This is a very special day.
What? Nothing marked on your calendar? Hmmm…strange. Because today is…
Only Four Months Until The Demonologist is Published Day!
(Okay, maybe that’s only considered a big deal within a rather small circle. But still. They have Give Your Cat a Hug Days and Thank Your Dry Cleaner Days, so why not?)
In this morning’s edition of USA TODAY, there is a panel discussion among romance authors about their picks for Scariest Novel Ever. I was delighted to find there, amongst the less surprising appearances of The Exorcist, The Shining (and probably my fave) The Turn of the Screw, my own first novel, Lost Girls. (Thank you, Molly O’Keefe!)
Yes, it was a pleasant kick to start the day. But it triggered something more in me, a reflection on Lost Girls – a novel first published thirteen years ago now – and the interesting life it continues to lead. People still come up to me (not in great numbers, but with consistency) at readings or events to say what LG meant to them. (Just this past weekend, at an IFOA panel which I moderated here in Toronto, a woman – hi Maggie! – came up to have her Lost Girls signed – her second Lost Girls, as she lost her first and insisted on having it replaced).
It’s a book that has inspired a song (by the Pacific Northwest’s Green Pajamas), an art installation piece, and alternative cover art send to me by readers.
Anyway, I’m pleased that LG continues to poke its head up from time to time (or, more appropriately, thrust its dead hand up out of cold waters…) May you disturb sleep and discourage northern lake swims for years to come.
USA TODAY – Lost Girls Scariest Novel Ever Pick
Thank you, Brunonia!
“Smart and astonishing, Andrew Pyper has created a recurring nightmare for adults. The Demonologist holds a mirror to the reader and reveals the places where our deepest darkness lurks. Like Milton’s Paradise Lost, this is the story of the human condition, the fall, and the way back. I slept with the light on for nights, too obsessed to stop reading and too terrified to dream.”
— Brunonia Barry, New York Times and International Best Selling Author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
Multiple Stoker Award winner Sarah Langan is another writer I admire. I think of her as a “go to” name for exemplary New Horror work – emotion-fueled, real and grounded. It’s why I was so bowled over by what she sent to my InBox this morning:
“Andrew Pyper is a rare breed. Reading The Demonologist is like running through a house on fire – you’ve got to get through; nothing will stop you. And when you’re out, brokenhearted and bewildered, you’re left wondering if what happened was real. That’s Pyper’s brilliance: he does it so well you never see the fiction. Contemporary and masterful, this is grown up horror for grown up people.”
– Sarah Langan, three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Audrey’s Door
A while back, I read a book I just loved: Christopher Buehlman’s first novel, Those Across the River. Beautifully and seductively written, at once hallucinatory and visceral, thrilling both in its performance and in the pleasure of finding a new writer to cheer on to the next book. Oh yes, and it’s scary and unsettling as hell.
I sent Christopher The Demonologist in the spirit of admiration for his work, and the suspicion that he and I might have some overlapping obsessions when it comes to taking a twist to the so-called real world. He just wrote to say that I was right. (Another kind soul I look forward to thanking in whisky…)
“Andrew Pyper’s satisfying prose propels a narrative sure to please readers with or without a dog-eared copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost on their shelves. If you’re looking for smart horror that chills without resorting to Grand Guignol, give The Demonologist a look.” — Christopher Buehlman
So you finish a novel. And then what happens is, even prior to publication, early readers get their hands on it (or have it thrust into their hands). They read it. Simple, right? Yes. But also nerve-wracking, because these early readers are often professional readers who know their stuff. Leading booksellers, critics, successful authors. When one takes the time to read your not-yet-officially-in-existence book and then ends up liking it? I’m telling you, it lets you take a breath or two of untroubled air. One more person in the world who doesn’t think you’re nuts!
So – deep breath – I’m pleased to share the kind words from the internationally bestselling mystery and thriller author (and also recent new James Bond writer) Jeffery Deaver on The Demonologist:
“Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine The Exorcist and The Da Vinci Code as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don’t miss this one!” – Jeffery Deaver
I just took on an exciting assignment adapting a novel – not one of my own – for feature film! I love the project (obviously), and I’m looking forward to digging in. More details to come. For now, just wanted to share the news.
As the entertainment news site Vulture is reporting today, Universal and ImageMovers (Robert Zemeckis’ production company) have hired a screenwriter to adapt my forthcoming novel, The Demonologist. And it’s an amazing choice.
The Demonologist Has a Screenwriter – Vulture
Robert Schenkkan is a playwright, actor and writer for both TV and screen. He’s won the Pulitzer Prize for his play, The Kentucky Cycle, and has been twice-nominated for an Emmy for his work on the HBO mini-series, The Pacific.
As for adaptations, he wrote the pitch perfect The Quiet American (from the novel by Graham Greene, a hero of mine). His screenplay for The Conscientious Objector is currently in production.
Below, I give you the cover design for the Canadian and US edition of The Demonologist. The texture and colour and striking simplicity articulates the book so lusciously, I’m in debt to its designers, Jackie Seow and Esther Paradelo, at Simon & Schuster, for such great work.
What’s also cool about it is that the hardcover will feature a cut-out of one of the o’s, which will have an eye looking out from within. If you pull the flap back, you will see that the eye belongs to a girl – Tess, the protagonist’s daughter – cast against a classically hellish landscape. I’m planning on blowing that one up as a poster and putting it on the office wall. It’ll do the same job that those sappy “INSPIRATION” posters do for others.