John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–64) publishes Long Ago and Far Away

Yes, our very own, recently retired editor has just published his latest novel — it’s number 13!

Here’s what John has to say about his new book in his PRESS RELEASE:



By John Coyne

long-ago-lgDisplaying the storytelling skill that has made him a seven-time bestselling author, John Coyne delivers a suspenseful, haunting and tender story about star-crossed lovers who first meet in their twenties and four decades later are reunited. The novel takes place on three continents, and involves the lives of four main characters. The plot pivots around the tragic death in 1973 of a young woman in Ethiopia. The outcome of a trial changes the lives of the four young people, leaving unresolved the question of whether it was an accident or murder.

Long Ago and Far Away opens in Westchester, New York, in 2008, and through a series of flashbacks that take place in Ethiopia, Spain, New York, Washington, and elsewhere, it tells the story of Parker Bishop and Irish McCann, lovers driven apart by the death of their friend and the blame they cast on each other and themselves. Their careers, marriages, families, divorces, and changes in fortune are dramatized in the novel. The main plot focuses on the present day, when the lovers circle back to find each other, and then set out to confront the man who knows the truth about what happened to their friend.

Accident or Murder? Even four decades later, the answer matters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Coyne is the author of more than twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books, including a number of mystery novels, while his short stories have been collected in “best of” anthologies such as Best of Alfred Hitchcock, Modern Masters of Horror and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Coyne’s most recent novel is The Caddie Who Won The Masters (2012). In 2013, he published How To Write A Novel In 100 Days.

A graduate of Saint Louis University, he earned a masters in English at Western Michigan University, and later studied at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Haile Selassie University. He served in the Air Force in the early ’60s, and with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1962 to 1967. He has also been a creative writing teacher and college dean in the SUNY system.

Coyne became one of modern horror fiction’s “brand name” writers with the publication of his first novel, The Piercing, in 1978. He followed this up with a number of other novels, including bestsellers such as The Legacy and Hobgoblin, before cutting back on genre writing in the mid 1980s. His fiction has been widely published in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. As a magazine writer, he has published articles in such national magazines at Travel & Leisure, Smithsonian, Glamour, Redbook, Diversion, and written for The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Today, he lives in Westchester with his wife, Judith, who is the executive editor of MORE magazine. They are parents of a son, John Kerwin.

Available now from

TITLE: Long Ago And Far Away

AUTHOR: John Coyne


PRICE: $ 18.00 (paperback); $9.99 (Kindle)

PAGES: 342

ISBN: 978-1-935925-49-1


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