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The More, the Merrier: 12 Books Penned By Multiple Authors

Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her as she navigates through literature and history on Twitter @ReadingInNYC and on Tumblr.

We’ve seen a recent rise in novels with multiple authors, so much so that it’s clearly not just a flash-in-the-pan trend. In fact, novels with two or even more authors have become both bestsellers and classics. We’ve collected some our favorite unique and intriguing tales written by pairings of talented authors.


Good Omens
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Few novels have as devoted a cult following as GOOD OMENS—the funniest book ever written about Armageddon. Desperate to save humanity and the world they love, a snarky demon and a fastidious angel decide to join forces and stop the upcoming Rapture—in between their witty quips about pop culture.
Good Omens
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . Naughty, funny, wacky and irreverent, this is a wonderful new side of Gaiman.

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Heads You Lose
by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

When two siblings stumble upon a dead body on the property that houses their marijuana operation, they decided to move it and let someone else deal with it. But then the body reappears. Coauthors and real-life exes Lisa Lutz and David Hayward wrote alternating chapters in this charming and irreverent mystery.

Heads You Lose
Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

When two siblings stumble upon a dead body on the property that houses their marijuana operation, they decided to move it and let someone else deal with it. But then the body reappears. Coauthors and real-life exes Lisa Lutz and David Hayward wrote alternating chapters in this charming and irreverent mystery.

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Between the Lines
by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult joins forces with her teenage daughter in crafting this charming modern-day fairy tale. A shy bookworm spends all her time in the school library and falls for a storybook prince... who may not be as one-dimensional as she thinks.

Between the Lines
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult joins forces with her teenage daughter in crafting this charming modern-day fairy tale. A shy bookworm spends all her time in the school library and falls for a storybook prince... who may not be as one-dimensional as she thinks.

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The Cinderella Murder
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Mary Higgins Clark, the “Queen of Suspense,” collaborates for the first time with Alafair Burke in this gripping mystery about a producer for a popular reality crime TV show. Looking for higher ratings, she decides to shoot an episode on a mysterious unsolved case, but what she discovers is much more dangerous than she could have imagined.

The Cinderella Murder
Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Mary Higgins Clark, the “Queen of Suspense,” collaborates for the first time with Alafair Burke in this gripping mystery about a producer for a popular reality crime TV show. Looking for higher ratings, she decides to shoot an episode on a mysterious unsolved case, but what she discovers is much more dangerous than she could have imagined.

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Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

An intimate look at heartbreak and young love, WHY WE BROKE UP is a letter written by a high school junior to her boyfriend. In it, she explains why their short relationship ended and she also provides a box filled with the odds and ends she collected during their relationship.

Why We Broke Up
Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

An intimate look at heartbreak and young love, WHY WE BROKE UP is a letter written by a high school junior to her boyfriend. In it, she explains why their short relationship ended and she also provides a box filled with the odds and ends she collected during their relationship.

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The Talisman
by Stephen King and Peter Straub

These two giants of horror fiction joined forces in 1984’s THE TALISMAN, a fantasy thriller in which a boy sets out to save his dying mother by traveling to an alternate universe filled with werewolves, shadowy doppelgangers, and various life-threatening situations.

The Talisman
Stephen King and Peter Straub

These two giants of horror fiction joined forces in 1984’s THE TALISMAN, a fantasy thriller in which a boy sets out to save his dying mother by traveling to an alternate universe filled with werewolves, shadowy doppelgangers, and various life-threatening situations.

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S.
by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Conceived as an idea by director J. J. Abrams, S. is a collaborative, interactive novel unlike any other. A book within a book, S. contains a standalone novel by an elusive author and the storyline—written in the annotations of this unique work of fiction—of two students who struggle to discover the real identity of the author.

S.
J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Conceived as an idea by director J. J. Abrams, S. is a collaborative, interactive novel unlike any other. A book within a book, S. contains a standalone novel by an elusive author and the storyline—written in the annotations of this unique work of fiction—of two students who struggle to discover the real identity of the author.

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The Hand That Feeds You
by A.J. Rich
A graduate student is horrified when she discovers that her fiancé has died brutally. But when she realizes that everything he had told her was a lie, she launches into an investigation into who he really was—and unearths dark and deadly secrets that threaten her life. Novelists Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment write together under the pen name A. J. Rich.
The Hand That Feeds You
A.J. Rich

After finding her fiancé dead in their apartment, Morgan discovers that everything he ever told her was a lie—and, in fact, he’s had several fiancées all believing the same story. Then, things take a harrowing turn when one by one, these other women are murdered.

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Welcome to Night Vale
by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

The creators of the beloved podcast "Welcome to the Night Vale" craft an unearthly and eerie mystery novel in which two mystical storylines collide in the strange town of Night Vale. A teenager’s life is turned upside down by an enigmatic man and a PTA treasurer searches for her shape-shifting son.

Welcome to Night Vale
Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

The creators of the beloved podcast "Welcome to the Night Vale" craft an unearthly and eerie mystery novel in which two mystical storylines collide in the strange town of Night Vale. A teenager’s life is turned upside down by an enigmatic man and a PTA treasurer searches for her shape-shifting son.

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Written by the same team who gave us NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, this charming tale is told from multiple points of view in alternating chapters. As two lost teenagers embark on a scavenger hunt across New York City, they trade their dreams, fears, hopes, and tentative love in a red notebook.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Written by the same team who gave us NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, this charming tale is told from multiple points of view in alternating chapters. As two lost teenagers embark on a scavenger hunt across New York City, they trade their dreams, fears, hopes, and tentative love in a red notebook.

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Relic
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI Special Agent Pendergast was first introduced in RELIC, a thriller featuring the mysterious, savage deaths occurring in the twisting labyrinths of a New York museum Pendergast and the NYPD race against time to find out who—or what—is killing people before a giant gala takes place at the museum.

Relic
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI Special Agent Pendergast was first introduced in RELIC, a thriller featuring the mysterious, savage deaths occurring in the twisting labyrinths of a New York museum Pendergast and the NYPD race against time to find out who—or what—is killing people before a giant gala takes place at the museum.

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The Explorers Guild
by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, illustrated by Rick Ross

Hollywood icon Kevin Costner helps bring a return to adventure fiction with this first-in-a-series novel focused on a mysterious group: the Explorers Guild. As World War I breaks out, the Guild sets out to find the mythic land of Shambhala in an effort to save Western civilization.

The Explorers Guild
Kevin Costner and Jon Baird, illustrated by Rick Ross

Hollywood icon Kevin Costner helps bring a return to adventure fiction with this first-in-a-series novel focused on a mysterious group: the Explorers Guild. As World War I breaks out, the Guild sets out to find the mythic land of Shambhala in an effort to save Western civilization.

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