Twin Peaks novel to bridge 25 year gap between seasons

If you haven’t already started affecting a veneer of cool disdain as a reaction to everyone else losing their minds, you may be mildly excited by the recent news that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s seminal TV show Twin Peaks will be returning to TV screens in 2016 for a third season, 25 years after the end of its second.

Though, predictably, Lynch has been the focal point of most coverage of the show’s return (given his far higher profile during its hiatus than that of his co-creator), Frost also played a key role in developing Twin Peaks‘ unique tone and – as if to reinforce that this isn’t just The David Lynch Show – has revealed that he is writing a novel detailing the lives of the town’s residents over the 25 years between episodes.

Flatiron Books – the book’s American publisher – says The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks ‘reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago and offers a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.’ Frost himself says ‘This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.’

That line about offering ‘a deeper glimpse into the central mystery’ may set alarm bells ringing for long-time Twin Peaks fans, since any attempts to provide an explanation for the show’s skewed procedural aspects quickly became less interesting than pretty much everything else about it, at least until James left town on his bike and started his soap opera affair deep into the dregs of season two. Then again, given the massive cliffhanger on which that original run of episodes ended, any reservations are likely to be tempered by a raging desire to find out what’s up with Cooper these days. Fans only have another year or so to wait, with Pan Macmillan (of which Flatiron is a division) aiming to publish in autumn 2015.

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