WALLFLOWER made the short list for the Bram Stoker award!

Welp, it’s finally happened. One of my books is almost maybe being considered for an incredibly prestigious award. Possibly.

Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you how swimmy my head gets when I see my book listed alongside powerhouses in the horror genre (especially my agency sister Courtney Alameda!).

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This is enough. Truly. But if I could go to the awards in a blood-red tux and sit among the masters who make the world’s skin crawl, well . . . that’d be something else.

Sigh. Now, we wait.

From The Vampire’s Coffin (1958)—featured in WALLFLOWER

From The Vampire’s Coffin (1958)—featured in WALLFLOWER

For those of you voting on which books will officially be nominated, I am more than happy to send you a PDF (that will implode after February 23rd). Or, if you’re stuck in the past like our hero Phoebe Lane, my publisher will send you a physical copy. (I would take them up on that. They’re bee-yootiful.)

Just please, Daniel Framsky, don’t turn the television off before the nominees are announced.

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Good evening.

We here at cmheidicker.com pride ourselves on our honesty and accuracy. Which is why it is with a heavy heart and creased brow that we regret to inform you that we made an error in our previous blog post.

You see, we said we were going to say goodbye to Phoebe for a while. Ahem. But then two incredibly intelligent librarians went ahead and made a podcast about ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WALLFLOWER, and the conversation is so interesting and well-informed that we have to walk back what we said and post about Phoebe yet again. One more time. Maybe.

Enjoy.

P.S. Erin? Ali? I would love to be your friend.

Behind the Scenes of ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WALLFLOWER

Before I say goodbye to Phoebe for a while, here are some behind-the-scenes photos and snapshots from our lovely launch at The King’s English.

(I mixed in some professional reviews too.)

Note: pictures taken by the multi-talented Shawn Saunders and Hannah Leigh Garrett.

Second note: The ant’s name is Ulysses S. Ant.

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“Entertaining, sardonic, and covers themes of teenage confidence, independence, friendship, and justice.” -School Library Journal

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“Phoebe makes a delightful narrator, having just the right amount of sass and befuddlement, which only increases as she realizes that she may in fact be transforming into a Shiver herself . . . There's a touch of existential contemplation—it's hard to avoid when you've called up the image of a man in the heavens—making this a satisfying mix of mild adolescent angst and creature feature comedy.” —BCCB (starred review)

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"This book is wild, weird, hilarious, heartfelt, imaginative, and inventive. The spirit of Kurt Vonnegut is alive and well in its pages." -Jeff Zentner (award-winning author of The Serpent King)

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“Phoebe is a plucky, snarky heroine, and her fantastic adventure will entertain teens . . . A fluffy romp with heart and action.” —Kirkus Reviews

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“This high-concept meta-narrative works on multiple levels, from its good-natured ribbing of common tropes (like “the gay girl always dies”) to its commentary on female agency, but, more importantly, it’s frightfully fun.” —Booklist (starred review)

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Thank you, everyone, for everything.

Goodnight, Phoebe.

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SAY YES TO THE GIANTESS (Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower sneak peek)

Thoughts I had while watching this video:

  1. I look tired.
  2. That's cool. I'll bet, like, only 17 people watch this anyway.
  3. Did I pronounce Sam Bosma correctly? OH NO! I DIDN'T PRONOUNCE FRANCESCO'S NAME CORRECTLY, THAT'S FOR SURE. Ugh. Now he gets one huge favor from me, to be collected whenever he sees fit.
  4. I hope my inability to come up with actual adjectives for the lovely people who worked on this book doesn't reflect on my writing ability . . . or their loveliness.

Jeff Zentner's book is called Rayne and Delilah's Midnight Matinee (I was so close!), and you can preorder it here. It also has a purple cover and involves scary movies. Yesssssss.

Thanks again to John Cusick, Christian Trimmer, Liz Kossner, Krista Vossen, Sam Bosma, and FranCESco Francavilla. You all have my heart.

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THROW YOUR ARM ACROSS YOUR EYES AND SCREAM Cover Reveal!

It's PLEASANTVILLE meets CLOVERFIELD (not the third)!

It's CABIN IN THE WOODS meets ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN!

IT'S . . .

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And it will be here 11 September 2018.

Here's a description to tide you over:

Phoebe Darrow is a lightning rod for monsters.

She and her mom are forced to flee flesh-eating plants, blobs from outer space, and radioactive ants. They survive thanks only to Phoebe’s dad—an invisible titan, whose giant eyes warn them where the next monster attack will take place.

All Phoebe wants is to stop running from motel to motel and start living a monster-free life in New York or Paris. But when her mom mysteriously vanishes, Phoebe is left to fend for herself in small-town Pennybrooke.

That's when Phoebe starts to transform . . .

Christian McKay Heidicker returns with a book unlike any other, challenging perceived notions of beauty, identity, and what it means to be a monster.

Preorder here! Mark on Goodreads here!

It's going to be a good one, my dears.

CMH