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Thrilled to announce sale of PROPHET film rights

To one of the best book-to-film producers in the business, Nick Wechsler.

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Among others, Nick has adapted such works as Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD, David Benioff’s THE 25th HOUR, Stephanie Meyer’s THE HOST, and, a personal Koryta favorite, Ron Rash’s brilliant novel SERENA.

Also attached and scripting will be Reid Carolin, who recently wrote the forthcoming Channing Tatum film MAGIC MIKE, produced by Wechsler, as well as, among others, an excellent documentary, EARTH MADE OF GLASS.

Pub date change!

Due to the overwhelming demand of readers who simply cannot wait for the next Koryta novel, and having nothing whatsoever, at all, in the least to do with the business machinations of publishers, I am delighted to announce that THE PROPHET will be available August 7.

Here’s your teaser:

“I wonder if you possibly believed it when you looked into my eyes and told me that you had already passed your greatest test, that forgiving the man who raped and murdered your sister was that test. I disagreed with you then. I still do, coach. There are greater tests coming.”

Two brothers in a small Midwestern town: one the high school’s beloved football coach on the verge of a state championship, one scraping by as a bail bondsman. Their sister was abducted and murdered when they were teenagers, and they’ve been divided since that day. Now a new killing with ties to each of them has forced a painful and adversarial reunion. In a masterful return to mystery fiction, Michael Koryta has written a deeply haunting and suspenseful novel that proves why Dean Koontz has said, “He’s now on my must-read list.”

“Somehow, Michael Koryta gets better with every book, no small feat considering the quality of those he’s already written. Here’s a writer for the new century, one to read, admire and, yes, envy.”
Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“THE PROPHET is a relentless, heart-in-your-throat thriller about ordinary people caught in the middle of an extraordinary nightmare. It’s about the sins of the past haunting the hopes of the present and the need to find redemption from the jury of your own conscience. It’s also a quantum leap for Michael Koryta.”
Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island

Two New York Times Notable Books in one year

Honored to report that the New York Times included both THE CYPRESS HOUSE and THE RIDGE in their “best of 2011” roundup. Marilyn Stasio writes:

FAVORITE SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY

“Michael Koryta easily takes top honors for two eerie novels, THE CYPRESS HOUSE (Little, Brown, $24.99), a 1930s gangster story with spooky undertones, and THE RIDGE (Little, Brown, $24.99) , a ghost story set in an old mining region of Kentucky.”

THE CYPRESS HOUSE was also voted one of the 15 best horror novels of the years by the members of the GoodReads community, and both books were generously mentioned in the Miami Herald by the accomplished novelist/historian Les Standiford, whose latest release, BRINGING ADAM HOME, was a fine and heartbreaking history of the murder of Adam Walsh. Les says:

“I have just finished two books by Michael Koryta, who has turned a certain corner from straight-up mystery into historically based thrillers with a supernatural tinge. The new one is The Ridge, featuring a lighthouse built improbably near a large feline rescue center atop a mountain in Kentucky, and in paper is The Cypress House, a ’30s noir set in a creepy inn on Florida’s west coast. These are stylish and intelligent escapes, rich with the author’s appreciation for the power of place and a world that sometimes eludes reason.”

Meanwhile we continue to hope for good things on THE CYPRESS HOUSE film development front from the always-busy Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures, who had another great year with the tremendous success of THE HELP, which posted the longest run at the top spot in the box office of any movie since THE SIXTH SENSE in 1999. Not bad!

We should have some updates on film news for SO COLD THE RIVER shortly…

Gold Dagger

Learned the wonderful news from Hodder that THE CYPRESS HOUSE was nominated for the prestigious Gold Dagger award by the Crime Writer’s Association, which bases their festivities out of the UK. It’s a true honor, and a great list of names — Steve Hamilton and Tom Franklin wrote two of my favorite books of 2010, for example. Very special to be included on such a list.

Judges’ comments on THE CYPRESS HOUSE: A compelling suspense story haunted by the paranormal and steeped in the fears and anxieties of Depression-era Florida. Strong characterisation and an isolated, storm-ridden setting drive the novel towards an unexpected ending.

Very generous! Details on the award from the CWA:

The eight authors in contention for this year’s coveted prize are, in alphabetical order:

Tom Franklin Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Macmillan)

Lucretia Grindle The Villa Triste (Mantle)

Steve Hamilton The Lock Artist (Orion)

Mo Hayder Hanging Hill (Bantam Press)

Michael Koryta The Cypress House (Hodder & Stoughton)

M. J. McGrath White Heat (Mantle)

A.D. Miller Snowdrops(Atlantic Books)

Denise Mina The End of the Wasp Season (Orion)

The eight will be narrowed down to four when the shortlists are announced on 22nd August. These will be featured in an ITV3 season starting 1st September and running for 6 weeks. The winner will be announced at at an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane on 7th October, and broadcast in the following week (probably 11th October) on ITV3.