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Authors: William D. Carl

Bestial

“William D. Carl has done for werewolves what Romero did for zombies, and he’s done it with flair and a sense of gruesome fun.”

—Ray Garton, author of Ravenous and Live Girls

BENEATH THE DIM LIGHT OF A FULL MOON, MADNESS REIGNS. . . .

As night descends on Cincinnati, the city braces for hell on earth: The populace mutates into huge, snarling monsters that devour everyone they see and act upon their most base desires. Planes fall from the sky. Highways are clogged with abandoned cars, and buildings explode and topple. The city burns.

And when daylight comes at last, the same monsters return to human form, many driven insane by atrocities committed against friends and families. . . .

Only four survivors are immune to the metamorphosis: a smooth-talking thief who lives by the code of the Old West; a bank teller who’s put her past behind her; a wealthy, disillusioned housewife; and a desperate teenaged runaway. Together they form an unlikely quartet that must find a way to stop the apocalypse before the next full moon.

“Bestial grabs hard from the first page and doesn’t let up. . . . An excellent first novel with an engaging story and well-drawn characters.”

—Nate Kenyon, author of Bloodstone

William D. Carl
makes his fiction debut with Bestial. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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DON’T GO OUT TONIGHT

Dr. Ralph Graver:
Several werewolf myths maintain it’s related to the effect of the moon on the tides. The blood is affected in a similar manner, you see? In any case, there’s a full moon tonight. If you didn’t change, it’s very important that you relocate to one of the shelters that we’ll soon announce. We are in the process of setting up safe houses where such people can sleep tonight. We need to interview them, to find out why they are immune to the metamorphosis. We also need to be sure they remain safe, even if that means hiding them someplace.

Fred Mikelson:
We’ll know more about that later, as the mayor, the vice mayor, the chief of police, and even this station’s manager are still missing.

Dr. Ralph Graver:
Well, if they haven’t shown up yet, they’re probably dead.

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“If you have an appetite for werewolves, this book is an all-you-can-eat buffet!”

—Ray Garton

“Dread-Destruction-Death …
Bestial
delivers these three
D
’s en masse, taking us into a world where survival of the fittest is a gross understatement and fear is the norm. … A page-turning, rocket-paced novel.”

—Deborah LeBlanc, author of
Morbid Curiosity
and
Water Witch

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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