Suffer the Children, Paperback
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From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Childrenpresents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe.

Soon, they return from the grave...and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live.

The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring yourchild back?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781476739632



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Parents beware. This book will tug on your heartstrings and then callously rip out those heartstrings to feed to the world’s population of undead children. Set to be released in May 2014, I received an advanced reader copy of this thrilling new horror from Netgalley. As a mother, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the first half of this book scared the bejeezus out of me; and, really, the first half of the book was just setting up the more traditional horror elements of the second half. This book will have you blinking away tears and then glancing through those watery eyes just a little bit closer at your beloved children. Suffer the Children follows a number of parents during the days both before and after the so-called Herod Event, an apocalyptic disaster that suddenly and inexplicably decimates the entire population of prepubescent children. Herod, a parasite that lies dormant in the blood of all humans, awakens all at once to strike down the world’s most precious resource – our children. Infants, toddlers, preteens, even those fetuses still incubating inside their mothers – all gone in the blink of an eye. As the world tries to understand the tragedy in terms of the impact of the Event on the economy and religion, parents try to come to terms with the loss of their identity as a family. (Side note: the most moving parts of this novel are the sections detailing the families’ coming to terms with the loss of their children. As a mother, the scenes involving the mass burials and removal of their bodies were nightmarishly chilling and grisly – almost impossible to read without becoming emotional). Days after this Event, the children are miraculously reanimated and returned to their parents; however, their continued existence requires a strange and hard-to-come-by form of sustenance – human blood. What follows is a disturbing dystopian struggle that pits parent against parent, leading to the larger question: just what would you do, as a parent, to ensure that your child survives?Overall, I really enjoyed the book as a whole, but I especially enjoyed the ending. It is a great piece of contemporary horror that readers should be anxious to read upon its release.

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People thought life was a miracle, but it wasn't. Life was everywhere. The miracle was knowing you were alive. Sentience. Mind. That was the rare, precious gift.What an absolutely creepy, crazy, and fantastic read. I don't think I have ever used the highlight feature on my Kindle as much I have while reading this book. I had so many quotes that I wanted to start this review with that I had to really narrow it down. I just want to start this review off by saying that I highly recommend this book, even if you think that this isn't the type of book that you would enjoy. I went a bit out of my comfort zone by reading this book and I managed to find a really awesome book.When the book first starts everything is normal and readers are introduced to a few parents and a pediatrician. Readers get to see what their lives are normally like. Normal doesn't last too long in this book when suddenly all the children of the world are die from Herod syndrome. Everyone is struck with grief until the children come back to life. Parents realize that in order for their children to stay as how they were before their deaths they need one thing, blood. How far are these parents willing to go to save their children?This book tended to alternate between being really creepy and at times terrifying to being just plain insane. It pretty much started off being creepy when the children were dying and then coming back to life and then after that everyone just went batshit crazy. The insanity in this book just kept building and building and I was completely hooked. I could feel my adrenaline running while reading this. Half the time I couldn't help but yell out loud at some of the characters.I really enjoyed that the point-of-view switched between the parents and the pediatrician, David. It definitely made the story that much more interesting getting to see the events from different perspectives and getting to see how the characters dealt with those events. Some of these parents were absolutely insane (I'm looking at you Ramona) but I just couldn't get enough of it.Craig DiLouie did a great job mixing the right amount of creepy with the right amount of crazy. I would definitely be interested in reading more from DiLouie. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.One more quote before I go...Herod's syndrome had afflicted the parents worse than the children. Herod had the entire world dancing to its crazy tune.
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Most of us who have children would do anything, sacrifice anything, to protect them. Suffer the Children, the latest horror novel by author Craig DiLouie, asks the question, when is anything too much.A new disease called Herod’s Syndrome is sweeping the globe. It infects only children, it hits fast, and it has a 100% mortality rate. Children die and there’s nothing to prevent it. Doctors do autopsies on some of the dead to try to identify the cause and discover the cure but, no matter how many tiny bodies they cut up, they can find nothing. The children are buried in mass graves and their parents grieve…but days later, children begin to rise again, all except those who have been autopsied. At first, they seem normal, they return home, they talk, they play, and then they die again.But one woman, who lost her own child before Herod’s, discovers a possible cure, a ‘medicine’ that brings them back at least for a little while. Parents are willing to do anything to keep their children with them and there is no line they won’t cross to gain access to this medicine. Except…after each dose of medicine, after each death and rebirth, the children are changing. Soon what their parents provide isn’t enough and they will go out and get it themselves. Suffer the Children is less gore and more chills as the actions of the doctors, the parents, and then the children escalate and clash. This story will send shivers up the spines of parents as it confronts them with every parent’s worst nightmare; for readers without children, they may wonder if maybe they should ‘unfriend’ everyone they know with kids and start building backyard bunkers with child safety locks

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What an extremely creepy and horrifying book. All of the children of the world are killed at once by a deadly virus called the Herod Event. This part of the book is heartbreaking as it examines two families who lose children. Suddenly, the children come back to life but they are in no way the same children and as the adults attempt to deal with this, the story really turns horrific. This is not typically my genre but I found myself compulsively reading this to find out what happens to these families. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I received this from Netgalley in return for an honest review.<br/><br/>This book is exceptionally creepy, and reads a lot like Stephen King's The Cell, but with a twist: all children that haven't reached puberty die in a world-wide event known as the Herod Event. The impact of that is enough, with every parent in mourning, including those that are still carrying their unborn children. This was always one of my greatest fears as my children were growing up: that something deadly would happen to them, although in my mind it was usually some predator taking them. <br/><br/>The story could have ended there, with the parents struggling to come to grips with their loss, but Craig DiLouie ups the ante with a twist that I won't reveal, but it is a shocker, and made me gasp loud enough for my wife to ask me what's wrong.<br/><br/>I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys a high shock factor, parents, and Stephen King fans.

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