Toby was just a boy the first time he saw the creature in the woods. His parents convinced the terrified child it was only his imagination. The next time Toby saw the creature he was a lonely, unhappy teenager without friends.
But the creature would be his friend. It would be there when Toby needed someone to talk to. And it would take care of the bullies who wouldn’t leave Toby alone. After all, the creature needed to eat.
And during their macabre, decades-long friendship, there will be other meals….
“This book took me back to the days when monster movies were about the story, not flashy CGI effects and gore. You remember those movies where you cheered for the monster to win. Whether it was Frankenstein’s Monster, the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, the Ymir of 20 Million Miles To Earth, the Creature From The Black Lagoon or King Kong, I always felt for the monster who was put in their predicament by the actions of man. Dweller plays along the same lines and does so with the same visceral impact I felt with those movies of yesteryear. Jeff’s writing is better than ever. If you liked Pressure you are going to love Dweller.” — Famous Monsters of Filmland
“Strand doesn’t settle for just laughs and blood. The story spans decades and delves into issues of friendship and (especially) alienation.” —Tampa Tribune
“…one of the most endearing and saddest monster stories of all time. A very powerful book with incredible characters and an addictive story structure. The best book of 2010 so far.” —Paperback Horror
“Toby feels real, and so does the bond he shares with Owen. This is why we can understand why he won’t just leave the creature despite how wrong things turn. A certain hit from author Strand. Highly recommended.” —Horror World
“Jeff Strand is developing quite a following. With his last book, Pressure, he set himself up to be a bright new voice in the horror world. With Dweller, he shows us that not only can be build a tight story, but he can also build one that is oddly poignant, touching, and just as bloody as can be….From the first few paragraphs, I was hooked on this book. It’s quirky, strange, and not quite what one would expect, but it is well worth the read. Strand shows once again that he is a talented writer with a unique style and a warped imagination.” —Dread Central
“It is both intimate and epic, terrifying and grief-stricken, tense and hilarious and sad all at once…If you can’t handle the kind of terror that comes with throwing the rulebook out the window, you’d best not pick up this book.” —CultureGeek
“A book that not only works as a horror novel, but has a thematic poignancy the likes of which most modern mass market horror authors fail to produce.” —Hellnotes
“On the surface just a ‘monster story’, Dweller also operates on a much deeper level. Strand has, in deceptively simple fashion, written a beautiful story which explores the complicated nature of relationships, loyalties, and how one decides who the most important person in their life is. What Strand has accomplished with Dweller is nothing short of amazing, and you owe it to yourself to experience it.” — Savannah Morning News
“A best bet for any monster enthusiast.” — The Horror Fiction Review
Meanwhile, for those of you who want a hardcover limited edition (only 100 copies of the numbered edition and 26 copies of the deluxe lettered edition will be sold), they’re available right now from Dark Regions Press!