Last Days (Evenson novel)

Last Days is a 2009 mystery-horror novel by Brian Evenson, first published by Underland Press.[1] The first part of the book was originally published by Earthling Publications in 2003 as a novella titled The Brotherhood of Mutilation.[2] The story follows a detective kidnapped by a religious cult who believe amputations bring one closer to God.[3] Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009.[4][5]

Last Days
Last Days book cover.jpg
2016 reissue cover
AuthorBrian Evenson
CountryUnited States
PublisherUnderland Press (first edition)
Coffee House Press (reissue)
Publication date
Media typePaperback
Pages256 p.

In 2016, nonprofit independent publisher Coffee House Press reissued Last Days, featuring an introduction by horror novelist Peter Straub.[6]

The novel received mostly positive reviews, with many critics noting the story's unique tonal blend of body and psychological horror with black humor.[7] Some critics have compared the narrative to the work of pulp noir writer Raymond Chandler, describing it as a "send-up of the hardboiled detective novel".[8]

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  1. ^ Evenson, Brian (2009). Last Days. Google Books. Earthling. ISBN 9780980226003. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Evenson, Brian (2003). The Brotherhood of Mutilation: Lettered Hardcover Edition. Google Books. Earthling. ISBN 9780972151870. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Van Young, Adrian (February 10, 2016). "The Dark Fiction of an Ex-Mormon Writer". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Blevins, Andrew (October 8, 2019). "That Life as I Knew It Could Collapse: An Interview with Brian Evenson". Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Brian Evenson". Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Miller, Daniel (January 20, 2016). "What It Would Be Like to Fall: A Conversation with Brian Evenson". Heavy Feather Review. Heavy Feather Review. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Handlen, Zack (February 19, 2009). "Brian Evenson: Last Days". The A.V. Club. The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Iglesias, Gabino (April 25, 2016). "ON A WAVE OF MUTILATION: A REVIEW OF BRIAN EVENSON'S "LAST DAYS"". Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Retrieved May 19, 2020.