Based, as they say, on a true story . . .
Jack Levin is the boy who finds things. "Gus" Berry is the boy who wants things. Annie Barker is the girl who believes in things. And together they stumble upon a gut—wrenching secret that threatens to destroy their families and their lives. Welcome to the 1960s and sleepy small—town Trenton, Ontario. Where a silent movie studio once prospered. Where hunting, fishing, arson, and drowning are the favored pastimes. Where dogs maim, trains derail, planes collide, and people vanish. Where collective amnesia rules the adult world . . . And where piece by gruesome piece, Jack, Gus and Annie uncover the mystery at the malevolent heart of Trenton's dark past and darker future.
Michael Libling is a World Fantasy Award—nominated author whose writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead, and many others. Hollywood North: Life, Love & Death in Six Reels is set in his hometown of Trenton or, as his protagonist puts it, "that aberrant speck of chronic self—deception on the north shore of Lake Ontario." Michael is the father of three daughters and lives in Montreal with his wife, Pat.
"I don't use the word 'brilliant' promiscuously, never have, never will, but with Michael Libling's wonderful first novel I use it very comfortably. For another reader, Hollywood North might be simply 'ingenious' or 'charming' or 'outrageously engaging', but I believe it's more than that?a novel that film buffs will love, along with anyone living in a society with the hand of popular culture upon them as baptism or drowning (or both). Yes, it's charming and human and light—hearted in its seriousness, and clever and rich with a film—lover's allusions, nods and hats—off; but that's another matter. One of the best first novels I've read in a decade."
Bruce McAllister, author of Dream Baby and The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
"Take Stephen King, Nick Hornby, Theodore Roszak, Woody Allen, and Stranger Things, sprinkle in the spice of a subtle Canadian sensibility, and process it all through the meat grinder that is Michael Libling's imagination, and this is the eerie result."
Claude Lalumiere, author of Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment
"Hollywood North, perhaps the cleverest use of the so—called unreliable narrator that I have ever seen outside of Nabokov or perhaps Evan S. Connell Jr., is also so devastating as to go far beyond the clever. Michael Libling's first novel is the work of a prodigy with no reference to age and it explores the darkness of human complexity with bravura."
?Barry Malzberg, author of The Bend at the End of The Road, Breakfast in the Ruins