Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dave Zeltserman's Five Favorite Horror Novels

To celebrate the release today of The Boy Who Killed Demons, author Dave Zeltserman recommends his five favorite horror novels:

1) I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Brilliant book, and the best of the modern vampire novels.

If you think you know the book from the movies (Last Man on Earth, Omega Man, I am Legend), you sort of do.  A worldwide plague has turned everyone but Robert Neville into something resembling a vampire, and Neville (who is immune) battles to stay alive and find a cure for this disease. It's Neville's isolation and loneliness that makes this such a powerful book.

2) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Another brilliant book, and it's absolutely spellbinding once the Monster's story is told.

If you think you know the book from the iconic 1931 Universal movie Frankenstein (or even the 1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), you don't. In the novel an explorer, Captain Walton, icebound in the Arctic, rescues Victor Frankenstein from a dogsled, and from there the story of Frankenstein and his monster unfolds. Frankenstein had created his monster out of a youthful obsession only to regret the act once the monster comes to life. The consequences for Frankenstein, those close to him, and the monster himself, are damning.

3) Misery by Stephen King

My favorite King novel, and with Annie Wilkies, my favorite deranged psychopath in literature.

If you think you know the book from the movie, you're right as the movie is a very faithful adaptation. But even though you know what's going to happen to novelist Paul Sheldon after he's rescued by his "number one fan" after a car crash while driving through the Colorado mountains, it doesn't dampen the fun or suspense of this psychological horror novel.

4) Savage Night by Jim Thompson

Technically this is a crime noir novel, but the ending is as horrifying as any you're going to find.

Charlie "Little" Bigger" is a pint-sized hit man who is literally falling apart. Five feet tall, he wears contacts, shoe lifts, false teeth, and is suffering from tuberculosis (and there's less and less of him throughout the book as he keeps coughing up bits of his lungs). When he's sent by “The Man” to a small twon in New York to take out a key witness, he meets his match in a housekeeper, Ruthie, all leading to a hellish ending that any horror writer would be proud of.

5) The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

I was too young to see The Exorcist film when it came out, but that didn't stop me from getting a copy of Blatty's book.
If you think you know the book from the movie, you're right as the book details the demonic possession of twelve year-old Regan MacNeil, and the attempts of a Jesuit priest to free her.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Overlook Press at New York Comic Con 2014

October 9th marks the beginning of the 2014 New York Comic Con, and The Overlook Press is excited to announce that for the first time ever we will be joining the much-anticipated annual event. From October 9th to 12th, The Overlook Press will be at the Javits Center at Booth #128, ready to introduce some of our amazing titles to Comic Con fans.

We'll have something for everyone, from a Metallica graphic novel to our ancient Roman Swords and Sandals series, and from the bestselling True Grit to a wealth of books about movies. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet our featured authors Edward Carey (Heap House), Dave Zeltserman (The Boy Who Killed Demons) and Deirdre Franklin (Little Darling's Pinups for Pitbulls) at exclusive book signings.

New York Comic Con is a fantastic way to celebrate stories across many genres, and we can’t wait to share with you some of ours. In the meantime you can learn more about our authors, below!

Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of two novels for adults, Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva, which was longlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award.  Heap House will be the first installment in The Iremonger Trilogy, a new fantasy series and his first work for young readers. Born in England, he now lives with his wife, Elizabeth McCracken, and their two children in Austin, Texas. 

Edward will appear on Thursday from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Dave Zeltserman is the author of ten horror and crime novels, including Monster, a Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction selection; The Caretaker of Lorne Field, shortlisted by the American Library Association for best horror novel of 2010; and A Killer’s Essence. His third horror novel, The Boy Who Killed Demons, expands to reach a younger audience through its teenage protagonist, 15-year-old Henry Dudlow. He lives in the Boston area. 

Dave will appear on Friday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, President, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a mission to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull. She holds a M.S. degree in Public Policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.  Her book, Little Darling's Pinups for Pitbulls, seeks to advance this mission through a combination of photography, pets, and pinups. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Jeffrey and their two furry children, Baxter Bean and Zoe.

Deirdre will appear on Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quotable Freud

In the 75 years since the passing of Sigmund Freud, a cacophony of voices has arisen to dissect and debate his work. Today, in honor of the man himself, we invite you to experience Freud verbatim. Read on for ten quoteable quotes about two of his favorite subjects, love and sex, and their tyranny over the human psyche:

“We never have so little protection against suffering as when we are in love; we are never so desolate as when we have lost the object of our love or its love for us.” (from Civilization and Its Discontents)

“One can love one another properly only when one is close. What is a memory compared to what one can behold!” (from The Letters of Sigmund Freud)

 Sigmund Freud posing for sculptor Oscar Nemon

“Maybe you know already that love must be learned just like everything else. Thus it is hard to avoid making mistakes; it doesn’t have to be the first love that becomes the lasting one.” (from Sigmund Freud—Unterdess halten wir zusammen: Briefe an die Kinder)

