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Future Treasures: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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I pretty much rode out the zombie horror wave without too much trauma. Zombies don’t scare me. Ditto for the paranormal romance boom a decade ago. Vampire, werewolves, and ghouls never really scared me much, either.

You know what does scare me? Spiders. Big, hairy, creepy spiders. Gahhh, I get the creeps just typing that. And now comes the debut horror novel by Ezekiel Boone, the terrifying tale of the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, on the march once more. Andrew Pyper (The Damned and The Demonologist) calls it “old school global plague horror of the freakiest sort. A deft and nasty thriller,” and that’s good enough for me. The Hatching will be available in hardcover next week.

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

The Hatching will be published by Emily Bestler Books on July 5, 2016. It is $26 in hardcover, and $9.99 for the digital edition.

2 Comments »

  1. Sounds a lot like the premise of Tim Lebbon’s The Silence. If it’s as half as good as that, this will be a cracker. Plus, you know, SPIDERS!

    Comment by Robert Mammone - June 30, 2016 11:29 pm

  2. Robert,

    I should have made that connection myself… especially since I covered THE SILENCE just last year…

    https://www.blackgate.com/2015/02/07/future-treasures-the-silence-by-tim-lebbon/

    Those two novels look like they’d make a nifty horror double-feature this weekend….

    Comment by John ONeill - July 1, 2016 9:56 am


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