event recap: Barry Lyga at Mysterious Galaxy!

April 6, 2012 2012, arc blog tour, barry lyga, event, Wendy 69

Barry Lyga I Hunt Killers booksigning Dexter YA Mysterious Galaxy cupcakes

See the smiling, congenial man on the left? He writes about serial killers.

Specifically, he wrote I Hunt Killers, a book I absolutely loved, so it was great fun to attend a hilarious booksigning event last night. Barry Lyga discussed his dad’s reaction to the book (“Sick.”), his upcoming projects, and lots more. Please keep in mind that I’m paraphrasing most of the discussion, since I was so busy listening I forgot to take notes!

About the Book

The author said he did about 3 months of exhaustive research for his novel. Barry said he is fascinated by what pushes people to extremes, and he wrote the book in part because “Serial killers are our last boogeymen. We know that vampires aren’t real–” at this point, someone gasped, “WHAT?” and everyone laughed “–and science has proven many of the things we used to be scared of don’t exist. Serial killers are scary because they look and sound like ordinary people, and that scares the shit out of me.”

I haven’t heard the narrator for the IHK audio book, but it’s hard to imagine he could do a better job than the author himself, whose deep, expressive voice was easy to listen to as he read excerpts from the book. It was especially scary to hear him use Billy Dent’s voice, which had a charming southern drawl. Barry said his girlfriend really doesn’t like it when he uses the voice on her, hah.

Barry confirmed that there will be at least three books in the series, which has been optioned by Warner Bros. for a television show, and that the second book is already finished and ups the ante in a big way. Since book three would presumably be even gorier, he gleefully speculated whether they could find paper that would give people paper cuts, so that people would actually bleed all over the books as they read them

Barry Lyga I Hunt Killers YA Dexter Mysterious Galaxy booksigning

The Event

The creative people at Mysterious Galaxy, an awesome independent bookstore in Redondo Beach, made chocolate cupcakes with bloody fingers embedded in them for the event. Once you’ve read the book, you’ll know just how perfect this was. ;) They also created goody bags that looked like evidence bags and a dead body outline. All in all, it was a really fun evening and it was great to hear Barry speak about his book.

ARC Suspense Bundle Winner! Plus I Hunt Killers Mini Tour Update

Big congratulations to Sam over at Realm of Fiction, who won our Spring Suspense Bundle giveaway, which includes a copy of I Hunt Killers!

And be sure to check out the blog stops for our mini tour for the book, with reviews by Bunbury in the Stacks, The Readventurer, Bending the Spine, and Sweet Tidbits (links to be updated when everyone has posted). If you haven’t picked up a copy of the book already, do be sure and check it out soon.

Barry Lyga I Hunt Killers YA Mysterious Galaxy booksigning bloody cupcakes fingers
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69 Responses to “event recap: Barry Lyga at Mysterious Galaxy!”

  1. Tricia C.

    I was very intrigued by I Hunt Killers. Not sure if enjoyed is the right verb to use after reading it, but I definitely want to read Game. Those cupcakes are amazing! Sounds like an great event.

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh my goodness! The signing looks like SO much fun, and I can’t get over those cupcakes! Both delicious and SQUICKY! Glad you had fun xx

  3. Heidi

    What Flannery said! I didn’t think that he meant this to be a series, and I am PUMPED that it will be! This event sounds wonderful, those cupcakes are deliciously disgusting looking. I love his point about serial killers being our boogeymen–it’s really true! Thrillers always scared me SO much more than horror because hey…it could really happen. Thanks for posting about the event, and linking, Wendy!

    • Wendy Darling

      I was thrilled to hear this would be a series too! And I’m with you, serial killers are much scarier than any fictional beast we could think of. :) So glad you were able to be part of the tour, Heidi, thanks again for participating.

  4. Flannery (The Readventurer)

    I am so flipping excited that this will be a series. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. This sounds like it was a wonderful event; I am so sorry I missed the one in Seattle:(

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so bummed you missed the event, too! It was a lot of fun and it was great to hear him speak. Hopefully he’ll tour again for the next book. :)

  5. Lexie

    Ahhh! I love it. :D I LOVE the cupcakes and the body tape–so fitting, and very creative. I’ve been hearing nothing but awesome things about I Hunt Killers, so I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

  6. Amy

    It sounds like it was a great event!! OMG I love those cupcakes!! So awesome!! Thanks for sharing the event recap. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      It was totally fun, Amy! I’m so glad the photos came out and that I decided to go at the last minute. It was too good to miss. :)

  7. Jasprit

    This sounds like an amazing event Wendy! Those cakes with fingers look so real! I don’t think I would have been able to stomach one! Did you manage to eat one?

    • Wendy Darling

      I DID eat a cupcake! But I confess I pulled off the frosting and finger first. Not because I was creeped out, but because I don’t like marzipan or raspberry combined with chocolate. ;)

  8. Betsy

    The cupcakes are oober fun for a book like this! Sounds like it was a fun book signing.

    • Wendy Darling

      The cupcakes were absolutely perfect. :) At one point, Barry was praising the cupcakes and saying how they were perfect because there were also severed fingers in his book. The woman who made them called out “The fingers on the cupcakes are edible!” and he replied, “Well, real fingers are edible, too.” And he smiled really, really big, hah.

  9. A Canadian Girl

    Lol, I might have some trouble eating those cupcakes. It sounds like this one was a really fun book event. I wish we had more of those up here.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I had no trouble eating my cupcake at all. :D It was an awesome event, it’s going to be hard not to expect each one to be so outstanding!

  10. YA Anonymous

    That sounds like so much fun! Too bad I missed it. I am going to read the book though.

    By the way, Wendy, are you going to the Gayle Forman + Stephanie Perkins signing at Children’s Book World later this month?


    • Wendy Darling

      Hope you enjoy the book, Maggie. :) I’m not sure about that signing you mentioned yet–I actually rarely go to to these–but that event definitely sounded great. And I do love that bookstore!

  11. Shirley

    CUPCAKEEEEEE<33333 I feel hungry all of sudden now :S LOL I love your opening paragraph! I agree with Mimi- I can't imagine a guy like Barry, writing about SERIAL KILLERS! WOW..Looks like it was a fabulous event! I'm seriously excited to read I Hunt Killers now! Looks like you had loads of fun, Wendy!<3

    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, I hope you have a good time with the book, Shirley! It’s pretty gory, but it’s also pretty hilarious, just like the event last night. :D

  12. Mimi Valentine

    Looking at Barry, I wouldn’t imagine a guy who wrote about killers at all LOL x) Although I guess that since it’s the killer book you said was really fun to read, it makes a lot of sense! ;)

    It looks like you had a BLAST, Wendy! I definitely need to read this book now before it turns into a bound-to-be-awesome TV show. And those cupcakes looked so yummy from afar, but with FINGERS? Now that’s something you don’t see every day — so creative! x)

    I Hunt Killers has just been bumped up on my TBR pile. Thanks so much for sharing this, Wen! <3

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s funny you say that, Mimi, because Barry was telling us that most serial killers are white males aged 35 and up and look perfectly normal. He paused and then said, “I fall right into that category.” Hah! :)

      It was a really fun event. Hope you enjoy the book, sweetie!

  13. Rachel

    Wendy, it looks like you had fun! This bookstore went above and beyond with this event with the cupcakes and goodie-evidence bags. I’m so glad you were able to go and share with us.

    I can’t wait to read this. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      It was a super fun event, Rachel, I’m sorry you missed it! But I’m sure being on vacation was worth it. ;) Look forward to hearing what you think of the book.

  14. Karen

    I was thinking awwww…doesn’t he look all innocent with a tray of cupcakes & then I see they have FINGERS! lol

    I got this book at ALA with the evidence bag which is just so awesome!

    I can’t wait to read it.

  15. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    What a great event! I’ve never been to an author event w/a theme. I’m sure it was great fun. I don’t think I would’ve been able to eat a cupcake. Those fingers! Glad you had such a nice time, Wendy!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Andrea! I love that they made the event so tailored to the book, too. I confess I removed the finger before I ate the cupcake–but only because I don’t enjoy marzipan. ;)

  16. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Oh big congrats to Sam! the nicest blogger. This sounds like so much fun, I want a cupcake with a severed finger, yummy. I really really want to read this series now. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the tv show. Enjoy your Easter weekend, Wendy :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I hope you read this one soon, Heidi! It’s great for readers who love macabre humor mixed in with their gory thrillers, hah. Happy weekend to you, too!

  17. Melliane

    wow it’s impressive. the little cakes are amazing, well I don’t think I could eat them lol. It sounded like a great event, I didn’t know this one.

    • Wendy Darling

      It was totally fun, and so was he! Definitely the most fun author event I’ve ever been to. And the bloodiest. :D

  18. Sam

    Oh wow, those fingers look amazing! They did a great job with those cupcakes. I need to learn how to incorporate bloody body parts into my baking. ;)

    I’m glad you had an awesome time! It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m excited to read the book. A massive thanks again Wendy for the giveaway! :D

    • Wendy Darling

      The lady who did them did a fantastic job with molding the marzipan fingers, Sam! I have to confess I pulled off my finger before I ate it, though. But only because I don’t like marzipan, not because I don’t like eating fingers. :D

      So glad you won the giveaway, Sam–will get those books right out to you!

