Matheson's first new novel in seven years is a gripping tale of madness, paranoia, and murder. It's supposed to be an ordinary camping trip, two old friends on a hiking trip. The deeper they get into the primeval wilderness, the greater the tension between them becomes--until the simmering hostility erupts into a life or death struggle for ...
Matheson's first new novel in seven years is a gripping tale of madness, paranoia, and murder. It's supposed to be an ordinary camping trip, two old friends on a hiking trip. The deeper they get into the primeval wilderness, the greater the tension between them becomes--until the simmering hostility erupts into a life or death struggle for survival.
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-01 Testosterone, envy and smoldering psychopathology transform a weekend hiking trip into a lean, mean Darwinian struggle for survival. Making the most of his trademark less-is-more style, Matheson (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, etc.) spins a clash of ideologies between two acquaintances into a vision of the universe as existential hell. Level-headed Bob Hansen is on his way up as a screenwriter and novelist; temperamental Doug Crowley is on his way down as an actor, husband and father. Doug, an experienced outdoorsman, has agreed to help Bob research his next novel with a rugged trek through the forests of northern California. No sooner has Bob's wife, Marian, dropped the pair off and headed for the cabin where they'll meet four days later than their irreconcilable differences emerge. Bob is at peace spiritually, while Doug believes "the world is a nightmare." A couple of near-death experiences a falling boulder, a threatening black bear seem to send the increasingly morose Doug into an emotional tailspin. Quicker than you can say Deliverance, Doug assaults Bob, then challenges him to reach the cabin before Doug kills him and takes Marian. Matheson makes every word count, orchestrating ordinary conversation into philosophical parries and building a thunderhead of tension from Doug's smugly superior opinions and willful misinterpretations. Through Bob's tortured thoughts during his desperate flight, Matheson strips all beauty from the wild surroundings to expose the underlying hostility and hunger in nature. Matheson's new novel shows him still the Hemingway of horror, a writer whose honed prose and primal themes articulate universal fears and dreads. (July) Forecast: With a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement, an Edgar and a Writer's Guild Award (just to name a few), Matheson's a gold medalist, not to mention a bestseller, in the terror department. His devoted fans will snap up his first new novel in seven years, and they won't be disappointed though it's a little derivative of "The Most Dangerous Game," this is spine-tingling suspense. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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