Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons

Carrion Comfort

By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 2009-11-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 315 Ratings


Embraced by giants such as Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz, Dan Simmons's Carrion Comfort was originally published by Warner Books in 1989, and remains a classic of dark fantasy and horror.

"One of the three greatest horror novels of the 20th century. Simple as that." --Stephen King

THE PAST... Caught behind the lines of Hitler's Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi's themselves…

THE PRESENT... Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to 'use' humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction.

But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul's quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind's attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself…

"Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing, Carrion Comfort spans the ages to rewrite history and tug at the very fabric of reality. A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your world view forever. A true classic." --Guillermo del Toro


  • Do not buy this book

    By Wwatters88
    This book is interesting for the first chapter. After that, it is an abysmal march through mountains of campy prose, idiotic plot devices, and terrible characters. This book will surprise you by lowering the bar with seemingly every sentence. I cannot believe I spent twelve entire dollars just to read Dan Simmons personal fetish diary. This book is a bad joke. Consider yourself warned.
  • Carrion Comfort

    By tumbleweed21
    Really enjoyed this story.
  • Wanted: Editor

    By Jklinger
    To say this book needs serious, surgical editing would be an understatement. The potential for the plot to terrify is buried under layer upon layer of needless, useless, peripheral details. The gratuitous racism masquerades for character development. Is the violence meant to shock? Or numb? In any event, it felt endless. It was however an excellent reminder about the power of revising and editing.
  • Carrion Comfort

    By StephSilver777
    I've just finished my third reading of this amazing novel. The first reading was more than twenty years ago. I continue to be in awe of Mr. Simmons' writing style and talent. A fantastic and superb read. It surpasses, in my opinion, the grandeur of Stephen King's "The Stand". But just barely. They are both favorites of mine and I hate to read the last page of each of those novels. Wow. I hope to publish something of my own someday, but reading these books makes me wonder how any author could come close to the imagery I've encountered here. Thanks to Dan Simmons for so many hours of enjoyment.
  • Carrion Comfort

    By frjeffgatlin
    Although a decent read, it drags on and on. The author gets lost in details that are not pertinent to the story. Atmosphere is good and solid images are great but move.