Cambridge native Kendare Blake will return to her hometown to promote her newly released novel.
Blake, who now lives in Seattle, grew up in the Cambridge area; her parents still reside in the area on their hobby farm.
Blake will hold a book launch party and book signing event for her new novel, “Antigoddess,” from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge.
“Antigoddess” is an adventure story that horror master Jonathan Maberry calls, “riveting and chilling.” “Publisher’s Weekly,” in a starred review, calls it, “a gory, thrilling vision of the twilight of the gods, in all their pettiness and power.”
“‘Antigoddess’ is a Greek-mythology-inspired tale,” Blake said. “In it, the gods are dying strange, painful deaths, and the ensuing panic leads to a battle between them that upsets the quiet lives of a group of teen friends, some of who may be reincarnated Trojan war heroes. It’s very much a hero’s quest. Very much an adventure, and lots of the superheroes happen to be girls, which I like.”
Blake, author of the acclaimed “Anna Dressed in Blood” series, has found success as a novelist. Kirkus Reviews has compared her to Stephen King and says she is “one of the best up-and-coming horror/suspense writers around.”
“Anna Dressed in Blood,” was one of NPR’s top five young adult novels of 2011, and a Kirkus Reviews top 10 pick.
The bloody and snarky ghost story has been translated into over a dozen languages and is currently in development for film with Fickle Fish, the production company headed by Stephanie Meyer, the creator of “Twilight.”
“One day my agent called and said, ‘We have an offer for film from Stephanie Meyer herself,’ and I just about fell off of whatever I was sitting on, or maybe I was standing. I was no longer standing, is the point,” Blake said. “That phone call came last summer, and the news didn’t break until January, when someone leaked it at the Sundance Film Festival. So it was fantastic to be able to talk about it finally.
“The film itself is still in the very early stages. They are working on another fantastic book-to-movie project first, Lois Duncan’s ‘Down a Dark Hall,’ but hopefully soon production will start moving on ‘Anna’ as well. And then who knows? Maybe someday ‘Anna Dressed in Blood,’ will be playing at the Cambridge theater,” Blake added.
“Girl of Nightmares,” the sequel to “Anna,” was released last August and also made Kirkus Reviews top 10 teen picks of 2012.
Blake wrote her first novel while living in Cambridge after graduating from college. Blake is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, N.Y., and received a Master of Arts in creative writing from Middlesex University in London.
“I got into writing through reading,” Blake said. “Other fictional worlds led me to create my own. And since novels were what I read, that’s what I wanted to write. Of course later I discovered short stories and fell in love with them, too.”
Blake describes her writing style as, “dark, but sort of funny. Gritty, but with heart.”
“I like to say my novels are for anyone who likes dark, thrilling adventures between the ages of 11 and 85,” Blake said. “The youngest fans who have contacted me have been 11, and the oldest were a spry married couple of 85.”
Scout & Morgan Books will have copies of all of Blake’s novels available for purchase and signing at the event. Scout & Morgan is located at 114 Buchanan St. N., Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-2474.
If anyone would like a personalized autographed book but can’t make it to the event, they can contact Scout & Morgan and Blake said she will happily personalize a copy to be picked up or shipped.