The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver, #4)
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: June 16, 2015
John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...
...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.
John doesn't want the life he's stuck with. He doesn't want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn't want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn't want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn't want to kill people. But as the song says, you can't always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.
When John again faces evil, he'll know what he has to do.
The Devil's Only Friend is the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.
About the Author
Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.
And then I found a perfect idea, in the weirdest place.
I love poetry. I love to read it, I love to write it, and I love to memorize and recite it. Each of the John Cleaver books includes a poem excerpt as an epigram (T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, and ee cummings, in order), and each of them also includes character quoting poems in the text (well, sort of: the first one uses William Blake and the third uses ee cummings again, and the second USED TO use William Butler Yeats, but I had to cut that section because it didn't fit. The book is better without it, but I still miss it). For my standalone thriller The Hollow City, I used an epigram from my favorite poet of all time, Emily Bronte, and honestly I have to fight myself pretty hard not to just throw a Bronte quote in front of every book I write.
So: two years ago I was reading through some old Irish poetry, specifically the works of Thomas More, when I ran across a poem called "Alone in Crowds to Wander On." The title struck me immediately, precisely because it seemed like such a good fit for John Cleaver: he's so inward, and so non-empathetic, that he feels alone even when he's surrounded by people. Then I read the poem and found that it was about death, which is an even better fit for John--not just death, but about our reaction to death, and the emotional devastation that comes from losing someone you care about. I'm keeping this as spoiler-free as I can, for those who haven't read the books, but the trilogy ends with John losing just about everything he ever cared about. This line of More's poem was such a perfect fit for John Cleaver it felt like it was written for him:
This, this, the doom must be,
For all who've loved, and lived to see
The few bright things they thought would stay
Forever near them, die away.
Sometimes inspiration is hard, and sometimes its subtle, but this hit me like a thunderbolt. I knew INSTANTLY that I had the seed for an entire new trilogy of John Cleaver books. The first series was about how he learned to feel; the second series would be about how he learned that feeling sucks, and life has pain, and sometimes all a heart does for you is break. I started a new book about the aftermath of the first, showing John that gaining emotions is one thing, but living with them is a whole new set of challenges.
Obviously there are plenty of new monsters and mysteries and exciting twists and horrific scares; John has joined an FBI team tasked with hunting the demons, and with John's help they're good enough at their job to start attracting attention. Demons don't like being hunted. But the core of the John Cleaver books are the emotions that drive them, and that poem gave me the emotional arc I needed to drive a whole new series. The new trilogy will explore where the monsters come from, and how they work, and how John learns how to deal with all these new dangers and influences in his life. It gives you all the grisly mystery and psychological horror you loved in the first series. The first book (or, I guess, technically the fourth book) is out this week, so I hope you pick it up and love it.
And don't be surprised if book five or six shows up with an epigram from Emily Bronte.
I'm not disappearing again! The reason there weren't any posts these past two days was I didn't schedule them ahead of time (they were saved as drafts only) and, if you follow me on twitter you might have heard this next part, that my wifi was down. Yes, it was horrible, and without it I was unable to schedule any posts for those two days. It'll be a bit hectic while I get everything back in order, so there may not be any posts for a few days, or there may be. It really depends.
Thank you, as always, for being so understanding.
Release Date: July 2, 2013
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.
Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let her go. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.
But now her happiness—and safety—are threatened, all because of the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: Never revive a human soul.
If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.
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