My mind has been awhirl today following an oh-too-Freudian dream where I had to behead a serpent that was nesting in my pants; yes, you too would worry.
Somehow my thoughts took me back in time to sometime in the late 80s when I did a lot of choose-yer-own adventure books, and to a particular series that I have the haziest of fond memories. You always played the named character Pip, and the action was a mix of fantasy, horror and some modern-day stuff, laced with some very knowing humour and delivered through confident, involving writing. (No, probably no Elmore Leonard. But definitely a cut-above most of the genre, and I lapped it up.) The only elements I remember well are whimsical and sinister villains, bizarre magic items (the rubber ducky being one) and the way the book spoke directly to you in this matey, conspiratorial way.
My googlefu is weak and fails me. But dammit, I have to know! It's that, or reflect on my issues, so I'm begging you: anyone's brain have a longer reach than mine?