Best-Selling Author David Morrell Co-Hosts International Thriller Writer's Party and Preparing for Release of His Highly Anticipated New Dark-Suspense Thriller "Creepers"

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Best-selling author David Morrell co-hosts gala International Thriller Writer's (ITW) cocktail party at historic Algonquin Hotel during BEA. Morrell is contributing story to ITW anthology and gearing up for the fall release of his highly anticipated new dark-suspense thriller "Creepers" (CDS Books, September 2005) and national author tour.

New York Times best-selling author David Morrell, co-president of the newly formed International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization, co-hosted the lavish ITW inaugural party on Saturday, June 4 2005 at the historic Algonquin Hotel – a perfect literary setting to introduce the who’s-who and the up-and-comers of the thriller genre to important publishing industry executives, reporters, publishers and authors.

Morrell, whose award-winning first novel, "First Blood" (which won him the Friends of American Writers Distinguished Recognition award) launched him into a prolific career which includes 28 books (many of them New York Times best-sellers) and numerous short stories (which have earned him two Bram Stoker awards, two Stoker nominations, and two World Fantasy nominations) is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel and is a natural co-leader of an organization which was created by thriller writers in support of the thriller genre.

The idea for the group had been simmering for years and finally erupted out of a conversation between Gayle Lynds (THE COIL) and David Morrell, the other co-founder and co-president of ITW. Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, David Dun, and M.J. Rose are the other board members. “There has never been an organization specifically for the thriller community,” Morrell explained. “We are dedicated to deepening readers’ appreciation of the genre and expanding the possibilities of what writers can do in it."

With more than 300 publishers, media representatives, booksellers, authors and others influential in the publishing world attending the ITW cocktail party, “It was an extremely memorable evening for all involved,” Morrell said. “The Algonquin Hotel is such a richly historic literary site to host the launch for ITW. It was a unique and important opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and connect with others in the publishing world during Book Expo America.”

Morrell is contributing an original story to the upcoming anthology "Thriller" (Mira Books, Hardcover, June 2006), which ITW recently announced, edited by author James Patterson. "Thriller" is a collection of short stories by ITW authors - the first pure thriller anthology ever published. Proceeds of the book will go to ITW’s treasury as their first official fundraiser. (For more information on "Thriller" and contributing authors, visit the ITW website at http://www.internationalthrillerwriters.com.)

What else is new in Morrell’s life? In addition to writing, he is releasing his highly-anticipated new dark-suspense thriller "Creepers" this fall with his new publisher, CDS Books. This past year, Morrell decided to branch off from a bigger, traditional house, in an attempt to find a new approach to publishing. He ultimately found what he was looking for at CDS Books, a relatively new division of CDS, the largest independent book distributor in the U.S.

“They consider their relationship with their authors to be a partnership,” explained Morrell. “On a more intimate basis than I have ever experienced, I’ve had constant input on every facet of the book’s design, as well as the publicity and marketing. They are not simply relying on the customary method of sending copies to reviewers. They are able to create a modern strategy with the ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ which I believe is crucial to getting ahead in the publishing world in the 21st century. CDS has also built a fantastic site at http://www.theparagonhotel.com, which is an elaborate interactive site built around the abandoned Asbury Park hotel in the book.”

In addition to speaking engagements, workshops and appearances between now and the fall, Morrell will embark on a two-month long national author tour in early September. “This is my first big national tour in years,” he said. “I am really looking forward to it.”

"Creepers" refers to the slang term for urban explorers—history and architecture enthusiasts who share a passion for exploring abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. The Internet reveals hundreds of thousands of urban-explorer contacts throughout the world. But for every group that decides to publicize itself, there are many who don’t – because urban exploration is illegal and so unsafe it can be deadly.

Early interest in "Creepers" is strong. "I was touched when Douglas Preston, co-author with Lincoln Child of Brimstone and Dance of Death, sent me an incredible quote for the book,” the author elaborated. “What an honor that was.”

Learn more about David Morrell by visiting his website at http://www.davidmorrell.net. Visit "Creepers" online at: http://www.theparagonhotel.com

One of America’s most critically-acclaimed storytellers, David Morrell is the author of 28 books, many of them national best-sellers. Eighteen million copies of his books are in print. His fiction has been translated into 26 languages.

Founded on October 8, 2004, at a meeting at Bouchercon World Mystery and Suspense Conference in Toronto, Canada, the International Thriller Writer’s organization boasts a membership of more than 250 authors (80 percent of whom are New York Times best-selling authors) with worldwide sales exceeding 1.5 billion books.

Contact:

Sarie Morrell

714-846-0589

snmorrell@earthlink.net

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