Demons Take New York!

There’s surprises…and then there’s SURPRISES!

When The Demonologist was announced as a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel I took it as an enormous honor in itself, and never thought I stood any real chance of winning.  Why would I?  My fellow nominees were Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Linda Castillo, my fellow Canuck and friend Owen Laukkanen and Stephen King.  With a field like that, I was more than happy to just be a shoulder rubber.

Then, this weekend, I went down to New York for the awards banquet at ThrillerFest.  Hundreds of colleagues, agents, and editors in a Manhattan hotel ballroom – many of whom I’ve read with admiration and who constitute the firmament of the world’s thriller writing.  An audience I found myself addressing when I accepted the award.

It still feels a bit unreal.  I feel so very privileged.  It was a fun night, I tell you.

So thanks to the ITW, the judges, Jenny Milchman for being the one to say my name into the microphone, and for anyone else who may have had a hand in this.  As I said at the awards banquet (and is captured here on video, even if you can’t quite hear me), it was the fifth most exciting night of my life.  The others?  My wedding day.  The births of my two children.  And one night I can’t discuss publicly.

ITW Awards – July 12, 2014

The Demonologist on the Sunburst shortlist

Just saw that The Demonologist is on the shortlist for the Sunburst Award! And this as the sun actually appeared outside the window. Coincidence? Obviously not.

The Sunburst Award acknowledges excellence for Canadian literature of the fantastic.  My thanks to the Sunburst association and the jury, as well as congratulations to my fellow nominees, including the wonderful Nalo Hopkinson and Guy Gavriel Kay.

Sunburst Award shortlist

The Demonologist a Finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award

Shirley Jackson is the sweetest when it comes to sourness, a shining light in the darkness field. Have you read “The Lottery” or The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle? No?  You must. I’m not kidding. Quit your job, file for divorce, barricade yourself inside a storage locker – do whatever you need to do to read her.

As you can see, I’m an admirer.

Shirley Jackson, the late American writer of literary horror, subtle psychological thrillers and weird tales, has a prize named after her.  In honour of her accomplishments, the prizes are given each year to stories, anthologies, novels etc. that mine the Jacksonian vein of horror and suspense.  And this year…The Demonologist is a finalist for Best Novel!

I’m blown away grateful to be on the list with such great writers and books, some of which I’ve already read and the others I’m about to.  Check out all the shortlists here:

Shirley Jackson Awards

The Demonologist a Finalist for ITW Best Novel Award

I learned today that The Demonologist is a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.  Mondays don’t typically come with such pretty bows tied on them, gotta say.

So honored to be on a shortlist with amazing writers like Linda Castillo, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, (fellow Canuck) Owen Laukkanen, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, and…Stephen freakin King.

The Demonologist Makes It 9 Weeks

Returned home from the Dark Side Tour appearances in Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa (all great fun) to see The Demonologist paperback on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for a 9th week (in the #9 spot).

Scary nice.  And I’m frightfully grateful.  (Forgive me).

LIBRIS Longlist

I’m honoured to see today that I’ve been longlisted along with a number of other amazing Canadian authors for the LIBRIS Awards Author of the Year.  And that’s not all!  The Demonologist has been similarly nominated for Fiction Book of the Year.

Well thank you, colleagues.  And thank you, 2013.  You were quite a year.

The Demonologist…is #1!!

In its fourth week out, The Demonologist is #1 on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian bestseller list this weekend!  Thanks to everyone who’s read the book, and maybe talked about it to other people you thought might like it, and people who work in bookstores who’ve sold it to people you thought might like it, and just, you know, everyone.

I was going to have a quiet night at home re-watching The Silence of the Lambs.  That all might have to change now…


It has all come to this. The last day to vote The Demonologist for Best Thriller/Mystery of 2013 in the CBC Bookies!

It has been a long and absurd competition, one that, in true Canadian fashion, has a low-stakes but also comically meaningful prize at the finish line…the Golden Beaver! If you would, please go to  and give The Demonologist your vote. It will change the very DNA of Canadian Literature forever. (Well no, not even close, but this message needs a dramatic closer).