is rich with such characters as an ex-wrestler named Black Frankenstein, a New York City bag lady who feels power coursing from a weird glass ring, a boy who claws his way out of a destroyed survivalist compound. They gather their followers and travel toward each other, all bent on saving a blonde girl named Swan from the Man of Many Faces. Swan Song
is often compared to Stephen King's The Stand
, and for the most part, readers who enjoy one of the two novels, will enjoy the other. Like The Stand
, it's an end-of-the-world novel, with epic sweep, apocalyptic drama, and a cast of vividly realized characters. But the tone is somewhat different: The good is sweeter, the evil is more sadistic, and the setting is harsher, because it's the world after a nuclear holocaust. Swan Song
won a 1988 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. It's a monster of a horror book, brimming over with stories and violence and terrific imagery--God and the Devil, the whole works.
“A wild ride into terror. A grand and disturbing adventure.” —Dean Koontz
“Compelling . . . . A long, satisfying look at hell and salvation.” —Publishers Weekly
“A chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end.” —John Saul, author of The Blackstone Chronicles