- Author: Matthew Costello
- Artist: Alan M. Clark
- Page Count: 325
- Pub. Date: August 1, 2017
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-283-5
- Status: Out of Print
by Matthew Costello
A New Novel Inspired By The Classic Cemetery Dance Short Story!
About the Book:
In the near future after a global crisis causes crops to fail and species to disappear . . . something even more deadly happens. Groups of humans around the world suddenly become predators, feeding off their own kind. These "Can Heads" grow to such a threat that fences, gated compounds, and SWAT-style police protection become absolutely necessary in order to live.
After a Can Head attack leaves NYPD cop Jack Murphy wounded, Jack takes his wife and kids on a much-needed vacation. Far up north is a camp called Paterville where families can still swim and take boats out on a lake... pretend that the world isn't going to hell.
But the Can Heads are never far away, and nothing is quite what it seems in Paterville...
SPECIAL BONUS: This special edition includes the original short story that inspired the novel!
"I absolutely devoured VACATION by Matthew Costello. It's dark, subversive, deeply disturbing and absolutely compelling."
— Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and DEAD OF NIGHT
"Costello takes a typical family and throws them headfirst into a situation that's anything but. What would you do to protect those you love at the end of the world? A thrilling, fast-paced story of priorities, secrets, and survival."
— David Moody, author of the HATER and AUTUMN series
"Costello is a master at lean, swift pacing. I read this book in three big gulps. And had life not intruded I'd have swallowed it whole..."
— Jack Ketchum, award-winning author of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
"Unstoppable... undeniable... un-put-down-able... Matthew Costello's VACATION is a hybrid horror/action/SF classic! Working at the height of his powers, Costello crafts a lean, terse, terrifying juggernaut of a book, which blends the minimalist punch of James Ellroy with the ravenous blitzkrieg of Danny Boyle's fleet-footed zombies in 28 DAYS LATER. Set aside several uninterrupted hours, because once you crack this open you're going to be sprinting breathlessly to the last page. Highest recommendation!"
—Jay Bonansinga, bestselling co-author of THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR, FROZEN, and THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND
"Matt Costello's work has always been impressive, but VACATION is just flat-out amazing. Truly epic in scope, this astounding science-fiction/horror hybrid has ‘Soon to be a Major Motion Picture' written all over it."
— Bentley Little, Stoker Award-winning author of THE STORE
"Not since Matheson's I AM LEGEND has there been such a cool twist on the horror/thriller genre. Matt Costello gives us a fast paced and violent glimpse of a terrifying near-future through the eyes of an ordinary family. Just when I thought it was safe to go on VACATION…"
— Brian Yuzna, writer/director of BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR
"VACATION is a tense, visceral trip through a violent, unraveling world, and a portrait of hope in a hopeless time. Matthew Costello has painted a breathless nightmare that is slick, compelling, and impossible to put down."
— Christopher Golden
Matthew Costello's writing includes groundbreaking and innovative games, books, and television. His bestselling and award-winning computer and video games include The 7th Guest, Doom 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean. His early horror novel, Beneath Still Waters, was filmed by Lionsgate. Rage, a novel based on the recently released game that he worked on, was published this August. His children's books include The Kids of Einstein Elementary and Magic Everywhere. Matt has also written episodes and created TV formats for PBS, Disney, Syfy, and the BBC, and he consults on media around the world.
Published in two states:
• Hardcover Limited Edition of 550 signed and numbered copies bound in full-cloth and Smyth sewn ($40)
• Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 26 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, unique hot foil front cover stamping artwork, and full color endpapers not appearing in any other edition ($200)