Giveaway and Guest Post: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
Release Date: 11/05/13
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Summary from Goodreads:
Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute.
As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog.
Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell?
Tom is a good reporter he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom s life hangs in the balance.
Are Malevolents Zombies?
If you’ve read Nightmare City, you’ll know that part of the nightmare involves some very nasty creatures called Malevolents. And a couple of interviewers have asked me if the malevolents are zombies. Of course, teams of scientists are still studying this question around the clock, but to me the answer is clear: No. Malevolents have some zombie-like traits but they are definitely not zombies.
For one thing, zombies used to be human beings. Malevolents have always been malevolents. Zombies eat brains. And while I can’t say for sure that malevolents would actually turn brains down if they happened to be on the menu — especially if they were served up with a little butter and garlic — eating brains is not their central focus. Also, malevolents have poisoned talons. Most Zombies would kill for poisoned talons. Of course, most zombies would kill for just about anything so that doesn’t mean much. Finally, malevolents, are confined to moving inside the fog whereas zombies can go anywhere — except across Los Angeles, because no one can go across Los Angeles, especially at rush hour.
Now to repeat, there are some similarities between zombies and malevolents. They both have shambling walks. They’re both really ugly. And both of them will kill you given half a chance. Those similarities are intentional too. That is, I put them in the book for a reason. In fact, there are a lot of things in the book that might remind you of some spooky movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read. There’s a reason for that too, but you’ll have to figure it out for yourself.
About the Author
Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.
3 print copies of Nightmare City (US only)