My Stranger Things prequel novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, drops in just four weeks today (that’s Tuesday May 28th). And… good grief, that came around fast. You can find the cover, blurb, and some pre-order links below.
But before that, I’ve got a few post-release summer events lined up.
Firstly, I’m a guest at Edge-Lit in Derby on Saturday, July 13th. This is the 8th iteration, and although I haven’t been for a while, it remains one of my favourite one-day SFF bookish events. The schedule will be going up shortly, but in the meantime you can feast your eyes on the rather spectacular list of guests lined up for this year. I’ll be there the whole day, taking part in a panel and – wait for it – running a workshop for… well, anyone interested in the craft of writing or the business of publishing. It’ll be a pretty loose affair, but I figured that having had fifteen novels, two novellas, one novelette, one comic series, and one short story published, I must know… something about something? Maybe. Hey, let’s find out, shall we?
Edge-Lit 8 starts at 10am and tickets will cost you £30 from Derby Quad.
As spotted by the SDCC Unofficial Blog back in February, I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con this year. The con runs July 18 – 21, and I’ll post my schedule of events closer to the time.
On the Monday after the con closes (July 22nd), Chuck Wendig and I will be in conversation at the famous Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, 5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92111, at 7pm, to talk about Stranger Things and Chuck’s new book, Wanderers, which is out July 2nd. Although the event is free, the signing afterwards is ticketed. You can find more info out at the Mysterious Galaxy website.
Also, I have read Wanderers and it is awesome. Everyone needs to buy this book. I’m serious.
More events coming!
Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.
Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked “New York” out of the basement—and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does “Vietnam” mean? And why has he never talked about New York?
Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York—the last big case before everything changed…
Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth.
Soon Hopper is undercover among New York’s notorious street gangs. But just as he’s about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he’s faced before.