Originally published in 1988, Ray Garton's fourth novel, following not long after his award-nominated Live Girls, is regarded as a classic of the "splatterpunk" movement in horror fiction. Garton has a way with teenage boredom, atmospheric small-town isolation, incest, drug abuse, and over-the-top violence and he has managed to create a…
If anyone knows where the bodies are buried in Humboldt County, it's Sheriff Mitch Kaufman, who's seen it all: The meth lab operated by the Traylor family; the arsenal of weapons stockpiled by survivalist nutcase Ollie Monk; even the suspicious activity inside the old mental hospital. But it's not until Hurricane Quentin hits the coast—and all hell breaks loose—that Sheriff Kaufman is able to piece together the puzzle that's plagued his community. Homeless people have been infected with a biological weapon for the government. Rabid subjects have escaped into the storm, spreading violence, madness, and contagion throughout the county. And the only thing that can stop this large-scale disaster is a small-town cop who's just crazy enough to try. . .
When everything goes to hell, there's only one place to find peace: In the eye of the storm.
Praise For Ray Garton
"Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel
"Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls
"Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators."—F. Paul Wilson
"Garton never fails to go for the throat!" —Richard Laymon
"Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them to evocative or entertaining effect." —Publishers Weekly
"Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you." —Mark Kidwell, Fangoria magazine
"Garton does not even know that there is top to go over." —Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column
"Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print." —Cemetery Dance magazine