Basilisk by Graham Masterton

By Graham Masterton

The exciting new horror from this best-selling writer . . . - while considered one of his spouse Grace's sufferers dies in strange situations, stem-cell researcher Nathan suspects that somebody else has been making an attempt a similar experiments as him bringing legendary creatures to existence merely with even more good fortune. yet then Grace herself is injured, and Nathan's lifestyles spirals right into a nightmare as he's confronted with an very unlikely challenge: lose Grace ceaselessly, or breed extra mythological beasts, on the rate of numerous extra human lives . . .

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This kid, with his folks, his whole family, them looking at the black X-ray with the doctor and the nurses standing there, the big V of wax glowing white for everybody to see, he has to tell the truth. The way Arabs get off. What his big brother wrote him from the navy. On the phone, right now, he starts to cry. They paid for the bladder operation with his college fund. One stupid mistake, and now he'll never be a lawyer. Sticking stuff inside yourself. Sticking yourself inside stuff. A candle in your dick or your head in a noose, we knew it was going to be big trouble.

Now you can take a good, deep breath. Because I still have not. 2 Under the next streetlight stands the Reverend Godless, next to him a square suitcase. It's still early morning enough that every color is black or gray. There, the black fabric of the suitcase is scarred with silver zippers running in every direction, a black Swiss cheese of little pockets and slots, sacks and compartments. Reverend Godless with his face—just red-raw meat around a nose and eyes, steak stitched together with thread and scars, his ears twisted and swollen—his eyebrows are shaved.

You let go for a second, and you're gutted. You swim for the surface, for a breath, and you're gutted. You don't swim, and you drown. It's a choice between being dead right now or a minute from right now. What my folks will find after work is a big naked fetus, curled in on itself. Floating in the cloudy water of their backyard pool. Tethered to the bottom by a thick rope of veins and twisted guts. The opposite of a kid hanging himself to death while he jacks off. This is the baby they brought home from the hospital thirteen years ago.

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