“Sexual morality as defined by society, in its most extreme form that of America, strikes me as very contemptible. I stand for an infinitely freer sexual life, although I myself have made very little use of such freedom. Only so far as I considered myself entitled to.” (from The Letters of Sigmund Freud)

Sigmund Freud

“As we have discovered, the symptoms of neuroses are essentially substitutive satisfactions for unfulfilled sexual desires.” (from Civilization and Its Discontents)

“It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and a cruelty, too.” (from Sigmund Freud—Unterdess halten wir zusammen: Briefe an die Kinder)

“Sexual life does not begin only at puberty, but starts with plain manifestations soon after birth.” (from An Outline of Psycho-Analysis)

Sigmund Freud and his mother, Amalia

“The first organ to emerge as an erotogenic zone and to make libidinal demands on the mind is, from the time of birth onwards, the mouth.” (from An Outline of Psycho-Analysis)

“The inclination to gaze on what is specific to each sex in its nakedness is one of the original components of our libido.” (from The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious)

Sigmund Freud

“We are being asked neither more nor less than to abjure our belief in the sexual drive. The only answer is to profess it openly …” (from The Freud/Jung Letters)


Freud Verbatim, a collection of quotes from Freud's published work and personal letters edited by Hannes Etzlstorfer and Peter Nomaler, will be available for purchase November 13th, 2014. For a chance to win a copy, enter our Goodreads giveaway!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Early Praise for Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE

Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE, Book One in the Iremonger Triology, has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the "Big Indie Sleepers of Fall 2014."

Heap House will be published on October 16, and has already received widespread praise. 

“Set in 1875, Carey’s delightful variation on Mervyn Peake’s classic Gormenghast books features young Clod Iremonger, sickly scion of an eccentric family that has grown rich off of the trash heaps of London. Heap House itself is a mad conglomeration of building fragments attached willy-nilly to the original mansion located amid dangerous, ever-shifting Heaps. Full of strange magic, sly humor, and odd, melancholy characters, this trilogy opener, peppered with portraits illustrated by Carey in a style reminiscent of Peake’s own, should appeal to ambitious readers seeking richly imagined and more-than-a-little-sinister fantasy.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What an astonishing book this is! A novel for children so good, so peculiar, so magical that it bears comparison to classics like The Hobbit or The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Golden Compass or the Green Knowe books. That is to say, adults should read it too, in order to be given the uncanny, wrenching sensation of visiting a new and strange place -- and finding a home there."  Kelly Link, award-winning author of Magic for Beginners

"The first in a deliciously macabre trilogy . . . channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket. . . . a Gothic tale in turns witty, sweet, thoughtful and thrilling—but always off-kilter—andpenned with gorgeous, loopy prose. Suspense and horror gradually accumulate into an avalanche of a climax, leading to the most precipitous of cliffhangers… Magnificently creepy.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Heap House is delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical, everything that an novel for children should be.” —Eleanor Catton, winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries

Heap House torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London int a singularly jaunty and creepy tale of agreeable misfits.”—Gregory Maguire, best-selling author of Wicked

In this first installment in a new fantasy series for young adults, The Iremonger Trilogy, Heap House introduces a fascinating world whose inhabitants come alive both on the page—and in Edward Carey’s fantastical illustrations. 

An acclaimed novelist, Edward Carey now presents the gorgeously and ghoulishly illustrated story of the Iremonger clan and their gothic, eccentric world with dazzling literary style. Heap House is full of unforgettable characters—anxious, animal-loving Tummis with his pet seagull, menacing cousin Moorcus, dreadful Aunt Rosamud and more. As Carey writes, “Every life is thick with rubbish, but the Iremongers did it with a difference . . .”

The extensive Iremonger family of Filching (“kings of mildew, moguls of mould”) has made a fortune from junk, building a dark and sprawling mansion from salvage scrap. Young Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in at Heap House, in the outskirts of Victorian London, his family’s mansion at the center of the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items whose ever-shifting masses have been known to swallow people alive. 

The Iremongers are an odd old family, each the owner of a Birth Object they must keep with them at all times. Clod is perhaps the oddest of all—his gift and his curse is that he can hear all of the objects of Heap House whispering.  And yes, a storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the house’s many objects are showing strange signs of life. Clod is on the cusp of being “trousered” and married off (unhappily) to his cousin Pinalippy when he meets the plucky orphan servant Lucy Pennant, with whose help he begins to uncover the dark secrets of his family’s empire. Mystery, romance and the perils of the Heaps await!

Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of two novels for adults, Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva, which was longlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award. Heap House is his first work for young readers and the first in the Iremonger Trilogy. Born in England, he now lives with his wife, Elizabeth McCracken, and their two children in Austin, Texas.  Follow him on Twitter @EdwardCarey70 and at