A New Book for Daniel Kraus; Tiny Books for John Green

Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus

Former Booklisters just can’t stop making news! On Monday, we received an announcement that former Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus (coauthor of The Shape of Water and solo author of  many more) will have a new book out next Halloween with Hard Case Crime—and it sounds like a doozy! We can’t wait to read it, and we definitely can’t wait to see the cover.

From the press release:

COMING NEXT HALLOWEEN FROM DANIEL KRAUS, BESTSELLING CO-AUTHOR OF THE SHAPE OF WATER – BLOOD SUGAR, A NOIR NIGHTMARE

Daniel Kraus, New York Times-bestselling co-author of The Shape of Water (based on the idea Kraus and Guillermo del Toro created for the Academy Award-winning Best Picture), Trollhunters (basis for the Emmy-winning Netflix series), and multiple award-winning novels both for adults and young readers, will join the ranks of Hard Case Crime authors such as Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Bloch in October 2019 with his brand new Halloween crime thriller, BLOOD SUGAR.

A classic Halloween villain – the deranged outcast at the end of the block who decides to act on his revenge fantasies by handing out candy filled with poison, broken glass, and razor blades – comes to horrifying life in the pages of BLOOD SUGAR, as the clock ticks closer to sundown and a trio of alienated kids, befriended by the villain, set in motion his plan to poison, maim, or kill every other child in the neighborhood. Told from one of the children’s point of view, in a voice as shocking and unforgettable as A Clockwork Orange, Kraus’ novel is disturbing, frightening, and thought-provoking, and will leave you anxiously doublechecking the wrappers on your Halloween treats for the rest of your days.

“Daniel Kraus has written a Halloween story that feels simultaneously like a classic and like nothing you’ve ever read before,” said Hard Case Crime founder and editor Charles Ardai. “This is bone-cracking suspense combined with heartbreaking storytelling, and you won’t be able to put it down. So consider this fair warning: next Halloween, you can forget about vampires and ghouls – your dose of horror and suspense will come from the pages of BLOOD SUGAR.”

John Green

John Green

That same day, the New York Times wrote about Dutton Books for Young Readers’s foray into publishing dwarsliggers—”tiny, pocket-size, horizontal flipbacks that have become a wildly popular print format in the Netherlands.” And whose books are they using for the pilot program? None other than those of John Green, former production editor and editorial assistant at Booklist. Green is quoted at length in Alexandra Alter’s article “Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read?” saying:

“Like a lot of writers, I’m a complete nerd for book making and the little details that make a physical book really special,” Mr. Green said. “It didn’t feel like a gimmick, it feels like an interesting, different way to read.”

And:

“Young people are still learning how they like to read,” Mr. Green said. “It is much closer to a cellphone experience than standard books, but it’s much closer to a book than a cellphone. The whole problem with reading on a phone is that my phone also does so many other things.”

Yeah, we know we make a big deal about the fact that John used to work here a long time ago, back before he became a YA superstar, but can you blame us for being proud of both him and Daniel? With so many great writers at Booklist, there must be something in the water. (Of course, if Daniel writes the story, that water will change us all into terrifying mutants, too!)

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