Another Chance for a Signed After the Red Rain ARC!

So far, three of the five ARCs of After the Red Rain have been given away. With two left, a new contest has launched, this time on Tumblr!

Want the ARC, complete with autographs from all three authors, including Peter Facinelli? Just put on your Tumblr cap and get to posting!

Win a signed After the Red Rain ARC!

IMG_3682_blogifiedAnother month, another contest to win an ARC of After the Red Rain, signed by yours truly, Peter Facinelli, and Rob DeFranco. It’s pretty simple, gang:

Go to Facebook. “Like” the Official Barry Lyga Page. Then leave a comment on this update.

Boom. You’re entered. A winner will be randomly selected on June 15, 2015.

Good luck!

Win After the Red Rain, Tweet-style!

Lyga_AfterTheRedRain_HCSo, the WiRL contest to win an ARC of After the Red Rain signed by me, Rob, and Peter is over (winner to be announced soon!). But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get one!

If you want the ARC, this month’s contest is pretty darn simple: Just tweet your desire to have one with #AfterTheRedRain. Easy, right? Do so before the end of May and you might be randomly selected as a winner!

Important: You have to follow me (@barrylyga) on Twitter so that I can DM you if you win! If you win, but aren’t following me, I’ll choose someone else, someone I can get in touch with!

After the Red Rain: Signed ARC Giveaway!

Hey, check it out…


Yes, indeed, that is a copy of the After the Red Rain advance reader copy, signed by Rob DeFranco, Peter Facinelli, and yours truly.

But let’s be honest — you don’t care about my signature. No, you want some of that Carlisle/Coop/Decker autographin’ love.

Well, I’m here to help.

I have in my possession five of these signed ARCs, and I will be giving them away on five different digital platforms between now and the release of the book on August 4.

  • May: Twitter giveaway
  • June: Facebook giveaway/Tumblr giveaway
  • July: Newsletter giveaway

What about April, you ask? April’s easy: I’ll be giving away a copy of the ARC to listeners of my podcast, Writing in Real Life! Just listen to episode 12, which will be posted between April 13 and April 15 for instructions on how to enter the drawing for the ARC!

(If you’re worried that you’ll forget to listen, either follow @WiRLPodcast on Twitter or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.)

That’s it for now — keep following me on social media between now and July for other chances to win a signed ARC!


The True Meaning of Lobo’s Nod

Lobo’s Nod.

For readers of the I Hunt Killers series, it has a very specific meaning: the town where Jazz, Connie, and Howie grew up, the town that spawned Billy Dent.

Early on, people used to ask me all the time, “What’s up with the name of the town? That’s a weird name.” And I knew it was, and I knew why the town was called that. There are actually two reasons. One is an in-story reason, the other is the meta-reason, if you will.

A lot of people assumed that it had something to do with wolves, since “lobo” is Spanish for wolf, and it ties in nicely to the predator/prey themes in the book.

But, no.

For the in-story reason, you can read Lucky Day, the I Hunt Killers prequel novella which includes the tale of Étienne LeBeau, founder of the Nod.

As to the other reason, well… Here we go:

As I traveled around the country to talk about the book, I would challenge people to figure out the meaning behind “Lobo’s Nod.” My intention was that eventually, when the third book came out, I would run a contest on the BLog to have people take a stab at it.

When challenged, one guy in Texas did a little quick anagramming and realized that “Lobo’s Nod” can be mixed up to spell “Blood Son.” Which, I swear, is a nice bit of linguistic serendipity, but nothing more.

I kept challenging people and no one got it and I figured I would be running a contest when Blood of My Blood came out, but in April 2014, just five months away, a kid in Chicago piped up and nailed it.

What’s the answer? Why did I choose the name Lobo’s Nod? The answer is a little story:

People often use some combination of Dexter and The Following when they discuss I Hunt Killers, and I’m going to admit here and now that this pisses me off. I get it — it’s a nice, easy shorthand, but every time I read such a comparison, I feel like the person in question is accusing me of ripping off one of those series. And the truth is, I didn’t watch Dexter when it was on and I don’t watch The Following, and I was done with my first draft of Game before The Following even got on the air. So there’s that.


Even early on, my editor (who does watch Dexter) was saying the book was “Dexter for teens.” This before I’d even finished the first book. But a part of me, naturally, rebelled against it. It wasn’t just a book about a serial killer, after all — it was about a kid solving crimes.

A kid. Solving crimes.

“It’s not Dexter for teens,” I said one day. “It’s Encyclopedia Brown on crystal meth.”1

loved the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid. I was obsessed with them. And so, in that  snarky, anti-Dexter moment, I decided to honor my childhood mystery obsession.

The Encyclopedia Brown books were written by a man named Donald J. Sobol.

Don Sobol.

Spell it backwards.

And thus is the mystery of Lobo’s Nod…revealed!

  1. If you don’t know who Encyclopedia Brown is, I urge you to avail yourself of the powers of Google.