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Trade Paperback - $14.99
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ISBN: 9781597803373
Published: 10/2/2012

Hardcover - $24.99
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ISBN: 9781597803359
Published: 2/2/2012

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ISBN: 9781597803366
Published: 2/2/2012

Two years ago, on the same day but miles apart, Finn Darby lost two of the most important people in his life: his wife Lorena, struck by lightning on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, and his abusive, alcoholic grandfather, Tom Darby, creator of the long-running newspaper comic strip Toy Shop.

Against his grandfather’s dying wish, Finn has resurrected Toy Shop, adding new characters, and the strip is more popular than ever, bringing in fan letters, merchandising deals, and talk of TV specials. Finn has even started dating again.

When a terrorist attack decimates Atlanta, killing half a million souls, Finn begins blurting things in a strange voice beyond his control. The voice says things only his grandfather could know. Countless other residents of Atlanta are suffering a similar bizarre affliction. Is it mass hysteria, or have the dead returned to possess the living?

Finn soon realizes he has a hitcher within his skin… his grandfather. And Grandpa isn’t terribly happy about the changes Finn has been making to Toy Shop. Together with a pair of possessed friends, an aging rock star and a waitress, Finn races against time to find a way to send the dead back to Deadland… or die trying.

“[McIntosh] has written a first novel that’s compelling, credible, and relentless, who’s best and most disturbing moments will stay with the reader for a long time.”
­ —Locus, on Soft Apocalypse

“Hitchers is a prime example of masterful storytelling—the characters are so well- drawn you feel like they’re sitting beside you. It will hook you and not let you go. This is a creepy thriller that makes the heart race and the breath catch in the throat—as the dead force their way back to the world of the living, you’ll want to cover your eyes but keep peeking through your fingers. All I can say at the end is ‘more from McIntosh, please!’”
—Mur Lafferty, author of The Afterlife Series

“Will McIntosh’s Hitchers fuses terrorism, the supernatural and the story of one man’s quest to be free of his past into a moving tale about guilt, loss and redemption. Both large-scale and surprisingly intimate, Hitchers explores the difficulty we have in letting go, and how that can (in this case quite literally) haunt and plague us.”
—Michael Dempsey, author of Necropolis

“An intriguing story that explores the meaning of what it is to be dead. Far from the usual ‘occult’ tale, this original and intelligent work well illustrates the complexity of the human soul.”
—Pat Whitaker, author of Antithesis and Mindset

“Though it may be soft, this apocalypse has plenty of sharp edges.”
—Publishers Weekly, on Soft Apocalypse

“Bottom line: If Soft Apocalypse isn’t nominated for a Hugo or Nebula Award, I will eat the entire book page by page...”
—Paul Goat Allen, BN.com