Books by Justin Cronin
NPR stories about Justin Cronin
Much talked-about novels arrive this week: Emma Donoghue's Room, about a captive mother and child, Justin Cronin's apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, and Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist. In nonfiction, there's Sebastian Junger's War in Afghanistan, and Robert McCrum explains how English become the world's common tongue.
We all know what it's like to escape into a great work of fiction — but it's quite another leap of pleasure to get lost in a truly exotic, alternate-reality world of an author's unique creation. Critic Glen Weldon trips out on the haunted, vivid landscapes of 2010's best speculative fiction.
Justin Cronin achieved a respectable level of success with his literary novels. But when he penned the great American vampire story, The Passage became a phenomenon. And these vampires are not romantic, seductive, or sympathetic — they are cold-blooded killers. Cronin discusses why he shifted gears and the incredible success of his dystopian novel.
The summer sun may be shining, but vampires don't seem to be going anywhere. NPR's Margot Adler has read more than 100 vampire books this year, and gives a heads-up on two bloodsucking books expected to be summer blockbusters: Christopher Farnsworth's Blood Oath and Justin Cronin's The Passage.