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Bad Man

(2018)
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Reddit horror sensation Dathan Auerbach delivers a devilishly dark novel about a young boy who goes missing, and the brother who won't stop looking for him.

Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, but that was all it took. His brother was gone. Vanished right into the sticky air of the Florida Panhandle.

They say you've got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours to conduct searches, knock on doors, and talk to witnesses. Two days to tear the world apart if there's any chance of putting yours back together. That's your window.

That window closed five years ago, leaving Ben's life in ruins. He still looks for his brother. Still searches, while his stepmother sits and waits and whispers for Eric, refusing to leave the house that Ben's father can no longer afford. Now twenty and desperate for work, Ben takes a night stock job at the only place that will have him: the store that blinked Eric out of existence.

Ben can feel that there's something wrong there. With the people. With his boss. With the graffitied baler that shudders and moans and beckons. There's something wrong with the air itself. He knows he's in the right place now. That the store has much to tell him. So he keeps searching. Keeps looking for his baby brother, while missing the most important message of all.

That he should have stopped looking.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Bad Man blew a big dark hole right through my chest. Spellbindingly terrifying stuff. Dathan Auerbach writes high-test, 151-proof horror." - Nick Cutter

"A shattering and frightening novel about loss, obsession, and the horrors you unravel when you dig too deep. Dathan Auerbach has written my favorite book of the year." - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

"With Penpal Auerbach freaked us out. With Bad Man he's got a bigger canvas, and, it seems, a sharper shovel, as he's dug deeper here and found a totally unsettling story about never giving up on a loss. Brilliant stuff." - Josh Malerman


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Used availability for Dathan Auerbach's Bad Man

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
ISBN: 0-385-54292-5 / 978-0-385-54292-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bad Man: A Novel
Author(s): Dathan Auerbach
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU