Catching Up

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So, a lot of new things going on. We moved again, out of our rental house and into one we bought. We’re out in the country (as much as LA has “country”) and I love it. The view of the mountains is terrific. You can hear the frogs and crickets in the evening. There are coyotes around but we try to be mindful of them.

‘TIL DEATH and BROTHERS are long gone. Brenna O’Brien was kind enough to post a link on my Facebook page to an article on The Onion that speculated about the creative impulse behind the fourth season of ‘TIL DEATH. They got it remarkably right. Give it a read here if you like but be forewarned, I think it’s probably adults only. I’m frankly stunned that anyone gave the show enough thought to write such a long and considered article.

I’ve started working on a new TV show with some old compadres of mine. The show is called RUNNING WILDE and it will be on Fox this fall on tuesday nights at 9:30 (after GLEE and another new show called RAISING HOPE.)

It stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell and it’s created by Will, Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely. Mitch is the guy who created ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (which I worked on, along with Jim) so it’s kind of an ARRESTED reunion of sorts. We’re writing it now and it will shoot in New York, so it looks like I’ll be doing some travelling this fall. Luckily, New York is one of my favorite cities. I went to college there and can’t get enough of the place.

In book news, NIGHTMARE ACADEMY 3: MONSTER WAR comes out in the US at the end of July — July 27th, I think. I’ve been dying to get it into the hands of my US readers. It’s easily my favorite of the three books. It has some nice extras in it including a bonus chapter that I’ll be putting up for free on my website so that fans of the series in other parts of the world can check it out. The new chapter takes place after the end of Book 3.

I’ve also finished up a couple new book projects, but I’m not ready to talk about them just yet. I’ll be sure to post here when I have more to share. And there’s some potentially exciting news about a film series I’d be writing with my buddy Scott Sava — he writes and illustrates the Dreamland Chronicles among other things. You should check it out if you haven’t heard of it.

In other tidbits, I’ve been loving my iPad. I know this might be heretical, but I’ve been reading a lot more since I got it. I didn’t realize how much I was avoiding reading because the typeface of most books was too small for me to see comfortably (and you can stop with the “old man” jokes, thank you very much.) I also like the backlit screen because I always found myself wrestling around with the table lamp beside the bed to get enough light on regular books. I’m curious to know what other folks think of e-readers versus traditional books in terms of the reading experience. I have to say, I’m a convert which is shocking coming from a guy that loves and collects regular paperbound books (my Stephen King signed/limited DARK TOWER collection is a highlight.)

So that’s all for now. Going to freshen up my coffee and take a look at those mountains again. Hope all is well with you…

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  • coppervale

    Sweet update, Dean. Wish I’d gotten to see you more in Phoenix! Give my best to the family.

    June 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      And please say hi to your family as well. I’m sure we’ll see each other down the road somewhere…

      June 27, 2010 at 1:02 am Reply
  • brian_ohio

    Hi Dean,
    Wow! You have been busy! New TV series, books, movies, moving… sheez!
    I wanted to ask you a question, so I’m glad you finally posted.
    I’m a member of a new blog/website for Middle Grade books. It’s at and it’s a pretty good site, if I may say so myself.
    I’m in charge of a monthly post regarding new releases (and I’ll be sure to put Nightmare Academy 3 on the July list which goes up July 5th.)
    Also, I’m doing my first blog post on July 19th, my topic is humor in MG books. I’d like to give away a book on my post. Would it be possible to get a signed copy of Nightmare Academy 1, 2 or 3 to give away? I could either send you a check or send you one of the books with return postage, whichever works for you. If it’s not possible, I understand that as well.
    If it’s easier to discuss by email, contact me at ‘bkell932 at gmail dot com’.
    Great to hear you’re doing so well, Dean.

    June 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Sounds great and I’d love to donate a book. Just let me know when and where…

      June 27, 2010 at 1:03 am Reply
      • brian_ohio

        Thanks, Dean. I’ll send you a message via Live Journal. I really appreciate it. I’ve been waiting SO LONG to read the third book. Finally, my day is coming!

        June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • brennas_life

    Yay! Good to finally hear how your life has been going!
    That article had a bizarre respect for Til Death… or maybe it respected the bizarre? Very interesting, I had no idea about all that the series had gone through.
    Also – Congrats on house and new show and everything! I am glad to hear that it seems to be turning up Aces for the Lorey family. You totally deserve it. 😀

    June 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • sarah_prineas

    Hey there! Thanks for the update. Congrats on all the great work AND the new book! I can’t wait to hear more about your new book project, too.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm Reply
  • angelastuder

    Trying to reestablish contact with Dean
    Dear Dean: I am sending you a post on this format as well as your book website. I am Angela Snedden Studer. I hope you remember me from Conyers. I learned about your success years ago from Sam Chupp. I have seen several of your things and am very proud of you. I am now the Chief of Anesthesia at a small hospital in New Mexico. My 13 year old son is very interested in going into some aspect of horror movies. He says acting, but he is homeschooled, so little opportunity to actually be in plays. We will probably be visiting California in the next year and I would love for him to meet you. Perhaps we could occasionally correspond, so that I can count you among my friends in California. (505) 287-5105, Take care, Angela

    July 28, 2010 at 12:06 am Reply

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