Scott Sigler: Pandemic

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The recent onslaught of zombie-apocalypse fiction has been inescapable, to say the least. Movies, TV shows and enough novels to fill an entire section at the bookstore all revolve around some sickness that spreads quickly and transforms large portions of the human population into animated corpses ravenous for raw flesh. Given their sheer numbers, it’s not surprising that so many of these stories are complete crap, hacked out by bandwagon-jumpers to turn a quick buck. There are a few, however, of real, unvarnished quality. Count Scott Sigler’s Pandemic among them.

The conclusion of Sigler’s acclaimed horror trilogy, Pandemic wraps up a tale started in 2008’s Infected and continued with Contagious that same year. The story is told through the eyes of Perry Dawsey, a former Michigan linebacker with an anger problem, and Margaret Montoya, an epidemiologist with the CDC investigating a strange disease that turns seemingly normal people into murderers. This contagion inspires a nightmarish psychosis atypical of the genre, and unlike most others, its origin is not terrestrial: It’s part of an alien plot to invade Earth, starting on the microscopic level. 

Fellow notable authors have gone so far as to compare Sigler to Stephen King, praising his deep characterizations and genuine evocation of dread. No stranger to oration (most of his books are available as audio podcasts), Sigler stops in Philly this Thursday as part of a lengthy national tour. / DREW O’MEARA

6pm. Free. University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.6623. upenn.bncollege.com
 

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