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Lestat lives on: Read the 'Time' excerpt from the latest 'The Vampire Chronicles' release


Though vampires are quite literally old as time, the pop-cultural phenomenon of the bloodsucking antihero seems so very… 2014. But Edward Cullen, Damon Salvatore, and Bill Compton have nothing on Lestat de Lioncourt, the glamorous 18th-century French vampire who we first met in 1976 in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire—the novel that spawned the 1994 film adaptation in which Tom Cruise played Lestat (opposite Brad Pitt’s Louis de Pointe du Lac).

Rice wrote 10 more books in The Vampire Chronicles—and the damned immortal just won’t die: Prince Lestat, the latest installment of the supernatural series, hit shelves this week, and Time posted an exclusive excerpt on Thursday. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling' sequel announced

Now that we all know that Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, there’s no way the sequel to last year’s surprise best-seller The Cuckoo’s Calling will spend any time in obscurity. The Silkworm will debut in the U.K. on June 19 and in the U.S. on June 24. Here’s the official plot description from Mulholland Books: READ FULL STORY

BREAKING -- New Stephen King novel 'Revival' announced!

The brilliant mind of Stephen King is still churning out nightmares and twisted fantasies. The author just announced on his official website that he will be releasing Revival on November 11, 2014. He posted this description:

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that ‘revival’ has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

This will be King’s second novel for 2014. In June, he will be releasing a hard-boiled detective novel called  Mr. Mercedes, which will be a new frontier for the 66-year-old author. What are your thoughts on the new book?

CJ Lyons talks talks her debut YA novel, 'Broken'


Best-selling author CJ Lyons has joined the YA fray with Broken (out now). The fast-paced thriller follows 15-year-old Scarlet Killian, who suffers from a rare and untreatable heart condition. But in an effort to live a (somewhat) normal life, she tries to prove to her parents that she can survive high school. She’s given one week to show that she can make it work, but things take a complicated turn when she starts to uncover the truth about her illness. Without spoiling the I-totally-didn’t-see-it-coming ending, Lyons answers some of our questions about the novel and talks about her inspiration for the standalone.  READ FULL STORY

Suspense writer Michael Palmer dies at age 71

Michael Palmer, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose Extreme Measures was adapted into a 1996 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, has died.

A statement Thursday from publisher St. Martin’s Press says Palmer died Wednesday at age 71 from complications relating to a stroke and heart attack.

Palmer’s 20th novel, Resistant, is to be published in May.

Palmer was a native of Springfield, Mass. He drew upon his medical background for such novels as Side Effects and The First Patient, a thriller about the president’s doctor.

Watch the thrilling trailer for Adam Mansbach's 'The Dead Run' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Something is stirring in the US-Mexican border deserts, and it isn’t Walter White cooking in an RV. Go the F— to Sleep author Adam Mansbach trades in irreverent “children’s” fare for the dark and supernatural with his upcoming novel, The Dead Run.

Set in the contentious borderlands between the United States and Mexico, The Dead Run follows El Cucuy, a boogeyman and evil force that transcends mere myth, as he plots to regain his former glory and power through his son. The stories of three very different people — a wrongly imprisoned man, an escaped former cult member, and a desperate police chief — weave together as they encounter El Cucuy’s will in this tense, paranormal thriller.

Check out the ominous exclusive video here: READ FULL STORY

See the chilling trailer for 'Night Film' by Marisha Pessl -- EXCLUSIVE


Usually when we call book trailers “cinematic,” we’re being generous. But the trailer for Marisha Pessl‘s upcoming genre-bending thriller Night Film (Aug. 20) really may be the slickest book trailer we’ve seen in a while.

And the novel, if you can even call it that (I prefer “multimedia experience”), warrants the big-budget ramp-up. It begins when the daughter of a reclusive horror film director Stanislav Cordova is found dead, and fallen journalist Scott McGrath falls into the maddening wormhole of trying to uncover the truth behind the girl’s murder. Night Film gets darker and more twisted the deeper McGrath ventures into Cordova’s world—the man hasn’t been seen in public in 30 years, and his films are so horrifying that it’s believed the person who created them must be seriously disturbed as well. Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, includes artifacts and case evidence, like authentic-looking screenshots, police documents, and transcripts, into the maze-like narrative, and in a meta twist, the promotion for Night Film assumes Cordova’s world is real. The trailer below, produced by ApKMedia, is just the first taste.

See the cinematic trailer for Charlie Huston's new thriller 'Skinner' -- EXCLUSIVE

Crime novelist and comic book author Charlie Huston once again melds pulp and tech in his upcoming thriller Skinner (out July 9). The titular character — named after the Skinner box he was raised in — is a particularly effective “asset protector” whose brutal methods have left him on the fringes of the intelligence community.

Now, an ornate and evolving cyber-terrorist attack is about to end that long exile. His asset is Jae, a roboticist with a gift for seeing the underlying systems violently shaping a new era of global guerrilla warfare.

At the root of it all is a young boy, the innocent seed of a plot grown in the slums of Mumbai. Brought to flower, that plot will tip the balance of world power in a perilous new direction.

See the trailer for Skinner below! READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'The Shining Girls' by Lauren Beukes -- EXCLUSIVE

A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (out June 4) features a time-traveling serial killer — yep, you read that right — named Harper Curtis who targets shining girls, bright young women who possess some unnameable quality that makes them burn with potential. Kirby Mazrachi is the only shining girl who managed to escape Harper once he set his sights on her. To bring her almost-killer to justice, she joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the reporter who covered her case. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to discover what she finds, but here’s the exclusive trailer for Shining Girls below: READ FULL STORY

2013 Edgar Awards honor best mystery writers


Last night, many of the country’s most famous mystery writers dressed to kill for the 2013 Edgar Awards, which honored the best writing in the crime genre of last year. Veteran Dennis Lehane and newcomer Chris Pavone won some of the biggest honors. Take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below: READ FULL STORY

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