Thomas Tryon’s The Other,  has been re-released by NYRB books.  Out this week.  I wrote the afterward.  
I first read Thomas Tryon’s novel The Other the summer I turned thirteen.   I knew little about the book or its author.   I didn’t know that Tryon had been a well-known actor who had stopped performing after he became a writer.   I had never seen the TV series he starred in,  Texas John Slaughter,   or the various films,  like The Cardinal,  for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in 1963.   I actually wasn’t even aware that The Other had been a huge best-seller—more than 3.5 million copies—and that the book had been,  along with Rosemary’s Baby  and The Exorcist,  one of the forerunners of the horror novel craze of the 1970’s.   
I was living then in Nebraska.   It was 1977,   and I, fairly ignorant and innocent,  had picked up a Fawcett mass market edition of the book in a bargain bin for 25 cents.  I was whiling away my summer in a tiny isolated village,  not that different from the one in the book,  and I was interested,  mostly,  in reading a scary story about twins. 

Thomas Tryon’s The Other,  has been re-released by NYRB books.  Out this week.  I wrote the afterward.  

I first read Thomas Tryon’s novel The Other the summer I turned thirteen.   I knew little about the book or its author.   I didn’t know that Tryon had been a well-known actor who had stopped performing after he became a writer.   I had never seen the TV series he starred in,  Texas John Slaughter,   or the various films,  like The Cardinal,  for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in 1963.   I actually wasn’t even aware that The Other had been a huge best-seller—more than 3.5 million copies—and that the book had been,  along with Rosemary’s Baby  and The Exorcist,  one of the forerunners of the horror novel craze of the 1970’s.  

I was living then in Nebraska.   It was 1977,   and I, fairly ignorant and innocent,  had picked up a Fawcett mass market edition of the book in a bargain bin for 25 cents.  I was whiling away my summer in a tiny isolated village,  not that different from the one in the book,  and I was interested,  mostly,  in reading a scary story about twins.