Puffin Books has released The Fear, the third book in Charlie Higson’s young adult series (following The Enemy and The Dead) in paperback.

Description: He doesn’t know it but DogNut is about to set off a chain of events that will affect every kid in the city. The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen. Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups…They’re hungry. They’re bloodthirsty. And they aren’t giving up. DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who are the enemy in this changed world?

In an article on The Independent, Higson writes, “As I grew up and started to get into horror films, my fear of witches was replaced by a fear of zombies – for me, the most frightening of all screen monsters. The two films that launched the modern cannibal zombie holocaust genre (and my interest in it), George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of The Dead (1978), are in many ways satires disguised as gut-munching splatter-fests, and the themes of cannibalism are nothing new, as we have seen.

“I wanted in my horror series to stir all these ideas together, and came up with the idea of a disease that only affects people over the age of 14. It doesn’t kill them and bring them back from the dead, but it does cause them to behave like classic flesh-eating zombies, and their prey are children.”

Check out the rather unique trailer:

You can download the first 18 pages of the book (in PDF form) here: The Fear

You can enter to win a free copy here: The Fear

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