It’s Release Day for DISINTEGRATION!
I can’t even believe Disintegration is finally here, six years in the making. I started this in my MFA program back in 2009, writing the first half with my professor Lynn Pruett, who knew nothing about neo-noir. After I gave her copies of work by Will Christopher Baer and Craig Clevenger, she got what I was going for, and was extremely supportive. When I got to Dale Ray Phillips, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he said it might not be thesis material, which means—not good enough. I put it aside to work on literary short stories with him, and it was worth the wait. A year and a half later, I had a week between gigs and wrote the second half, 40,000-words in five days, my fingers bruised, my arms aching, practically in tears when I stopped, feeling like I might throw up. That began the year search for a small press, where it was rejected 20, 30, 40 times. Running out of options, I decided to try and get an agent, and over 100 rejections later, Paula Munier at Talctott Notch called me, only 100 pages in, to say she loved it and wanted to sign me. I said finish the book, it’s kind of dark. She did, and she signed me, and we went after the big six and their imprints. So many close calls, coming down to board votes in some cases, and then we got the offer from Random House Alibi. I knew we were taking a chance on this eBook only imprint, but it has been a fantastic experience, my editor there, Dana Isaacson, so supportive, helping to make this book so much better. A team of three copy editors, and four marketing/PR associates, gave me more support than I’ve ever gotten. Now, the day is here.
I hope you enjoy the book, this neo-noir, transgressive thriller that is the first book in the Windy City Dark Mystery Series. It’s kind of Dexter meets Falling Down. The second book, The Breaker, is also set in Chicago, with a different protagonist (out in late 2015, or early 2016). It’s more like what Stephen King did with small town Maine novels than the F. Paul Wilson series, and his Repairman Jack.
Here are some early reviews:
Here are some excerpts:
Congrats again Rich!!!
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Congratulations! And thanks for the encouragement to keep submitting.
thanks, david! my pleasure.
I can’t believe you had that much rejection. There is so much shit out there being published, yet they hesitate with this? It’s raw and it’s brilliant. I’m glad you persisted and found someone who believed there would be an audience for you, because there is. So just keep writing, please.
Thanks, Carrie. I got great feedback from small presses and big six editors alike. They all loved the writing, said I was “obviously talented” all of that, but so often I heard, “But we can’t find a place for it in our catalog.” I think it was too dark (horrific) for straight crime, and too crime for the horror markets. I guess I could say, well what about Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, King, Clive Barker, American Psycho…etc., but I know a lot of those authors DID struggle to get their early work out there. So, I’ll just keep at it. But thanks for the kind words, Carrie. I’ve turned in BREAKER, we’re making copy edits now, big edits already done, and that will be out in early 2016!