Andrew Neiderman is a master of psychological thrillers
– VC Andrews author of Dark Angel
In the Attic : A V C Andrews Blog posted
this copy of Playmates by Andrew Neiderman , complete with Virginia Andrews quote quite some time ago.
I had heard that V C had apparently endorsed his work but never seen the proof until I came across this.
Many fans are cynical regarding whether it is actually Andrews’ quote or actually Neiderman promoting himself as the book was initially released in 1987 whereas Virginia died in December 1986.
By 1987 , Neiderman himself had become Virginia’s Ghost Writer causing his critics to dismiss this quote and promotion as “fake”.
Matters are not helped by the fact that Neiderman and Andrews both shared the same literary agent , Anita Diamant and editor , Ann Patty which enabled Neiderman to be offered the opportunity to become her ghostwriter.
Australian Author and good friend of AtticSecrets , Kathryn White tells us the following :
“Ahh. Apparently the quote is hers, but it’s about one of Neiderman’s books that she read before she died.
It’s not unusual for publishers to send their authors copies of books by their other authors–a favourable review is great for cross promotion, for example if Author A says great thing about Author B’s books, then fans of Author A will take notice and may buy a copy.
Meanwhile fans of Author B will notice Author A’s quote and may buy a copy of Author A’s book.
The VCA quote about Neiderman has been heavily exploited ever since.”
Kathryn s insight into the publishing world is very valuable when trying to discover the truth behind this quote.
It is probable due to their literary connections Virginia would have received an advanced copy of his book and given this quotation – after all it would be less likely to have been hers if the book had been published in say , 88 or 89 .
Neiderman critics seemed to have seized upon this time lapse without taking into consideration the workings of the publishing world.
However, I can say before considering Kathryn s insight, I was dubious about the validity of this endorsement.
Playthings was published at a time when the VCA estate still were pretending she was alive and that the books written in her name , which were actually written by Neiderman , were her work.
They continued this “deception” until 1993 when the IRS tax case against the estate forced them to reveal all.
Of course , fans would feel suspicious and duped by anything previously claimed …. many V C fans probably bought Playthings on good faith…like they continued to buy V C Andrews books believing what they were reading was her own words.
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