Only two months until Halcyon is released in North America. The early response, on Goodreads, has been excellent, while Geeks World Wide awarded the book a 10/10. More reviews are expected in the weeks to come, so watch this space.

A number of authors—whose work and opinion I hold in the highest regard—have read Halcyon, and have joined the chorus of approval. I thought I’d bring their blurbs together in one post. So why not take a look … see if Halcyon sounds like a trip you’d enjoy.

“A prescient exploration of domestic terrorism and the fears that currently grip ordinary people worldwide, Halcyon is a slick, page-turning thriller that establishes Rio Youers as an author with something to say. Ominous and yet somehow full of hope, Halcyon shows that Youers is a Koontz or King for a new generation.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart.

“Rio Youers deftly mixes family drama, ESP, politics, and the collective insanity of cults into a heady cultural critique that also functions as a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller. Halcyon is a tornado of a novel.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“Rich, multilayered and compulsively readable, Halcyon is a ferocious yet thoughtful and very timely take on our need to believe in a better place.” —Michael Marshall, New York Times bestselling author of The Straw Men.

“I’m warning you: stay away from Halcyon if you have a pressing deadline, children that must be fed, dogs that need to be walked. Because it will own you completely and gobble up all your time and focus with its spellbinding sentences, vividly realized characters, furious pacing, and skin-crawling chills. Rio Youers is a master.” — Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark NetThrill Me, and Red Moon

C’mon … if that doesn’t that whet your appetite, I don’t know what will.

Halcyon hits North American stores in hardcover on July 10th. You can pre-order a copy at Amazon, of course—or you might consider a terrific independent store like Powell’s or IndieBound. And hey … don’t forget about your local bookstore.

The audio- and e-book versions also land in July (US and UK). The UK trade paperback (Titan Books) will be available a little later in the year.

More on Halcyon soon.

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The Hangman

Whoa! Some delightful and surprising news: THE FORGOTTEN GIRL has been nominated for Best Crime Novel in the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled.

The Arthur Ellis Award was established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman. It recognizes the best in all facets of crime writing, including detective, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing. Here’s the complete list of finalists in the Best Crime Novel category:

The Winners’ Circle, by Gail Bowen (McClelland & Stewart)
The Party, by Robyn Harding (Gallery/Scout Press)
The White Angel, by John MacLachlan (Gray Douglas and McIntyre)
Sleeping in the Ground, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)
The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers (St. Martin’s Press)

What a terrific selection of books and authors. I’m honoured to stand alongside them.

A complete list of finalists, in all categories, can be found on the Crime Writers of Canada website.

The winners will be announced at The Arts and Letter Club, Toronto, on May 24th, 2018. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend (I’ll still be in Vienna), but I’d like to congratulate the finalists in all categories, and wish them the very best of luck.

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I have always been a huge fan of Titan Books. Not only do they lead the way with media tie-ins and movie novelizations, they also have a stable of fantastic writers across multiple genres, including crime, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. They publish some of the best genre fiction out there. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to announce that Titan Books will publish both The Forgotten Girl and Halcyon in the UK.

The Forgotten Girl was released in the USA in 2017 to critical acclaim, scoring starred reviews at Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and championed by bestsellers such as Joe Hill, Sarah Pinborough, and Christopher Golden.  Titan Books will release the UK edition in May 2018 (e-book), with the paperback to follow in spring 2019.

Halcyon will be published on July 10th in the USA (hardcover, e-book, and audiobook) by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press, and Titan Books will publish the UK e-book at the same time. The UK paperback will be available a few months later, in autumn 2018.

I’ll post the covers (Titan do amazing work with their covers) as soon as they’re ready to be revealed. In the meantime, you can read the official announcement from Titan Books RIGHT HERE.

Honestly, I’m thrilled that UK readers will get the opportunity to enjoy these novels, and I’m so very grateful to Cat Camacho and everybody at Titan Books who helped put this together.

More news as it comes in.

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New Short Story

Mark Morris has a keen eye for all things horror, and has elevated the genre in recent years, not only with his own work, but with three amazing anthologies: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (in which my short story “Outside Heavenly” first appeared), The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, and New Fears. Mark is dedicated and discerning, and has worked with some of the biggest names in horror. So I’m beyond thrilled that my short story, “The Typewriter,” will be published in Mark’s latest anthology, New Fears 2.

As you’d expect, the lineup is stellar, and I’m delighted to share the pages with Paul Tremblay, Tim Lebbon, Gemma Files, Catriona Ward,  Stephen Volk, and Benjamin Percy—to name but a few. Here’s the lowdown from the publisher, and the full table of contents:

An electrifying anthology of new horror stories by award-winning masters of the genre.

The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this second collection of brand-new tales of terror. Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears 2 is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.

MAW — Priya Sharma
THUMBSUCKER — Robert Shearman
BULB — Gemma Files
FISH HOOKS — Kit Power
EMERGENCE — Tim Lebbon
ON CUTLER STREET — Benjamin Percy
RUT SEASONS — Brian Hodge
SENTINEL — Catriona Ward
LEAKING OUT — Brian Evenson
THANATRAUMA — Steve Rasnic Tem
PACK YOUR COAT — Aliya Whiteley
HAAK — John Langan
THE DEAD THING — Paul Tremblay
THE SKETCH — Alison Moore

New Fears 2 will be published by Titan Books in September 2018, and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold. Trust me, this is going to be a solid collection of short fiction. You don’t want to miss out.

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