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The Spawn

Published by Permuted Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Rosemary's Baby from the husband's point of view written by an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter.

The Spawn plunges the reader into a world of shadows, secrets, and growing, unspeakable horror.

Meet the Malcolms. They've just moved in to a home they can't afford, they're trying to climb a social ladder that they don't belong on, and both are chasing careers that are just out of their grasp. They want a child, but every time they try, every attempt they make, fails.

Charles Malcolm, successful bestselling writer of cutting-edge, timely pop-science books finds himself staring at the blank screen. Unable to top himself yet again, he descends into writer's block, and finds himself taking long walks through Boston's historic cemeteries, his dog at his side.

Janet Malcolm finds herself chasing partnership at a high-powered law firm while facing her latest medical results -- she can't have children. Desperate, Janet will try anything to have a baby.

Charles watches as his wife seems to change before his eyes, spending more time with the mysterious and alluring couple next door. Then, one day a miracle occurs--Janet is pregnant. Charles is elated. Why wouldn't he be? But...was it a miracle?

Charles realizes that he can't remember certain periods of time, and has horrifying glimpses of memories--cult members, blood, and some...thing, from the deep ocean, risen, hungry, red-eyed. As his new infant son grows ever larger, he begins to suspect that the boy may not have been conceived naturally.

As Janet slips into madness, Charles begins to doubt everything in his life, from the people around him, from his next door neighbors, to his own wife, and finally—to his infant son.

About The Author

Ken Nolan has been a working screenwriter in Hollywood since his first script sale to Warner Brothers Studios in 1994. He wrote the screenplay for the blockbuster war film "Black Hawk Down," based on the book by Mark Bowden. For the TNT miniseries "The Company," based on the bestselling spy novel by Robert Littell,he received a Writers Guild Award. He continues to work in Hollywood as an in-demand writer of film and television. He grew up shuttling between divorced parents in Portland, Oregon and Buffalo, New York. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and two dogs. The Spawn is Ken Nolan's first novel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Permuted Press (February 15, 2015)
  • Length: 281 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781618685131

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"The demon rides! This spectacularly frightening effort from Ken Nolan had my spine tingling deep into the night. Genuinely scary stories are so very hard to do and so very rare, and The Spawn is certainly one of the few. Famed screenwriter Ken Nolan proves he's a novelist, too!"

– Whitley Streiber, bestselling author of The Key

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