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The "masterfully chilling" novel that inspired the hit AMC series (Entertainment Weekly). The men on board the HMS Terror — part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage — are entering a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, they struggle to survive with poisonous rations, a dwindling coal supply, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is even more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror clawing to get in.“The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years.” —Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
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"A compelling and deeply disturbing speculation on the fate of an actual doomed Arctic expedition. This book is incredibly well researched, and quickly proves that real life illness and isolation can be just as disturbing and insidious as a monster stalking the dark. Gory, bleak, and direct, this novel also is a clever warning again colonialism and mistreatment of the environment. A long and very detailed saga, but well worth the time of any history or horror fan. "
"Excellent, captivating book that capitalized on my personal fear of being stranded in the far north without a clue how to survive, and without adequate supplies. I grew up in Canada with seriously bitter winters, and we always had a homemade roadside survival kit in our car when visiting with out-of-town family. (I’m internet old and this was before cell phone calls to CAA. Those survival kits could be lifesavers, but ymmv when used while stalked by a supernatural snow beastie.) 🤷♀️"