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.
This edition includes a bonus short story, Consumption!
What Readers Are Saying
"Brutal horror. Raw. Animalistic. I couldn't put it down!" - Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days series
"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
"A mindfuck of a story masquerading as an apocalyptic thriller. Once it takes its mask off, it's Night of the Comet meets Pink Flamingos." - Chris Sorensen, author of The Nightmare Room
"There are horror novels, and then there are HORROR novels. You know, the ones with blood dripping off the letters (and pages) and sinking deep into the pit of your soul, causing you to question the decency of humanity and existence itself. Mass Hysteria, by Michael Patrick Hicks, certainly falls into this latter category. Masterful storytelling, but NOT for the faint of heart. You've been warned." - The Behrg, author of Housebroken and The Creation series
"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 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
"If you like your horror bloody and strange, you are in the right place. Mass Hysteria is a unique twist in a crowded field. ... For horror fans looking for something different, well worth a listen." - Audiobook Reviewer
"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
"If you are an aficionado of author Richard Laymon, you undoubtedly will like this book. This is horror at its bloodiest, guttiest and most shocking." - Cheryl Stout, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer and Amazon Vine Voice
"Brutal and well-written. Throw in narration by Joe Hempel and you’ve got gold. ... I don’t think I’ll forget Mass Hysteria for some time." - Brian's Book Blog
A Best Horror of 2017 Selection - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
A Best Audiobooks of 2017 Selection - Brian's Book Blog
2018 Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist