The Devil and Winnie Flynn (Paperback)

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By Micol Ostow, David Ostow (Illustrator)
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"A love letter to all your favorite horror movie classics . . . Micol Ostow's razor sharp writing and David Ostow's wonderful illustrations combine for an unforgettable reading experience."
—Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and All the Rage

Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.

Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her—and find out what she isn’t.

About the Author

Sister-brother team Micol and David Ostow were born and raised in suburban New Jersey and share a lingering fascination with their home state, as well as a love of all things horror. Their previous collaboration, So Punk Rock (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) received two starred reviews and was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Despite their affection for New Jersey, both Ostows currently live in Brooklyn, NY, with their respective families (in respective houses with respective smelly dogs). Visit Micol at, and for more of David’s work visit or follow him on Instagram @oscomics.

Praise For…

Praise for The Devil and Winnie Flynn

“[An] excellent novel . . . Brilliantly teases out horror movie tropes.” 
Entertainment Weekly

"Part graphic novel, part script, part letter to a friend, this mix of reality TV, your fave pop culture horror moments and Winnie’s sarcastic narration blends into a suspensefully creeptastic thriller with incredible settings. Just be warned: read this one with the lights on!"
—Justine Magazine

"[The Ostows] didn't take the normal path of telling the story of the winged, Garden State demon, they broadened the story to include modern-day paranormal investigators and television cameras."

"Great twists . . . Readers who love reality television, especially the behind-the-scenes elements, as well as those who love thinking about the world of creation will dig Winnie’s story and the means through which the Ostows reveal it. A creative, engaging, memorable read."
—Book Riot

"Snark and horror combine in this YA spooky story . . . The detailed graphics offer a unique experience to a frightful story, making it easy to become wrapped up in Winnie's world."
—Fresh Fiction

"I enjoyed the letter format and the pen and ink illustrations made me really feel like I was reading someone's journal. I loved how the story has many twists and turns as Winnie tries to determine what is fake/scripted and what is real."

"A 360-degree view of reality TV’s inner workings . . . A terrifying and addictive novel."
Publishers Weekly

"Micol Ostow carefully weaves themes of feminism in and among the tropes commonly used in horror, and equally meticulous plot twists turn the story into a genuine mystery. Winnie's narrative voice is grounded, critical, and humorous, all while being true to that of a teenager . . . This stylish novel is both a celebration of horror as a genre and chilling in its own right."
Kirkus Reviews

"I loved it. It’s smart and funny and atmospheric; all of the various formats—Winnie’s ongoing journal/letter to her best friend, the snippets of screenplay, the documents and wiki pages and illustrations—integrate seamlessly into a larger whole; it very well might inspire some readers to watch reality television with a slightly more critical eye; and it’s just as much about grief and loss as it is about chasing ghosts." 
—Leila Roy, for Kirkus

"Written as a scrapbook-style letter for her friend Lucia, this novel is a mixed-media adventure filled with Winnie's dry humor, illustrations, shooting scripts, and other ephemera beyond the traditional narrative . . . Sure to have high appeal for horror fans."
School Library Journal

"Take your favorite reality show, throw in Joss Whedon, and then top it off with the kind of creepy, blood-chilling storytelling that only the Ostows can conceive and you've got one of the most terrifying reads of the year. The Devil and Winnie Flynn will haunt you long after you've finished it."
—Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of Undertow

"Just when you thought you'd seen, heard and read it all, Micol and David Ostow take a whole new approach to paranormal fiction with The Devil and Winnie Flynn. Full of surprises and suspense, the Ostows’ words and images resonate not only on the page, but off, ratcheting up the horror while dialing back the genre clichés in this unique, engrossing and entertaining read."
—Tonya Hurley New York Times bestselling author of the Ghostgirl series and The Blessed trilogy 

The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a hell of a story, a multilayered love letter to horror that unites romance, mystery, and reality TV in a macabre romp across the underbelly of New Jersey. The clever illustrations strike just the right notes, adding another dimension (so to speak) to the tale.” 
—Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest

"In their latest offering, the Ostows prove themselves a force to be reckoned with. The Devil and Winnie Flynn feels like a love letter to all your favorite horror movie classics. Winnie's voice crackles off the page and readers will be fully absorbed in—and fully creeped out by—her quest for the truth behind her mother's death and the hunt for the Devil. Micol Ostow's razor sharp writing and David Ostow's wonderful illustrations combine for an unforgettable reading experience. I loved it."
—Courtney Summers, author of This Is Not a Test and All the Rage

"The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a perfect blend of clever snark, pop-culture savvy and horror story homage. The sharp interplay between art and a wide variety of text—prose, letters, screenplays and more—makes this book unique and unforgettable."
—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Deep Silence

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616957032
ISBN-10: 1616957034
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English