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The Listeners
The Listeners
 

The Listeners

Coming December 17, 2012!

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The Listeners at Bancroft Press

Before the plague, and the quarantine, fourteen-year-old Daniel Raymond had only heard of the Listeners. They were a gang, or at least that’s what his best friend Katie’s police officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters—deadly men clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears.
            That’s what Daniel had heard. But he didn’t know.
            He didn’t know much in those early days. He didn’t know how the plague began, but then, no one did. The doctors and emergency medical personnel said it was airborne, and highly contagious. They said those infected became distorted both inside and out, and very, very dangerous.
            Then the helicopters came and took the doctors away, and no one said much of anything after that.
            Except the police officers. They said they’d provide food and order, in exchange for guns and, ultimately, anything else they felt like taking.
            Daniel’s mother went out for toilet paper. She never came back. He hasn’t heard from Katie since the phones went dead. And with his real family gone and surrogate family unreachable, Daniel, scared and alone, has nothing except the walls of his apartment, the window shattered, the poisonous air seeping in.
            That’s when the Listeners arrive. Derek, the one-eared man with the big, soulful eyes, promises protection, and hope, and the choice not to sit alone and wait to die in some horrific way. He offers a brotherhood under the watch of their leader, the prophet Adam. He offers a place in the world to come.

        A harrowing work of literary horror, The Listeners, Harrison Demchick’s electrifying debut, is a dark and terrifying journey into loneliness, desperation, and the devastating experience of one young boy in a world gone mad.

        The novel debuts December 17, 2012 from Bancroft Press.

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"Harrison Demchick has written a beautiful and disgusting, wonderful and horrifying book with a strong voice and lyrical quality..."
   —Ageless Pageless Reviews

"...a gripping story which does only what the best fiction can do: challenge us to examine our own lives."
   —M. Dal Walton, producer of Borderland, Blind Horizon, and Day of the Dead

"It’s Cormac McCarthy’s The Road meets Fight Club, with a splash of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone."
   —Elizabeth Leiknes, author, The Understory and The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns

"...this novel is not the sunny highway along the beach but the dirt road in the night woods, when the GPS fails and your good sense tells you to turn around, but, by God, sometimes you need to see what you’re made of."
   —Ron Cooper, acclaimed author of cult hit Purple Jesus, declared a “literary event of the first magnitude” by The Washington Post

"...quite ambitious, simultaneously demonstrating the allure of gang culture with a coming-of-age tale in a zombie-infested world"
   —Emily Babb, Blogger, UK

"Provocative and fascinating, it had me turning the pages and thinking hard to the very last word!"
   —Kim LeSueur, Information Technology Manager, Annapolis, MD