The Cabin at the End of the World

A Novel

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Paul Tremblay’s terrifying twist to the home invasion novel–inspiration for the upcoming major motion picture from Universal Pictures

“Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.” — Stephen King

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen, but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault.” Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Part 2: Let's Make a Deal
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Part 3: Bloody Like the Day You Were Born
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Part 4: This Is the End
Chapter 7
Card Page
Copyright (electronic)


Grateful acknowledgment is made to Clutch for permission to reprint an excerpt from "Animal Farm," words and music by Clutch © 1995; to Nadia Bulkin for permission to reprint an excerpt from "Seven Minutes in Heaven," She Said Destroy © 2017; and to Future of the Left for permission to reprint an excerpt from "The Hope That House Built," words and music by Future of the Left © 2009.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

first edition

Cover design by Mumtaz Mustafa

Cover illustration © Mark Owen/Arcangel

Title and part title photograph by Ekaterina Kondratova/Shutterstock

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Tremblay, Paul, author.

Title: The cabin at the end of the world : a novel / Paul Tremblay.

Description: First edition. | New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018] |

Identifiers: LCCN 2017048369 (print) | LCCN 2017052235 (ebook) | ISBN

9780062679123 (E-Book) | ISBN 9780062679109 (hardback) | ISBN

9780062679116 (paperback)

Subjects: LCSH: Psychological fiction. | BISAC: FICTION / Horror. | GSAFD:

Suspense fiction.

Classification: LCC PS3620.R445 (ebook) | LCC PS3620.R445 C33 2018 (print) |

DDC 813/.6--dc23

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Digital Edition JUNE 2018 ISBN: 978-0-06-267912-3

Print ISBN: 978-0-06-267910-9

On Sale
Jun 26, 2018
Page Count
336 pages