Dear Friends Who Read and Readers Who are Friends,
In less than three-and-a-half months – barely a season – “The Night Strangers” arrives. The official on-sale date is October 4.
Many of you have been emailing me for details of the “Let’s Keep It Dark” rock-and-roll book tour. (The tour gets its name from a line in Keith Richards’s terrific autobiography, “Life.” It seemed perfect for a tour on behalf of a ghost story. And, yes, once again there will be t-shirts.) This might change, but it looks like the following are the dates and cities. As you will see, sometimes there are two events a day.
October 3: Middlebury, VT
October 4: Burlington, VT
October 5: Nashua, NH AND Framingham, MA
October 6: Boston, MA AND Portsmouth, NH
October 7: Minneapolis AND Wayzata, MN
October 8: Grand Rapids, MI
October 9: Tulsa, OK
October 11: Lake Forest AND Chicago, IL
October 12: Portland, OR
October 13: Denver, CO
October 14 – 15: Nashville, TN
October 17: S. Hadley, MA
October 18: Easton, PA
October 19: Norwich, VT
October 20: Glens Falls, NY
October 21: Louisville, KY
October 22: Cincinnati, OH
October 27: Carmel, IN
Altogether, the tour is coming to 15 states. For those of you in – for instance – North Carolina, California, or Washington, my apologies. But I think it’s very likely I will be there for the paperback.
The first reviews of “The Night Strangers” came in last week, including a starred review in Library Journal:
“A genre-defying novel, both a compelling story of a family in trauma and a psychological thriller that is truly frightening. ..Fans of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride will find similar appeal here.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“Compelling. . .a practical magick horror story.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Obviously, I was thrilled.
So, what to read in the meantime? I am asked that a lot, too. Here are a few new or forthcoming books that I enjoyed immensely:
· The Last Werewolf, by Glenn Duncan
· The House in France, by Gully Wells
· Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
· The Great Night, by Chris Adrian
· Break the Skin, by Lee Martin
I hope you’re enjoying the start of summer – and our paths cross in the autumn. In the meantime, stay in touch. I am more grateful than you know for your faith in my work.
All the best,