DOUBLE FEATURE, Owen King’s debut novel will be going to the printer before the end of the year and available in late-winter, early-spring of 2014. Owen has added loads of bonus material to the novel making this a truly unique collectible.
Filmmaker Sam Dolan has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolan – a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sam’s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam’s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father. Also included in the cast of indelible characters: a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a contractor who can’t stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a deranged ballplayer; the morose producer of a true crime show; and a slouching indie film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster.
Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan Family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is an epic novel about letting go of everything – regret, resentment, dignity, moving pictures, the dead – and taking it again from the top. Combining propulsive storytelling and mordant wit against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, Double Feature brims with a deep understanding of the truths of ambition and art, of relationships and life and of our attempts to survive it all.
This limited edition includes a tip sheet drawn by bestselling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2), an afterward by Harvey Award-wining author Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman), as well as deleted scenes and other bonus materials that expand on the world of the novel.
“Double Feature is a many-headed comic monster. Its concerns are varied; it’s hilarious first and foremost, but it’s also a heartbreaking and poignant meditation on the vagaries of art. The sweep of the novel is epic.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
“Epic, ambitious, and dedicated to the uncontainable…[King] has a captivating energy, a precision and a fondness for people that are rare…King loves people as well as words, and he has the reach of a novelist…this is the real stuff, I think, and there’s plenty of it.” — The New York Times Book Review
“Double Feature is a beautiful, wrenching beginning, and Owen King is a young writer of immense promise.” — Larry McMurtry
“Double Feature plays out as tragic as it is rife with comedic gold and represents the proverbial fly on the wall of a very sobering social landscape. Owen King makes a helluva case for embracing the tragic, often heartbreaking beauty of our lives. He proves that on more occasions than not, it’s our collection of all the small things that end up meaning the most in the end. Because after all, it’s who we are.” – Hellnotes