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Fiction, Horror & ghost stories

A compelling, original apocalyptic thriller, Robert Jackson Bennett's MR SHIVERS is an extraordinary and accomplished debut novel.

It is the time of the Great Depression. The dustbowl has turned the western skies red and thousands leave their homes seeking a better life.

Marcus Connelly seeks not a life, but a death - a death for the mysterious scarred man who murdered his daughter. And soon he learns that he is not alone. Countless others have lost someone to the scarred man. They band together to track him, but as they get closer, Connelly begins to suspect that the man they are hunting is more than human.

It is said that he who hunts monsters should take care lest he thereby become a monster, and as the chase becomes increasingly desperate, the scarred man s pursuers are forced to choose between what is right and what is necessary.

Having come so far and lost so much, Connelly must decide just how much more he is willing to sacrifice to have his revenge.

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Praise for Mr Shivers

  • This is one hell of a debut novel, possibly the best first book by an author that I've ever read - IMPACT

  • Read[s] like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck . . . 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 - GUARDIAN

  • A ravishing debut . . . Supremely chilling, it never loses its grip in its journey to the edge of the apocalypse - DAILY MAIL

  • GUARDIAN

  • 'After the brutal murder of his daughter, Marcus Connelly sets out across the blighted landscape of depression-era USA in search of her killer, a hobo known as Mr Shivers. Along the way he meets others who have suffered at the hands of Mr Shivers, migrant workers and destitute hobos, and comes to realise that the serial killer he is seeking might be more than a mere mortal. What begins as a revenge drama turns into something much more profound and disturbing, with the ravaged landscape of the depression mirroring the psyche of the novel's desperate cast of characters as they move towards a shocking climax. 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.'

  • 'A tale of quest anchored in dust-bowl desperation, MR SHIVERS creates a brutal new American mythology. Bennett weaves a modern combination of horror, historical fiction and high-fantasy' Scott Sigler, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CONTAGIOUS

  • 'After the brutal murder of his daughter, Marcus Connelly sets out across the blighted landscape of depression-era USA in search of her killer, a hobo known as Mr Shivers. Along the way he meets others who have suffered at the hands of Mr Shivers, migrant workers and destitute hobos, and comes to realise that the serial killer he is seeking might be more than a mere mortal. What begins as a revenge drama turns into something much more profound and disturbing, with the ravaged landscape of the depression mirroring the psyche of the novel's desperate cast of characters as they move towards a shocking climax. Mr Shivers is a startling d but, 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.'

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