Black Mad Wheel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.
THE DANES, the band once known as the ‘Darlings of Detroit’, are washed up and desperate to have another number one hit.
When an agent from the US Army approaches them with an unusual offer, they believe it could be the answer to their inspiration drought. So, under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes decide to embark on a harrowing journey through scorching African desert to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.
In a Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious, and his broken body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient as he reveals more about his accident with each passing day.
BLACK MAD WHEEL plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.
‘Malerman’s story takes flight in some head-splitting directions’ NEW YORK TIMES
PRAISE FOR BIRD BOX:
‘This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes – it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration’ PETER STRAUB
‘It’s so original, horrific, nightmarish, but with the addition of such dramatic and engrossing character and plot development that I simply had to read it all in one sitting’ MURIEL GRAY
'Josh Malerman's Bird Box will take its place amongst the best and most original tales of survival. Uniquely disturbing, exceptionally compelling and beautifully written, I defy anyone not to read it in one sitting' SARAH PINBOROUGH
‘A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers’ HUGH HOWEY (bestselling author of WOOL)
About the author
Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.
At the start of Malerman's deeply weird second novel (after 2014's Bird Box), Philip Tonka awakens from a six-month coma, with his memory in disarray, to the news that every single bone in his body has been broken. Flashback to a day in 1957, when Philip and his fellow WWII vet bandmates in the Darlings of Detroit (aka the Danes) are approached by Secretary Mull, a government man who has a job for them. Military radio operators have intercepted a sound that causes violent illness and that disables weapons from nuclear warheads to side arms. Mull hires the Danes to go to the Namib Desert to locate the sound's source. The action alternates between Philip's recovery at the secretive Macy Mercy Hospital outside Des Moines, Iowa, where mad Dr. Szands administers a strange drug that speeds his healing, and the Danes' expedition to the Namib, where they discover bizarrely misshapen corpses. In the end, this creepy supernatural thriller delivers only a partial explanation for the odd phenomena. Some readers are apt to feel befuddled.