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A frightening, darkly comedic look at people surviving a zombie onslaught, from award-winning comics sensation and novelist Bob Fingerman.A global plague has nearly vanquished mankind, the citizenry of New York City no exception. Eight million zombies. Shoulder to shoulder. Walking the streets, looking for their next meal of human flesh. The residents of an Upper East Side walk-up have bonded to keep themselves safe, the pageant of walking rot outside their windows a constant reminder of the their foreseeable fate. Forced to remain in the safety of the building, the tenants find themselves at each others’ throats. When they spy a lone teenage girl who walks among the undead, impervious, their world opens up.


“Finally, a zombie novel with both brain food and brains as food. In this well-written sociological examination, set almost entirely in a single apartment building, Fingerman borrows more from the, ahem, biting cultural satire of George A. Romero than the recent trend of undead mix-and-matching. A-” — Entertainment Weekly

“Bob Fingerman is a narrative master, as brilliantly adept with words as with images. His vision is urbane, riotous, and unflinching.”
— Jonathan Lethem, New York Times bestselling author of Chronic City

“Fingerman’s latest is a spectacular entry in the zombie genre, largely due to his focus not on the undead but on the living, investigating our humanity and how easily we can turn on each other. But what truly distinguishes Pariah from other worthwhile entries is its humor in the face of bleak and extremely disturbing events. Readers should shamble to the store for this one.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If you’re thinking ‘not another zombie novel,’ this is definitely the book for you. Bob Fingerman’s Pariah is a testament to the versatility of zombie fiction. It is, quite simply, a work that will remind you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place.” — Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead

Pariah is a more serious, urban horror story that achieves a disturbing and absurd realism. Fingerman’s exaggerated comic style is beautifully employed here. When the brakes come off and the insanity flies, it’s in service of the losing-it characters. Pariah truly marks beginning of great career as a novelist.” — Linda Marotta, Fangoria

“As grim as it gets. Zombie fans looking for unrelenting grue and apocalyptic mayhem need look no further. But there’s a heart to this story, too, in the immaculately crafted characters—the survivors, the last of the human race, pushing themselves well past where the struggle for survival ends and there’s nothing left but to hold on and hope. A masterpiece of the zombie genre, for its realism and its courage to embrace the darkness.” — David Wellington, Monster Island

“The thinking man’s zombie novel.” — Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

“If you think there are no original twists left in the zombie genre, think again. With Pariah, Bob Fingerman crafts an exciting, fresh take on the sub-genre, breathing much-needed new life into the undead. Pariah is a clever, compelling read.” — Brian Keene, The Rising

Tor Trade Paperback Original (& Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2627-0
$17.99 Canadian
5½” x 8¼” / 366 pages

bob bw smallBob Fingerman is the creator of the dark and humorous prose and comics works: Beg The Question, You Deserved It, Connective Tissue, Recess Pieces and Bottomfeeder.