Imaginary Friend

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About the Author

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his award-winning novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has worked in film and television, on projects including the film version of the smash-hit musical Rent; the TV show Jericho; and others. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.

Christine Lakin is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and acclaimed television actress, best known for her roles as Alicia "Al" Lambert on the hit family comedy Step by Step and as Joan of Arc on Showtime's Reefer Madness.


"This is a fearsome, remarkably ambitious novel that breaks through the boundaries of the horror genre to become epic."

-- "Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
An unputdownable, extraordinary book. Stephen Chbosky manages to combine the heart and emotion that suffuses all of his work with Stephen King chills. The pages practically turn themselves.-- "Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and AN ANONYMOUS GIRL"
IMAGINARY FRIEND is a sprawling epic horror novel that hearkens back to the classics of the 1970s Golden Age, but, like Stranger Things, with a twinkle in its malevolent eye. Enormous, scary fun.-- "Dan Chaon, bestselling author of ILL WILL"
IMAGINARY FRIEND is a simply extraordinary reading experience--it reminded me of discovering a classic Stephen King novel from two decades ago, but all funneled through Chbosky's utterly unique style. A tremendous read, every bit worth the wait.-- "Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of A DARK MATTER"

"[A] spooky, surreal thriller...You'll feel locked in the battle between good and evil as Kate and Christopher fight for their lives."

-- "Good Housekeeping"

"Reminiscent of the epic novels of Stephen immersive read that walks the line between dark fantasy and horror...A big, scary book."

-- "Booklist"

"Excellent. A pleasing book for those who like to scare themselves silly, one to read with the lights on and the door bolted."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Spiritual enlightenment and horror. I don't know how he did it. But he did it. It's a masterpiece."

-- "Emma Watson, actor and activist"
Sure, this unputdownable book is the scariest thing I've read in a long time. Mysterious woods. Evil forces. Unseen worlds. But it's also, like everything Chbosky does, imbued with heart and soul. You'll fall in love with these characters. That's why they stay with you, like a haunting.-- "R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author"