Synopses & Reviews
A family returns to their hometown — and to the dark past that haunts them still — in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers.
Long ago, Nathan Graves lived in a house in the country with his abusive father — and has never told his family what happened in that house.
Long ago, Maddie Graves was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t — and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.
Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.
Now Nate and Maddie are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.
And now what happened long ago is happening again... and it is happening to Oliver.
He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own, and a taste for dark magic.
This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family — and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this fight: their love for each other.
“Chuck Wendig’s The Book of Accidents transported me to the golden age of sprawling horror novels that I loved so much as a kid. Sweeping yet intimate, multilayered and bighearted, this is a novel to sink deeply into.” Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author of Ill Will
“Only Chuck Wendig can blend horror, fantasy, and science fiction into a propulsive thriller that is as funny as it is frightening, clever as it is uncanny, tender as it is terrifying. A magical ride.” Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow and The Deep
“With a story both universally horrifying and viscerally intimate, Wendig brilliantly uses The Book of Accidents to explore a painful truth: In the end, we all haunt ourselves. I couldn’t get through the pages fast enough.” Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
“Move over King, Chuck Wendig is the new voice of modern American horror. The Book of Accidents is a masterwork, and Chuck is only just getting started.” Adam Christopher, author of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town
About the Author
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and Zer0es and Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and books about writing such as Damn Fine Story. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.