By David Nickle
The year is 1911.
In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal—with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all.
Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation—and the barest thread of hope.
At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke.
And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way:
Things are looking up.
Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada—industrialist Garrison Harper’s attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection—the cruelty of the surgeon’s knife—the folly of the cull—and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.
Bram Stoker Award-winning author David Nickle follows his award-winning 2009 short story collection Monstrous Affections with Eutopia, a novel of the early American eugenics movement, mis-applied utopianism, and a terrible monster.
Publishers Weekly has marked David Nickle as “a writer to watch.” Cory Doctorow has called his writing “bourbon-rough, poetic and vivid.” In Eutopia, David Nickle invites the reader to join him on a terror-filled journey to the birth of the last century’s greatest nightmare.
“Toronto author David Nickle’s debut novel, the followup to his brilliantly wicked collection of horror stories Monstrous Affections, establishes him as a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King. And I don’t mean the King of Under the Dome or other recent flops, but the master of psychological suspense who ruled the ’80s with classics like Pet Sematary.”
“Nickle’s bleak debut novel mixes Utopian vision, rustic Americana, and pure creepiness… Nickle (Monstrous Affections) blends Little House on the Prairie with distillates of Rosemary’s Baby and The X-Files to create a chilling survival-of-the-fittest story.”
ChiZine Publications, World-English, Spring 2011
#1 Horror Read of 2011, Paul Goat Allen, Barnes and Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog
One of book reviewer Alex Good’s top four reads of 2011
Nominated for a 2012 Prix Aurora Award
Finalist for the 2012 Sunburst Award