I am thrilled beyond measure that my story "The Oestridae," published last year in Black Static, will appear in the upcoming volume of The Best Horror of the Year, edited by the one and only Ellen Datlow. Much gratitude to Ellen for selecting it, and to Andy Cox for first acquiring the story in the first place. Long live the botflies! Full table of contents here.
I am humbled, astounded, and thrilled beyond words that THE GLITTERING WORLD has received a nomination for the Shirley Jackson Award. Every year, the SJA ballot is my go-to reading list, and the Shirleys have consistently celebrated exactly my kind of dark, weird, creepy literature. You can find the full ballot here. Good luck to all my fellow nominees!
"In this supernatural thriller, Robert Levy creates a mystical, magical, haunting other world. Edoardo Ballerini provides the tense, suspenseful narration--including some commendable musical numbers--that raises goose bumps on listeners' flesh."
They designated the audiobook an Earphones Award Winner as well! Read the full review here.
Thanks so much to my team of amazing collaborators and Kickstarter backers... I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the final product.
THE GLITTERING WORLD
NOMINATED FOR THE 2016 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD
Narrated by Audie Award Winner Edoardo Ballerini (BEAUTIFUL RUINS, MY STRUGGLE)
Directed by Grammy Award Winner David Rapkin (THE HARRY POTTER SERIES)
"As imaginative and frightening as a whole gallery of surrealist paintings come luridly to life." (John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
"Well crafted and atmospheric, this will attract readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman and Mark Z. Danielewski." (Library Journal)
"A luscious, compelling tangle of a thriller. I loved it." (Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble)
When Michael "Blue" Whitley -- a former party boy turned up-and-coming Brooklyn chef -- returns with three friends to the remote Canadian commune of his birth, he discovers that his entire life has been a carefully orchestrated lie. He is in fact someone else altogether, a replacement for a local child who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. He is something not quite human.
Only now it's Blue's turn to vanish, leaving his friends to unravel the mystery of his abduction. Soon, psychology and skepticism collide with old-world folklore and superstition, revealing the secret history of the commune as well as that of an ancient race of beings that inhabits the hidden corners of the land.
Set among the artisans, burnouts, and New Age mystics of rural Cape Breton, The Glittering World is a dark and modern fairy tale, a novel of self-identity and supernatural suspense.
The Glittering World audiobook will be recorded THIS MONTH by David Rapkin, the legendary Grammy®-winning producer and director of The Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as hundreds more titles. It will be narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, the Audie®-winning talent behind books like Beautiful Ruins and My Struggle. David and Edoardo will be joining me at New York's Merlin Studios to record during the last two weeks of September 2015.
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Out November 17, 2016 wherever books are sold.
A few more of my favorite reviews below!
"Gorgeously frightening, astonishingly creative, and ready to be a cult classic, Robert Levy’s debut novel, The Glittering World, creates a world so complete that it seems only too real. " -- Washington Independent Review of Books
"At its core it's really a love story that’s fantastic in every sense of the word... More than the sum of its parts, The Glittering World is one of those all-too-rare books that’s compelling on so many levels you’re not likely to want to put it down until it’s finished." --
"Levy’s masterful writing evokes dreamy scenes of teal and aquamarine, with dashes of deep violet and royal blue, and speckled with brilliant pinks and yellows. In short, it’s stunning." -- Dog-eared and Dog-tagged
"Levy's first novel is confident, brave and beautiful in every way, with resonant warmth and an understanding of the fundamentally singular human experience. A thrilling tale of identity, fantasy and transformation" -- Shelf Awareness
"The Glittering World is a direct-- sometimes brutally so-- examination of the lengths some will go to in order to maintain a sense of belonging. It’s also a compelling look at identity, and what “who we are” means to each of us. All of this is wrapped up in a beautifully written fantasy thriller that bleeds pure imagination. It’s a wonderful debut, and it marks Robert Levy as a talent to watch." -- October Country
The Glittering World has now been out in the world for a week. Here are links to some of my favorite reviews so far!
