The redbugs are coming, and they bring death to those they touch. But first you may suffer from intense sweating, hives all over your body, violent seizures, skin necrosis. It's possible the redbug won't kill you. It may burrow inside your neck, turning you into what the CDC calls a "nest person." Drifting in and out of consciousness, you could have the cognitive abilities of someone who's gone through extensive electroshock therapy.
David Massengill's debut novel follows the struggles of a handful of survivors in the infested Pacific Northwest. A Homeland Security exterminator seeks his estranged cousin while completing a tour of duty in the Washington desert. A young woman volunteers at an urban refugee center to keep constant watch over her nest person mother. A man journeys south from a research lab in ravaged Seattle and discovers a mansion occupied by a 19-year-old megalomaniac and his female nest person servants. Can these people live through the extermination days? Can the government eradicate the redbug with insecticide and bombs? Or will all succumb to the RED SWARM?
About the Author
DAVID MASSENGILL is a Bay Area native who has lived in Seattle for nearly two decades. Red Swarm is his first novel. He is also the author of the short story collection "Fragments of a Journal Salvaged from a Charred House in Germany, 1816" (Hammer and Anvil Books). His short works of horror and literary fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including Eclectica Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Word Riot, The Literary Hatchet, The Raven Chronicles, and Yellow Mama, among others. Visit his website at www.davidmassengillfiction.com
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