Hitchers

Hitchers by Will McIntosh

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Two years ago, on the same day but miles apart, Finn Darby lost two of the most important people in his life: his wife Lorena, struck by lightning on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, and his abusive, alcoholic grandfather, Tom Darby, creator of the long-running newspaper comic strip Toy Shop. Against his grandfather’s dying wish, Finn has resurrected Toy Shop, adding new characters, and the strip is more popular than ever, bringing in fan letters, merchandising deals, and talk of TV specials. Finn has even started dating again.

When a terrorist attack decimates Atlanta, killing half a million souls, Finn begins blurting things in a strange voice beyond his control. The voice says things only his grandfather could know. Countless other residents of Atlanta are suffering a similar bizarre affliction. Is it mass hysteria, or have the dead returned to possess the living? Finn soon realizes he has a hitcher within his skin… his grandfather. And Grandpa isn`t terribly happy about the changes Finn has been making to Toy Shop. Together with a pair of possessed friends, an aging rock star, and a waitress, Finn races against time to find a way to send the dead back to Deadland… or die trying!

Review

Hitchers is a great read — and one that really shows off Will McIntosh`s range as a writer.”

—Stefan Raets, Tor.com

“Hugo-winner McIntosh delivers a moving tale of individual grief and recovery against the backdrop of a devastated world.”

Publisher’s Weekly (Starred review)

“You will never read a novel quite like Hitchers—it is a singularly unique work of genius.”

—Paul Goat Allen, freelance book reviewer for The Chicago Tribune, PW, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Will McIntosh

A book by Will McIntosh

Will McIntosh (William D.

McIntosh) - writer, teacher, professor of psychology. Born in New York. Since 1990 he taught at the University of Georgia. In 2003 he attended a seminar for young science fiction writers "Clarion". At the same time he made his debut in the genre: stories "Faller" and "A Flea Market Vendor Falls in Love in a Time of Sleeplessness". In 2012, Mackintosh left his post as professor of psychology at the university and moved with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles to Williamsburg, Virginia. Here he continued his teaching career at a local college (College of William and Mary), but as an assistant. Such an act was dictated by the desire to devote as much time as possible to literary creation. The first Macintosh stories were published in 2003 in NFG and Challenging Destiny magazines. This was followed by publications in magazines: "Asimov`s Science Fiction", "Strange Horizons", "Interzone", "Black Static" and many others. In April 2011, based on th...

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Will McIntosh (William D. McIntosh) - writer, teacher, professor of psychology. Born in New York. Since 1990 he taught at the University of Georgia. In 2003 he attended a seminar for young science fiction writers "Clarion". At the same time he made his debut in the genre: stories "Faller" and "A Flea Market Vendor Falls in Love in a Time of Sleeplessness". In 2012, Mackintosh left his post as professor of psychology at the university and moved with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles to Williamsburg, Virginia. Here he continued his teaching career at a local college (College of William and Mary), but as an assistant. Such an act was dictated by the desire to devote as much time as possible to literary creation. The first Macintosh stories were published in 2003 in NFG and Challenging Destiny magazines. This was followed by publications in magazines: "Asimov`s Science Fiction", "Strange Horizons", "Interzone", "Black Static" and many others. In April 2011, based on the story of the same name, Macintosh published his first novel, Soft Apocalyps, which was nominated for the Locus award, 2012 and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, 2012. The second novel, Hitchers, was released in February 2012. The third Love Minus Eighty, based on the Bridesicle story, was published in June 2013. In 2011, a short film of the same name was shot based on the Followed story. -drama directed by James Kicklighter. Warner Brothers is also planning a screen version of the yet-to-be-published Defender novel. In addition to teaching and writing, McIntosh, in his own words, enjoys "films about Indiana Jones, collecting comics, frozen food and coffee shops in downtown Savannah."