by Tommy B. Smith
Rainstorm Press, 2010
Blurb: Following the Quake of ’79, a terrible force came to the city of St.
Charles. This was the Living Poison. In Lilac Chambers, it may have
found the perfect host. As she finds herself changing, becoming
increasingly dangerous to everyone around her, it becomes apparent that
her state of being is no accident of nature. She is becoming a prime
vehicle for the Living Poison’s destructive swath through the streets of
St. Charles. Detective Brandt McCullough has seen the Living Poison’s
brutality. John Sutterfield, ringmaster of Sutterfield’s Circus of the
Fantastic, is discovering its malignancy festering within the very
circus he founded. These two are the only ones who might stand in the
way of a force greater than anything they have ever known, one which
threatens to wash the streets in red and swallow the city into chaos,
but the stakes may be higher than either of them can imagine. St.
Charles—indeed, the world—may tremble.
Can a disease be sentient? And if it were, how would it act?
Poisonous might be the answer to those questions. Maybe it's the Living Poison, maybe it's something more supernatural, but whatever it is, it's killing people and spreading. The mysterious atmosphere of the storyline, it's suspense and growing threat, make Poisonous an edge-of-the-seat thriller as well as a first-class horror tale. Smith certainly has an eye for what makes a great story and relentlessly uses that skill with an unflinching determination to give the reader a hell of a ride.
Find it at Amazon and Rainstorm Press.