Virulent pockets of plague, first reported in China, break out worldwide and spread with mind-boggling speed. CIA black ops agent Chad Halverson flies to Los Angeles to visit his brother after receiving a call that his brother has been hospitalized after a car accident. Halverson's Boeing 737 crash-lands in an eerie Los Angeles shrouded with an impenetrable haze of smog. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of Halverson's nightmare.
Evildoers run riot across the sun-drenched Southern California landscape in Helter Skelter. Zombies, vampires, and other wicked creatures wreak mayhem and carnage in these shocking horror short stories by Bryan Cassiday. Not all of these tales feature supernatural creatures. Some of the evil creatures are human - perhaps the most terrifying creature of all. These stories defy logic, yet they obey their own inexorable logic of fear.
An Antarctic ice station comes under attack by a virus from outer space during a subzero blizzard. Venusians subject an Earthling to the torture of having to live over and over again his murder trial for the killing of his friend. An exorcist suspects a child is possessed, but who is doing it and why? Is it a demon or something even more terrifying? A Special Forces soldier with a death wish can't figure out why the government has saved him from his spaceship's crash landing. When he does, it's too late.
The end of America is near. A plague that kills its victims and resurrects them as flesh-eating ghouls has decimated the American population, forcing what's left of the government to take shelter underground in the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center in Virginia. President Cole must decide whether to start nuking his own country in order to save it from the virus that has a hundred percent kill ratio. Whether America survives or not, it will never be the same.
Seeking sanctuary from the walking dead in Alcatraz prison, Halverson and his band discover that all is not as it seems on the island haven. In fact, they may have more to fear than the walking dead in the person of Alcatraz's reigning Chosen One, the charismatic proponent of law and order Jefferson Bascomb, who believes zombies have the right to a fair trial.
"bad, bad, bad"
America has been devastated by both plague and the nuclear weapons used to kill off the infected flesh-eating creatures that roamed across the land preying on human beings. National Clandestine Service black ops agent Chad Halverson and dress designer Victoria Brady take refuge in a blast shelter in the Nevada desert when an A-bomb is dropped on Las Vegas at the behest of the president of the United States. Halverson and Victoria are forced to leave the safety of their cement shelter when they run low on water.
The world has turned. Plague-infected, flesh-eating zombies now infest the earth. Black ops agent Chad Halverson of the CIA's top secret National Clandestine Service and a motley band of survivors must do everything they can to survive one more day, even as they try to find out what caused the pandemic.
Seven characters find themselves trapped inside an elevator during a zombie apocalypse. The narrator, the last passenger to occupy the elevator, tells them that his wife, who was murdered by a zombie, told him as she died in his arms that she saw one of the passengers get bitten by a zombie before the person ducked into the elevator, but she died before she could describe the victim to him. The terrified passengers know that the victim will soon turn and attack them. They must determine who it is and kill him or her before it is too late - if they don't kill each other first trying to find out.
"An interesting twist on the zombie scenario"
The feuding McQueen brothers must bury the hatchet long enough to thwart a conspiracy to assassinate a world leader in seventy-two hours. But which leader? Nick McQueen is a down-at-the-heels journalist in Los Angeles who seeks the truth and has trouble getting along with his bosses. His brother Barry is a CIA hit man plagued by personal demons who cares only about national security. Barry dupes Nick into joining the CIA and helping him prevent the Basque hit man from carrying out the contract at a summit in Pike National Forest in Colorado.
Police investigate the murders of 13-year-old Lucinda Pugh's parents, who died in their beds after somebody soaked them in gasoline and set their house on fire in their hometown of Santa Loma, California. All evidence points to Lucinda as the emotionally ill culprit, despite lack of motivation on her part. When an exorcist attempts to exorcise her, Lucinda reveals that an alien invasion of Earth is imminent, and her parents' murders are just the beginning of a full-fledged assault.
Larry, a college student who is driving through the Mojave Desert to a party in Las Vegas, encounters a bus driver who has other ideas. What starts out as an annoying hit and run turns into something decidedly more deadly, with Larry's life at stake on a desolate stretch of highway.
United States Senator John Stockwall of Texas is kidnapped on the doorstep of his house in McLean, Virginia. That's just the beginning of a conspiracy hatched to shake America to its very foundations. The trail of the kidnappers leads Nick McQueen, who is a CIA hit man and a - fugitive from the authorities, to a brutal murder on the casino-lined, neon playgrounds of Las Vegas. The al-Qaeda kidnappers plan to broadcast live on national TV a stage show - managed to humiliate and terrorize the American public.
Haunted by self-loathing, Ethan Carr quits the Los Angeles Police Department after he accidentally shoots to death an innocent boy on one of his assignments. Years later, he sets up shop as a private investigator and is hired by Richard Herbert to protect him from being assassinated for 24 hours until he meets his son. Herbert is on the lam from his employer US Cyber Command at the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland.