When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas cornfield, a buried creature awakens—a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the creature’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-Confederate guerilla commander wreaking havoc on the frontier.
The target, of course, is long dead. But his closest surviving descendant—a 39-year-old corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton—is still available. Ben Middleton’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, but no experience could have prepared him for the soulless horror now shambling his way. And that’s not even his biggest problem.
Because there’s one last stop in Bloody Bill’s bloodline: Ben’s teenage son, Charley. Ben would do anything to protect Charley, if he doesn’t strangle the kid himself first. To do that, he must enlist the help of his fellow nerds from First Floor IT, his ex-wife, and mysterious Anabeth Glass from the marketing department. They’re up against a supernatural arms dealer with ties to known terrorist cells, a council of mystic overseers, state and local police, Ben’s manager at work, and—last but certainly not least—a 150-year-old mud monster with no “Off” switch. If all that weren’t enough, his 40th birthday is right around the corner.
“[D]elivers a rambunctious monster story that features precise wit, messy violence, aggressive pacing, and a charmingly incongruous cast. . .The superb blend of action with both humor. . .and. . .gore keeps Doolittle’s novel swift and highly entertaining. . .[the elements] slot perfectly into place in this splattery madcap venture.”
— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Doolittle does a fantastic job of weaving humorous dialogue into this creepy story. Readers will find themselves rooting for the main characters, laughing at situational absurdity, and cringing at Doolittle’s truly excellent use of gore.”
—Booklist Online (written by Rachel Colias)
Kill Monster is a yarn of magic and the midwest, and it’s as funny and wild as it sounds. For a long while now Sean Doolittle has been one of the best crime novelists working, and with Kill Monster he is making a serious bid to take over the fantasy field, as well.
– Owen King, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Sleeping Beauties
This bold, ambitious, and wildly entertaining supernatural thriller is a true joy. Kill Monster hits on every cylinder, delivering action, suspense, thrills, and chills all with originality and wit, and in the midst of the excitement offering a father-son story of deep emotional resonance. A page-turning winner.
– Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened
With heart, humor, genuine thrills, an intriguing premise, and a cinematic climax guaranteed to keep you turning pages, Kill Monster is the Sean Doolittle novel you’ve been waiting for. It’s hardly my job to tell Simon Pegg what his next film project should be … but it should be this.
–Victor Gischler, award-winning author of the Ink Mage trilogy