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'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn talks murder, marriage, and con games

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With her latest novel Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn — former EW TV critic and author of previous books Sharp Objects and Dark Places — has written the book of the summer. Yesterday, Amazon named Gone Girl the best novel of 2012 so far, and last month, EW predicted it would be the novel that would make her a star. Flynn talked to me about the thought process behind her disturbing psychological thriller. (Mild spoiler alert: No big secrets revealed, but it’s best to know as little about Gone Girl as possible before reading it).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you come up with the premise for Gone Girl?
GILLIAN FLYNN: I wanted to write about marriage. In my first two books, my protagonists were single almost to the point of not having much attachment to anyone else in the world. I wanted to explore the opposite — when you willingly yoke yourself to someone for life, and what happens when it starts going wrong. I’m playing with the idea of courtship as a con game: You want this other person to like you, so you’re never going to show them your worst side until it’s too late. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt of James Patterson's new YA novel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Best-selling author James Patterson will end his sci-fi series Maximum Ride this August, but he has a new teen-oriented series that’s just getting started. Confessions of a Murder Suspect, co-written with Maxine Paetro, comes out Sept. 24 and will stick to the mystery-thriller genre that made him famous. It centers on Tandy Angel, who comes from a wealthy but seriously shady family. When her parents are murdered, she and her siblings are the only suspects — and to clear their names, Tandy must dig into her family’s dealings. She doesn’t like what she learns.

Intrigued? Check out the first three chapters below! READ FULL STORY

Stephen King novel 'Joyland' officially announced

We already reported back in April that Stephen King was going back to his horror thriller roots with a novel called Joyland, but this morning the relatively young publisher Hard Case Crime — established in 2004 — announced that it will be releasing it come June 2013. According to the official announcement, Joyland is set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in the early ’70s. College student Devin Jones arrives to work as a carny but finds himself confronting the “legacy of a vicious murder” and the “fate of a dying child.” If there’s anything scarier than a murderous, dimension-hopping clown — It scarred me for life — it’s a small-town carny in any form. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'The 500' by Matthew Quirk -- EXCLUSIVE

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Thriller lovers, get ready for an explosive debut. Like John Grisham’s The Firm, only set in the high-stakes world of Washington politics, The 500 by Matthew Quirk — who reported on crime and terrorism for The Atlantic — tells the action-packed story of a young Harvard grad battling his powerful but corrupt employers. Even though the book won’t be released until June 5, there’s quite a bit of advance buzz: The film rights have already been snatched up by 20th Century Fox. Check out the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks about his new comic, 'Thief of Thieves'

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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.

Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY

'New York Times' names 10 best books of 2011: Stephen King makes the cut

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Last week, the New York Times named its 100 finalists for best books of the year, and now that they’ve whittled their picks down to the 10 best, there are a few surprises. Stephen King’s commercial time-travel novel, 11/22/63, made the list, and Jeffrey Eugenides’ much-anticipated, generally well received yet somewhat polarizing novel The Marriage Plot was edged out. Karen Russell’s zany Swamplandia! is a quirky but not at all unusual choice, and of course, year-end lists always celebrate the new and the splashy, so expect Chad Harbach and 26-year-old Téa Obreht’s heralded debuts to continue racking up the “Best Of” honors.

There are fewer oddballs in the nonfiction category. Malcolm X by the late Manning Marable was arguably the favorite to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction this year — that honor went to Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve, which doesn’t appear in this top 10. See the full list below, in alphabetical order: READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer': Cecily von Ziegesar on the gory reimagining of her original novel

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When editors approached author Cecily von Ziegesar to write a genre mash-up of her popular first Gossip Girl book, she immediately came up with some ground rules: “No zombies, no vampires.” Instead, she kept the characters human, but took the original text of Gossip Girl and added some murderous elements. Just as in the original novel, Serena comes back to the Upper East Side after spending time away at boarding school — only in this reboot, she has murder on the mind. The Serena we know would exact vengeance on her enemies by sleeping with their boyfriends or getting them in trouble at school. Psycho killer Serena just kills them in the bloodiest possible fashion. While there’s more in this week’s issue of EW, see below for von Ziegesar’s thoughts on Gossip Girl‘s strange new twist. Spoilers ahead! READ FULL STORY

Stephen King announces 'Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep' -- watch King read an excerpt (VIDEO)

The long anticipated sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, is now official! There aren’t many details available about Dr. Sleep — Stephen King broke the news on his website yesterday in an item about two tweets long — but he did read an excerpt at George Mason University last weekend. It appears the sequel follows a grownup Danny Torrance, a hospice worker who helps patients die painlessly. He comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe. King says he’s close to finishing the manuscript.

See/hear the excerpt of Dr. Sleep below: READ FULL STORY

Dress made of crime novel covers hits the runway -- you be the judge!

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This looks like the result of an “unconventional” Project Runway challenge. Hard Case Crime is known for publishing pulpy novels with scantily clad or naked women on the covers. This summer, its books inspired an unusual combination of reading and public nudity. So it’s a little ironic that designer Hally McGehean used hundreds of Hard Case jacket designs to cover a woman up (albeit barely).

So Shelf Lifers, use your critical reading skills to fashion-police this unusual garment: best-seller or crime against fashion? What do you think of the weird girdle-type thing around the waist (clearly I’m not used to writing about style)? READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2011: Legendary 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' director Tobe Hooper talks about his new horror novel, 'Midnight Movie'

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For nearly 40 years, director Tobe Hooper has filled the screen with all manner of horrific acts in films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, that film’s berserkly comic 1986 sequel, Poltergeist, and the TV show Salem’s Lot.

Now, Hooper has turned his attention to the printed page with the just-published horror novel, Midnight Movie, a splatter-tastic tome in which the filmmaker himself accidentally unleashes plagues of zombies and blue fluid-expelling sex maniacs.

Below, Hooper — who is appearing at this week’s Comic-Con — spills his guts about the book, his new movie Djinn, and why Kinky Friedman owes him money.

ENTERAINMENT WEEKLY: Hello Tobe Hooper! Or maybe that should be “Hello, Tony Hoopler” given how many times your name is mispronounced in Midnight Movie. READ FULL STORY

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