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Breed: A Novel (Paperback)

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Breed is a terrifying tale of gothic body horror, a fairy tale seen through the lens of David Cronenberg.  Alex and Leslie are beautiful and wealthy, and live in a historic New York townhouse, but more than anything they desire a child.  They’ve spent a fortune on infertility treatments, and Leslie grows despondent as every effort fails.  In a final act of desperation, they travel to Slovenia and undergo experimental gene therapy.  The treatment turns them into animals in heat, but once the animal is unleashed, there’s no going back.  Leslie gives birth to twins, who we meet ten years later, trapped inside their dilapidated home.  Every night, the twins are locked in their rooms, terrified by the bestial sounds coming from downstairs.  Flesh gives way to fur, reason starts to slumber, and when mommy says, “I’ll eat you up,” you better believe her.  Nightmare of the Year Award.

– R.J. Crowther Jr.


— From Rob Crowther


Critically celebrated novelist Scott Spencer delivers a Rosemary's Baby-like novel of gothic horror, set against the backdrop of modern-day Upper East Side Manhattan.

Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don't have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.

Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents' bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.

Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.

About the Author

Chase Novak is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer. Spencer is the author of eleven novels, including Endless Love, which has sold over two million copies to date, and the National Book Award finalist A Ship Made of Paper. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the New Yorker, GQ, and Harper's. Mulholland Books published his horror novel Breed in September 2012.

Praise For…

"This violent page-turner had a big impact on my novel The First Bad Man, because it forced me to recognize that I wanted to write a thriller too - i.e., I wanted the reader to read quickly, with some urgency."—Miranda July, New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316198585
ISBN-10: 0316198587
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 336
Language: English