- WINNER of the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel!
- WINNER of the 2011 Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer!
- Chosen as #2 Release of 2010 by the Speculative Scotsman
- Emotionally Fourteen’s Horror Release of the Year
- One of Zone SF Reviewer David Hebblethwaite’s top books of 2010
- One of Booksquawk’s best books of 2010
- Honorable mention of 2010 at Rose Fox’s Genreville
‘We’re barely three months into 2010 and already I think I’ve found my candidate for book of the year. Mr Shivers, Robert Jackson Bennett’s debut novel is both a dark, brutal journey through America during the Great Depression and an examination of what drives men to commit terrible deeds. Thought provoking and powerful, Mr Shivers is one of those books which stand head and shoulders above the standard horror / fantasy fare."
"Set during the Great Depression and reading like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck, this remarkably assured first novel relates a good man’s desperate travels through the ruins of the American heartland on the trail of his child’s murderer… Bennett makes dark fantasy feel like gritty realism, achieving a rare laconic eloquence that will captivate horror readers hungry for new voices."
"Mr Shivers is a startling debut, a deft amalgam of thriller, cerebral horror and American gothic, written with a stark and artful simplicity that complements the examination of struggling humanity pushed to its limits."
"Bennett’s novel is as riveting in its slow-burning accumulation of tension as it is atmospheric in its period evocation … The economical, persuasive characterisation and the sudden shocking outbursts of horror owe something to [Stephen] King, the master of contemporary horror, but the brilliantly realised picture of dustbowl America is firmly in the [John] Steinbeck tradition. It’s not stretching a point to say that, at times, Bennett’s stinging but hauntingly poetic prose aspires to the quality of that author’s best work … This terrifying odyssey through a blighted period in American history will stick in readers’ minds for a long time."
"A ravishing debut … Supremely chilling, it never loses its grip in its journey to the edge of the apocalypse."
"Bennett is clearly a writer to watch."