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
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
What a great way to push back against a gloomy Monday morning: waking to see that The Demonologist was chosen by the Mail on Sunday (UK) as its Thriller of the Week!
“[The Demonologist] is a chilling exploration of how we all have to do battle with our own demons.” – Mail on Sunday (UK)
I’ve written a column for the Review section of The Wall Street Journal, published today, about writing horror. It’s 700 or so words, and therefore is something less than an exhaustive discussion of the topic (!), but I feel there’s truth in the gist of it. And what’s the gist?
“The most effective horror writing turns not on the scarer but the scaree: The personal motivations of the character going down into a dark cellar makes a scene frightening and involving, not what he ends up seeing—or perhaps being devoured by—at the bottom of the stairs.”
To illustrate the point I use examples from some scare masters, namely Henry James, Ira Levin and Stephen King, along with some schmuck named Pyper.
You can check out the whole thing here:
“The Art of Scaring by Caring” – The Wall Street Journal
This is awesome: The Demonologist is on the Maclean’s Bestseller List for a seventh straight week today!
And in other news, I spoke to students at Sir John A. Macdonald High School in downtown Hamilton this morning and they were great. Smart and open and they made me feel so welcome. Thank you.
Here’s a link to the cover of my first “published” book, The Dream. I was in Grade Five. (For the biggest laugh – entirely at my own expense – note, in particular, the author’s photo on the back cover.)
Okay, I was a nerd. Am a nerd. When you’re born that way, you’ve got no choice but to wear it with pride.
The Dream – By Andrew Pyper, Grade Five
The Demonologist is out this week in the UK, and the first couple reviews I’ve seen have been very kind. Here’s bits from the ones I’ve seen in the Sunday Telegraph and Daily Mail.
“A stunningly crafted, intelligent and moving horror story… There is an elegance to the storytelling and a command of what evil may mean, that lingers with you long after the end. No surprise that it is development as a major film.” — Daily Mail (UK)
“Milton’s demons pervade The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper. Speaking through the possessed and dead, they hold a professor’s daughter hostage, wanting him to work for them. Just how emerges slowly during a road tour of America. Gothic grotesquery. Effective, literate, nightmarish.” — Sunday Telegraph
The Demonologist is on the Maclean’s Fiction Bestseller List for the 6th straight week (at #4 on the list)!
Maclean’s Canadian Bestseller List – April 18, 2013
It’s a super-crappy day here in Toronto, rainsleeting and depresso-skied, the kind of day when good news is especially welcome. And then…
…the sun came out! (Well, no, the sun didn’t actually come out. But there was some good news).
The Demonologist is on The Globe and Mail’s Canadian fiction bestseller list for a 5th week! You can’t rain on that parade. (Well, you can, but it’ll still be a good parade).
The Globe and Mail Canadian Bestseller List – April, 2013
Today is The Demonologist‘s publication day in Britain (and Ireland and Australia too) and I’m trying to figure out how to best mark the occasion. Hmmm…
Ah, who am I kidding? Tonight, there will be beer followed by a viewing of the Evil Dead remake.
The Demonologist – UK Edition