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…
They were told to prepare for the worst. The storm of the century, Hurricane Quentin. But nothing could prepare the citizens of Humboldt County for the shocking chain of events that would touch everyone in its path. In a secret government lab, a biological weapon has been injected into homeless test subjects and unleashed upon the world. A band of survivalists have unwittinglyexposed themselves to this man-made infection that turns them into rabid killing machines. In homes across the coast, mothers, fathers, and children struggle to stay alive while a few brave souls—virologist Fara McManus, blogger Ivan Renner, and Sheriff Mitch Kaufman—will risk more than their lives. . .in what could be humanity's last stand.
Many will fall prey to the chaos. Because .when terror hits the fan, there is no shelter from 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