Twin Peaks has spawned several successful books due to its success. During the show's second season, Pocket Books released three official tie-in books, each authored by the show's creators (or their family) which offer a wealth of backstory.
Mark Frost personally considers the novels as being part of the Twin Peaks universe though purposefully avoiding the term "canon":
- Q: Do you consider The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, that Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, The Access Guide and The Secret History of Twin Peaks, this all being canon?
- Mark Frost: Well I... You know, "canon" is never a word that I use. I mean, the universe of the town and the people and the stories seems, to me, broad enough to encompass anything that comes along that by one of the two primary creators... I mean, I have no trouble thinking of those books as part of our ongoing developement of this universe and I thought [The Secret History of Twin Peaks] should actually continue in that vein.
The Secret Diary of Laura PalmerEdit
- Main article: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
(ISBN 978-0-671-73590-6), September 15, 1990, written by Jennifer Lynch (David Lynch's daughter). Lynch paints a haunting portrait of an abused teen's double life, falling into a world of prostitution and cocaine abuse, while maintaining the status quo as homecoming queen and high school student. Published during the summer between the original broadcasts of the first and second seasons, the book provided fans with much-sought-after information regarding Laura's veiled personal life, including her knowledge of and/or relationship with the enigmatic character of "Killer Bob." For the most part, Lynch's book is faithful to the Lynch/Frost collaboration as it existed at the time of its publication. However, discrepancies exist, as when Laura describes a slumber party with friend Donna and cousin Maddy, contradicting a scene in Season One in which they are introduced for the first time after her death. Season Two strays from the Secret Diary by referring to diary entries that do not appear in Lynch's work and by setting the date of her death, and thus (if we assume she was seventeen years old when she died) her birth a year earlier than in the diary. (In Season Two, Episode Four, Harold Smith states that the date is "Tuesday, March 7th," making the year 1989, not 1990.) This can be resolved by simply mentally adjusting all dates in the diary to one year earlier than the date printed, since the TV show and film FIRE WALK WITH ME definitively fix the events of the series in 1989.
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My TapesEdit
May 1, 1991. Collection of transcripts from Agent Dale Cooper's audio tapes from the age of 13 to just before he goes to Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks: Access Guide to the TownEdit
- Main article: Twin Peaks: Access Guide to the Town
(ISBN 978-0-671-74399-4) June 1, 1991. A joint collaboration between David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks Production, Inc. and Richard Saul Wurman's ACCESS Press). Written by Gregg Almquist, Tricia Brock, Robert Engels, Lise Friedman and Harley Peyton, the book is a parody of a traveller's guide book, as published by the Twin Peaks Chamber of Commerce. Inside, fans can find anything from a history of the Native Americans around the area, to a list of songs on the jukebox in the Double-R Diner.
"Diane..." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper (Audio book)Edit
- Main article: "Diane..." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper
October 1, 1990. Cassette-only release consisted of recorded Cooper messages to his never-seen assistant, Diane.
The Twin Peaks GazetteEdit
The The Twin Peaks Gazette was a 3-issue fake newspaper named after the town's own imprint. It gave fans insight into upcoming episodes and behind the scenes information.
The Secret History of Twin PeaksEdit
- Main article: The Secret History of Twin Peaks
A novel by Mark Frost. It is presented as a dossier -- containing the history of the town and citizens of Twin Peaks -- organized by an unidentified archivist, whose identity must be determined by FBI Special Agent "TP".
Twin Peaks Behind-the-scenes: An Unofficial Visitors Guide to Twin PeaksEdit
(ISBN 978-1-556-98284-2), 1991. Written by Mark Altman.
Welcome To Twin PeaksEdit
(ISBN 978-0-451-17031-6), 1990. Written by Scott Knickelbine. A Complete Guide to Who's Who and What's What. This book was unauthorized and was later pulled from the shelves.
Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin PeaksEdit
(ISBN 978-0-814-32506-3), 1995. Edited by David Lavery. "Full of Secrets" contains a collection of essays considering David Lynch's politics, the musical score, and the show's cult status, treatment of family violence, obsession with doubling, and silencing of women. Also included are a director and writer list, a cast list, a "Twin Peaks" calendar, a complete scene breakdown for the entire series, and a comprehensive bibliography. Essays include: "Lynching Women: A Feminist Reading of Twin Peaks", "Family Romance, Family Violence, and the Fantastic in Twin Peaks", "Infinite Games: The Derationalization of Detection in Twin Peaks", "Desire Under the Douglas Firs: Entering the Body of Reality in Twin Peaks", "The Canonization of Laura Palmer".