Devil House

John Darnielle


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Scribe Publications
9 March 2023
ISBN: 9781914484896
416 pages

From the publisher

A metafictional masterpiece that turns the true crime genre inside out to devastating effect.’ MARK SANDERSON, THE TIMES

From New York Times bestselling author and Mountain Goats singer/songwriter John Darnielle, an epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, artistic obsession, and the dangers of storytelling.

Gage Chandler is a true crime writer, with one grisly success — and movie adaptation — to his name, along with a series of subsequent lesser efforts that have paid the bills but not much more. Now he is being offered the chance for his big break: to move into ‘The Devil House’, in which a briefly notorious pair of murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected 1980s teens. He begins his research with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected — his own work and what it means, the very core of what he does and who he is.

‘Quietly, as if stealing in on cat’s paws, [John Darnielle has] become, as a novelist, unignorable … His third novel, Devil House, is terrific: confident, creepy, a powerful and soulful page-turner. I had no idea where it was going, in the best possible sense … It’s never quite the book you think it is. It’s better.’ DWIGHT GARNER, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Devil House brilliantly captures the pre-internet spread of news … He evokes a powerful sense of place.’ CHRIS POWER, THE GUARDIAN