Big news for fans of Holly Black! The author of The Spiderwick Chronicles has signed a deal to write a new book called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This story is set in the “not-so-distant future” and is about a place “where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions” (via Publishers Marketplace).
If you’re a big fan of Black and that title sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve read her story collection The Poison Eaters, which includes a tale called “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.” BookPage reviewed this collection in February of this year, praising Black’s range.
If you can’t wait until Fall 2013 for the release of the new book, you ought to read (or revisit) The Poison Eaters. Here’s a preview, from our review:
Black has a gift for creating the kind of edgy, original stories teens love. She describes this collection as “rather like a lunatic cocktail party: a poisonous girl, who spends most of her undeath arguing with her ghostly sisters, a costume designer still mourning a childhood lover stolen by faeries, a wolf who might also be a prince, and a teenager who needs to drink herself into oblivion to keep from craving human blood.”
Sounds perfect for Halloween. (I would love to see a trio of ghostly sisters show up at my house to trick-or-treat!)
I wonder if this is the sort of tale Maria Tatar, chair of Harvard’s folklore and mythology program, had in mind when she wrote Sunday’s op-ed for the New York Times titled “No More Adventures in Wonderland“?