Tuesday, December 23, 2008
ST. MARTIN'S PRESS ANNOUNCES "THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS" BY DAVID OPPEGAARD
“Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Oppegaard demonstrates a terrific sense of the macabre with absorbing sequences featuring feral children, a house papered in suicide notes, and other relics of a dying society. He also articulately ponders why such a plague might materialize." -Kirkus Reviews
"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His “The Suicide Collectors” takes us to a startling theme we haven’t encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." -Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics
“David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous.” -Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO
"Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. " - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER:
In one of the most stunning debuts to come along in years, David Oppegaard gives us a world whose near future presents some terrifying realities.
In THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS, an inexplicable plague of ennui known as “The Despair” has enveloped the world for five years, and nearly ninety percent of the population has committed suicide, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive.
A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America toward a scientist in Seattle who is rumored to be working on a cure for the Despair.
Oppegaard brings an intriguing new perspective to the concept of apocalypse. “There are dozens of man-made possibilities for the end of the world,” he explains, “but I was intrigued by the idea of humanity simply giving up and dying out.”
With harrowing twists and turns, THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is sure to appeal to fans of dystopian future novels like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and the works of John Twelve Hawkes and William Gibson.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. This is his first novel.
THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Riley's work has been compared to horror legends Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz. In our experiences, it is the way Riley instills a deep sense of humanity into his characters that makes his style of writing horror so empathetic and powerful. Those of you who have read the Apex anthology Gratia Placenti will be familiar with this very writing trait in the story "Only Spirits Cry" (also included in The Monster Within Idea).
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
I wanted to let you know that I have a very special Myspace contest going on right now for anyone who would like to join my mailing list. I am giving away one autographed set of Starsight books (Vol. I & II) to celebrate the release of the final book in the duology. If you would like a chance to win, just go to www.minnettemeador.com, hit "Enter", and put your email in the "Minnette's Mailing List" box on that page. Follow the signup instructions for a chance to win the two books. If you are a current member, then you are already entered in my December drawing for the two books taking place on New Years Eve. I will award both sets of books on that night!
Have a very happy holiday and a fabulous new year! Minnette :)