Crown publishing is releasing a “Fiend” tomorrow, July 9th, a new black comedy novel from Peter Stenson that pits hordes of the undead against meth addicts. As ridiculous as the premise may sound, Stenson firmly presses his tongue to his cheek to bring together elements of “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead”.
“Fiend” Follows the story of Chase, who struggles to know whether he’s actually witnessing the zombie apocalypse or if it’s all just drug-induced hallucinations. He takes it upon himself to come clean in order to maintain a chance of survival.
We’ve got an exclusive excerpt below for “Friend”, which hits book shops and online stores on July 9th, 2013.
More about FIEND:
When Chase sees the little girl in umbrella-print socks disemboweling the Rottweiler, he’s not too concerned. As someone who’s been smoking meth every day for as long as he can remember, he’s no stranger to such 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. And with Chase’s life already destroyed beyond all hope of redemption, Armageddon might actually be an opportunity — a last chance to hit restart, win back the love of his life, and become the person he once dreamed of being.
Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a brilliant portrait of addiction, a pitch-black comedy, and the darkest, most twisted love story you’ve ever read — not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.
More about PETER STENSON:
Peter Stenson is the author of the novel “Fiend” (forthcoming from Crown in 2013). He has stories and essays published or forthcoming in The Sun, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Harpur Palate, Post Road, Fugue, Passages North, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, and Fourteen Hills, among others. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He received his MFA in fiction at Colorado State University. He is represented by James McGinniss with McGinniss Associates. Peter is married to a beautiful woman and is the proud parent to a fat dog and even fatter cat.