  19. elena

    Ahhh paper cuts while reading? Truly horrific! I’d probably attempt to read with gloves or as an e-copy then, ha. Those cupcakes look delicious and the goody bags sound so creative. Thanks for sharing with us, Wendy! <3

    • Wendy Darling

      Papercuts HURT! As does the idea of waiting so long for the sequels, hah. The cupcakes were absolutely delicious, Elena. :) I love it when stores go to the extra trouble to do something themed to the book.

  20. weebleny

    I actually did get a paper cut while finishing up the ARC of I Hunt Killers. There’s a little bloodstain and everything. I think it was Billy Dent trying to get out of the book.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, this is my favorite comment of the day, weebleny! Watch out or you’ll have an even bloodier book with the sequel.

  21. Blueicegal ♥

    congrats Sam! and I haven’t heard of this book before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. What are you doing to me with those yummy pictures wendy!

    Feeling all hungry now :D

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m so glad Sam won, too! I had no idea we’d be featuring bloody cupcakes on the blog today, but hey, we roll with the punches. ;)

  22. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    Fantastic! Nothing like eating free cupcakes! That looks like raspberry frosting, my favorite! True, serial killers are scarier than vampires because they are real. Sounds like a fantastic event!

    • Wendy Darling

      NOTHING beats a free cupcake. ;) And yes, that actually is bloody raspberry syrup on top of the icing! It was a super fun night for sure.

  23. Liyana

    Disturbing. :P *marks as to read*

    Really love the effort and the little details with the goodie bags and cupcakes. Wonder if Barry Lyga will narrate the audiobook?

    • Wendy Darling

      There’s a different narrator for this audiobook, Liyana, but I’m really hoping he reads the sequels. He has a great voice that’s really perfect for all the characters.

      Hope you get a chance to read this one soon!

  24. Shortskie

    Haha that’s so awesome and I must say that those cupcakes are dastardly and look so delicious! I would kill to have one (no pun intended) I’m glad you had a great time Wendy, sounded like a awesome shabang you attended C:

    • Wendy Darling

      “Dastardly and delicious” sums it up nicely, Shortskie. ;) It really was a great event, and it was fun to see all the support for the author, too. There were some really hilarious librarians in attendance.

  25. readingdate

    Great recap – thanks for sharing! Sounds like such a fun book event with the author presentation, bloody cupcakes and evidence bags.
    I finally bought the book on kindle after reading yours and Flannery’s reviews. I will try to remember to read it in the daytime though because I’m scared already :) Didn’t realize it was going to be a tv show too!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I can’t wait to hear what you think of this one, Lucy! I think a TV show has the potential to be really awesome, too. There’s no way they’ll be able to be as graphic, hah, but it’ll still be fun to see what they do with it.

  26. Julie@My5monkeys

    sounds like a fun time and those cupcakes look awesome. I have heard about this store from Gini Koch. I think this is near my sister :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Their original store is in San Diego, Julie–I’m so glad they opened one up closer to me! I’ve been really impressed with the number of YA authors who have signed there.

  27. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com

    Ok while the book sounds a bit bloody for me, I adore how this event went down. Fingers in cupcakes, evidence bags, and the taped out body. LOVE it. Thanks for sharing the fun with us.

    • Wendy Darling

      It was a really fun event, Juju! The author kept saying how awesome it was that the bookstore did all that. :) They’re definitely one of my favorite bookstores.

  28. starryeyedjen

    Sounds like an awesome event! Man, you keep making me move this book back up to the top of my to-be-read-very-soon stack. The ARC I received also came in the evidence bag, which just upped the excitement factor for me.

    Oh, and those cupcakes are full of win. I can’t wait to see how that ties into the book!

    • Wendy Darling

      I keep nudging you to read it, hah, and I will keep nudging until it happens! How fun that your ARC came in an evidence bag, that’s just perfect.

  29. Jenny

    Somehow, not even the bloody finger would deter me from eating that cupcake. I love cupcakes. I could definitely go for one right this minute. Sounds like this was such a fun and creative event! I wish more like it would come to Columbus so I could go:)

    • Wendy Darling

      Well, a puny little bloody finger certainly not going to stop me from eating my cupcake! I’ve saved it for my lunch dessert. :)

      I actually don’t go to many signings at all (I used to do too many of these when I worked for B&N way back in the day), but when I saw Barry was coming I couldn’t resist. I think we’re going to try to cover more author events, though, so hopefully it’ll still be fun to attend them vicariously through us!