The e-book of The Last Thing I Remember, the opening volume in Andrew’s bestselling Homelanders series of thrillers for young adults will go on sale August 5th through August 26th as part of a back-to-school promotion. The e-book version will sell at only $1.99 for that period. Last Thing begins the saga of Charlie West, a teenager who goes to sleep in his own bed one night and wakes up strapped to a chair being tortured by Islamic terrorists.
Andrew makes an extended appearance in a new YouTube video promoting the publication of The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It. The book is a collection of essays on California by writers for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, including Andrew, who contributes an essay on Hollywood war movies over the years. In the video, Andrew — along with other contributors like Victor Davis Hanson and Heather Mac Donald — discusses the economic and cultural crises in the once golden state and how they can be solved.
At Acculturated.com, a cool pop culture site well worth checking out, writer and pal-o-mine Mark Tapson has produced an excellent piece on the iPad/iPhone App Haunting Melissa (script by yours truly):
I’m not generally a horror movie fan, since I spook so easily. The Wicked Witch scared me so much as a kid that I never watched The Wizard of Oz again. After seeing The Exorcist as a teenager, I checked under my bed every night to make sure a possessed Linda Blair wasn’t hiding there. So it was with great trepidation that I pursued my morbid curiosity about a unique new horror flick making its premiere not in a theater or online, but on your iPad: Haunting Melissa.
“I wanted to tell a ghost story in a different way because of the way technology was moving”, said movie producer Neal Edelstein, whose past work includes The Ring andMulholland Drive. “I come from making movies, I love movies, I love the cinema and storytelling in general”, he told Fox 411. “But I wanted to reinvent the way stories are told and consumed”. He wanted to bring a ghost story to tablets and mobile devices, but “it wasn’t really until I saw [the iPad] that I went, ‘OK this is it … now I can do it’”.
Klavan is a friend of mine, so I asked him to take me beyond the chilling storyline ofHaunting Melissa and tell me a bit about its deeper dimension, its themes and values, which he was eager to do. “The story”, he told me, “asks what I think is the central question facing all of us right now: Can we trust our own conscience to show us the way to what’s right and wrong? A lot of folks argue that, because there are moral gray areas, there can be no morality – that morality changes with each culture, maybe with each person. Haunting Melissa doesn’t take place in that world at all. It takes place in the real world, where faith and evil do battle, and even though we have to question our own perception, we also have to have faith in our conscience. Plus it’s really, really spooky!”
Nightmare City, Andrew’s new thriller for young adults, doesn’t hit bookstores until November, but you can Pre-Order it now as an e-book for only $3.99. The book tells of high school newspaperman Tom Harding who wakes up one morning to find his town deserted and something weird and dangerous roaming outside in the fog. The e-book of Nightmare City can be pre-ordered at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or the iBook store at the bargain price, or wherever e-books are sold.
[Update. My Twitter Q&A on Haunting Melissa is now scheduled for 9:30 AM PST Thursday the 25th. Submit questions prior to that to @hauntingmelissa.]
If you haven’t yet downloaded the unique and frightening ghost story app Haunting Melissa (screenplay by me) for your iPhone or iPad, you really should get cracking. Not having an iPhone or iPad is no excuse, since you can always sell your android and use the cash to buy one! Aside from the spooky story and innovative delivery system and extremely neat-o technology, there’s also a lot of cool stuff growing up around the HM story: an excellent Forum and Facebook page and some really interesting Twitter discussions. In fact, I’m supposed to answer questions about Haunting M this Thursday morning on Twitter, though the time hasn’t yet been set. You can find out about all these things by visiting the Haunting Melissa site.
One of my favorite additions has been Fan Art. If you submit some on the Facebook page it may be featured on the central site. I really like the one above by Stevie, which takes an entire scene and reduces it to a comic panel.
Anyway, there’s a lot more stuff in the works. The feedback I’m getting on the story itself has been excellent. I’m told it just gets scarier and scarier with every episode. Which was the point. Check it out.