Owen King

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I'm the author of the novel Double Feature and We're All In This Together: A Novella and Stories, co-editor (with John McNally) of the anthology Who Can Save Us Now, and co-author (with Mark Poirier) of the graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion. I also co-wrote the novel Sleeping Beauties with Stephen King. My writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and One Story.

My wife is the beautiful and mysterious Kelly Braffet. She has written four wonderful books, and the newest is The Unwilling.

Here are what a couple of my favorite authors were nice enough to say about Double Feature:

“What a kinetic, joyful, gonzo

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Owen King Hi Cory,
I feel like the answer to both of these questions is pretty subjective.

I mean, if you look at a master novelists, like, oh, let's say, Anne T…more
Hi Cory,
I feel like the answer to both of these questions is pretty subjective.

I mean, if you look at a master novelists, like, oh, let's say, Anne Tyler or Toni Morrison or Philip Roth, you have to guess that at this stage, they must feel good about all the amazing stuff they've written, right? But it wouldn't shock me if, sitting down to start something new, even greats like those writers suffer some anxiety. Every new project is terribly big before you've put down any words.

Then again, maybe they have no doubts from the get-go!

I would say that if your self-doubt forces you to be especially thoughtful about your writing, it's probably for the best. The trouble is if your self-doubt freezes you. The process of writing stories is inherently risky, so you do have to let go of self-doubt at some point.

Owen King Hi John,
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the books!

I do have a couple of new novels chugging along the tracks. I'm in the 360s on one, and on about page…more
Hi John,
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the books!

I do have a couple of new novels chugging along the tracks. I'm in the 360s on one, and on about page 80 on the other. Probably a ways to go with both, and of course, someone has to want to publish them. Which is all to say, "Please remember me in approximately two years!"

About comics: My hope is that I'll get to take another crack at the medium down the line. I have one idea in that direction that I really love and would be a traditional superhero serial, except grounded in certain ways that I feel like might make it kind of special.

Besides all that, I've been wrapped up in some different tv/film projects. Fingers crossed that one of them works out!


P.S. I did publish new-ish stories in Subtropics (#19, I think) and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (#31, I think). (less)
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I'm going to be signing a bunch of books for my friends at Oblong Books. If you'd like to order one, they've set a lovely page where you can do just that. Please note, though, if you order Sleeping Beauties, it's only me that will be signing your book.

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message 3: by Owen

Owen I'm so glad you had a good time, Melinda, and it was super nice of you to share one of your signed copies. I hope you like the book!

message 2: by Melinda (last edited Sep 27, 2017 04:36PM)

Melinda Tyler Hi Owen, Know you are busy so not expecting a reply. I wanted to thank you for the amazing evening in Brooklyn. Seeing you & your Dad was a dream come true. Magical night. Both of you were so great--down to earth and funny!

My husband and I were amazed that we *both* got signed copies but a couple outside were so bummed they neither got a signed one so we traded one of ours for an unsigned one of theirs.

Best, Melinda.

p.s. I cannot wait to dig into this book, though I will read the unsigned copy! Have fun on the tour. I'm still on a high from last night! :)

message 1: by Fran

Fran Friel It's lovely to see you here, Owen. I don't think I've seen you since the MySpace heydays. I hope you are well and taking good care of those Red Sox. I miss them.

Hugs from CA,
Fran Friel

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