The Demonologist – #1 Canadian Bestseller!!

Knocked out by this.

The Demonologist is #3 on the Maclean’s Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List in Canada in its first week out.  And it’s #1 among Canadian titles.

Thanks for all the support and all the reading, friends.  Wow.

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“Bring on the devils!” – The Demonologist in The New York Times

 

“It’s impossible to ignore the devils and demons who have a tangible presence in this story, but the novel’s deeper pleasure comes from the analysis Ullman applies to these horrors…Bring on the devils.”—The New York Times Book Review

The Demonologist – New York Times Book Review (Marilyn Stasio)

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The Demonologist gets a rave in the National Post!

“This book is going to be big, and it’s going to be popular, and it absolutely deserves to be both of these things. You should buy it, and read it, and let it scare you stupid…I’ll say this: I’ve read books dubbed “literary” — full stop — that didn’t contain sentences as well-crafted as the ones in The Demonologist. Pyper can write; he has an ear for dialogue and a beautiful sense of rhythm…Pyper’s take on the horror genre is interesting because it is innovative…I dare you to read it. The Demonologist might just scare the lit out of you.” — Matthew J. Trafford, National Post

The Demonologist – National Post review

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A Pub Week Thought

My sixth novel, The Demonologist, was officially published just three days ago.  You’d think the experience couldn’t be any more fresh than it is now, and in many ways, it is unquestionably exciting and surprising and new.  But in other ways, this first week of publication has been prepared for and anticipated – pre-lived – to the extent that this, its appearance on tables and shelves and screens, is only step #126 on the book’s journey.

Way back in the mists of time there was conceiving the idea, researching it, outlining it.  Writing it.  Then the editing, the notes, the multiple reads.  Followed by the pre-publication discussions about the cover, marketing plans, ad copy, the small ways I might assist in all of the above.  And then the publicity: interviews (always that awkward revelation of how odd your recorded voice sounds, how strangely your face is shaped when seen on a TV).

Finally, the book is “published.”  But, like a reincarnated soul, it’s a baby that’s been born many times before.

So here’s what’s different this time around: I’ve been around long enough, seen the process enough times, know how difficult that whole thing is, to fully appreciate how amazing it is to have so many people – publishers, journalists, booksellers, fans, coming-to-you-fresh readers – get behind this thing we call a “book.”  A collection of people who’ve never really existed doing things that have never really happened.  A story.

Maybe I’m getting softer as I tip-toe ever farther into my forties – forget the “maybe,” I am getting softer – but publishing a book is such an against-all-odds proposition that every time it happens, every time it works, I’m amazed and moved and reassured by the fact there’s so many people as defiantly crazy as I am out there.

Book people.  You know who you are.  And you have my thanks.

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Birth Announcement

Born yesterday, March 5, 2013, to a bespectacled novelist, a healthy book, 1 1/2 pounds. The father is proud to name the newborn THE DEMONOLOGIST.

There will be no church christening.

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Talking The Demonologist on TV

I was on TV this morning.  They put make-up on me and everything.  It was exciting and strange and dream-like in its brevity.  But I didn’t spill anything, and heard words coming out of my mouth in answer to the questions, so that’s something, right?

The good people at Canada AM provided me with a clip of my bit, and I include the link here for anyone who might be interested.  Haven’t watched it myself yet.  I’m waiting to fortify myself with a glass of something.

Talking The Demonologist on Canada AM

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National Post Interview

The first newspaper interview with me about The Demonologist is up now over at the National Post site (out in the physical paper in the Saturday edition), where the excellent Books Editor there, Mark Medley, pitched the questions and wrote the piece.

In it, I talk for the first time about some of the strange and inexplicable and vaguely troubling things that arose in the writing of the novel.

National Post – The Demonologist – Interview

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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 Amazon.com.  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

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The Demonologist is an Amazon.com Best of the Month!

There’s a star e-stickered to the Amazon.com page for The Demonologist I just saw, a star that says “Best of the Month.”  What does this mean?  It means that the good (and attractive, and tasteful, and smart) people at Amazon have chosen the book as among the best novels – among Mysteries & Thrillers particularly – going on sale in March.  This is delightful and surprising – delightfully surprising? – news!

By the way, for those in the US and other territories where you can order from Amazon.com, the hardcover edition of The Demonologist is on sale at the moment for $14.  Fourteen clams!  You can barely buy a tuna sandwich and a Mountain Dew for that these days.

The Demonologist – Amazon Editor’s Pick

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Camera Obscura

It’s not every day my picture’s on the cover of a magazine.  Actually, it’s not every decade.  But there I am on the cover of the new Quill & Quire for March (Canada’s book industry bible).  It was fun doing the shoot – fog machine! espresso! – but I’m generally rather Amish in my attitude toward having my picture taken, feeling some part of my soul is stolen (or simply warped) in the process.

Anyhow, it’s kind of an insane shot and I’m pleased with it for its insanity.  Here’s a link to the image if you’re curious (and by all means pick up the magazine to read the profile by Gary Butler within).

Thanks to Rino Noto, the amazing photographer, for capturing something I didn’t know was in there.

Quill & Quire – Cover Photo (March)

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