Wow. Got another recommendation for The Damned today by a writer I really admire, in this case Jennifer McMahon:
“Prepare yourself for a sleepless night or two once you’ve settled in with this smart, suspenseful and absolutely terrifying book that takes the bad seed concept to a whole new level. Pyper has the unique ability to take us to the darkest places and convince us that the things we find there are not only entirely possible and real, but that we might just take some piece of them back with us once we close the cover and turn out the lights.”
Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People
Got a great endorsement from author Lauren Beukes for The Damned today! (If you haven’t read Lauren’s scary, super-smart The Shining Girls or Broken Monsters, you really should. Her writing is insightful, often funny, and her scares are wonderfully weird and dark as the inside of a cow. Big fan).
“Pyper is a master architect of dread…Compulsive and nerve-jangling, The Damned is a story about personal hells and the relationships that haunt us.”
- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters
Over at the BlogTO site, I take a visiting writer on a day out in my hometown of Toronto. Plus some of my other beloved Toronto places and things to do. It’s kind of my own personal mini Lonely Planet guide.
Tour of Toronto
If you’re a member on Wattpad, or are thinking of becoming one, or you’ve never heard of it but you like the idea of reading free stuff, there’s a teaser chapter from my forthcoming novel, The Damned, up there now. Go on. Be teased!
The Damned – Wattpad Teaser
Over at the Mulholland Books site, where they’re hosting a slew of great guest bloggers, I’ve written a thing about the differences between reading scary stories as a kid and reading them now.
Reading Horror, Then and Now
The new book has a title – The Damned – and a cover too. Both took a while to get right, but I gotta say, they feel like a perfect match right now.
(The Damned is out February 2015 in the US and Canada, and March 2015 in the UK).
There’s surprises…and then there’s SURPRISES!
When The Demonologist was announced as a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel I took it as an enormous honor in itself, and never thought I stood any real chance of winning. Why would I? My fellow nominees were Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Linda Castillo, my fellow Canuck and friend Owen Laukkanen and Stephen King. With a field like that, I was more than happy to just be a shoulder rubber.
Then, this weekend, I went down to New York for the awards banquet at ThrillerFest. Hundreds of colleagues, agents, and editors in a Manhattan hotel ballroom – many of whom I’ve read with admiration and who constitute the firmament of the world’s thriller writing. An audience I found myself addressing when I accepted the award.
It still feels a bit unreal. I feel so very privileged. It was a fun night, I tell you.
So thanks to the ITW, the judges, Jenny Milchman for being the one to say my name into the microphone, and for anyone else who may have had a hand in this. As I said at the awards banquet (and is captured here on video, even if you can’t quite hear me), it was the fifth most exciting night of my life. The others? My wedding day. The births of my two children. And one night I can’t discuss publicly.
ITW Awards – July 12, 2014
Over at the CBC Books website, in honour of Canada Day, they’ve compiled a list of the all-time 100 Novels That Make You Proud To Be Canadian. And guess what? My first novel, Lost Girls is on it!
Aside from the terrific honour at having my book on the list with The Greats, I’m proud in a slightly different way.
It’s the feeling that my story – a made-up thing about ghosts and a cokehead lawyer and a monstrous Lady of the Lake who pulls swimmers down into a lake’s depths – has entered people’s consciousness in unexpected and reality-reshaping ways. To think that something I’ve written has changed (however slightly) the way some might see a familiar thing – a northern lake, a neglected town – is rewarding beyond description.
CBC Books – 100 Novels That Make You Proud To Be Canadian
Just saw that The Demonologist is on the shortlist for the Sunburst Award! And this as the sun actually appeared outside the window. Coincidence? Obviously not.
The Sunburst Award acknowledges excellence for Canadian literature of the fantastic. My thanks to the Sunburst association and the jury, as well as congratulations to my fellow nominees, including the wonderful Nalo Hopkinson and Guy Gavriel Kay.
Sunburst Award shortlist
Shirley Jackson is the sweetest when it comes to sourness, a shining light in the darkness field. Have you read “The Lottery” or The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle? No? You must. I’m not kidding. Quit your job, file for divorce, barricade yourself inside a storage locker – do whatever you need to do to read her.
As you can see, I’m an admirer.
Shirley Jackson, the late American writer of literary horror, subtle psychological thrillers and weird tales, has a prize named after her. In honour of her accomplishments, the prizes are given each year to stories, anthologies, novels etc. that mine the Jacksonian vein of horror and suspense. And this year…The Demonologist is a finalist for Best Novel!
I’m blown away grateful to be on the list with such great writers and books, some of which I’ve already read and the others I’m about to. Check out all the shortlists here:
Shirley Jackson Awards