I’m a big-time fan of Megan Abbott’s novels. I see them as stories about obsession and obsessiveness that are, in themselves, energized by obsession and obsessiveness. Genuine psychological thrillers, in other words.
It’s why I’m so chuffed that she has kind words to say about The Only Child!
“Andrew Pyper has concocted a darkly entrancing tale that sweeps you off your feet from its first pages. Filled with deliriously clever nods to the grand Gothic tradition, The Only Child is also fiercely original, wildly provocative and utterly satisfying, beginning to end.”
— Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The Fever and You Will Know Me
I’ve acquired a new email address with the intent of compiling a list of people who’d like to receive any newsletters, notices, and other god-knows-what from me down the line. There may also be contests!
Over the holidays, I’ve been getting some early reader responses to my new book, The Only Child, and it’s been cause for gratitude on top of the usual causes for gratitude.
Here’s a first comment I’d like to share, from the amazing Ami McKay, a writer whose gothic tastes merge with my own:
“In The Only Child, Andrew Pyper has delivered a seductive gothic thriller for the modern age. Crafted with dark intrigue and cinematic drive, this mesmerizing journey into the heart of a monster is, at once, compelling, eerie and brilliantly satisfying.”
– Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York
I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet the other day (six years after throwing a stack of boxes in there on moving day) and found a treasure trove of photos.
Here’s one I’d like to share: signing copies of my first book, Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, at the Eden Mills Literary Festival, 1996. I remember I read immediately before Michael Ondaatje, and because of him, there were several hundred people in the audience. The event was (and is) held outdoors. It felt like I was opening for Hendrix at Woodstock.
Okay, so I’ve got some news. Not necessarily earth-shattering, unless of course it’s the earth under the house in which I write this, which feels like it’s trembling, ever so slightly.
After thinking about it for some years, writing it over another year, then editing the bejesus out of it, followed by a long debate over its title…my new book is finished(ish)!!
The title? The Only Child. When’s it out? It will be published on June 1 in Canada and the U.S. by Simon & Schuster Canada and Simon & Schuster, respectively. It will come out with Orion in the U.K. a couple weeks later.
More soon on what the book is about and all that, but for now, yes, happy.
My Brazilian publisher, DarkSide Books, did an amazing job in so many ways when they brought out The Demonologist. Among their notable talents is the original design concepts they bring to their books.
Now their edition of The Damned – Os Condenados – is coming out next week and for the layout they commissioned Ramon Rodrigues to do original cut prints for the front and back spreads. Here’s a video of the artist creating the prints, and how they look in the book. Gorgeous.
My amazing Brazilian publisher, DarkSide Books, is publishing their edition of The Damned (Os Condenados) in June and I have to say it looks like they’ve done another great job of it. Here’s the posts to the book trailer, info page, and the author pic they’ve done (I personally like the way hell’s fire warms my cheek).
A while back I did a wide-ranging interview with the screenwriter and professor Amnon Buchbinder for his massive, collective online project about narrative called The Biology of Story. The whole project is now up and available now, and you should check it out. My page is here (at the link), but you can easily navigate to other topics, people, tips and approaches not only to novels and written stories but TV and filmmaking.