Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected . . . or one another. -
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1. What was your favourite book as a child?
Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. It was a real heartbreaker, and still does a number on me to this day.
2. What inspired you to write The Troop?
I’d written another novel just before starting The Troop, which dealt with two characters as boys. I liked writing that part of the novel, and wanted to write about boys at that age again.
3. Where were you when the idea of The Troop hit you?
I was at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and they had an exhibit on WATER. How we use it as a species, how it’s used around the world … and the things that live in it. There was a tiny little area set off one side of the sprawling exhibit, a dark little room with a video tape running on a loop. A doctor talking about the little creatures who take the villain role in this book … one of those roles, anyway. I was fascinated. That was the novel in its germination.
4. Other than writing, what do you like to do?
You know, judging by the reaction to this book that some readers have had, you’d think I spent my downtime murdering hobos and tossing old people down rickety flights of stairs! And while I do enjoy doing both those things, primarily I spend time with my family, play basketball a few times a week, and read a lot. And sure, sometimes on a rainy Sunday we might murder a hobo as a family—but that’s a little something called BONDING.
5. What are you currently reading?
SHARP OBJECTS, by Gillian Flynn. I, like a billion-squillion other people, was rocked to the core by GONE GIRL, so I’m going back and reading her earlier books. This one may not be quite the same as GONE GIRL, for my money at least, but it’s a helluva good book regardless.
Thank you Simon&Schuster for having me part of the tour!!!!