Earlier this morning, a Twitter account popped up claiming to be famed author Cormac McCarthy, America’s foremost scribe of all things bleak, violent, and apocalyptic. The first tweet seemed innocent enough for a technology-shy author just coming to social media, but considering how much McCarthy has stayed away from the spotlight over the years (one of his only interviews is with Oprah), it seemed too good to be true.
Turns out it was. A representative from Penguin Random House, McCarthy’s publisher, confirmed to EW that @cormacmccarthyw is not, in fact, run by McCarthy or anyone affiliated with him.
The signs were there. The black-and-white cover photo seemed a little too on-the-nose, a la this parody interview with The Paris Review, and the apostrophe in “let’s” was already more punctuation than can be found in most of McCarthy’s books. Then again, as one user pointed out, Twitter is now dreary enough that it makes sense for the master of bleakness to join. Alas, @cormacmccarthyw joins the slew of parody author accounts, like that George R.R. Martin one your friends just love to retweet after Game of Thrones episodes. Luckily, J.K. Rowling is always here if you need an author fix on Twitter.