Narrator: Joe Hempel
Published by Self Published / Indie on 23 August 2017
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Source: Author, Submitted
It came from space.
Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.
Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy.
As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is it safe - and it is spreading.
Soon, the city will find itself in the grips of mass hysteria.
To survive, humanity will have to fight tooth and nail.
©2017 Michael Patrick Hicks (P)2017 Michael Patrick Hicks
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Here is a twist on the many, many zombie novels out there. Instead of humans being infected; it is the animals – all of them, dogs, cats, even cuddly rabbits and birds. Nowhere is safe as the creatures come after every person, from everywhere. Housepets are the most dangerous as they quickly attack and kill their owners. Run into the woods and you’ll be attacked by squirrels, deer, and wolves, into the streets and the birds overhead will peck out your eyes. It is indeed mayhem.
The story follows Lauren as she searches for her boyfriend through the horrors of a collapsing world. Another twist on the story, which I won’t reveal here, gives the humans a strange and horrific means of survival. Humanity as they knew it is gone, replaced by something, well, different. But survival is survival and Hicks definitely knows how to weave a horror story. Ride the roller coaster and be rewarded for your effort at the end.
Joe Hempel performs the story. He is well experienced with horror stories and delivers with his familiar and professional voice. He is one of those performers who doesn’t get in the way of the story, understated and comfortable, with easily discernible character voices. The production quality is excellent as one would expect from a seasoned pro.
If you like your horror bloody and strange, you are in the right place. Mass Hysteria is a unique twist in a crowded field. Definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended. It is a kind of kitchen sink of horror, blood, sex and evil, but hey, why not. Call me sick (you’ll know why when you finish), but I loved the ending. For horror fans looking for something different, well worth a listen.