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There’s more than one kind of monster.

When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.

But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.

The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.

And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption… well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.

But is salvation just another pipe dream?

Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion — not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.

Review:

“Certain to invite comparisons to Hubert Selby and Cormac McCarthy…one scalding pressure cooker of a novel, and I advise you to buckle up and hold on tight because you're in for one hell of a ride." Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff

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"This is the real meat. The last zombie novel you'll ever need." Warren Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of Gun Machine and Twisted Little Vein

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“Peter Stenson has done the near impossible in delivering a savage fire-storm of a page-turner while also enabling a hard and earnest look at addiction and love. I tore through Fiend with the crazed fervor of an addict, but like all great stories these characters lingered in my thoughts long after I turned the last beautiful and brutal page.” Alan Heathcock, National Magazine Award-winning author of Volt

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“Peter Stenson is the bastard child of Cormac McCarthy and George Romero. In Fiend, he takes the reader on a dark joyride replete with junkies, zombies, and buckets of gore. Here is a novel that will jack your pulse and break your heart all at once.” Steve Almond, New York Times bestselling author of Candyfreak and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

About the Author

Peter Stenson received his MFA from Colorado State University in 2012. His stories and essays have been published in The Sun, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Post Road, Fugue, Harpur Palate, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere. He is also a recovering addict and has been sober for 10 years. He lives with his wife and daughter in Denver.

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timothycward, July 29, 2013 (view all comments by timothycward)
REVIEW SUMMARY: The zombie apocalypse has never been more engrossing, heart-wrenching, or personal. I rooted for this hero with held breath.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A pair of drug addicts open their window to a zombie apocalypse, run for their lives and fight for what they'll love more: sober life or death.

PROS: Front-to-back engaging; phenomenal ending; emotionally powerful characters; scary zombies; survivalist setting.
CONS: The sexual descriptions, while consistent with the gory details throughout, were more than this reader preferred.
BOTTOM LINE: Best read of the year. Best zombie book, ever. Masterful illustration about how painful and overwhelming addiction can be - over love, over family, and over being a good human being, even in the face of losing one's life to a zombie horde.

The cover image of Peter Stenson's Fiend and the combination of meth addicts in a zombie apocalypse created hesitancy in whether this book would be right for me, making me wonder if I was hardcore enough. I guess I am, because I absolutely loved this book. Major credit goes to Peter Stenson, Colorado State University's MFA program, and the editorial team at Crown, because this story, that did not seem like a good fit, was too seamlessly well-written to let me out until the end, and my appreciation has only grown since.

Fiend has everything: the main character is heart-breakingly flawed, addicted to a drug that cost him the love of his life and what he sees as the approval of his parents (and that's only where he starts the novel, it gets much worse from there); a best friend that is equally endearing, one of the better buddy flick type stories; an adventure through zombie territory where the twist on survival -- including finding more meth -- made Fiend feel fresh in a stale genre; truly scary zombies (an impressive feat after reading and seeing so many); and a love story that packs a punch well after the pages end.

While I began this book curious to know whether I'd enjoy reading about addicts, I soon realized that I could relate to the feeling of letting people down, of wondering what my ceiling of achievement could be after life mistakes and missed opportunities, and of wanting the woman I love to love me back and to be good enough for her. Within this inner battle of the main character, there is fast-paced, high-conflict action trying to find shelter and necessities amidst a world overrun by Chucks -- zombies who chuckle when they get excited about fresh meat, a horror element that the author plays off to perfect terror. The ending will surprise and was the perfect resolution to this story.

As mentioned above, the only real point of disinterest was the level of detail regarding sex. It was real, though, and consistent to the detail of the addicts picking scabs and the visceral description of getting high. This book makes you feel through the characters highs and lows, sexually, fearfully, while intoxicated, in the depths of depression and self-loathing, when they felt like they could take on the world and be true heroes, and the rush of excitement to see what would happen next and if they'd survive.

I want every book I read to enthrall me as consistently and emotionally as Fiend did.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780770436315
Author:
Stenson, Peter
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Horror - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130709
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.7 x 1.2 in 0.9 lb

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Product details 304 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780770436315 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Certain to invite comparisons to Hubert Selby and Cormac McCarthy…one scalding pressure cooker of a novel, and I advise you to buckle up and hold on tight because you're in for one hell of a ride."
"Review" by , "This is the real meat. The last zombie novel you'll ever need."
"Review" by , “Peter Stenson has done the near impossible in delivering a savage fire-storm of a page-turner while also enabling a hard and earnest look at addiction and love. I tore through Fiend with the crazed fervor of an addict, but like all great stories these characters lingered in my thoughts long after I turned the last beautiful and brutal page.”
"Review" by , “Peter Stenson is the bastard child of Cormac McCarthy and George Romero. In Fiend, he takes the reader on a dark joyride replete with junkies, zombies, and buckets of gore. Here is a novel that will jack your pulse and break your heart all at once.”
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