My First Novel

A Polar Bear Attack Thriller

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What Jaws did for the beaches of New England, Eaten does for northern Newfoundland.

Terror and carnage abound as hungry polar bears come ashore in droves seeking any food available, including human prey.

Set in the year 2025 at the edge of the Arctic, the story considers future possibilities no one has yet contemplated. Call it JAWS for the 21st century – just when you thought it was safe to stay out of the water! The historic but uniquely revitalized Newfoundland community of Fogo Island features prominently in the tale.

Book Summary

In this tale, the occupants of 100s of small towns and isolated outports spread across northern Newfoundland are quite unprepared for an early spring onslaught of hungry polar bears. People haven’t just been killed, they’ve been eaten. As the attacks multiply, people find they are not safe even in their own homes.

Local residents, Mounties, and biologists on Fogo Island struggle with a disturbing new reality: they have a huge polar bear problem on their hands, and if they don’t find a solution quickly, dozens more people will die gruesome deaths, and hundreds more polar bears will be shot.

DSC_0740 A Newfoundland seal biologist gets help from an expat Alaskan carnivore specialist as they team up with officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to address the threat. Stopping the carnage and the relentless terror will be the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced as they struggle to prevent this from being the most horrifying disaster in Newfoundland’s history.

From science to science fiction?

I’m a scientist but I grew up in a family of storytellers and avid fiction readers. When it was clear the time had come to try my hand at writing a novel, it felt like a logical progression from science writing, not a leap. Starting with polar bears just felt right.


For years, polar bear specialists have being playing “what-if.”

They’ve used computer models to predict polar bear responses to computer-predicted sea ice conditions 25-90 years into the future and call their “what-if” science.

I decided to play too – except I call my “what-if” fiction. In the literary world, it’s called speculative fiction.

See the book trailer below (feel free to distribute):

Read Chapter 1 here.

Click on the menu icon in the header (the little black box in the header, to the right of my name) to find the Recommended Reading list from the end of the book, with links (for those who want to follow-up the science background).

Here’s a copy of the press release Eaten_A Polar Bear Attack Thriller_Press Release_Nov 16 2015.

Here’s where to buy it

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Paperback book or Kindle ebook on Amazon.com (US), click on the icon below, where the “look-inside” feature is now activated:


In the UK, both paperback and Kindle versions are available.

Canadian paperback (here) ships from the US, Kindle version here.

In Germany, both paperback and Kindle versions are available.

In France, both paperback and Kindle versions are available.

For other countries, search your local Amazon site for “Eaten Crockford”

Paperback and ebook (NOOK version) available at Barnes & Noble

Kobo ebook version at the Kobo bookstore

Apple device version at iTunes

ePub version (via Smashwords, which ships to Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo), see https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/592875 

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To request a review copy (either paperback or ebook format), fill out the Contact Me page (menu box, upper right).

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December 2015: See EATEN featured on the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) webpage here.

January 2016: I did an end of January 2016 interview for the Northern Pen newspaper (St. Anthony, Nfld and the Northern Peninsula), copied below – picked up by sister outlets The Labradorian and The Pilot (Lewisporte) the next week.

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April 2016:

Two featured entries at BC BookLook:

“Who’s who”: C is for Crockford. Susan J. Crockford is a rarity–someone who has mainly made her living off her ability and scientific technical skill for identifying animal bones for biologists and archaeologists. She has travelled extensively for her work and written numerous scientific papers. Having honed her science writing for a general audience on a blog called PolarBearScience since 2012, Crockford used her eclectic professional background, and her experiences as an avid fiction reader, to publish her first novel, Eaten (Createspace/Amazon 2015), described as “a polar bear attack thriller.”

“Bone detective gets scarey” [sic]

June 2016: (see my ad in the Summer 2016 issue of BC BookLook):

My BC BookLook essay: “Some bare facts about self-publishing”

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cropped-08_21_2011_0056_cropped.jpg After years of writing scientific papers and books and blogging about polar bears for non-scientists, scientist Susan Crockford has written her first novel—for readers who prefer their science “lite” and love a good story. Susan is a professional zoologist who has studied polar bear ecology and evolution for more than 20 years and has a special interest in the history of human-polar bear interactions. She has a Ph.D. and writes about the science of polar bears and related topics at www.polarbearscience.com. See the About page on my blog (here) for more detail on my background, and even more detailed publication history at www.pacificid.com under the Research tab.

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2 comments on “My First Novel

  1. Susan – I just finished reading your novel and loved it. I enjoyed getting a scientist’s perspective on these currents events in the format of a novel.
    You were kind to write to me about a year ago when I asked some questions about bears and hiking in Newfoundland along the International Appalachian Trail. I felt vulnerable about my late May start after reading reports of sporadic attacks in northern NL. I did go, was cautious, and carried 2 cans of bear spray until there was no sign of any ice offshore. I was not eaten! Will always appreciate your help.
    PS – There was no mention of bear spray in the novel.. I wonder if I had a false sense of security!

  2. Thanks Diane – I’m so glad to hear you were not eaten! But that’s the point of the novel, at some level. In early March, who would expect bears onshore when they should be out eating seals? As the entire population was taken by surprise by the attacks, it’s likely no one thought about bear spray until it was too late or the crisis was more or less over.


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