The Cooke Agency

A Lee Martinez
Gil’s All Fright Diner






Gil's All Fright Diner by A Lee MartinezBloodier than Fried Green Tomatoes!
Funnier than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre!

Welcome to Gil’s All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer . . .

Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren’t planning to stick around—until Loretta, the eatery’s owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl’s a vampire, this looks right up their alley.

But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg. Seems someone’s out to drive Loretta from the Diner, and more than willing to raise a little Hell on Earth if that’s what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the Diner’s troubles, they’ll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig-latin. And maybe—just maybe—the End of the World, too.

Gory, sexy, and flat-out hilarious, Gil’s All Fright Diner will tickle your funnybone—before ripping it out of its socket!



Praise for A. Lee Martinez’s Gil’s All Fright Diner:

Winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award (Adult for Young Adults), 2006

“Fans of Douglas Adams and Joe R. Lansdale will happily sink their teeth into this combo platter of raunchy laughs and ectoplasmic ecstasy.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This comic horror-fantasy is packed with warped humor and action. The characters are likable, three-dimensional, and quirky. The story is fast paced, interesting, and unpredictable. Martinez carves out a nice little bit of entertainment with surprising depth.” —School Library Journal

“Delightfully droll, this comic romp will be a crowd-pleaser.” —Booklist

“Can a vampire find true love with a ghost? Can a teenage witch open the gates of Hell? Anything can happen in A. Lee Martinez’s horribly wacky debut.” —Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of Dead to the World

Gil’s All Fright Diner is a hoot of a novel. Fast-paced, Texas-wit-funny, sharply written, sharply observed. Pure blood-sweet entertainment from Martinez, a writer whose future books I look forward to.” —Joe R. Lansdale, author Sunset and Sawdust

“On the strength of this hilarious book, I’ll follow Martinez anywhere he feels like going. Not since Christopher Moore has anyone managed to make The Damned so damned funny.” —Spider Robinson, bestselling author of Callahan’s Con

“A rippingly wonderful novel, funny enough to wake the dead and gripping enough to captivate the living.” —David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Flip




Genre/Category: fantasy
Length: 272 pp



World rights, Tor
Chinese (simplified) rights, Modern Press
French rights, Fleuve Noir
German rights, Piper Verlag
German audio rights, Lauscherlounge
Russian rights, AST
Spanish rights, Siurell (reverted)
Thai rights, PenPocket (reverted)
Film option, Animal Logic

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.


    A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas.  At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels.  Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil’s All Fright Diner, was published.  His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting.  Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he’s in the car by himself. 

A. Lee Martinez’s website can be found at www.aleemartinez.com.