If you were a fan of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, then you likely already have next Tuesday 8/20 marked on your calendar. That’s when Night Film, Marisha Pessl’s first novel since the highly acclaimed STCP, hits shelves.
When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead, investigative journalist Scott McGrath becomes obsessed with finding out the truth behind the girl’s “suicide”. Digging into the mysteries surrounding the director’s creepy legend (he hasn’t been seen in thirty years), Night Film weaves secret message boards and internet articles into the narrative to create a suspenseful literary thriller you’ll want to take along on those last few trips to Barton Springs. (Though of course we’re in Texas, so go ahead and feel free to carry this book to Barton Springs straight on through October.)
Raul, an Inventory Manager here, is one of the book’s biggest fans. He describes the novel as “….a whirlwind of obsession” and says, “Pessl has broken barriers with this work, for part of the story is included in Internet articles that run seamlessly with the text. While entirely made up, these articles…give the story an immediateness that makes the reader feel they are there alongside McGrath following the breadcrumbs all the way to that remote estate in order to discover the truth.”
Intrigued? You can read an excerpt right over here courtesy of NPR. And check out the trailer:
Critics have already offered their praise. The New York Times calls Night Film, “A whirling, glittering, multifaceted marvel . . . an irrepressibly smart and flamboyant new voice.” Kirkus Reviews says, “An inventive—if brooding, strange and creepy—adventure in literary terror. Think Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King meet Guillermo del Toro as channeled by Klaus Kinski.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Pessl’s previous work, Special Topics was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review.
We’ll have copies of Night Film on our shelves on Tuesday. For now, you can pre-order here.