BeastnightsA Vietnam vet haunted by dark secrets joins the hunt for a savage monster that’s slaughtering innocent women in the bloody East Bay night
Aaron Holliman returned from the jungles of Vietnam a changed man. An ex–intelligence officer at the height of the Southeast Asian conflict and a brutalized former prisoner of the Viet Cong, Holliman has experienced enough violence and horror to last a dozen lifetimes, yet he is willing to lend his expertise and uncanny insights to beleaguered police departments struggling to solve gruesome, perplexing murders. Now, with an uncommonly savage rapist/murderer prowling the parks and wild lands of San Francisco’s East Bay, the cops need Holliman’s unique skills more than ever.
But there is something distinctly inhuman about this killer who shatters his victims’ bones and tears their flesh to bits—a monstrosity that seems to have emerged from Holliman’s most terrible nightmares. The hunt for a bloodthirsty beast through the shadows is suddenly testing the very limits of the haunted ex-soldier’s strength and sanity, inspiring blackouts and bringing back brutal images and memories that would be best left forgotten. Worst of all, the chase feeds Holliman’s darkest fears: that there is nothing he can do to end the slaughter . . . and that the monster is much closer than he thinks.
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Praise for Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
“One of the most respected of the horror writers.” —Peter Straub
“Ms. Yarbro’s talent recalls the Ray Bradbury of Dark Carnival: no mean compliment.” —The Times (London)
“[Yarbro’s novels] are unsurpassed in their insight into the human condition and their unique brand of terror.” —Charles L. Grant
About the author
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Q. Yarbro is the first woman to be named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). In 1995, Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism, and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire the Count Saint‑Germain. With her creation of Saint‑Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction, and filtered it through a feminist perspective that made both the giving of sustenance and its taking of equal erotic potency. A professional writer since 1968, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to Westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. A skeptical occultist for forty years, Yarbro has studied everything from alchemy to zoomancy, and in the late 1970s worked occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist at the Magic Cellar in San Francisco.