Lemony Snicket will release a short story collection(Read article summary)
The collection, titled 'File Under 13,' is scheduled to be released this April.
Lemony Snicket fans can now look forward to more tales set in the world of âAll the Wrong Questions.âÂ
Snicket published the second book in his âQuestionsâ series â âWhen Did You See Her Lastâ â earlier this month. Now he says that he will publish a short story collection this April (April 1, or April Foolâs Day, to be precise) titled âFile Under 13: Suspicious Incidents,â which will be a group of 13 shorter mysteries all set in the same universe as âQuestions.â
Publishers Weekly writer Sally Lodge asked Snicket if it was difficult to adapt to writing short stories after writing his novels.
âIt is said that a novel is a love affair and a short story is a kiss in the dark from a stranger,â Snicket (also known as writer Daniel Handler) told her. âIâve never been good at a kiss in the dark from a stranger, so as with hopeless romantics I stumbled a few times in my embraces.âÂ
Graphic novelist Seth (also known as Gregory Gallant), illustrator of the earlier âQuestionsâ books, will also be illustrating â13.â
The âQuestionsâ series, which began last year with the publication of the book âWho Could That Be at This Hour?,â shares a setting with Snicketâs bestselling âA Series of Unfortunate Eventsâ books. The âUnfortunate Eventsâ series chronicles the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans, with Snicket, the narrator, hinting darkly at his own involvement throughout the story. The âQuestionsâ series is a prequel to the âUnfortunate Eventsâ books and focuses on Snicketâs childhood.
Snicket says that two more books are planned for the âQuestionsâ quartet.
When asked what inspired him to pen â13,â Snicket told Publishers Weekly that it was a combination of âa lifelong appreciation of Donald J. Sobol [creator of the Encyclopedia Brown series] along with the sneaking suspicion that while the large boulders of treachery were rolling around Lemony Snicket in Stainâd-By-The-Sea, there were dastardly pebbles rattling alongside.â