Just one problem: Recording costs money. Money Eddie doesn't have. But he's willing to do whatever it takes: even if that means relying on his old man, Al Munson. His dad just stumbled back into his life, with another dubious scheme up his sleeve, and yet Eddie knows this is his only option to make enough dough in enough time. It's a risk, but if it pays off he will finally have a one-way ticket out of Hawkins. Eddie can feel it: 1984 is going to be his year.

With Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus hitting bookshelves on October 31, 2024, fans have something exciting to look forward to this Halloween.

Featured image credit: Variety/Getty

'Stranger Things' fan favorite Eddie Munson to get prequel story

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By stefan armitage

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Stranger Things fans have a lot to look forward to as the beloved series continues to expand its universe, with one character in the spotlight: Eddie Munson.

In the show, Eddie was portrayed by actor Joseph Quinn and became an instant fan favorite in Season 4.

Now, he's set to get an origin story that delves into his past. Caitlin Schneiderhan, who is currently working in the show's Season 5 writers' room, is the author behind the upcoming novel titled Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus, set to be published by Penguin Random House on October 31.

This novel is set in 1984, two years before the events of Stranger Things Season 4, offering fans a deeper understanding of Eddie's character.

According to the official plot description, the story follows Eddie as he crosses paths with Paige, a record producer. Paige presents Eddie, the leader of the Hellfire Club, with the opportunity to pursue his musical dreams with his band, Corroded Coffin. The catch? Eddie needs money, which leads him into his father's questionable dealings, setting the stage for a gripping tale.

"The Eddie Munson we meet at the beginning of Stranger Things 4 is the protective shepherd to the nerdy lost sheep of Hawkins High. But taking on that mantle wasn't such a cut-and-dry decision," explains Schneiderhan. "I'm so excited for fans to go with him on his journey towards becoming a hero, to experience the messy and uncomfortable decisions that led him to become the brave misfit we all know and love."

The full synopsis can be found at the bottom of this article.

The cover of Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus features an illustration of Eddie, capturing his essence as he passionately plays the guitar. This artwork evokes memories of his selfless act distracting the Demobats in the Upside Down, showcasing his unwavering spirit.

Schneiderhan also reflected on why she believes Eddie made such a profound impact on fans, explaining: "Eddie is a person who is unfailingly, unapologetically himself, which is irresistible enough on its own. But add on the fact that he encourages the people around him to be the same? Who wouldn't want to be friends with that guy?"

She also teases the introduction of characters from Eddie's past, shedding light on how they influenced him. "Meeting the characters from Eddie's past who — for better or worse — had a part in shaping who he is was one of the most rewarding parts of exploring this story, and I can't wait for the fans to meet them, too!" she says. "Eddie, this is for you!"

As Stranger Things continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of '80s nostalgia and supernatural mysteries, the forthcoming novel promises to provide fans with an even deeper connection to one of its standout characters. The full synopsis can be read here: Hawkins, Indiana — for most, it's simply another idyllic, manicured all-American town. But for Eddie Munson it's like living in a perpetual Tomb of Horrors. Luckily, he only has a few more months to survive at Hawkins High. And what is senior year, really, but just killing time between Dungeons & Dragons sessions with the Hellfire Club and gigs with his band? It's at the worst dive bar in town that Eddie meets Paige, someone who has pulled off a freaking miracle. She escaped Hawkins and built a wickedly cool life for herself working for a record producer out in Los Angeles. Not only is she the definition of a badass — with a killer taste in music — she might be the only person that actually appreciates him as the bard he is instead of the devil incarnate. But the best thing? She's offering a chance for him to make something of himself, and all he needs is to get her a demo tape of Corroded Coffin's best songs. Just one problem: Recording costs money. Money Eddie doesn't have. But he's willing to do whatever it takes: even if that means relying on his old man, Al Munson. His dad just stumbled back into his life, with another dubious scheme up his sleeve, and yet Eddie knows this is his only option to make enough dough in enough time. It's a risk, but if it pays off he will finally have a one-way ticket out of Hawkins. Eddie can feel it: 1984 is going to be his year.

With Stranger Things: Flight of Icarus hitting bookshelves on October 31, 2024, fans have something exciting to look forward to this Halloween.

Featured image credit: Variety/Getty