Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Writer John Simpson gets more than he bargains for when he purchases the newest, most high-tech doll for his daughter. The living doll becomes his mortal enemy. From New York Times bestselling Thriller Award-winning author Vincent Zandri comes a sci-fi/horror thriller that’s right out of The Twilight Zone.

“The story of Vincent Zandri is the story of our times.” — Business Insider

“Vincent Zandri hails from the future.” — The New York Times

“Sensational . . . masterful . . . brilliant.” — New York Post

“Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting.” — Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Six Years

Vincent Zandri recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest thriller, LIVING DOLL.

Vincent Zandri

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

With a little help by Rod Serling, I write my own version of a doll that takes on life and causes mayhem.

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love mystery mixed with the occult and frankly, the impossible. Or is it impossible?

What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?

Trying to make my book entirely my own. I wanted to follow the idea of The Twilight Zone but completely incorporate my own ideas and story.


Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling ITW Thriller and PWA Shamus Award-winning author of more than 90 novels and novellas. Called one of the most “prolific” writers of his generation by Fantastic Fiction, he is also a freelance writer and the host of the YouTube channel The Writer’s Life. He lives in Albany NY, and Florence, Italy. For more information, go to

Latest posts by ITW (see all)