Synopses & Reviews
The "masterfully chilling" novel that inspired the hit AMC series (Entertainment Weekly).
The men on board the HMS Terror — part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage — are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations, a dwindling coal supply, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is even more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror clawing to get in.
"The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years." — Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
"Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, The Terror is a masterfully chilling work." Entertainment Weekly
"In the hands of a lesser writer than Dan Simmons, The Terror might well have dissolved into a series of frigid days and three-dog nights. But Simmons is too good a writer to ignore the real gold in his story-its beleaguered cast." Bookpage
"Guaranteed to have readers pulling their covers up to their noses, The Terror will make for a blood-freezing, bedtime read this winter-and any season thereafter." Pages
About the Author
Dan Simmons is a recipient of a Hugo Award and the author of critically acclaimed suspense and science fiction novels. He makes his home in Colorado.