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Gollancz Science Fiction Hb / ETPb May £12.99 / £12.99 352pp 978 1 473 22115 4 / 978 1 473 21520 7 ebook: £6.99 / 978 1 473 21522 1 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 6378 7 / 15 hours

Jurassic Park meets The Walking Dead.

EZEkIEL bOONE Skitter

The first wave of deadly spiders has been defeated. But worse is to come . . .

The end of the world has been narrowly averted, but at great cost. The wave of deadly flesh-eating spiders has died off, leaving humanity damaged but still standing. The first female president of the United States has handled the crisis with aplomb.

but Dr Melanie Guyer – arachnid expert and exwife of the President’s closest advisor – believes there is worse to come. Perhaps this was just the first wave. And the human race has little left to fight with . . .

Praise for The Hatching:

‘a sprawling and shamelessly compulsive adventure . . . that manages to combine smoothly crafted prose and sharp details with a selection of entertainingly gruesome shocks’ SFX

‘a rattlingly entertaining read’ Starburst

‘arachnophobes move on. This is not for the likes of you’ Financial Times

‘a high-octane thriller it is great fun and a real page-turner’ Daily Express

Ezekiel Boone lives in the United States with his family, and has an entirely healthy respect for spiders everywhere.

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Location: Ithaca, New York Available for interview www.ezekielboone.com T: @ezekiel_boone

Gollancz Science Fiction & Fantasy • May 2017