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.
Here’s the trade paperback cover design of The Damned that Simon & Schuster has come up with for Canada and the U.S. I really like it. But then again, I’m the sort who can stare into a fire for hours, seeing faces and figures jump out from the flames. Which makes this cover a treat both for those pondering the underworld and pyros.
So thrilled to see USA Today give The Damned a damned great review in today’s issue!
“Damned scary…As well-written as it is chill-inducing…The more terrifying and unnerving aspects of the novel – and there are many – are just as important as the human element.” — Brian Truitt, USA Today
In its first major newspaper review, I’m thrilled to say that The Damned gets a rave in The Globe and Mail (one of Canada’s two national newspapers)!
“Pyper has more than mastered the art of the profluent plot and The Damned guarantees many sleepless nights…will get your heart racing without insulting your intelligence. A brilliant conceit…” — The Globe and Mail
It’s Publication Day for my latest, and I’m excited for all the reasons you’d expect. But mostly, I’m looking forward to hearing – in person, online, one way or another – what you think of it. It’s a book I’m particularly proud of (can a parent say that without hurting the feelings of his other children? No? Then I just whispered it).
If you’re interested in where the novel came from, creatively speaking, here’s a covers-all-the-bases interview from the excellent blog 49th Shelf:
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.
February is here and brings the news that Amazon.ca has chosen The Damned to be one of their 10 Best New Books of the Month! Check out the list, and if so inclined, pre-order the one with the scary-looking girl on the cover.