Latest Movie News for The Demonologist

Wanted to share the latest on The Demonologist‘s voyage towards the screen.  Today, The Hollywood Reporter (and now elsewhere) is reporting that hot screenwriter Jonathan Herman has been hired by ImageMovers and Universal to do a re-write on the script.

I’m excited by this for a number of reasons, most if not all of which can’t be discussed publicly  yet!

Anyway, here’s the story, with additional details:

The Hollywood Reporter – Sept. 18, 2013

The Demonologist is an Amazon Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far!

Over at, in the I-Sure-As-Hell-Wasn’t-Expecting-That Department, The Demonologist has been picked as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year So Far!  It’s also one among only two Canadian works of fiction selected (along with Lisa Moore’s new novel, Caught).  The Demonologist holds the #8 slot overall.

This is surprising and amazing, to say the least.  Thanks, editors!  If you were looking to make somebody’s morning today, your work is done.

Here’s the press release and the complete list: Best Books of the Year So Far

Sunny Day News


It’s a sunny day here where I am, at home, just returned from a really great morning delivering back to back keynote speeches to Writers Craft high school students in Niagara.  They were very sweet and smart and it was an inspiration to spend time with them.

And then I return home to two nice bits of news.  First, The Demonologist is on The Globe and Mail Canadian Bestseller List for an 8th straight week (at #9, and #2 among hardcovers)!  And the book also gets a great notice in the Hamilton Spectator:

“The pace heats up in the first chapter and stays to the climax. This is storytelling that transcends the boundaries of genre: mystery (a vanished child), thriller (evil), a page-turner. It’s beautifully written, with layer upon layer of fear, redemption and deep feelings rarely expressed in a fiction.  The Demonologist should not be missed.” — Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator

The Demonologist – Hamilton Spectator

The Demonologist – 8 Weeks!

It’s a sunny day here in Toronto.  That wouldn’t be such a remarkable claim except that the preceding hundred days have felt like they’ve been covered with a grey canvas tarp.  But hey, I’m not complaining, because the sun is here now…

…AND The Demonologist is on the Maclean’s Bestseller List here in Canada for an 8th straight week!  Maybe I’ll celebrate by actually going outside and feeling some of that sunshine on my face.

The Demonologist on the Canadian Bestseller List – Week #8

Amazon Book of the Month: Even Better Than I Thought

Wanted to follow up on my last post announcing that The Demonologist has been chosen a Best Book of the Month by  This remains true.  But at first I thought the selection was part of a long list, and one limited to Mystery/Thriller titles.

Turns out to be even better than that:  The Demonologist is a Top Ten Picks of the Month, including all genres,  non-fiction, memoir and fiction alike.

This is, as a NHL between-periods interviewee might put it, a little bit huge.

The Demonologist – Top Ten Amazon Book of the Month

5 Reasons to Come to The Demonologist Launch

1.  Book launches are sexy.  Why?  Well, books themselves are sexy – we all know that.  But at a book launch you get to be around other people who also think books are sexy which is, in turn, doubly sexy.  Single?  Hey, it’s as good a place to hook up as anywhere else on a chilly Monday night in early March.

2.  There will be entertainment of a kind.  That is, I will give a short, mildly freaky reading, then answer questions from the lovely and talented novelist and Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith.  Oh, and there’s a bar.

3.  You can buy a book and have it signed.  This may sound self-serving, and it is, but you can think of it as an investment if you like.  A hardcover book signed by the author!  In twenty years, you could retire on that (if a series of certain almost unimaginable events were to occur over that time, including my reaching an Elvis-level of mythological fame and the abrupt discontinuation of all books, and pens, and handwriting).

4.  You might make a new friend.  Yes, this is also true of a streetcar ride or a morning spent in a dentist’s waiting room or the random following of strangers on Twitter, but still, you might.  And did I mention there’s a bar?

5.  It’s free.

The Demonologist launch is at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West, Toronto), the Ballroom, on Monday, March 4th at 7PM.  To be sure of a seat, it might be a good idea to come a bit early.  Hit that bar I mentioned.  Couldn’t hurt.


Happy Demonological New Year!

Happy New Year, dearest friends and strangers!  I hope you’re pumped for 2013, or at the very least coming off the holidays well-fed and well-loved and more or less ready for the curve balls that are inevitably on their way…

This is my first day back at the desk in a while, and my first task was hanging up the new calendar.  And then, the jolt that came with doing the mental math:  The Demonologist comes out just two months from now.  It’s been far away for so long that, now it’s so close, it’s taken me by surprise.

What also took me (pleasantly) by surprise was to see the book chosen by The Toronto Star as one of six books to get excited about in the first half of 2013.  I’m honoured that The Demonologist was picked, but should add a couple small corrections to what they reported:  1)  I’m not the author of The Historian, though I enjoyed reading it, and b) my novel is published on March 5 in Canada and the US, and in April in the UK.

Here’s wishing you all a kick-ass 2013!

Toronto Star – Six of the Best in 2013


Simon & Schuster has put together a very cool dedicated web page for The Demonologist, and it’s now live.  It has links to extra materials (some of which will be available in the near future) as well as a window to view the book trailer (which will go live in early January).

It’s at  Check it out.

The link is here:

The Demonologist web page

Gillian Flynn on THE DEMONOLOGIST!

Gillian Flynn is a master of the psychological thriller.

She is, to my mind, not only working in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith, but her books are darker, funnier, more complex, more observant – better, in other words.  And book by book, she keeps getting better.  From Sharp Objects to Dark Places to the #1 New York Times bestselling Gone Girl (my pick for the best book of 2012) she is creating an exemplary body of work.

It’s why I’m cartwheelingly pleased to learn that she’s endorsed The Demonologist:

“A smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper’s gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer.”