I like lists. Best Ofs and Most Oftens and Worst Evers. They don’t necessarily bear great meaning, but they provoke conversation, and the creation of more lists.
The Demonologist made a list the other day, so naturally I thought I’d share the news (and perhaps provoke conversation). The BuzzFeed Community voted on and created “23 Under-rated Horror Novels You Have to Read ASAP.” Check it out and see what you think.
The Damned has just been published in the UK and here’s a particularly nice notice I wanted to share from the Daily Mail:
“An intense and satisfying supernatural story…The novel underlines Pyper’s growing reputation as one of the most talented successors to the inimitable Stephen King…Creeping dread infuses every page.” – Daily Mail (UK)
So thrilled to see USA Today give The Damned a damned great review in today’s issue!
“Damned scary…As well-written as it is chill-inducing…The more terrifying and unnerving aspects of the novel – and there are many – are just as important as the human element.” — Brian Truitt, USA Today
In its first major newspaper review, I’m thrilled to say that The Damned gets a rave in The Globe and Mail (one of Canada’s two national newspapers)!
“Pyper has more than mastered the art of the profluent plot and The Damned guarantees many sleepless nights…will get your heart racing without insulting your intelligence. A brilliant conceit…” — The Globe and Mail
It’s Publication Day for my latest, and I’m excited for all the reasons you’d expect. But mostly, I’m looking forward to hearing – in person, online, one way or another – what you think of it. It’s a book I’m particularly proud of (can a parent say that without hurting the feelings of his other children? No? Then I just whispered it).
If you’re interested in where the novel came from, creatively speaking, here’s a covers-all-the-bases interview from the excellent blog 49th Shelf:
Over the weekend, the National Post published a full profile of me and The Damned written by the very skilled Alex Huls. The piece asks if I’m the “next Stephen King,” and while the answer to that is simple – no, there can only be one Stephen King! – it’s a smart piece that’s definitely worth a read if you’re interested in the new book.
Also, definitely click on the video that’s halfway down (and endure the 30-second ad) to see me and fellow thrillerist Nick Cutter do an affectionate takedown of each other’s work.