"Balancing between supernatural and fantasy, this debut novel is fast paced, yet it also succeeds as a reflective tale of self-discovery. Levy divides the narration into four separate sections, one from each character’s point of view. Well crafted, atmospheric, and whimsical, this will attract readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman and Mark Z. Danielewski." --Library Journal
"Levy’s atmospherics are all encompassing, and fantastic. You could almost smell the loamy soil and feel the lushness of an almost primeval forest. I thought about this book for days after I finished it, and it’s a darkly romantic, lovely, sometimes horrifying, and yes, glittering read." -- My Bookish Ways
"THE GLITTERING WORLD is a mesmerizing and dynamic read and an impressive first novel." -- The Book Reporter
"It’s less about fantasy and more about questioning what you think you know—and finding the reality is more frightening than you’re prepared for. The Glittering World will screw with your mind." -- Vampire Book Club
"And when you’ve returned from the abyss of this deeply moving, thought-provoking, existential dread-driven novel, you won’t just feel uneasy with terror, but increasingly terrified by the grim reflection this novels offers back." -- A Bibliophile's Reverie
"I highly recommend The Glittering World— it’s a mesmerizing and thought-provoking story that will inspire both discussion and wonder." -- The Qwillery
"Something ancient stirs in this book. The mystery that lurks in the homes, the woods, and in the people of Starling Cove creates an unstoppable read that ends in a seemingly cinematic crescendo that will leave you wanting more." -- Darryl Foster
As a boy, he vanished into the woods. Something else came back.
I am thrilled to announce the first leg of THE GLITTERING TOUR! New York on 2/10, Los Angeles on 2/12, San Francisco on 2/18, and Seattle on 2/19. Please come out for readings, signings, discussions and more— links to events are below. Thank you for your support!
SAN FRANCISCO: https://www.facebook.com/events/342999035884824/?fref=ts
I am thrilled to announce that I'll be making a stop on my soon-to-be announced book tour at MythicWorlds in Seattle on February 20th! MythicWorlds looks like an absolute dream event for me, and I am so, so happy to be a part of it. More on this soon! Seriously counting the days.
Kind words about my novel from the charitable and profoundly gifted writer Keith Donohue. I’m not worthy!
“The Glittering World is a stunning phantasmagoria drawn from the world just beneath the surface, aswarm with great and memorable characters and a plot that twists and turns as it hurtles forward. A grand debut. One taste, and you’ll be addicted.”
— Keith Donohue, author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters and The Stolen Child
Robert Levy has written a luscious, compelling tangle of a thriller. The Glittering World maps the realms of friendship and identity, the mythic and the contemporary. I loved it.
— Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners
Beyond excited to have received these existence-affirming words from on high. Saw Kelly read this weekend at World Fantasy to a standing-room only crowd (I know, I was one of the standers), and completely and predictably blew the roof off the joint. She read a story from her new collection Get in Trouble, which will be out February 10, the same day as my novel. Proud to share a publication day with her, and to be a recipient of her generous praise.
In The Glittering World, Robert Levy concocts a series of brilliant and terrifying images to describe the Other Kind, a sub-population of human beings that have bizarre supernatural powers. They are as imaginative and frightening as a whole gallery of surrealist paintings come luridly to life.
— John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Leave it to a non-genre writer to capture the feel of the novel's supernatural element so beautifully and succinctly. Very grateful to have these kind words from the divine Mr. Berendt.
Love this blurb for my glittering baby from the exceedingly generous Scott Cheshire, whose own debut novel High as the Horses’ Bridles is an absolute must-read. I studied with Scott at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and he is an inspired and inspiring instructor to boot. Thanks Scott!
Imagine True Blood crossed with Margaret Atwood. Seductive, fantastical, and menacing as any modern supernatural classic, The Glittering World shines out like a mirror shard. You will see yourself in it. And it will cut you to the core.
— Scott Cheshire, author of High as the Horses’ Bridles