It's Official: Talking Pictures Will Be A Book!

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be wondering why it's been a few weeks since there's been an installment of Talking Pictures. It's not, as a few have speculated, because I ran out of material -- but because we've been talking to publishers! Now that it's official, I'm thrilled to announce that HarperCollins has picked up the rights to the book, and it'll be coming out sometime in the latter half of 2011! (I'd like to take this opportunity to say WOOHOO!) I'd also like to give a big THANK YOU to all of our readers, because I sincerely believe that a giant part of getting publishers on board was the tireless enthusiasm you guys showed for the column. I can't help but think that all those positive comments made an impact, and I'm grateful that you guys were as taken with the photos I found as I was. Go mental_floss!

So what does this mean for future Talking Pictures columns? Well, for a while it's going to go on hiatus, because A) I'll working on the book and B) we want to make sure it includes a whole bunch of great never-seen-on-the-internet stuff. But as the publication date gets closer I'll most likely do a few more. Until then, follow me on Twitter for updates about the book -- and also about my upcoming dark urban fantasy novel, called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which comes out in June and is FULL of super-creepy old found photos (which, if you've read this far, I'm pretty sure you're into).

Speaking never-seen-on-the-internet, here's a talking picture which has always been a total mystery to me (but seemed somehow appropriate this morning). What do you guys think is going on here? Is that a tiara on his head, or is that supposed to be, I don't know -- blood? I can't help but think this is deeply sarcastic.

In the meantime, you can revisit some of my favorite Talking Pictures columns:
Hide This Please
Times of Trouble
Love and Marriage