Octopus imprint Monoray has acquired The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything by the "foremost expert" in the QAnon conspiracy theory, Mike Rothschild.
Rothschild has been studying the QAnon phenomenon since early 2018, and was one of the first journalists not only to reveal its connections to past conspiracy theories and scams, but also to openly address its danger to the American public, said the publisher.
In The Storm is Upon Us, Rothschild will take readers on "the wildest of guided tours", from the background conspiracies and cults that first fed the flowering of Q, to its embrace by right-wing media and a complex of grifters, gurus and, eventually, former president Donald Trump. It covers the rending of families whose loved ones became swept away by Q’s increasingly violent rhetoric, and ultimately, the storming of the US Capitol on 6th January 2021, which revealed the full power of the movement for all to see as it unfolded live on national television.
Jake Lingwood, publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth, excluding Canada, and Ireland rights from Melville House. The book will be published on 22nd June 2021.
Lingwood said: "No one understands this phenomenon like Mike Rothschild. His argument that QAnon is now too big to ignore or dismiss as madness is incredibly compelling; the sad truth is that we have to urgently get our heads around it before it’s too late."
Rothschild commented: "While there has been tremendous work done chronicling various facets of QAnon, how it started, and the people who believe it; nobody has told the full story of how it grew from an internet conspiracy theory to a political movement bordering on a religion. Given that Q's mythology has become a principal driver of extremist thought and violence, it's vital to know how it spread, why its acolytes believe it, and how to help the people left in its wake. And most importantly, we need to know how to spot Q's next iteration before it becomes as popular as Q."