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
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
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.