The Fear (Higson novel)

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The Fear
Author Charlie Higson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Enemy
Genre Horror, Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher Puffin Books
Publication date
15 September 2011
Media type Print (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-14-138464-1
OCLC 373478708
Followed by The Sacrifice

The Fear is a post-apocalyptic young adult horror novel written by Charlie Higson. The book, released by Puffin Books in the UK on 15 September 2011 and by Disney Hyperion in the US on 11 May 2010,[1] is the third book in a planned seven-book series, titled The Enemy.[2][3] The Fear takes place in London, a year after a worldwide sickness has infected adults, turning them into something akin to voracious, cannibalistic zombies.

Puffin Books released the first novel in the series, titled The Enemy, in the UK on 3 September 2009; Disney Hyperion released it in the US on 11 May 2010.[3] Puffin Books released the second novel in the series, titled The Dead, on 16 September 2010; the third novel, titled The Fear, on 15 September 2011; the fourth novel, The Sacrifice, on the 20 September 2012; the fifth novel, The Fallen, on 12 September 2013; the sixth novel, The Hunted, on 4 September 2014;[4] and the final book, The End, is scheduled to be released in 2015.[5] Disney Hyperion released Higson's short story companion book in the series, titled Geeks vs. Zombies, on June 5, 2012;[6] it portrays an exclusive scene from The Fear, on World Book Day.[7]


In The Fear DogNut and seven others leave the Tower of London to find friends whom they have been separated from. DogNut's crew consists of Courtney, Olivia, Al, Marco, Felix, Finn, and Jessica. Meanwhile, Jester (David King's wingman) leaves Buckingham Palace to search for fighters to help David expand his kingdom. Accompanying Jester are his long-time friend Shadowman and three other volunteers: Alfie, Kate, and Tom. Throughout the novel both groups face many obstacles, increasing the already high death toll.


  1. ^ Higson, Charlie (2011). The Fear. Puffin. p. 460. ISBN 9780141384665. 
  2. ^ "Is Young Bond Series 2 still a possibility?". Young Bond Dossier. September 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "First look at The Enemy". The Young Bond Dossier. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Higson, Charlie (September 4, 2014). The Hunted (Paperback ed.). ISBN 9780141336107. 
  5. ^ "A Master Class in Dealing With the Undead". Mostly-Books. September 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Higson, Charlie (June 5, 2012). Geeks vs. Zombies. Disney Hyperion. p. 34. ISBN 9780141344249. 
  7. ^ "Book Description: Geeks v. Zombies". 2012.