It should be no surprise to followers of my site that an apocalyptic setting is one of my favorites. I found the synopsis of Mass Hysteria to be intriguing and I had to see how it all goes wrong. I’d heard the buzz, seen the comments and was told this book is BRUTAL. Well those comments were correct, this is one of the more brutal stories I can remember reading. Michael wastes no time get the show on the road. Brutality is everywhere as every animal, both wild and domestic, are losing their shit. The level of gore, blood and guts, and devastation is a bit overwhelming. A meteor shower has set off the animal population in a way no one is prepared for. Whether it’s some bacteria, a virus or infection from space, a passing asteroid has affected the animals. To make it all worse the solar storms have made communication near impossible. The meteors have also essentially acted as an EMP and wiped out all electronics.
Everyone is on their own and without any way to get help, welcome to the pre-cellphone days! I could have done with a little less in the gross and disgusting department, especially regarding the Mayor. His character was, for me, overly sick and twisted. I thought the animal attacks on the towns people were bad until humans started to turn on each other. There was no happy ending for anyone is this story. I had trouble connecting to the characters and really wanted to root for at least one of them. If you have a squeamish stomach I would recommend you proceed with caution with Mass Hysteria.
Length: 230 Pages
Release date: August 10, 2017
It came from space…
…and it is spreading.
MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS is the author of a number of speculative fiction titles. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist. His most recent work is the horror novel, Mass Hysteria.
He has written for the Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter websites, in addition to working as a freelance journalist and news photographer.
In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.
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