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John Darnielle presents Devil House w/ Grady Hendrix

January 24, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$10 – $28

Devil House. An epic, gripping novel about murder, truth, artistic obsession, and the dangers of storytelling, from the inimitable John Darnielle.

Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That’s what his mother always told him.

Now he is a true-crime writer with one grisly success—and movie adaptation—to his name, along with a series of subsequent lesser efforts that have paid the bills but not much more. But he is being offered the chance for the big break: to move into the house—what the locals call “The Devil House”—in which a briefly notorious pair of murders occurred in 1980s, apparently the work of disaffected teens. He begins his research with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected—back into his own work and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.

John Darnielle has long been known to millions of Mountain Goats fans as a storyteller of uncanny sensitivity and mythic power. In Universal Harvester, and in Wolf in White Van before it, he has proven himself a novelist of the highest order. With Devil House, Darnielle rises above with a novel that blurs the line between fact and fiction, that combines daring formal experimentation with a gripping tale of crime, writing, memory, and artistic obsession.

John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction; his second, Universal Harvester, was also a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the Locus Award. He is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.

Grady Hendrix is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying VampiresMy Best Friend’s ExorcismWe Sold Our Souls, and Horrorstör. His history of the horror paperback boom of the ’70s and ’80s, Paperbacks from Hell, won the Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction. His latest novel is The Final Girl Support Group, out July 13, 2021, and he’s also the screenwriter of Mohawk (2017) and Satanic Panic (2019). You can learn more useless facts about him at

Event guidelines:

— All guests must be vaccinated to attend, and must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter event.

— All attendees must wear a face mask at all times.

— Tickets are limited to restrict capacity.

— Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

— Home address is collected for contact tracing purposes; it will not be used otherwise.

— As a reminder: If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the event, even if you have a ticket; email us and we’ll work it out.


January 24, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 – $28
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Books are Magic
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St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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