The US release of Mr. Monster is now less than a week away, and I couldn’t be more excited. I got two boxes of books in the mail on Monday, both paperback and hardback, and I have to say it’s just a gorgeous book—pure white, with a couple of ridged slashes and an austere knife blade, and just a tiny drop of blood. It captures the book perfectly, suggesting a blank, emotionless slate and the capacity for, but not the presence of, violence. It’s like the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy—potential energy is so much more frightening because you never know when or where it’s going to go.
My signing tour will take me down the west coast, just like last time, but this time we’re adding some Midwestern locations including Minnesota, Ohio, and more. My schedule is still incomplete, but as soon as I have them finalized I add each event to the calendar on the left side of my website. The first weekend of events is in Seattle and Portland, so if you’re in the area please drop by and say hi. I’ve decided to offer an extra incentive this time around: anyone who comes to an event wearing one of our T-shirts will get a free magnet with a full list of John’s rules. They’re perfect for sticking those special papers to your fridge, like restraining orders, covert photos of your neighbors, and any shopping list containing duct tape.
And speaking of shirts, we have an awesome new one. John Cleaver’s rules, and his struggle for self control, is a major theme in Mr. Monster, so we’ve made it the primary motif of all the new swag. Whereas the I Am Not a Serial Killer shirt was black and covered with spooky type, the Mr. Monster shirt is white and simple, just like the book cover, with the title on the front and the rules on the back. Imagine how pleased people will be when they stand behind you in lines and learn that you’ve decided to stop torturing animals! This is a shirt where everybody wins.
While you’re browsing through the catalog, take a look at some of the other new items we’ve put up. If you love the list of rules but want something more permanent, how about a mounted poster? My friend the state social worker is getting one for his office—think what it could do for yours! You’d get a lot less questions about what you did over the weekend, if nothing else. Or let’s say you want something even larger: how about a rugged vinyl sticker for your garbage can that says “Clayton County Medical Disposal, Human Body Parts Only” in six inch letters? Your neighbors will be delighted that you’re finally separating your trash.