Josh Malerman Book Launch at the Loving Touch, Mon. May 22nd

Award-winning author Josh Malerman will be releasing his new book, Black Mad Wheel, at The Loving Touch (22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale,  MI 48220) on Monday, May 22nd at 7 PM. The book launch will feature Allison Laakko, James Henry Hall, and members of the High Strung. The event is free and open to the public. Book Beat will be selling books at the event. If you have any questions or would like to reserve any copies, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190. For more information, you can view the Facebook event here.

From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box (“Hitchcockian.” —USA Today) comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound

The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.

Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious—and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.

Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.

“In a genre not known for restraint, his uncluttered prose evokes awe and terror, and resonates with the chilling strangeness encountered in the fiction of 20th-century writers Robert Aickman and Shirley Jackson. Readers of weird, atmospheric fiction with a conspiratorial bent will enjoy Malerman’s latest offering.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Malerman’s follow-up to Bird Box (2014) is completely unpredictable and utterly bizarre in all the best ways. Fans of off-the-wall fiction will enjoy this, and horror fans would do well to pick it up for some truly terrifying moments.” — Booklist

“The early reviews are describing it as a “trippy” book, which is both surprising to me and not. It’s not surprising… because I am, after all, a trippy guy. But the book… …hmmm… …to me Black Mad Wheel is a green and black oil panting, slashes of desert tan, characters who are scared, yes, but never completely out of control. The imagination runs free in Black Mad Wheel, just as it should in everything we do, and with every toy we play with… But, the mission the Danes are on is straight as an arrow. So maybe that’s it right there: the book is an arrow shot through a rainbow fog.” –Josh Malerman, interview, FADL Observer

“Malerman’s striking originality can’t be denied. Dark, brooding, and slightly unhinged, Malerman’s unusually compelling second novel is certifiably unlike any you’ll read this year.” — Kirkus

Josh Malerman is the acclaimed author of Bird Box, as well as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Michigan.

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