Ukazoo Books Hosts Launch for Acclaimed Dystopian Novel The Listeners

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Bancroft Press has announced that the launch party for The Listeners, author Harrison Demchick’s dystopian debut, will be held at Ukazoo Books in Towson, MD on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. The horror novel, available for sale on the same day, has received tremendous early praise from trade reviewers and horror writers.

The Listeners is the fiction debut of author Harrison Demchick.

Dystopian horror The Listeners will debut at Ukazoo Books at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 17.

With some readers already discussing attending the Ukazoo launch in costume, [author Harrison] Demchick couldn't be happier about the response.

On Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m., readers will gather at Ukazoo Books in Towson, MD to celebrate the release of author Harrison Demchick’s dystopian fiction debut, The Listeners.

“This book is going to be huge!” says Ukazoo store manager Matt Shenko.

Described by publisher Bancroft Press as “an electrifying addition to the genre of dystopian literature,” The Listeners tells the story of a borough quarantined due to a highly contagious airborne plague that causes deformity, insanity, and death. A 14-year-old boy named Daniel, his mother gone, is taken in by a mysterious cult called the Listeners, marked by the ceremonial removal of their right ears.

“Ukazoo is my very favorite bookstore,” says Demchick, a Baltimore local and book editor who has been working on The Listeners in one form or another for seven years. “It’s an honor to debut my first book in such a fantastic store.”

Ukazoo Books, one of the few bookstores with a shelf devoted to zombie fiction—a genre to which The Listeners has often been related in early reviews—is, according to Bancroft Press publisher Bruce Bortz, the perfect venue for The Listeners.

“Ukazoo understands the power of the dystopian trend,” says Bortz. “Readers love the genre, and they’re loving Harrison’s novel.”

Early response seems to bear this out. In a Booklist review, author Daniel Kraus, a Bram Stoker finalist for his novel Rotters, compared The Listeners favorably with Max Brooks’s World War Z and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, adding that “Demchick’s depth of focus is both confident and impressive.”

Other horror authorities have followed suit. Benjamin Kane Ethridge, who won a Bram Stoker Award for his own debut, Black & Orange, wrote, “With stylistic and emotional flourishes largely missing from the post-apocalyptic subgenre, this a novel that really shouldn’t be missed!”

And Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of the hit film franchise Final Destination, said, “Scary and haunting, The Listeners delivers chills that burrow under your skin as well as a terrifying allegory of the times we live in.”

With some readers already discussing attending the Ukazoo launch in costume, Demchick couldn’t be happier about the response. “It’s amazing to me that something I started writing during my summer break before my senior semester at college has become a novel that people are actually reading and liking,” he says. “And I can’t wait to celebrate it with everyone at Ukazoo.”

The Listeners debuts at Ukazoo Books in Towson on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Bancroft Press has been a leading independent general interest publisher for the past 20 years.

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