Mark burst onto the literary scene in 2000 with his ferociously ambitious debut novel, House of Leaves, which went on to win the first NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award and has sold more than half a million copies. We continue to sell an amazing 50,000 a year of House of Leaves. His reputation has grown in the last 14 years: Only Revolutions was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and The Fifty Year Sword was turned into an annual Halloween show at the Walt Disney REDCAT Theatre featuring five voices and large-scale shadow puppets. Now, Mark is embarking on his most ambitious, experimental project yet: a 27-volume novel about a girl and her cat. Mark says of his novels: “If House of Leaves tackles the movie, Only Revolutions music, and The Fifty Year Sword the campfire story, then The Familiar will show how the novel can stalk, take down and devour the television series.” The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May (onsale 5/12/15) is the pilot to a 27-volume story taking us from Los Angeles to Mexico, from Singapore to Texas. It features a wide range of characters including a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, a gang member hired to kill two scientists on the run in Marfa, a recovering addict in Singapore, a programmer near Silicon Beach. At the very heart of the story is a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find a different kind of creature, one which will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.
Mark grew up in various places, including NYC, went to Collegiate High School and Yale University, and now lives in Los Angeles. His sister is the singer Poe and in 2000, the two toured across the US together opening up for Depeche Mode and promoting Poe’s album Haunted which incorporates elements of House of Leaves. His father, Tad Danielewski, was an avant-garde film director and teacher.
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