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Breed

Hardcover, 09/04/2012

ISBN 978-0-316-19856-1

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The best horror novel I’ve read since Peter Straub’s Ghost Story. By turns terrifying and blackly funny, BREED is a total blast.” — Stephen King

A stunning thriller in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, brilliantly written, daring, and unforgettable.

Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.

Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents’ bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.

Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.

Praise for BREED

“Reads like the work of a serious writer with keen antennas for sensory detail…BREED is a foray into urbane horror, chicly ghoulish, with a malevolent emphasis on family values. “–Janet Maslin, New York Times

Chase Novak unleashes truly scary literary horror villains in Breed: Mom and Dad. A high-stakes adventure where your fingers can’t flip the pages fast enough. A thrill to read.”–Briant Truitt, USA Today

A page-turner, classic yet original, filled with detail both subtle and unforgettable, unnerving in its mad logic and genuinely frightening.” — Richard Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers

“The most elegantly skin-crawling, gut-churning novel I’ve read in years.” — Warren Ellis, author of Crooked Little Vein and Transmetropolitan

CHASE NOVAK is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer. Spencer is the author of ten novels, including Endless Love, which has sold over two million copies to date, and the National Book Award finalist A Ship Made of Paper. He has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s. BREED is his debut novel as Chase Novak.