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Posts Tagged ‘Duane Swierczynski’

L.A. Noire Video Game Gets Mulholland Books Anthology

Rockstar Games and Little, Brown and Company imprint Mulholland Books have teamed up to publish a short story collection exploring the world of the upcoming video game, L.A. Noire. Above, we’ve embedded the game’s trailer.

While only some of the stories are actually set inside the video game world, the collection includes stories by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories will be released on June 6th as an eBook at all the major eBookstores.

Little, Brown and Company publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “We are thrilled to be embarking on a creative partnership with the team at Rockstar Games … The possibilities for cross-promotions of this nature, encouraging gamers to read and readers to play games are huge. We’re looking forward to a new frontier of book publishing possibilities and see Rockstar as an ideal partner.”

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Little, Brown Launches Crime Imprint Mulholland Books

LB_159.pngToday Little, Brown announced a new crime imprint entitled Mulholland Books, named after a curvy Los Angeles street that has inspired countless chase scenes and noir meditations. Editor John Schoenfelder will run the imprint, and Miriam Parker will serve as marketing director.

The imprint will debut in spring 2011 with mysteries by prosecutor Marcia Clark, Lawrence Block, and Duane Swierczynski. By 2012, the imprint aims to publish 24 books a year, releasing one hardcover and one paperback every month.

Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch had this statement: “There is an extraordinary body of suspense fiction being written today–
novels and stories whose goal is to entertain and surprise at all costs, from the first sentence. Everyone at Little, Brown is excited to be taking part in the launch of Mulholland Books, an imprint whose goal is to single out these writers and publish them with an eye to community building and fresh marketing that has only become possible today.”

Behind the Scenes at Anthony E. Zuiker’s Digi-Novel

10011_alb_large_305x500_30861252978011.jpgCSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker recently launched an interactive “digi novel” entitled Level 26–a print thriller packed with multimedia stories that bridge the action. Intrigued by this new medium, GalleyCat caught up with Zuiker’s co-writer, author and blogger Duane Swierczynski.

The writer had plenty of thoughts and food metaphors for fledgling multimedia authors and publishers: “Modern readers already expect an experience beyond the book. No, they don’t expect a full-fledged movie, but they (usually) look forward to the eventual movie adaptation… and raise hell when it’s delayed, or when the ‘wrong’ director is attached to the project.”

He continued: “So what Zuiker has done here is give readers this experience…all at once. No need to wait for a LEVEL 26 adaptation; he’s given you a glimpse of the movie right here, at the same time you read the book…I don’t think the thriller of the future will need to replicate what Zuiker’s done — frankly, I don’t see how they *could*, considering how much blood, sweat and dough he’s put into this project. (That’s right: LEVEL 26 is one big gooey horror-thriller pizza.)”

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Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment in $4 Billion Deal

disneylogo.jpgIn a deal that will rattle the very foundations of the comic book industry, the Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has struck a deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL).

The company press release valued the cash and stock transaction at $4 billion, based on stock prices on Friday. Disney now owns the rights to more than 5,000 Marvel characters, an nearly endless supply of spin-off possibilities. Hardboiled author and Marvel writer Duane Swierczynski proved this point on Twitter: “I want to write a Punisher/Jiminy Cricket team-up.”

Disney CEO Robert A. Iger had this statement, laying out the huge swath of imaginary territory now controlled by Disney: “This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories.”

Digi-Novel Collaborator Announced

surly.12.jpgNovelist, blogger, and comic book writer, Duane Swierczynski will co-write “Level 26: Dark Origins,” the first of three projected digi-novels by the creator of the television’s CSI.

USA Today reports that Swierczynski will work with Anthony Zuiker, the CSI creator who landed a seven-figure deal with Dutton to write this three-novel series. The books will follow the adventures of a detective investigating serial killers. UPDATE: here are more details from Swierczynski’s blog.

Here’s more from the post: “After every 20 pages or so, readers will be able to go online to watch a three-minute video. The videos are designed, Zuiker says, ‘to embellish the novel and drive readers to the next book.’”