Pantheon To Release Mark Z. Danielewski's "The Familiar" As 27 Volume Serial Novel
Via: The New York Times
Hot damn, Mark Z. Danielewski really knows how to change the game!
Danielewski (House of Leaves, Only Revolutions) plans to release his 27-volume novel, The Familiar, through Pantheon Books in 2014. Not the entire thing, mind you. The novel will be released one volume at a time every three months, making this close to a seven-year endeavor. Edward Kastenmeier, Danielewski's editor, said that this would be an attempt to create a "serial relationship" with the audience.
Pantheon obviously believes in the project. They threw out a cool million to Mark Z. for the first ten volumes alone. No word yet on the payout for the remaining seventeen. There's also very little known regarding what The Familiar will be about. Danielewski said, "The story concerns a 12 year old girl who finds a kitten," and that he was influenced by Lord of the Rings, Moby Dick, and Lone Wolf and Cub.
As if this news wasn't exciting enough, it's also been announced that Mark's novella, The Fifty Year Sword, will finally get a US release next October.
What do you think, guys? Do cats excite you?
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