LEWISBURG — Glenn Herdling, a 1986 Bucknell University graduate, will be signing copies of his new novel, Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island, at Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University on Saturday, June 4, between 3 and 5 p.m.
Herdling, a resident of River Vale, N.J., is a former editor and writer at Marvel Comics who has written stories for some of the entertainment company’s most popular characters, including Deadpool, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. His new novel is a supernatural thriller about a young orphan who learns she is the niece of the legendary Harry Houdini.
“I’m really excited about returning to the creative fold,” Herdling said. “And I’m thrilled to be returning to the genre I enjoyed the most — heroic fiction.”
The novel, however, is unlike any modern superhero faire that has become so prevalent on today’s silver screen. That’s because Piper’s narrative takes place during the Roaring Twenties, against the hustling and bustling background of New York’s Coney Island. “It was a time and a place filled with silent movies, secret speakeasies, and an unscrupulous Spiritualist movement that becomes the unwitting pawn in a plot to bring about hell on Earth,” Herdling explained.
Filled with a cast of historical figures — including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dion Fortune, and Aleister Crowley — Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island is a spine-tingling supernatural thriller that will appeal to readers who enjoy urban fantasy and paranormal historical fiction as much as a jaunt on Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel.
Piper Houdini is well represented across the Internet with an official website (piperhoudini.com where you can download a free 27-page preview), a Facebook fan page, and Twitter. Copies of the book will be available for sale at Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University, 400 Market Street in Lewisburg. Make sure to reserve a copy in advance in case supplies run out. Some of Herdling’s comic book work will also be available at the bookstore in collected trade paperback editions.