Broken Monsters: The Launch Party

Category: News

Last night, fans and friends of Lauren Beukes flocked to the 71a gallery in Old Street for the launch of her terrifyingly brilliant new novel, Broken Monsters. But this was no ordinary launch … on arrival, guests were asked to log into our Broken Monsters app, a personality test that determines what kind of killer you are. Attendees were also asked to fill in luggage labels and hang them in the super cool ‘secret room’, a UV light-adorned cavern hidden behind a huge projector screen.

Photos from Lauren’s trip to Detroit adorned the walls, and she later spoke about the research she did there and the people she met, many of whom inspired characters in the book. Lauren finished off her speech with a captivating reading, made all the more atmospheric by the creepy video clips showing in the background.

Check out photos from the event below and take our Killer Personality Test to determine what kind of killer YOU would be. Are you a Broken Monster? A Psychopath? A Chainsaw Cannibal? Click here to find out…

 

Get some killer holiday inspiration

Category: Competitions

The summer holiday season is officially upon us! If you’re still debating where to book that last-minute holiday and struggling to think of anywhere exciting to fly to though, why not take some killer inspiration from one of our crime and thriller books?!

Murders, spies, villains (etc) aside, we realised that our novels are set in some pretty stunning locations! So this week the Killer Reads team took to our many book shelves in search of some holiday destination inspiration.

We managed to narrow it down to just 14 (there were MANY more to choose from!) so if you’re in need of holiday ideas – or are just interested to see all the cities in which our books are set – click on the map below.

AND, not only are we acting as excellent travel agents this week, we’re also offering you the chance to win a set of the books featured on the map, to keep you entertained on your travels!

To enter the competition just let us know in the comments below which destination on the map you’d most like to visit, which books you’d take with you – and why…

 

Competition Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
2. This promotion is open to all UK residents except employees of HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
3. Answer the question in the comments section below to enter
4. Closing date for entries is 8th September 2014. No entries received after this time will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one allowed per household.
5. The prize is a set of 14 books
6. The prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.
7. No cash or prize alternatives are available.
8. HarperCollins reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
9. The winners of the competition will be drawn at random from all correct entries by HarperCollins and notified by email no later than the 30th September 2014
10. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.
11. HarperCollins’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final.
12. To obtain the names of the prize winners after the closing date, please write to Katie Moss, HarperCollins Publishers, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JB.
13. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.
14. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
15. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that if you win your name and image may be used for the purpose of announcing the winner in any related publicity with HarperCollins, without additional payment or permission.
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17. Under no circumstances will HarperCollins be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.
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THE CITY, by Dean Koontz

Category: Author Post

We’re thrilled to welcome No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz to the Killer Reads blog today, to talk about his new novel, The City


083077-FC3DGerda, my wife and first reader of my manuscripts, is an honest critic of my work, and a good one. For years, the male ego being what it is, I listened to her thoughts on a script, generally expressed my disagreements with her suggestions—but then went into my office and quietly fixed things according to her observations before sending the book off to my editor. Eventually, I grew up and learned to acknowledge the wisdom of her suggestions at the time she made them.

When she finished reading the manuscript of THE CITY, she came into my office and said, “I think this is the first time I’ve ever said a book is perfect in every scene.” I expressed my concern that she was trying to spare my feelings. “No,” she said, “when it comes to your writing, sweetie, I don’t care about your feelings, only about the book.”

Later, at dinner, when I pressed her to tell me what she really thought, she said, “This pasta is delicious, isn’t it?” When I asked again as we were about to brush our teeth to go to bed, she said, “Have you flossed?” I almost woke her in the middle of the night to pose the question once more, but our dog, Anna, sleeping at the foot of the bed, growled softly as though with psychic awareness of what I was about to do. In the morning, when I asked again, Gerda said, “Have I ever not said what I mean?”

She is the most straight-forward and honest person I’ve ever known, so I said, “I’m an idiot.” She said, “Have you always known, or is this a new realization on your part?” I’ve always known.

– Dean Koontz

Order your copy of The City today!