The Hollow City



Michael has paranoid
schizophrenia . . .



but some of the
monsters he sees
are real.


Michael Shipman has paranoid schizophrenia; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex, horrific fantasies of persecution. They are as real to him as your peaceful life is to you. He is haunted by sounds and voices, stalked by faceless men, and endlessly pursued by something even deeper and darker–something he doesn’t dare think about.

Soon the authorities are linking him to a string of gruesome serial killings, and naturally no one believes them himself. Hounded on every side, Michael contemplates a terrifying possibility: that some of the monsters he sees are real.

Who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself? THE HOLLOW CITY is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the most frightening enemy of all is your own mind.

ISBN: 0765331705 (ISBN13: 9780765331700)
320 pages
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Tor

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​”Your brain will almost go numb trying to take it all in. It’s nail-bitingly suspenseful, gut-wrenching, and miraculous. And if you’re a writer, you’ll be jealous of Dan for the rest of your life.”
— author Jessica Day George

​”A real mind bending thriller that may or may not be the mental construction of an unstable man… The Hollow City is to schizophrenia, what the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy is to sociopathy.”
–Nick Sharps

“Michael, the main character, was one of the most brilliant unreliable narrators I’ve ever read– and one that I loved. I spent half the book questioning what was real, and the other half of the book constantly going OH MY GOSH, WHAT??”
— Shallee McArthur, author of The Unhappening of Genesis Lee

“This thriller will keep you guessing until the very end. Wells will tap into a fear you probably didn’t even realize that you harbored. . . . Dan Wells is a rising star in the fiction world.” –SF Signal

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