In his debut novel, Josh Malerman examines an apocalyptic world in which humans are terrorized by unseen forces. These “monsters” are completely invisible to the naked eye, but if your gaze happens to fall upon one, the consequences include possession, violence, and eventually, suicide. To survive, the characters wear blindfolds to protect their vision, but the full capabilities of the unseen creatures are still a mystery, so the world of Bird Box is one of chaos, fear, paranoia, and desperation. If horror is your preferred genre, you NEED to read Bird Box.
As a debut novelist and singer/songwriter/musician for the band The High Strung, Josh Malerman has a lot of creative energy, and luckily we were able to briefly chat with him about his double career in music and literature. What follows is a conversation about creativity, fear, inspiration, and the psychological motivations behind his spectacular novel: