This Week: Wanderers (Holy Crap! Finally!)

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

* * *

This is it.

It’s out. (Well, it’s out tomorrow. Tonight if you come to the Bethlehem, PA pre-launch. And the 11th if you’re in BREXITLAND.) But this week, this big sprawly apocalyptic (not dystopian, not post-apocalyptic, but apocalyptic) book hits shelves. Er, hopefully it doesn’t hit them because it might break them? One hopes it gently lands upon shelves, like a graceful pelican.

I won’t go through all the blurbs or reviews or lists. You can go here and read all that.

(Though surely I can be forgiven for mentioning that it made USA Today, right?)

Let’s get some of your procurement options out of the way, though:

Print: Indiebound | Let’s Play Books (signed) | The Signed Page | B&N | BAM | Amazon

eBook: Amazon | Apple Books | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | BAM

Audio: Audible | Libro.FM

And you can add it on Goodreads.

Now, to answer some questions…

Is there a content warning?

There is. I’ve concealed it behind a ROT13 filter so that those who desire the warning can simply unscramble it by c/p’ing the encrypted text into the window at

Pbagrag jneavat: fhvpvqny vqrngvba, fhvpvqr, gbegher, enpvfz naq ovtbgel, qvfphffvbaf bs zragny urnygu naq zragny vyyarff, tha ivbyrapr, naq n tencuvpny qrfpevcgvba bs Z/Z encr (sbhaq ba cc 434-435 bs gur uneqonpx, ng gur raq bs puncgre 50).

Who will like this book?

YOU WILL, OF COURSE. You, specifically you. *stares unswervingly*

More seriously, this book is for fans of things like The Stand, Station Eleven, Lost, Swan Song, The Passage, The Strain, The Hot Zone. 

Is this part of a series?

It is a standalone. (Though it’s big enough for 3-4 novels, I guess.) There could be a sequel if sales and attention warrants it — but it is a complete story.

What genre is it?

I don’t know. I mean, I guess technically it’s either “speculative fiction” or “science fiction,” but I also wrote what I feel is implicitly, if not explicitly, an epic horror novel. Thankfully, genres are just a thing people made up. So what narrative taxonomy works for you!

What if I can’t afford the book?

Then I slyly but pointedly direct my gaze at Your Local Library. Libraries are where the free books — and essential community services! — live. If they do not carry the book, you can always contact them and ask them to, or perhaps request it through ILL (inter-library loan).

What can I do to support the book?

The story goes that what is most likely to convince someone to read a book is not me telling you to, or advertisements, or a blog tour, or a tweet, or, or, or — but rather, word-of-mouth. Meaning, the best thing you can do is talk about it. Online, in meatspace, wherever, however. Reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Tweets, blog posts, incoherent wails of joy. Tell friends and family and random strangers and cherished villains. If you read it, and you like it, and you’re feeling particularly enthusiastic, that’s the best way to help — just try to get other people to read the ding-dang thing. That’s the hardest part, and I really can’t do it. This part falls to you. If, of course, you like it (and me) enough to do so.

Can I come see you and get the book signed?

Heck yeah you can.

Here’s where I’ll be.

And that starts tonight, at the Bethlehem Public Library, 6:30PM. Books for sale. I’ll sign. Pre-launch party event featuring… I dunno what, actually, it’s a bit of a surprise for me. I’ve been kept in the dark. I assume food, drink, elves, various fires, a bag of possums, and a series of smaller and smaller robots.

Y’know. The usual.

What if I can’t be there but I want the book signed?


ha ha just kidding

A number of the print links above will take you to signed copies — probably the fastest route to that is to order from Let’s Play Books or Doylestown Bookshop, as I’ll be at both places over the next couple days and can sign/personalize accordingly, and they can ship directly.

Are there Easter Eggs?

There are, indeed. Lots of references to other books, other authors, my own books, and so forth. A hundred points to the Hogwarts House that finds them all.

What’s next?

Summer 2020, The Book of Accidents. It’s about… well, I don’t know how to talk about it yet. Creepy coal mines and alternate universes and a boy who can see other people’s pain and cycles of abuse and spirals and trauma and families maybe a serial killer. Still in edits.

Anyway, that’s it, I think. For now, at least.

Ooh —

I’ll add one last thing: this is a very spoilery book, with lots of twists and turns and switchbacks and oubliettes, so I’m sure I don’t need to tell you to preserve those, but just in case: please do.

Hope you check it out.

Hope you like it.

Hope you tell folks about it.

Black Swan says hi.

29 responses to “This Week: Wanderers (Holy Crap! Finally!)”

  1. Finally! I am so excited to read this book! I have been eagerly anticipating it for months and planned my reading the last few weeks to make sure I wasn’t in the middle of anything on July 2nd. It just didn’t seem fair to another book to be tossed aside in the middle like a gum wrapper when Wanderers arrived. Is it tomorrow yet? 🙂

  2. Hello from Brexitland! Shall be buying my copy from Amazonland, ‘cos, you know, Mr Bezos doesn’t have enough spondulix. So excited! 😀

  3. I got my notification this morning that it’s been mailed out and I’m really looking forward to it. Sounds like I might need some breaks along the way, but I’m definitely ready to dive in.

  4. Congratulations,
    I will be buying my copy from a bookshop in Brexitland as soon as it lands there.

  5. Ordered mine from Let’s Play Books this morning, many thanks to them for shipping it for me to Canada! I can hardly wait

  6. OK, you finally convinced me when you mentioned “the Strain,” which I really really liked. Just ordered from Amazon.

  7. Am I going to get my favorite bookstore in trouble if I say I bought this last night (June 30th)? I was browsing their SF section and there it was, big as life. In support of your comment on the power of word of mouth – what tipped the scales to buy it now was my Goodreads friend Bradley’s review. (“I had more fun reading this book than I have for ANY apocalypse book” “leagues above most of the current runs of epic dystopias” “full of heart” “clever” “very strong science” “delightfully complex characters”) Can’t wait to read it!

      • Oh, I did! It’s sitting right here next to me. FWIW my bookstore is the fabulous Changing Hands of Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s well over 110 degrees here right now so the perfect time to start a big thick book.

  8. My library has it on order and I can check out the ebook and audiobook starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, as today is the first day of the fiscal new year, they have to wait until the new budget is approved before they can order any new booky-books. Hopefully, that will only take a day or two. *fingers crossed*


  9. I SO wish you would come to Arizona. There are a few great indie bookshops here in Northern AZ, come visit us someday.

  10. My pre-order was ready, but Nook didn’t feel like grabbing it on it’s own, so I made it download it and now it sits on my Samsung tablet, awaiting my lunch hour. If it brings you any joy, Google sent me a notification the book was out, too.

    Super stoked to finally read it. Hope it does gangbusters!

  11. Chuck, it was great meeting you at the Bethlehem pre-launch last night. You were very generous! And in line, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mrs. Wendig. She was lovely as well. I can’t wait to start reading this!

  12. Mr. Wendig,

    Congrats on putting down that last page and knowing the satisfaction of deeming the work complete. I have long ago memories of that good place, hazy now and fluttering in and out of perception, like a moth some ways off between the car’s fogging windshield and the drive-in’s great glowing screen. That moment always seems so far away, even as, or perhaps more so, the show goes dark after the final credits roll into black and the red taillights of the long line of cars trundle off. All the better. Revel in the quiet.

    Never read The Stand–I know, HERESY!–but I did very much enjoy Station Eleven, so given that you hitched your pitch to that star, I will definitely give your latest a gander if not more.

    all my best,


  13. My copy is out for delivery! Now, do I finish reading the book I’ve got going now, or do I ditch it for the time being?

  14. YAAAAAAAAY!!! … ** waves arms in the air like Kermit and runs around in circles** 😀 … So, I’m on my local library’s wait-list for this. 😀 … and if I like it I’m going to buy it, and love it and call it Snargleblub! 😀

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