Virtual Event: John Darnielle
in conversation with KELLY LINK
January 26, 2022
6:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store welcomes JOHN DARNIELLE—bestselling author of Wolf in White Van and beloved singer-songwriter of the Mountain Goats—for a discussion of his latest, highly anticipated novel, Devil House. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning novelist and story writer KELLY LINK.
All tickets include a hardcover copy of Devil House. U.S. shipping also included. Books bundled with tickets will be shipped out after the event. Please note: we are unable to ship internationally.
About Devil House
Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That’s what his mother always told him. Years later, he is a true crime writer, with one grisly success—and a movie adaptation—to his name, along with a series of subsequent less notable efforts. But now he is being offered the chance for the big break: to move into the house where a pair of briefly notorious murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected teens during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. Chandler finds himself in Milpitas, California, a small town whose name rings a bell—his closest childhood friend lived there, once upon a time. He begins his research with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected—back into his own work and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.
Devil House is John Darnielle’s most ambitious work yet, a book that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a spellbinding tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.
Praise for Devil House
“Devil House is terrific: confident, creepy, a powerful and soulful page-turner. I had no idea where it was going, in the best possible sense . . . It’s never quite the book you think it is. It’s better.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Suspenseful, brilliant and chaotically addicting, Devil House triumphs as a page-turning metafictional treatise on the power of narratives cloaked in the trappings of a certifiable true crime classic." —Zack Ruskin, San Francisco Chronicle
“Darnielle has an affection for the dark side of pop culture and the way fans of supposedly gloom-and-doom genres like heavy metal and horror are more sophisticated than they get credit for. So this smart, twisty novel about true-crime books and the 1980s “Satanic panic” is a fine fit for him and his best so far . . . An impressively meta work that delivers the pleasures of true-crime while skewering it.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
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