The Totem was first published in 1979, but in a drastically edited version that did not have the epic scope Morrell intended. For the first time, it is here presented complete and unaltered. With all the fast action and suspense of Morrell’s bestselling novels of international intrigue, this is an elemental descent into the darkness of the human psyche. You will not be disappointed.
“There were the length and scope and texture that I’d wanted. An expansive alternate style. A new beginning. A quite different ending. And as for the middle…well, let’s put it this way: the story is twice as long and two-thirds dissimilar. There isn’t just more plot—the extra material gives the plot a different twist. So what you’re about to read is the intended version of this novel. If you’re familiar with The Totem in its previously published form, you’re about to enter its alternate universe. I think you’ll find some pleasantly scary surprises.” – David Morrell
From David Morrell, the best-selling high-action author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fifth Profession, and Assumed Identity, comes a primal thriller with the thrust of a bullet train.
The Denver Rocky Mountain News called The Totem one of the “10 Scariest Books” of all time.
Horror: 100 Best Stories called it “One hell of a frightening novel.”
But if you think “horror” means ghosts, vampires, and children of the devil, think again!