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.


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Two Weeks…TWO WEEKS!

It’s two weeks until The Demonologist‘s pub date, and I’m pretty damn psyched.  I just got back from doing my first public talk about the novel, addressing a group of indie booksellers having a conference in Victoria, B.C.  I know I’ll have to get better at this “Talk about your book for five minutes or so” thing, but more than a few audience members told me afterwards they felt “grabbed” – figuratively speaking – so that’s got to be good.

If you’re interested in the book, or want to know more about it, or – God love you – want to buy it, you can have all your deepest, darkest questions answered at http://pages.simonandschuster.com/the-demonologist/.

And the countdown continues…

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Aaannnd….ANOTHER Book Trailer for The Demonologist

Simon & Schuster Canada has made its own trailer for The Demonologist, and it’s a different take from what Simon & Schuster US did (below, and at www.thedemonologistbook.com).  I really like them both, though they’re very different in approach.

It’s only 50 seconds long, so how much could it hurt to check it out?

The Demonologist Book Trailer – S&S Canada

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The Demonologist Book Trailer!

Without further ado…over at www.thedemonologistbook.com…

The Demonologist – Book Trailer


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The Demonologist is an Indie Next Pick for March

Like indie bookstores?  Me too.  One of the things the indies do so well is provide recommendations for reads you’ll like.  They’re curators of a kind, doing some of the hard work of selecting titles from the tsunami of books published each month so you can get some focus on a shorter list to choose from.

To this end, the American Booksellers Association has a program called Indie Next, which picks books in all genres to showcase each month throughout their member bookstores.  And I’m pleased as hell (pun not entirely intended) to say The Demonologist is an Indie Next Pick for March!

Click on the link below to see the whole list of delicious-sounding books and bookseller notes.  For example, here’s what the intelligent and lovely Becky Milner, of Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, said about The Demonologist:

“Pyper combines non-stop action, metaphysical questions, a touch of conspiracy, and poetic references in a story that leaves readers breathless.”

Thank you, Becky!  And visit an indie today.  Go ahead, pre-order The Demonologist.  I guarantee you will make at least two people happy.

Indie Next List – March, 2013

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The Demonologist a PW Top Ten Pick for Spring!

I see that The Demonologist has been picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the Top Ten Mystery & Thriller titles for Spring 2013!

Exciting in itself, and then you see that your book is on the list with a couple blokes named Stephen King and John LeCarre.

Heroes.  Influential heroes.

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The Demonologist Party

A date has been set for the Canadian launch event for The Demonologist, and it’s March 4, 2013.  It’s in the Ballroom at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) starting at 7PM.

The event is part of the amazing Harbourfront Reading Series, and is co-presented with Simon & Schuster Canada.  There will be a reading followed by an on-stage interview with my talented novelist friend, Russell Smith.  Cash bar.  Oh, and it’s FREE!

There are few things lovelier to think about than seeing you there.

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The Demonologist gets a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly!

In another pre-publication review, The Demonologist has received a Starred Review in the latest Publishers Weekly (the industry “bible” in the US).  What’s also appreciated about it is how the reviewer includes a couple of quotes from the novel, illustrating the time taken on the language of the thing.  I can spend a whole morning on half a sentence sometimes, so it’s fist-pumpingly gratifying when those particular hours of sweat and tears get a nod.

It’s rainy out there, you say?  Really?  What rain?

“A mesmerizing and melancholy narrative voice lends chilling credibility to this exceptional supernatural thriller.” – PW (starred review)

The Demonologist – PW (starred review)



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The Demonologist goes Gangnam Style

The National Post published a piece today announcing its “13 Most Anticipated Books of (the First Half of) 2013.”  Delighted to see The Demonologist counted among them.  Even more delighted (in a gut-busting way) to see my novel predicted to be the literary “Gangnam Style of 2013.”

People, you do not want to see my PSY dance.

National Post – 13 Most Anticipated Titles of 2013

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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

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