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Saturday, March 5, 2011


This is going to be a short post. Cause really, this says everything I want to say.

Young Adult
Bethany Griffin's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, a post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe's gothic horror story of the same name, in which a girl trying to escape everything holds not only her own life in her hands, but also those of two boys warring for her heart...and the fate of her crumbling society, to Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow Books, in a three-book deal, for publication in Summer 2012, by Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).

I am so excited! I love this book. I loved writing this book. I can't wait to jump into the sequel (though the revisions seem likely to come before I've done more than write a few scenes). But, I also can't wait to revise and see the improvements unfold!

Here is a much longer description!

Death is impossible and living is impossibly hard for seventeen-year-old Araby Worth inBethany Griffin‘s The Masque of the Red Death, a sexy, post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe’s gothic horror story of the same name. The year is 1870 and a deadly virus has decimated the population of North America. Masked corpse-collectors travel the streets, removing the bodies before the contagion can spread. Though Araby tries to escape it all with drugs and parties, even at her most intoxicated she can’t forget her brother’s death-or her guilt for causing it. But things begin to change when William, the fascinating proprietor of the club where she searches for oblivion, and Elliott, nephew of the insane dictator, enter her life. One wants her heart, the other her name. Convinced that he has won over his uncle’s army, Elliott believes that having Araby on his arm will charm the populace into supporting a new government. After all, her father is the inventor of the mask which prevents the spread of the plague-for those who can afford it. In return, Araby asks that he make protective masks available to all citizens, which could save the lives of Will’s young siblings, whom she has come to care about. But nothing is what it seems. A new contagion called the Red Death is sweeping the city. The revelation that Araby’s father may have created the new virus in his laboratory puts Araby’s life in danger. The mob wants her. The rebels want her. And both boys want her. In this two-book series, what and who Araby chooses may just decide the fate of humanity. 

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Blogger Rachele Alpine said...

YAY!!! Congrats! I love Poe and this book sounds awesome!

March 5, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger erinjade said...

wow. this sounds amazing and so original.

March 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Josin L. McQuein said...

Congrats! Poe's one of those writers whose works translate well in any time, and it sounds like your reimagining is going to be a good one! (And I *love* that your Post-Apocalyptic is set in the past rather than the future. It's a nice switch from the norm.)

March 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger bethany griffin said...

Thank you, Rachele, and Erinjade! And Josin, that's the one thing I wish the PM announcement included...the time period. I sort of don't want it to sound like every other post-apocalyptic...Not that I don't love me a futuristic post-apocolyptic!

March 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Amanda Morgan said...

Bethany, I am BEYOND happy for you, lady! :)

March 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger out of the wordwork said...

That's fabulous!! Both your story and your sale that is! Highly original and can't wait to see it on the shelves.

March 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

oooh can't wait to read this!! congrats!!

March 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Nomes said...

Argh! This sounds completely brilliant! A HUGE congrats and I can't wait to read it!

Also ~ I love the setting in the past as well :)

March 5, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

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