Mr. Shivers

A dark, savage journey across America's heartland Paperback

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It is the time of the Great Depression.

Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only. Revenge.

Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter. No one knows him, but everyone knows his name: Mr. Shivers.

In this extraordinary debut, Robert Jackson Bennett tells the story of an America haunted by murder and desperation. A world in which one man must face a dark truth and answer the question-how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?

Praise

‘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."
-Booksquawk

"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."
-Publishers Weekly

"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."
-The Guardian

"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."
-Daily Express

"A ravishing debut … Supremely chilling, it never loses its grip in its journey to the edge of the apocalypse."
-Daily Mail

"Bennett is clearly a writer to watch."
-The Times

 

 

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