(CBS News) A new book by a rising young author is blurring the line between novel and movie. Anthony Mason has the Fine Print:
Marisha Pessl’s new novel, “Night Film”, begins on the jogging track around New York’s Central Park reservoir.
“I thought Central Park was the perfect place to set the novel in motion,” Pessl told Mason.
It’s late at night and 청도출장안마 an investigative reporter on a run encounters a young woman.
“She’s wearing a red coat. And it sort of keeps lighting like a flair,” Pessl explained. “And then when she decides to talk to her, of course she is gone.”
Within days, the woman in the red coat is found dead. She’s Ashley Cordova, the daughter of reclusive horror film director Stanislas Cordova.
Pessl created a promotional trailer — part of the intricate mythology the author dreamed up around her central character, the elusive director [click below to watch].
The 35-year-old author also shot four short films for the internet meant to build the mystery around the book.
“No one’s seen him in 35 years. He’s responsible for some of the most terrifying films ever made,” she explained.
Pessl even had posters made for all of them, including “A Crack in the Window”, “At Night Birds are all Black” and “Thumbscrew”.
“So I was very much interested in absence and the idea of a man versus a myth,” she explained.
Growing up with her mother and older sister in Asheville, North Carolina, all Pessl ever wanted to be was a writer. Her mother wrote children’s stories.
“So I remember she had this old Smith Corona typewriter and at one point she upgraded and got a new one. And so I took over the old one and would sit next to her and write,” Pessl explained. “I think I wrote either G-rated love stories [laughs] or I wrote … something very Agatha Christie-esque like ‘Escape from Death Island’. And there would always reach point where I was like ‘And then.’ And I know my Mom would be like, ‘Dinner!’ And then that would be the end of the story.”
Pessl went to Barnard College in New York.
“I would come here to do my work and also to write,” she told Mason.
She used a Hungarian pastry shop near campus as her refuge. When she graduated, she was hired by the financial firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
“You plot out your novels on Excel spreadsheets?” Mason asked.