Daniel Keyes’ psychological thriller The Asylum Prophecies slated for October release from Dorchester Publishing


asylum-propheciesNEW YORK—Millions of readers around the world fell in love with Flowers for Algernon, which went on to win Nebula and Hugo awards, was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film Charly, and has become a classroom staple in dozens of countries. The iconic and unforgettable novel firmly cemented Daniel Keyes’ place in literary history.


Now Keyes returns to the realm of the mind with his first novel in nearly 30 years, a riveting psychological thriller.


“It’s exactly the kind of thriller you’d want from Daniel Keyes. He’s combined his knowledge of the workings of the human mind with a page-turning plot,” says Executive Editor Don D’Auria, who acquired the book from Mel Berger at the William Morris Agency. “It’s timely, thought-provoking and definitely worth the wait.”


In The Asylum Prophecies, a disturbed young woman with multiple personalities has learned the details of an impending terrorist attack against the United States. To save thousands of innocent lives, an American agent races across the globe to find the key that will unlock her trapped memories before the terrorists silence her for good.


“In my books, especially The Asylum Prophecies, I try to understand the characters I think I am creating,” Keyes says. “But it turns out that my characters helped create me.”


Keyes, honored as Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000, also explored the intricacies of dissociative disorders in the novel The Fifth Sally (1980) and the nonfiction best-seller The Minds of Billy Milligan (1981).


Keyes, 81, currently lives in southern Florida and holds a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in English and American literature from Brooklyn College. He has held teaching positions at Ohio University and Yale, and early jobs included being an associate editor under Stan Lee at Marvel precursor Atlas Comics and working in fashion photography. His other books include The Touch; Unveiling Claudia; and Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey.


Dorchester Publishing, founded in 1971, is the oldest independent mass-market publisher in America. Dorchester publishes a wide range of genre fiction under the imprints Leisure Books (romance, horror, thrillers, Westerns), Love Spell (romance), and Hard Case Crime (noir mysteries).