I've given up saying I'm not buying any more books as it's plainly just not true! Just before Christmas we were sent a partial of an author I had read previously and admired. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I tore through it and was left completely breathless by the enormity of brilliance that I was holding in my hands. I circulated it among colleagues and the amount of feedback I had from just that 140 page partial was astounding. Here's just a taster:
‘It is truly heart-pounding! I have always loved these "alternative outcome narratives" and this one is both so ingenious and moving. Definitely mainstream and hugely intelligent without losing any commercial appeal’ Maria Rejt (Publisher, Mantle)
‘I haven’t read anything quite like Dark Matter before. I think it’s truly gripping. From the moment you start reading you have a sense that you’re in the hands of a real craftsman’ Jeremy Trevathan (Head of Adult Publishing)
‘I can remember the buzz that I got when I read Harlen Coben's Tell No one and Peter James' Dead Simple and I have the same feeling about Dark Matter’ Anna Bond (UK Sales Director)
‘Just raced through the partial, could not put it down! it is really pacy and gripping’ Stacey Hamilton (International Sales)
‘I loved this. Loved it. Rollicking, breathless, twisting – like the best Showtime boxset you’ve never had. I was sneaking glances at it during the day we got it in – when I should’ve been working! Telling myself, Just a few more pages – just a few more…’ Rob Cox (Head of Content and Brand Marketing)
‘Wow! What a full-on, visceral, commercial melange of utter entertainment and brilliant writing. It got me from the first page, and didn't let go! ’ Geoff Duffield (Creative Director)
‘I think it's terrific - has the "it" factor for sure’ Sara Lloyd (Digital and Communications Director)
There followed a very tense and nail-biting multi-publisher auction which I'm thrilled to say we won! Interest piqued yet? It really should be because this author is AMAZING! Blake Crouch is the author of Pines soon to be released by Fox TV in May as Wayward Pines directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon - you can see a trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsQ9Fl0VCkk And Blake's new book Dark Matter has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. Trust me when I say it's going to be book you'll really want to read! ;-)
Here's our press release:
For immediate release
Pan Macmillan win bidding auction to acquire ‘hot property’ Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER
Editorial Director, Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alexis Hurley at Inkwell Management to Dark Matter in a nice six figure deal after an exciting multi-publisher auction based on a 140 page partial.
Imagine The Time Traveller’s Wife written by Stephen King, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, that has already sold in a fantastic preempt to Molly Stern at Crown for a seven figure deal and also had film rights optioned by Sony Pictures for $1.25 million after they beat five other film studios to take the rights off the table.
The novel will be published in summer 2016.
Dark Matter is the story of Jason Dessen, a forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago. One night, after an evening out he’s kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug.
But the world into which he wakes, though seeming to be his own, is also different. Seeking the stability of his family, he stumbles back home. To an empty house that he doesn’t recognize.
Searching for his wife is the only thing that keeps him going. But when he finds her – will she even know him? Jason is on the brink of a stunning revelation: the world he thought was his is completely wrong.
Dark Matter’s landscape is the nature of reality and identity. Part lightning fast thriller, part enduring love story it’s an exploration into the mysteries of existence and what makes us human.
Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.
In 2013, his novel Pines was nominated for ITW's Best Paperback Original Thriller Award, and his Wayward Pines series is currently in production as a FOX event series for 2015, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard. He has been featured in Time Magazine, the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. Blake lives in Colorado.
Of the acquisition, Julie Crisp says, ‘Sometimes you get a script in that you know has that sought-after ‘it’ factor. People just can’t stop talking about it. Dark Matter has everything to appeal, fast-paced action scenes, a fabulous mystery, and a love-story which keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens.’
Blake Crouch said of the deal: ‘Dark Matter is a special book for me, possibly the one I've been working toward for my entire career. I'm thrilled and honoured to have Julie Crisp and the entire team at Pan Macmillan on board to help bring this story to UK readers’
There have already been rave reviews from readers:
'Not just as high concept as they come but gripping from the start, Dark Matter is the kind of fast-paced, man-on-the-run mystery that insists you read on – and makes you paranoid that maybe your own life isn't real...’ Dave Bradley, Group Editor-in-Chief, SFX magazine
'Dark Matter is like Jason Bourne meets Inception. It is high concept that’s gripping and thrilling as well as terrifying but altogether original. Brilliant’ David Headley, Goldsboro Books
About Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan Publishing Group which operates in over 70 countries.
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