Read An Excerpt From Peter Stenson's 'Fiend' [EXCLUSIVE]

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by Alison H. Mayer

Experience the end of the world through the eyes of a meth addict in Peter Stenson's "Fiend"! We've got your exclusive first look at the novel that's part addiction drama, part love story...plus a whole lot of zombies!

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Crown Publishing says:

When Chase Daniels first sees a little girl in umbrella socks tearing open a Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he's no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. And if your life's already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption...well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it's a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he's fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization's ruins. Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion--not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.

PETER STENSON received his MFA from Colorado State University in 2012. His stories and essays have been published in The Sun, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Post Road, Fugue, Harpur Palate, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, and elsewhere. He is also a recovering addict and has been sober for 10 years. He lives with his wife and daughter in Denver.

Reprinted from the book Fiend by Peter Stenson. Copyright © 2013 by Peter Stenson. Published by Crown, a division of Random House, Inc.

Released July 9, 2013