Fiend Shambling, scabrous figures rotting from the inside out and driven by an insatiable hunger — there are more than a few similarities between meth heads… Fiend Shambling, scabrous figures rotting from the inside out and driven by an insatiable hunger — there are more than a few similarities between meth heads… 2013-07-09 Fiction Crown
Book Review

Fiend (2013)

THE GRATEFUL DEAD Author Peter Stenson's Fiend is best left for the zombies
THE GRATEFUL DEAD Author Peter Stenson's Fiend is best left for the zombies
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jul 09, 2013; Writer: Peter Stenson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Crown

Shambling, scabrous figures rotting from the inside out and driven by an insatiable hunger — there are more than a few similarities between meth heads and zombies. Stenson exploits all of them in his first book, Fiend, about a handful of tweakers who survive the undead apocalypse. Fiend is a drug novel trying to be a zombie novel or vice versa, but ends up not much of either. The prose is the over-workshopped kind that trades basic punctuation for clunky profanity and allows gritty-sounding lines that just make you grit your teeth, like "I smell my breath. It's like abortions." Just say no. C

Originally posted Jul 17, 2013 Published in issue #1269 Jul 26, 2013 Order article reprints
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