Dodo Ink to publish novel by academic James Miller

Dodo Ink to publish novel by academic James Miller

Dodo Ink has signed UnAmerican Activities, a novel made up of interlinked stories, by novelist and academic James Miller.

Dodo Ink acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the book from Anna Power at Johnson & Alcock.

In UnAmerican Activities, Miller sets out to “subvert and pay homage to American pop culture and genre fiction, exploring the conspiracy theories and violence that defines the American everyday through a series of deranged and desperate narrators.”

Sam Mills, editor at Dodo Ink, said: “James Miller’s wild and wonderful novel reads like Jesus’s Son [short story collection by Denis Johnson] reimagined by Guillermo del Toro. It is an acerbic, hilarious novel – a satirical, surreal mishmash of the interconnecting fates of vampires, porn stars and religious fanatics and a portrait of the underbelly of American life.”

Thom Cuell, Dodo Ink m.d., said: “James is a great fit for Dodo Ink: politically-engaged, with a desire to subvert and shock, he is a writer we have long admired, and we are excited to be working with him.”

Alex Spears, marketing director, added: “The novel’s episodic structure lends itself well to an innovative digital marketing campaign that will draw readers into the richly imagined world he has created.”

Miller is a novelist and academic. His debut novel Lost Boys (Little, Brown) was published in 2008 and his second Sunshine State (Abacus) was published in 2010.

Dodo Ink will publish UnAmerican Activities in spring 2017,