FACEOFF: R.L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Aloysius Pendergast

Ever wonder who would win in a fight if the most popular thriller characters were paired against their most worthy opponents? Would you bet on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher or Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller, or even Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie over Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch?

For the first time ever, fans will know who comes out victorious in FACEOFF (Simon & Schuster; June 3, 2014; $26.99), an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers. But just when you think you know what happens, FACEOFF will keep you guessing throughout these eleven electrifying stories. FACEOFF is star-studded and is sure to be a fan favorite.

  • Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie vs. Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch
  • ·Ian Rankin’s John Rebus vs. Peter James’s Roy Grace
  • ·R.L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Aloysius Pendergast
  • ·M.J. Rose’s Malachai Samuels vs. Lisa Gardner’s D.D. Warren
  • ·Steve Martini’s Paul Madriani vs. Linda Fairstein’s Alexandra Cooper
  • ·Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme vs. John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport
  • ·Heather Graham’s Michael Quinn vs. F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack
  • ·Raymond Khoury’s Sean Reilly vs. Linwood Barclay’s Glen Garber
  • ·John Lescroart’s Wyatt Hunt vs. T. Jefferson Parker’s Joe Trona
  • ·Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone vs. James Rollins’s Gray Pierce
  • ·Lee Child’s Jack Reacher vs. Joseph Finder’s Nick Heller


Why did you decide to use Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy in FaceOff?

They [Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child] have a real character. They have this albino FBI agent, Agent Pendergast, who’s in all their books, and their books are huge sellers. And I do a different character every month. ‘Goosebumps’ never has the same character twice, pretty much  My most popular character is Slappy, the evil dummy, from ‘Night of the Living Dummy,’ and I just thought, What would happen if we took Pendergast, who’s in the real world and put him in a weird R.L. Stine world where people tell him, ‘Well, you’re not even an FBI agent. We don’t know what you’re doing.’ And then I just threw in this evil ventriloquist dummy, just to be weird.

They said: ‘Why don’t you come up with the story? You come up with the plot, and then we’ll write it and then send it to you and you can rewrite what we did.’ And that was the whole process.

I’m always amazed by people who collaborate. I never collaborate with anybody. I don’t know how it’s done.