Friday, September 06, 2019

Seven top contagion novels

David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best known for his work on Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible. His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

Koepp's new novel is Cold Storage.

At CrimeReads the author tagged seven of his favorite contagion novels, including:
The Stand, by Stephen King (1978)

The Stand goes dead center in the middle of the list, because it is the star around which so much of modern horror fiction revolves. Stephen King published this fundamental work in 1978, and it pulls together several familiar strains of contagion fiction—an outbreak caused by military tinkering, a post-civilized world re-ordering, and a wide cast of characters united by cataclysm—but in a manner so original, masterly and riveting that its eight hundred twenty-three pages fly by. You haven’t read body horror if you haven’t read The Stand.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Stand is among Claudia Gray's five top books about plagues and pandemics and Michelle Tea's top ten books about the apocalypse.

--Marshal Zeringue