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Horror Meets Humor Week on HO: Ravenous

October 30, 2012

Patrick Hollenbeck is walking his dog Cosmo on a cold, misty night. …


Each block in that neighborhood had two streetlights, and the first one was coming up.  Its yellowish light had a halo of mist around it.  As Cosmo led him through the pool of light, Patrick looked ahead and saw a dark figure walking toward them. The figure was all the way across Ivy and on the next block, walking rapidly.  As the dark figure stepped into a pool of light, Patrick laughed a barking laugh that echoed in the night — the man walking rapidly toward him was completely naked.  Although that moment of illumination was brief, Patrick was certain that the man was not wearing any clothes.

The naked man reached the end of the block, crossed Ivy, and stepped up onto Patrick’s block.  As he passed beneath the streetlight at that end of the block, Patrick flinched.  Suddenly, the man was wearing a full suit of dark clothes.  Or … was that some kind of dark coat?  Even his face looked dark.  He even seemed … taller.  Patrick frowned and quickly questioned what he had seen earlier.  He was certain the man had been naked — he’d seen it clearly.  Now, he appeared to be wearing something.  Where had it come from?  What was it?  It didn’t look quite right for a suit of clothes.  As the man continued to walk toward him, Patrick squinted a little.  With the other streetlights behind him, Patrick saw only a dark silhouette — what appeared to be a rather shaggy silhouette.

Cosmo stopped at a crepe myrtle tree, sniffed around, then stopped and lifted his head.  The dog looked down the sidewalk and sniffed the air with minute nods of his head.  Patrick held the leash, but instead of watching Cosmo, his head remained turned to the right to look down the sidewalk.

Then something strange happened.  The man hunched forward and walked that way for a few steps.  Then he dropped forward until he was down on all fours.

My God, is that some kind of … monkey? Patrick thought.

It did not look quite like a monkey — but then, it did not quite look like a man on all fours, either.

It was moving faster.  A lot faster.

Cosmo growled, and his growl became more intense as the figure neared.

Patrick felt a shudder of fear of the unknown, because he didn’t know what he was seeing.  Whatever it was, it was getting closer, and it was bigger than Patrick first had thought.  A lot bigger.

Ravenous: http://www.amazon.com/Ravenous-Ray-Garton/dp/0759294976/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350947593&sr=8-1&keywords=Ravenous+Ray+Garton


Ray Garton

Ray Garton is the author of over 60 novels, novellas, short story collections, movie novelizations and TV tie-ins. His work spans the genres of horror, crime, and suspense. His 1987 erotic vampire novel LIVE GIRLS was called "artful" by the New York Times and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award at the World Horror Convention. His 2001 comedy thriller SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD is being developed for the screen. His most recent novels, TRAILER PARK NOIR and MEDS (a thriller with deadly side effects), are available from E-Reads as trade paperbacks, for Kindle at Amazon, Nook at Barnes and Noble, and in multiple ebook formats at Fictionwise.com, and his seventh short story collection, WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, was recently published by Cemetery Dance Publications. “The Man in the Palace Theater,” a short emotional horror story, and his erotic noir novella SERPENT GIRL are available for Kindle and Nook. You can see his bibliography and keep up with new releases at his website, RayGartonOnline.com. He lives in northern California with his wife Dawn. “Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twistingthem to evocative, entertaining effect.” — Publishers Weekly “Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print.” — Cemetery Dance magazine “Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you.” — Fangoria magazine "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators." — F. Paul Wilson, bestselling creator of Repairman Jack "Garton never fails to go for the throat." — Richard Laymon, bestselling author of THE LAKE "It's scary, it's involving, and it's also mature and thoughtful." — Stephen King on Ray Garton's novel DARK CHANNEL "LIVE GIRLS is gripping, original, and sly. I finished it in one bite." — Dean R. Koontz

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