Stephen Chbosky recently revealed that he has written a new book titled Imaginary Friend. The forthcoming novel will be the first he has written since The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which he penned 20 years ago.

The author announced the book was coming on his Twitter earlier this afternoon. Chbosky says his latest effort took nearly nine years. Additionally, Chbosky told readers Imaginary Friend would finally hit shelves Oct. 1.

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“Dear Friends, Twenty years ago I published my first novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Chbosky says in a tweet. “I have spent the last nine years working on my second. It’s called Imaginary Friend. It comes out October 1st.”

As previously reported, the new book will be a horror novel. The story’s synopsis has been shared on the book’s website. You can read that below. Additionally, you can pre-order the novel here.

“Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.”

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was adapted into a movie back in 2012. You can watch the trailer for the coming of age film below.

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