If you loved The Stand, you must read The Dead Lands – Here’s why

The post-apocalyptic novel, since 1978, has lived in the shadow of a titan – Stephen King’s The Stand. Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands is the first book that I’ve truly felt had temerity to pick up the gauntlet. I’ve been waiting for a book like this. It is a reinterpretation of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition in a post-apocalyptic United States, a United States that has been decimated by an epidemic and twisted by radiation. The land is crippled, broken and mutated. Creatures have evolved and changed. Hairless wolves, giant spiders and other nightmares stalk the boundaries of human settlements. Humanity cowers inside their walls. It is a compelling premise, and Percy packs an incredibly ambitious work of imagination into just under 400 pages.Read More »

Are you sick of werewolves? Read this book about werewolves

I recently finished Red Moon by Benjamin Percy. I picked it up on impulse while in a bookstore because the synopsis sounded interesting and I was on a bit of a horror bent. The cover mentioned werewolves and secrets and hidden cabals which sounds great, but the story was far grander than I expected. The book has werewolves, sure, but it becomes so much more than that, and it is certainly not standard horror fare. The scope of this book is global and it became far more ambitious than anything in the synopsis suggests. It’s an American novel with worldwide implications in much the same way as Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy.

The comparison between Cronin and Percy here is apt in more ways than one. They both share a scope and a national setting, they have global implications and the threat of a race that is not quite human. Read More »