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Big Read: Alison Gaylin, Peter Straub, and Patrick McGrath
Tuesday October 7, 2014
Alison Gaylin, Peter Straub, and Patrick McGrath discussed the influence of Poe on their writing.
USA Today and International bestselling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book Hide Your Eyes, and has since been nominated for an RT award, an International Thriller Writer’s Award and an Anthony. In addition to her six published crime fiction novels, she’s published the Young Adult mystery Reality Ends Here (Simon and Schuster/PocketStar). The graphic novel she wrote with Megan Abbott, Normandy Gold, is in development as a TV series for New Regency Productions, with Alison and Megan scripting the pilot. Alison's latest novel is Stay With Me, the third book in the Brenna Spector series for Harper Collins.
Patrick McGrath has written two story collections and eight novels, including Spider, which was filmed by David Cronenberg from McGrath’s adaptation, and Asylum, an international bestseller. His work has been published in more than two dozen countries. He is also the author of Ghost Town, a collection of three novellas set in New York City, and the novels The Grotesque, Trauma and Port Mungo, among others. Constance, his most recent novel, was published in 2013. He coedited an influential anthology of short fiction, The New Gothic, and recent nonfiction includes introductions to The Monk, Moby Dick and Barnaby Rudge. He lives in Manhattan and teaches in the writing programmes of both The New School and Princeton University.
Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, and his most recent, In the Night Room. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, six Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and two World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention.