May 25, 2017
It is happening again again: Twin Peaks: The Return returns with new novel from co-creator Mark Frost
by Chad Felix
With the return of Twin Peaks less than a full week behind him, and with a pocket full of positive and confounded reviews (“Mr. Lynch’s visual imagination remains inimitable.” –New York Times; “Splendid.” –Los Angeles Times; “Very stubbornly itself.” –Variety), Mark Frost, the show’s writer and co-creator (alongside, of course, his fellow dream human David Lynch), has announced Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier, his second Twin Peaks novel in twelve months.
The Final Dossier is to be published by Flatiron Books and will, according to the LA Times’ Michael Schaub, bridge the chasm between the original Twin Peaks, which ran from April 1990 through June 1991, and 2017’s Twin Peaks: The Return, which has just begun and will air through September. The Final Dossier will be out the following month, on October 31st: Halloween.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Frost’s previous Twin Peaks novel, was released in October 2016 and also published by Flatiron Books. It was an ephemera-heavy history of the fictional Washington sawmill town for which the series is named. It collected letters, documents, newspaper clippings, and photos into a kind of creative biography of the place, sketched out over time, beginning with the days of Lewis and Clark and continuing through to the community that loved, and lost, Laura Palmer.
The Final Dossier, which is billed as a sequel to The Secret History, promises to focus more on beloved characters from the series. According to the pre-publication copy, the novel “tells us what happened to key characters in the twenty-five years in between the events of the first series and the second, offering details and insights fans will be clamoring for,” as well as “add context and commentary to the strange and cosmic happenings of the new series.”
Chad Felix is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House, and a former bookseller.