Today's the day! Mass Hysteria is officially available and on sale everywhere. The eBook costs only $3.99, and the paperback retails for $14.99 but has been discounted pretty nicely at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If anybody would like a signed/personalized copy of the paperback, I have some available through my store here.
The eBook edition of Mass Hysteria can be found at the following:
The audiobook is also available, with narration by Joe Hempel. You may recognize Joe's voice from a number of other books, including Brian Keene's The Rising, and titles from Edward Lee, Jeff Strand, Adam Howe, and Adam Cesare. So, please, go check it out and give it a listen! You can purchase the audiobook at:
Here's the synopsis:
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 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.
Early reaction to the book has been very kind so far, and I've seen a handful of positive reviews crop over the last few days leading into the release. Here's what readers have been saying:
"Fun, horrible fun, from start to finish." - Horror Novel Reviews
"It's fast paced, action-packed, and bloody. Really, almost everything a horror gore-hound could want. ... Undeniably talented, Michael Patrick Hicks shows evidence of a rather deliciously depraved mind..." - SciFi & Scary
"Mass Hysteria is a hell of a brutal, end of the world free for all. A terrifying vision of a future gone mad with bloodlust, Mass Hysteria will haunt your nightmares." - Hunter Shea, author of Just Add Water and We Are Always Watching
"Mass Hysteria was a brutal horror novel, which reminded me of the horror being written in the late 70's and, (all of the), 80's. Books like James Herbert's The Rats or Guy N. Smith's The Night of the Crabs. There are a lot of similarities to those classics here-the fast paced action going from scene to scene-with many gory deaths and other sick events. In fact, I think Mass Hysteria beats out those books in its sheer horrific brutality." - Char's Horror Corner
"I'm telling you now, this book isn't for readers with weak stomachs. It is brutal in all the right ways." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
Curtis Freeman at Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews invited me to do a guest post on his site to help kick off the release of Mass Hysteria. So, I'm over there talking a bit about some of the best fictional animal attacks put to print and film, and how a couple of them helped to inspire Mass Hysteria. Check it out!
This past weekend, I chatted with Preston Leigh, host of The Leighendarium podcast. Recording this interview was a lot of fun for me, and hopefully that comes through in the podcast. We discussed my debut novel, Convergence, as well as Revolver and Mass Hysteria. And I did a live reading from the new book for his listeners! Like I said, lots of fun. You can listen to the interview on Episode 68 of The Leighendarium.
Speaking of Revolver, I did a little bit of redesign on the interior formatting for that short story, along with some updates for Black Site, Let Go, and Consumption. These short stories are only 99c each, so if you haven't checked the out before now is the perfect time! Each one has been reformatted and given a little bit of a new look with updated chapter headings and title pages, with all of them rebranded to fall in line with my launch of High Fever Books.
High Fever Books is a brand new publishing initiative that I've started, and will be the brand unifying my horror and dark fiction works going forward. Mass Hysteria is the first book in what I hope to be a long line of HFB titles to come. Look for the next all-new High Fever Books release to launch later this year or early 2018.
In the meantime, go pick up a copy of Mass Hysteria at your favorite eBook and audiobook retailer! Happy reading!
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