BLOOD BORN by HWA Member Matthew Warner
Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 7, 2011
Author: Matthew Warner
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number.
When a rapist stalks the nation’s capital, Detective Christina Randall tries to keep an astounding clue from going public: all the victims become pregnant.
The latest victim is teenager Daniella Connolly. Her mother, Margaret, is a doctor at CalPark Fertility Clinic. But Margaret can’t fathom the bizarre conceptions, either. Isolated in a special hospital ward, they all come to term in just one week.
Multiply on the earth and increase upon it.
Randall learns the rapes are connected to a series of missing-person cases. When a young woman disappears near CalPark—also home to a secretive research lab—suspicion falls on Margaret.
But soon, the rapist returns to claim his progeny. He is not really a he—but an “it.” Worse, the children have appetites just like papa’s.
From the author of The Organ Donor and Eyes Everywhere comes a new type of monster, one that could spell an end to our species.
- “Blood Born kicks off with compelling strangeness and deft police-procedural intrigue, then explodes into a frenzied free-for-all of gore-scarfing, blood-flinging, and monster-hobnobbing horror! Warner amalgamates multi-genre components with a broad landscape of cool characters to unleash a novel that succeeds on all fronts. Blood Born is a macabre, action-packed ton of fun!”— Edward Lee, author of Lucifer’s Lottery, City Infernal, and The Innswich Horror
- “Matthew Warner’s Blood Born is a merciless, nerve-wracking, emotionally violent supernatural thriller that takes (what may possibly be) the most twisted central conceit for a horror novel that I’ve encountered in years and turns it inside-out. The result? The kind of nightmarish morality play that both Clive Barker and Rod Serling would appreciate. Warner’s understanding of how to use gore and violence as metaphor serves the story brilliantly. I can’t imagine any horror reader — even the most jaded — not loving this novel.”— Gary A. Braunbeck, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner and author of A Cracked and Broken Path
- “Matthew Warner’s Blood Born is a monstrously good novel. A taut, exciting thriller populated with believable characters and some genuinely shocking scenes. It’s a wild ride from start to finish.”— Brett McBean, author of The Last Motel and The Mother