from Grand Central Publishing (US)
and Headline Publishing (UK)
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim; trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots); and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer-Cheetos.
Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies - from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis - fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foulmouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.
HOLLOW KINGDOM is a humorous, bighearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.
Praise for Hollow Kingdom
“Having grown up with two domesticated crows in the family, Jimmy 1 and Jimmy 2, the cursing brilliant crow narrating the hugely original debut, HOLLOW KINGDOM, stole my heart. Laugh out loud, sigh for the dead and turning away from the rotting of human flesh, S.T and Dennis the bloodhound take us on an apocalyptic retelling of The Incredible Journey set against human extinction around the city of Seattle. What other city could be the perfect setting where human life if being destroyed via smart phones and technology. I'd feed S.T. Cheetos anytime!”
- Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)
“I am LOVING HOLLOW KINGDOM!”
- Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books (Rhinebeck, NY)
“The zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a foul-mouthed crow, what’s not to like? If you are a fan of Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett, you’ll love this book. Our smart phones have literally turned us all into zombies. So, the all-knowing giant squid at the aquarium sends our hero and his fearless blood hound companion on a quest – free the trapped pets! Step away from the iPhone and enjoy the ride!”
- John Foley, Folio Books (San Francisco, CA)