The Missing (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Sarah Langan

HarperTorch, 9780060872915, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2007



A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue-collar town of Bedford. But all that will change in a heartbeat . . .

The nightmare is awakened when third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford. There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror--a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry . . . and inhuman.

The long, dark night is just beginning. And all hope must die as the contagion feeds--for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi . . . and beyond.

Praise For The Missing

“Langan has the control of a pro….”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A genuine creepfest that recalls, in the best way possible, the early work of Stephen King”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Langan has crafted a grisly horror story that will keep you out of the woods for years to come.”

“Langan has a sharp eye for the small vivid details of American life, and her characters are utterly believable.”
-London Times on The Keeper

“...innovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling...”
-Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Ghoul and Dead Sea

“THE MISSING is reminiscent of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot with wicked drops of Koontz, Barker, and Straub.”
-J.C. Patterson

“[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one’s throat.”
-J.C. Patterson

“An astonishing first novel...chilling, haunting, and so smartly written that the pages fly by like the wind.”
-Ray Garton, author of THE LOVELIEST DEAD

“THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night...I’m hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan.”
-Kelly Link, author of MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS

“[A] brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent.”
-Tim Lebbon, author of DUSK and BERSERK

“A smart, brand-new take on the haunted house story…hard to believe this is a first novel.”
-Jack Ketchum, author of OFFSPRING

“[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career.”
-Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE NIGHT ROOM

“A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror.”
-Ramsey Campbell, author of SECRET STORY

“Akin to the more ambitious work of Stephen King...this effective debut promises great things to come.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Deft and disturbing... twists expectations into surreal surprises... hypnotic reading - an assured and impressive debut.”
-Douglas E. Winter

“Echoes of Stephen King resound...the first fruits of a most promising career.”
-Washington Times

“...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper...”
--Edward Bryant, Locus