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The Stranger Things franchise will expand with a new series of books this fall

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Jun 8, 2018

If you're among the many, many Stranger Things fans annoyed by the long wait that still lies ahead before we see Season 3, we've got good news: You're about to have some reading to do.

Stranger Things distributor Netflix has partnered with publisher Penguin Random House to launch a new line of books inspired by the hit supernatural series, according to Deadline. The first two of these books will arrive this fall in the U.S. and U.K., with a third book to follow in the spring. Between the three volumes readers will see a mixture of nonfiction and fiction that expands the Stranger Things world for both adults and young readers.

First up is Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion, which is exactly what it sounds like. The second, still-untitled book will be aimed at younger readers, and will be a gift book that offers "advice, wisdom, and warnings from the Stranger Things world," the publisher said. So, if you're Christmas shopping for a Stranger Things fan, be on the lookout for those.

If fiction is more your speed, then you'll want to wait for the spring release: A still-untitled novel by Gwenda Bond — author of the Cirque AmericanSupernormal Sleuthing Service, and Lois Lane novels — that will explore the backstory of Eleven's (Millie Bobby Brown) mother as she underwent the MKUltra experimental program. Season 2 explored a bit of that backstory from Eleven's point of view, as she discovered what happened to her mother and how she came to have her telekinetic abilities, but a full-length book will shed a lot more light on how that all happened. 

Even more titles aimed at adults and younger readers are set to arrive later in 2019.

This is a big but not surprising move for Stranger Things, a franchise that's already launched a number of merchandising endeavors since arriving on Netflix in 2016. Now, fans will be able to dive even deeper into this strange world, and add to their bookshelves while they're at it.

Stranger Things returns for its third season sometime in 2019.

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