Sam Shelstad’s THE COBRA AND THE KEY, a novel in the form of a writing guide like Stephen King’s On Writing or James Wood’s How Fiction Works, which tells the story of a delusional writer sorting through the wreckage of an affair he had with one of his mother’s friends, has been sold to Tori Elliott at Brindle & Glass, a literary imprint of TouchWood Editions’, by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency (English North America).