Friday, January 30, 2009

Giveaway – “The Terror” by Dan Simmons

Read an Excerpt.

The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

The adventure-dark fantasy novel The Terror by Dan Simmons is finally available in paperback and I have 5 copies available for giveaway courtesy of the fine folks at Hachette Book Group.

The contest will run until midnight (E.S.T.) on Saturday, February 21. I’ll determine the winners using the Research Randomizer and announce the winners the next day.

Giveaway Rules:

  1. For one chance, leave a comment and tell me the author or title of a book that has terrified you the most.
  2. For two chances, blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post. Remember to include the link with your comment.
  3. To enter, you must have either a US or Canada mailing address. (Sorry no P.O. Boxes allowed). Hachette will be sending the winners their books directly.
  4. Good luck to everyone!
Awards and Nominations for The Terror
  • Winner of the 2007 International Horror Guild Award
  • Nominated novel for the 2007 Bram Stoker Awards
  • Nominated for 2008 British Fantasy Society Award
  • Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of 2007
  • USA Today's Top 10 Books
  • Stephen King's "Top 10 from My Reading in 2007"
  • # 1 on's "2007 Top 10 SF and Horror Novels" list.
AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Dan Simmons Website

Little, Brown & Company
Published: January 2009
ISBN #: 9780316008075
Format: Paperback Reprint
Pages: 992

Bibliography (Novels):

  1. Song of Kali (1985)
  2. Phases of Gravity (1989)
  3. Carrion Comfort (1989)
  4. Hyperion (1989)
  5. The Fall of Hyperion (1990)
  6. Entropy's Bed at Midnight (1990)
  7. Prayers to Broken Stones (1990)
  8. Summer of Night (1991)
  9. The Hollow Man (1992)
  10. Children of the Night (1992)
  11. Summer Sketches (1992)
  12. Lovedeath (1993)
  13. Fires of Eden (1995)
  14. Endymion (1996)
  15. The Rise of Endymion (1997)
  16. The Crook Factory (1999)
  17. Darwin's Blade (2000)
  18. Hardcase (2001)
  19. A Winter Haunting (2002)
  20. Worlds Enough and Time (2002)
  21. Hard Freeze (2002)
  22. Ilium (2003)
  23. Hard As Nails (2003)
  24. Olympos (2005)
  25. Song of Kali: 20th Anniversary Edition (2005)
  26. The Terror (2007)
  27. Drood (2009)

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion to Be Filmed as Hyperion Cantos

Variety reported that a film deal has been signed to have the award-winning SF novels Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion melded into a single film entitled Hyperion Cantos. Scott Derrickson, the director of the recent The Day the Earth Stood Still is to helm the picture.

For more details checkout the full story on the Variety website.


  1. This sounds like a freaky book.
    For some reason I am thinking cannibalism.
    Count me in!

  2. The scariest book I have ever read and the one that freaked me out the most was The Amityville Horror. I am not sur eif it was because I was pretty young when I read or because it was a true story but boy I didn't sleep for days.

  3. Not entering as i'm in the UK, but although i'm not sure what book scared me most, the last book that I had to finish before sleeping was Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly, which is a kids book, but seriously creepy.

  4. Oh, I'm in. The one book that scared me was Cell by Stephen King. The only book to do so (probably because it had zombie-things in it). But so be it.

  5. THE TERROR was *awesome*!!!!!! So glad you did a giveaway. It's a story I will not soon forget--if ever.

  6. I thought The Haunting of Hill House pretty thrilling. I don't get as scared as I used to get, but I remember getting horrified by Christopher Pike books while I was growing up, lol.

  7. Although it would not be as scary if I read it today, the first story that freaked me out was The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
    This was my introduction to scary stories and has always stuck with me.
    A book with a title like The Terror has got to be good. Nice contest.

  8. I don't know about terrified but I was squirming in my chair when I read The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. I have a fire/being burnt phobia and the detail the author goes into when one on the characters is burnt and that of his treatment was freaking me out.
    I hope you'll enter me, this book sounds so good. I'd love to try Dan Simmons books as I'm always searching for new authors. I also want to read his Hyperion novels, your post is the first I have read of a movie being made so I am looking forward to that.

  9. Loving all of the comments, keep them coming. Tell your friends about the giveaway.

  10. A book that really scared me was Salem's Lot by Stephen King - was very young when I read it. The vampires were so absolutely "scare the holy crap out of you scary".

    Blog'd about here.

  11. I just finished Karen Rose's Scream For Me. Tense and scary!

  12. Stephen King... just looking at him scares me!
    He's such a brilliant writer, but I had nightmares for weeks after reading "Pet Semetary".

  13. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs. The original story not the various variations.

    And these days I do a good job of avoiding books that will horrify/terrify me. i.e. Any that include evil children. ::shudders::

  14. "Salem's Lot" by King scared me, I had to sleep with the light on for a week after.

    I also liked Scott Sigler's "Infected"...fantastic and awesome! I've got "Contagious" his sequel sitting here..I'm saving it like a good bottle of wine because I know when I start reading it, I'm not going to put it down until I'm done.

  15. If it's not too late to enter, I would like to win.

    One of the most terrifying books I have read is 'Firestarter' by Stephen King.

    teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

  16. Hi, What a fantastic book giveaway contest! SwanSong by Robert McCammon
    really frightened me. Please enter my name in your drawing. Many thanks,

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  18. It took me a couple of days to think of an answer to this, and what I came up with was a short story, actually: "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. I read it when I was very young. Also, I'd have to say Poe's Tell-Tale Heart, and maybe even Conrad's Heart of Darkness (The horror! The horror!) On the whole, I don't tend to get freaked out by too many books, but ones with a twist in the psychology sometimes get to me.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Terror! I'm reading Drood now and loving it.

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