HAVERHILL — It was the year Nancy Kerrigan got kneecapped, the popular TV show "Friends" debuted, and Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
The year 1994 was also when Haverhill author Christopher Golden saw his first horror novel, "Of Saints and Shadows" on a bookstore shelf.
On Sunday, The New York Times best-selling author will mark the occasion with a bash at the Barnes and Noble book store in Salem, N.H. The event will include signings, giveaways, special guests and more.
"It's crazy,'' said Golden, who has written more than 51 books. "It's so weird to think about it."
The celebration dovetails with the release of Golden's latest novel, "Snowblind." Set in a fictional version of Haverhill during a blizzard, the horror story follows a group of residents dealing with ghosts. He describes it as an "Our Town" sort of story, with lots of snow.
Stephen King, one of Golden's writing idols from his youth, wrote this for the book's cover: "'Snowblind' is instantly involving and deeply scary. It will bring a blizzard to your bones (and your heart) even in the middle of July. Throw away all those old 'it was a dark and stormy night' novels; this one is the real deal."
The book is already a best-seller and a top audio book download on iTunes. Golden said "Snowblind" is in development as a TV series, but he can't name the network yet.
This is the second book of Golden's set in a version of the city — the first was his young adult book "Poison Ink," about a group of teenagers who fall under the spell of a shady tattoo artist.
Golden, who grew up in Framingham, said he finds a lot of inspiration in the varied locales of the Queen Slipper City and expects more aspects of Haverhill to show up in his future work.