The Suicide Collectors
By David Oppegaard
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312381103, 304pp.)
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world’s population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive. A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America. It’s rumored a scientist in Seattle is working on a cure for the Despair, but in a world ruled by death, it won’t be easy to get there.
David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. This is his first novel.
"Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..."
-Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His “The Suicide Collectors” takes us to a startling theme we haven’t encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise."
-Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics
“David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous.”
--Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO"Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. " - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER