Over the weekend, the National Post published a full profile of me and The Damned written by the very skilled Alex Huls. The piece asks if I’m the “next Stephen King,” and while the answer to that is simple – no, there can only be one Stephen King! – it’s a smart piece that’s definitely worth a read if you’re interested in the new book.
Also, definitely click on the video that’s halfway down (and endure the 30-second ad) to see me and fellow thrillerist Nick Cutter do an affectionate takedown of each other’s work.
National Post – Is Andrew Pyper the Next Stephen King?
Chatelaine Magazine asked me what my Top 5 Thriller Reads of All Time are, and though it was hard as hell to shave it down to a number that small, it was fun to really ask myself what books have stayed with me, influenced me, rewired my brain the most.
Read! Violently Disagree! Cheer! Read the books! Repeat!
Chatelaine – Top 5 Thrillers of All Time
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.
With the paperback publication of The Guardians set for September 13 in Canada and the US, and with the UK paperback due early in the new year, I’m presently enjoying the my-work-here-is-done process of viewing, tweaking, and signing off on new cover art and text for the reprint editions. There are haunting new images for both the North American and British covers. And there are also some reviews that have come to my attention that I missed the first time around. One of them boosted my spirits enough (and I needed the boosting, as I’m getting deeper into the uncharted waters of my new novel) that I felt I would indulge myself in blurbing it here. It appeared in the UK’s Mail on Sunday.
“Pyper is the most striking Canadian crime writer to emerge in recent years and The Guardians is a characteristically intelligent move into Stephen King territory.” – Mail on Sunday
Once the glow of reading this wore off (and the glow wears off too damn fast for my liking – reality has a way of roughly pushing self-congratulation aside) it provoked a thought. Will there ever come a time when some other writer will be said to make a move into “Andrew Pyper territory”? And if they do, should I point a shotgun in their direction and tell them to get off my lawn, or invite them in for drinks? (I strongly suspect it will be the latter, just so you don’t get too worried…)