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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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Unbury Carol
A Novel
By (author): Josh Malerman
9780399180187 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Action & Adventure Feb 05, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.44 x 8.23 x 0.78 in 400 pages Del Rey
The Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.

Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times…but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune—and plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her…alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive.

The haunting story of story of woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty myth that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Story Locale: The Trail; a mystical version of the old west

Publication History: Del Rey HC (04/18)

FAIRYTALE REIMAGINED: at its core, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty myth…a dark, beautiful, and literary take, at that!

BIRD BOX COMING TO NETFLIX: Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box—a thrilling, apocalyptic tale of terror—was met with a nomination for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Debut Novel, and a film adaptation is currently IN PRODUCTION AT NETFLIX STARRING SANDRA BULLOCK and will release December 21, 2018.

NEW MALERMAN NOVEL COMING: Josh Malerman’s next novel, Inspection, publishes in Spring 2019.

PRAISE FOR BIRD BOX: “This COMPLETELY COMPELLING novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes—it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.” Peter Straub // “[A] CHILLING DEBUT…Malerman…keeps us tinglingly on edge with his cool, merciless storytelling [and] douses his tale in poetic gloom….An unsettling thriller, this earns comparisons to Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Josh Malerman is an internationally bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-nominated American author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel Bird Box was published in the United Kingdom and United States in 2014 to much critical acclaim. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with his best friend/soulmate Allison Laakko and their pets Frankie, Valo, Dewey, Marty, and the fish.

Author Residence: Royal Oak, Michigan

Author Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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 “This one haunts you for reasons you can’t quite put your finger on…. Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else’s visions to intrude on his. [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers.”Kirkus Reviews

“Fantastically clever. A breakneck ride to save a life already lost, proving sometimes death is only the beginning.”—J. D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey

“Breathtaking and menacing…an intricately plotted, lyrical page-turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive.”Booklist (starred review)
“Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet.”—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
“Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor.”Library Journal (starred review)
“With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend, dragging you along like an obstinate horse toward a righteous storm of an ending.”—Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma

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