It comes when Margaret escapes into the steaming forest. The county sheriff quickly assembles a posse of local characters and leads this bizarre collection of heavily armed crazies into the palmetto and cypress after the love-starved ape. Among the group are Ed Bias, the would-be hero, and his young sons; Gaylord Miller, the ketchup bottle murderer and Bias's sworn enemy; Walker, the strange taxidermist; Lennox, the animal trainer; Monroe Block, Apeland's tattered tour guide; and an assortment of odd others. Deeper and deeper into the forest they stalk poor Margaret toward a violent and tragic end.
Here’s a really mean story, as brutal and bloody-minded as anyone could wish. You can read it with a clear conscience because it’s also a good story; if necessary, you can tell your more delicate friends it’s got art. …After a long buildup in which the author carefully charges the atmosphere with tension, the story ends satisfactorily in fire, murder, madness, revenge and dismemberment. Paul Allen may have the sensibility of James M. Cain, but he is ambitious in a literary sort of way…. …inescapably brings Faulkner to mind. …Allen writes well and often with wit…. …expert entertainment, the best of its kind…. Peter S. Prescott, NEWSWEEK
This is a fierce little novel. …”Apeland” is a fine first achievement. Allen invites comparison with the best…prose writers. Bart Paul, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Allen has a clean drive and a punchy shaft--you can’t mistake his palpable talent. KIRKUS REVIEWS
Allen’s characterizations of men and beast are brilliant…. An impressive and elemental first novel. PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
Allen’s well-rounded novel is strikingly original. It approaches a new realm of primitive guile. …This is a book that prompts you to look forward to future fictions of the author. Paul Allen is a writer to be observed, and to be recorded. Tom Horan, CHATTANOOGA TIMES
Paul Allen is a writer, filmmaker, and naturalist. He lives with his wife in the woods of southern New England.