Author(s): Kenneth Cook
A young man driving from Sydney to Adelaide for work decides to take a short detour into the desert. He turns his hatchback on to a notoriously dangerous track that bisects uninhabited stone-covered flats. Out there, under the baking sun, people can die within hours. He's not far along the road when a distraught young woman stumbles from the scrub and flags him down. A journalist from Sydney, she has just escaped the clutches of an inexplicable, terrifying creature. Now this desert-dwelling creature has her jeep. Her axe. And her scent...
'This lost Ozploitation gem is pure horror adrenaline, as characters and reader alike are hunted by a relentless golem-the nightmare outback monster we've always feared.' Chris Flynn, author of A Tiger in Eden and The Glass Kingdom 'Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic. Cook's prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last.' M. J. Hyland on Wake in Fright 'A true dark classic of Australian literature.' J. M. Coetzee on Wake in Fright 'A classic novel which became a classic film. The Outback without the sentimental bulldust. Australia without the sugar coating.' Robert Drewe on Wake in Fright '[A] short but powerful novel, Cook takes the reader on an action-packed, tension-filled ride...Definitely a page-turner.' BookMooch
Kenneth Cook was born in Sydney. Wake In Fright, which drew on his time as a journalist in Broken Hill, was first published in 1961 when Cook was 32. It was published in England and America, translated into several languages, and was a prescribed text in schools. Cook wrote twenty-two books in a variety of genres, and was well known in film circles as a scriptwriter and independent film-maker. He died in 1987.