The Night of the TriffidsSimon Clark
British Fantasy Society: Best Novel winner (2002).
At the end of The Day of the Triffids (by John Wyndham), the hero, Bill Masen, his wife and baby son join a new colony on the Isle of Wight. Temporarily safe in its island fortress, this tiny community begins its work to eradicate the triffid menace and lay the foundations of a new civilisation. Throughout the world similar colonies struggle for survival, while the implacable triffid plant continues its march, seemingly intent on wiping out humankind.
The Night of the Triffids takes up the story twenty-five years later. David Masen, the grown-up son of Bill, is a pilot who eventually manages to reach New York where a very different colony has been set up, a colony whose members seem to be immune to the triffid sting and where David comes face to face with an old enemy from his father's past...
Simon Clark is a horror novel writer from Doncaster, England. One of his most notable works is the novel The Night of the Triffids.
Clark has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, World Fantasy Award for Best Novella and British Fantasy Award. In 2001 he won the British Fantasy awards for best short story, "Goblin City Lights", and the aforementioned The Night of the Triffids.
He is also the author of the Doctor Who novella The Dalek Factor. Rumour has it that one of his latest novels, King Blood, is being made into a feature film. Several of his characters have been inspired by his teenage daughter, in regards to her headstrong and determined ways.
Photo: Simon Clark at World Horror Convention 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.