Local author Christopher Golden quit his day job 22 years ago, after the sale of his first horror novel about vampires, “Of Saints and Shadows.”
But it was 20 years ago this week that the Haverhill resident first felt like a full-time writer, because his first novel hit the shelves of local book stores. Now, more than 51 books later, The New York Times best-selling author will celebrating that milestone with a bash at the Barnes and Noble book store in Salem, N.H., on June 1.
“It’s crazy,’’ Golden said about the anniversary. “It’s so weird to think about it.”
The celebration dovetails with the release of Golden’s latest novel, “Snowblind.” Set in a fictional version of Haverhill during a blizzard, the horror story follows a group of residents dealing with ghosts. He describes it as an “Our Town” with lots of snow.
Stephen King, one of Golden’s writing idols from his youth, wrote this for the book’s cover: “‘Snowblind’ is instantly involving and deeply scary. It will bring a blizzard to your bones (and your heart) even in the middle of July. Throw away all those old ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ novels; this one is the real deal.”
The book is already a Boston Globe best-seller, and a top audio book download on iTunes. Golden said “Snowblind” is in development as a TV series, but can’t name the network yet.
This is Golden’s second book set in a version of a city — the first was his young adult book “Poison Ink,” about a group of teenagers who fall under the spell of a shady tattoo artist. Golden, who grew up in Framingham, said he finds a lot of inspiration in the varied locales of the Queen Slipper City and expects more aspects of Haverhill to show up in his future work.