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August 29, 2012

Shh! It's a Secret!

a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide

by Daniel M. Kimmel

This January, Fantastic Books will publish Daniel M. Kimmel's first novel, Shh! It's a Secret. Kimmel is a film critic and professor of film, whose book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His most recent book, Jar Jar Binks Must Die (which Fantastic published in 2011) is currently a finalist for the Hugo Award.

In Shh! It's a Secret, Kimmel combines his expertise in and love of cinema and science fiction to produce the comic Hollywood sf novel that dares to take on both coasts and ask the big questions: can a publicity flack have a code of ethics, and why does the chicken taste funny?

As Shh! It's a Secret begins, the Brogardi appeared out of nowhere, and—telegraphing their peaceful intentions—landed in the middle of nowhere: New York State's Catskills Mountains resorts. It was an alien invasion, of the most peaceful, friendly kind. But there had to be something sinister behind it all, right?

Movie executive Jake Berman lives fiction for a living, promoting movies to the masses. He's happy, and only moderately harried. But his peaceful existence is thrown into overdrive when one of the aliens sets his sights beyond the decaying resorts of the east—when he decides it's time to invade Hollywood!

Kimmel's other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association.

Fantastic Books will publish Daniel M. Kimmel's Shh! It's a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide in trade paperback on January 15, 2013 ($14.99, 194 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61720-733-4). Paper and electronic galleys are available for review, upon request.