Here’s the trade paperback cover design of The Damned that Simon & Schuster has come up with for Canada and the U.S. I really like it. But then again, I’m the sort who can stare into a fire for hours, seeing faces and figures jump out from the flames. Which makes this cover a treat both for those pondering the underworld and pyros.
Finally going through the nest of stuff in my office’s cubbyhole and came across a photo of me at the desk where I wrote The Wildfire Season.
This was in the summer of 2004, in a 12×12 apartment (room? closet?) we rented in the Log Skyscraper (google it to see) in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon. An amazing summer: paddled down the Yukon River, wrote a book, proposed marriage. Best of my life, come to think of it.
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.
I’m honored to see The Damned right next to Clive Barker’s new book in Terrence Rafferty’s roundup of recent horror novels in The New York Times.
“Smart, inventive….this is what demons—living or otherwise, human or not—do best: they mesmerize, they seduce, they stop us in our tracks.” — New York Times Book Review
Check out the whole piece here:
NOW Magazine, the alternative culture bible of my town, Toronto, has been around a long time. And this week, my bloody mug is on the cover!
It’s an honest-to-god thrill, as is the idea that tomorrow morning, the good people of Toronto will be looking at my face and wondering “What’s with that guy?”
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
The Damned has made its way onto the Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller list in its first week out! (It’s at #7 overall, and #1 among hardcovers).
Very grateful to y’all!
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
Check out the whole review by Sara O’Leary here: