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Ararat

Ararat

A Novel

Christopher Golden

St. Martin's Press

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Christopher Golden’s Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong…on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring, newly-engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside…and what they discover will change everything.

The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. Inside the coffin they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man they expected, but a hideous creature with horns. Shock and fear turn to horror when a massive blizzard blows in, trapping them thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain. All they can do is pray for safety. But something wicked is listening to their prayers…and it wants to answer.

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Just past eight o’clock on the last morning of November, the mountain began to shake.

Feyiz froze, breath catching in his throat as he put his hands out to steady himself, waiting for the tremor to end. Instead it worsened....

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Praise for Ararat

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts in this exceptional supernatural thriller from bestseller Golden (Dead Ringers). An avalanche on Turkey’s legendary Mount Ararat uncovers a cave that may contain the remnants of Noah’s Ark....While the contours of the story line will be familiar to genre fans, Golden makes them feel fresh through solid prose, effective characterizations, and a willingness not to pull any plot punches." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“ARARAT has that horror-adventure vibe that’s like candy to me. Delicious Terror Candy! Golden seizes your heart in his hands with a tale as terrifying as it is thrilling!” —Chuck Wendig

“Golden gives a face and a name to the darkness inside us. A compelling read!”
—M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts and Fellside

“Let the other blurbers tell you how thrilling, how frightening, how robust this book is. They’re right to do it. But the thing that struck me deepest about Ararat is how timely this tale is for the world right now. The men and women in the book are treated as equals; in strength, in smarts, in power. Muslims are set to marry Jews. Scientists and Christians are working on the same edgy project. And yet, they all fear the same way. And they hope the same way, too. If ever we could use a story that reminds us that we’re together, a singular race, in religion and gender, that time is now. Bravo, Christopher Golden, for sewing such enormous themes into a nail-biting, exhilarating book." —Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

"Ararat is Christopher Golden's masterpiece. A chilling thriller in the spirit of Dan Simmons's The Terror, H.P. Lovecraft's 'At The Mountains of Madness', and John Carpenter's The Thing. I loved it!" —Brian Keene, best-selling author of Pressure and The Complex

“Christopher Golden’s Ararat blends modern politics and age-old superstitions into a claustrophobic snowstorm that will leave you terrified. Part psychological horror, part supernatural thriller, Ararat is a masterclass in supernatural suspense. Don't read it before bed!” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"Christopher Golden's Ararat is a rollicking and horrifying adventure that avalanches from the top of the famed Turkish mountain. A clever, original, and macabre re-imagining of one the world's oldest stories, Ararat is as relentless as it is addictive."—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock

"Christopher Golden has written an extremely gripping story, with echoes of John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s not simply the icy setting of Ararat; Golden has also mastered a similar (and similarly thrilling) sense of claustrophobic dread. It’s a creepy, chilling book.” —Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

"I cannot say enough good things about this book. This is the Lovecraftian horror, mountaineering, 1970s-style paranoia, theologically philosophical, paranormal, Satanic love story I've been waiting for. A scary and smart must-read." —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling thriller writer

"Christopher Golden's new novel, Ararat, takes a high concept idea and delivers hours of chills. Rarely does a horror novel maintain the unrelenting momentum achieved in its early pages, but Ararat offers shock after shock, achieving an escalating suspense that becomes truly horrific by the bloody, action-packed climax. The novel will draw comparisons to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's early work, as well as the intrigue of a Dan Brown thriller, but Golden is a better writer than those gentlemen! Whatever you do, don't start this one late at night as you will be compelled to read until the last page. This is a great one!" —William Carl, Assistant Manager/Newsletter editor, Wellesley Books

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About the author

Christopher Golden

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind, Dead Ringers, Tin Men, and Of Saints and Shadows, among many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. Golden is also the editor of such anthologies as Seize the Night, The New Dead, and Dark Cities, and the co-host of the popular podcast Three Guys with Beards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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