As someone who is actually old enough to remember life BP—Before Psycho—I was thrilled when upon my first reading of Manuel Munoz’s wonderful novel, What You See in the Dark, I found that one of his plot threads imagined how that film was conceived and put together, complete with several scenes that take the reader inside the head of “The Actress” (an unnamed Janet Leigh) as she spends time with “The Director” (Alfred Hitchcock, naturally), including a mesmerizing view of the famous “shower scene,” told from the actress’s point of view.
The novel, of course, is not about Psycho or even about Leigh or Hitchcock—it is about how life happens, and about how lives intersect, how little moments become large when viewed from the perspective of those people involved. It is about how small steps can take us down paths that suddenly seem endless, headed in a direction that has become irreversible. The novel’s story unfolds much the same way Hitchcock made his iconic film, frame by frame, each tiny moment adding up to an amazing whole, creating an experience that this then-teenage boy will never forget, and that came rushing back as I read this novel.
Just as I envy those who have not yet seen the film, I envy those about to read this novel—neither is something you will ever forget.
–Chuck Adams, Executive Editor
I’ll admit, I often find book trailers to be boring. Who needs another montage of images with a voice over or an interview with an author who really isn’t funny at all?
The unique book trailers stand out, and I’m hoping you’ll find this one to be just that. With its black and white drawings, created to mimic the storyboards used for Hitchcock’s films, the trailer for Manuel Munoz’s What You See in the Dark (publishing March 29th) creates an eerie, evocative mood echoing the feel and tone of the iconic film Psycho.
So grab your popcorn and soda, and get ready to watch the book trailer for What You See in the Dark!
–Kelly Bowen, Publicity Manager