Chaucer’s Books will host Bram Stoker Prize-winning author Alma Katsu virtually to talk about her horror novel “The Fervor” at 6 p.m. on April 27.
fervor is set in 1944. As World War II rages on, the threat has come to the home front. In a remote corner of Idaho, Meiko Briggs and her daughter, Aiko, are desperate to return home. After Meiko’s husband enlisted as a Pacific Air Force pilot a few months prior, Meiko and Aiko were taken from their home in Seattle and sent to one of the internment camps in the Midwest. It didn’t matter that Aiko was born in the United States: they were Japanese, and therefore considered a threat by the American government.
Mother and daughter attempt to retain elements of their former life in the camp when a mysterious illness begins to spread among the internees. What begins as a mild cold quickly turns into spontaneous outbursts of violence and aggression, even death. And when a bewildering team of doctors arrive, almost more menacing than the disease itself, Meiko and her daughter team up with a journalist and a widowed missionary to investigate, and it becomes clear to them that something more sinister is brewing, a demon from Meiko’s childhood stories, determined to infiltrate their already strange world.
Inspired by the Japanese yokai and spider demon jorogumo, The Fervor explores the horrors of the supernatural. With a keen and prescient eye, Ms. Katsu crafts a terrifying story about the danger of demonization, a mysterious contagion, and the search to stop its spread before it’s too late. A sharp retelling of too-recent history, it’s a deep dig into how we decide who becomes human when being human matters most.
Ms. Katsu is the award-winning author of six novels, including the most recent “red widow“, “The Abyss” and “Hunger.” She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Master of Writing program and earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Prior to the publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several US agencies. She currently resides in West Virginia with her husband.
To watch the event on Zoom, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85873880920.
To watch on YouTube, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVxV4ZOqkmnBj8TvT25NFQ.
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