Pan Macmillan Acquires Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Following an exciting multi-publisher auction, Pan Macmillan Editorial Director Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter.

Imagine The Time Traveller’s Wife as written by Stephen King, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, publishing in summer 2016.

Dark Matter is the story of Jason Dessen, a forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago. One night after an evening out, he’s kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug.

But the world into which he wakes, though seeming to be his own, is also different. Seeking the stability of his family, he stumbles back home. To an empty house that’s he doesn’t recognize.

Searching for his wife is the only thing that keeps him going. But when he finds her—will she even know him? Jason is on the brink of a stunning revelation: the world he thought was his is completely wrong.

Dark Matter’s landscape is the nature of reality and identity. Part lightning fast thriller, part enduring love story it’s an exploration into the mysteries of existence and what makes us human.

Of the acquisition, Julie Crisp says:

‘Sometimes you get a script in that you know has that sought-after ‘it’ factor. People just can’t stop talking about it. Dark Matter has everything to appeal, fast-paced action scenes, a fabulous mystery, and a love-story which keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens.’

Blake Crouch said of the deal:

Dark Matter is a special book for me, possibly the one I’ve been working toward for my entire career. I’m thrilled and honoured to have Julie Crisp and the entire team at Pan Macmillan on board to help bring this story to UK readers’

Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.

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