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Something is out there …

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: In a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes—it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.”

    Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of Mystery

  • “A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one’s fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers.”

    Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

  • “Immersive, mesmerizing, and deliciously dark—this is the best kind of horror, where your imagination becomes your own worst enemy.”

    Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost

  • “The sight of something unknown drives people to savagely attack others before taking their own lives in Malerman’s terrific debut…The author uses understatement and allusion to create a lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In Malerman’s chilling debut, an apocalyptic reality befalls a Michigan river community—and who knows how much of the rest of civilization—in the form of creatures that cause people who merely look at them to go mad and kill themselves…An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Malorie, a young mother of two children known simply as Boy and Girl, is a survivor living in a postapocalyptic world, raising her children to use all their senses, especially their listening skills, as sight is not an option here. In this world, the survivors struggle to stay alive by living indoors with all the windows boarded up…The characters are involving, the story moves along very rapidly as the suspense builds.”


  • “As a mother moves through a savage postapocalyptic world with her two small children, her anguish and anxiety are palpable in Cassandra Campbell’s narration. Campbell also evokes the terror of other survivors in a world in which mysterious creatures drive people insane upon sight. Her tone is perfectly apprehensive, and she also captures their rising tension, demonstrating a range of emotions from rough masculine shouting to hysterical feminine weeping. From start to finish, Campbell has a firm grasp on the listener.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week in May 2014
  • Selected for the June 2014 Indie Next List
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • Finalist for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
  • A May 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author

Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.