A Debut Novel in Stephen King Territory: Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout

A Debut Novel in Stephen King Territory: Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout

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Ghost Radio was published in hardcover nearly a decade ago, and reprinted in paperback by HarperCollins in 2010. So why am I writing about it now? Well, partly because I just found a copy. But also because I was able to buy it — a brand new copy of a 2010 paperback! — for just $3.19 (including shipping), and you know how I get about book bargains.

I bought it at BookOutlet.com, which has about 85,000 new books in stock at remaindered prices, and shipping is free for order over $35 (They still have copies in stock — as well as over nearly 2,000 other discount novels from HarperCollins). In the last few months I’ve spent a lot of money at BookOutlet, on books by Gene Wolfe, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu, Ian McDonald, Gardner Dozois, Ursula K. Le Guin, David Hartwell, Greg Bear, Robert Jackson Bennett, Tanya Huff, Peter Watts, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen King, Charlie Jane Anders, Frederik Pohl, Jeff VanderMeer, and many others. Check out their complete selection of in-stock SF & Fantasy here.

But getting back to Leopoldo Gout… he’s written two novels so far, Ghost Radio and Genius: The Game (2016) — plus a collaboration with James Patterson, Daniel X: Alien Hunter (2008). Ghost Radio was his debut, and it made something of a splash when it appeared — Booklist called it “A deliciously creepy yarn,” and Kirkus praised it as “A first novel that heads with deserved confidence into Stephen King territory.” There’s also a cover blurb by James Patterson, which, really, seemed like the least the guy could do for the writer  he collaborated with two months later. The paperback edition is copiously illustrated with b&w drawings by the author and someone known as “The Fates Crew.”

Ghost Radio was published by Harper in February 2010. It is 369 pages, priced at $7.99 (or $3.19 for the remaindered edition). It is still in print.

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