Time of the Fourth HorsemanA secret government conspiracy to battle overpopulation in a disease-free dystopian future goes chaotically and terrifyingly awry in this classic science fiction cautionary thriller
In a brave new world, the eradication of all disease has brought an unexpected consequence: extreme overpopulation across the globe. The failure of all previous population control methods has resulted in severe food shortages, rampant unemployment, and violent unrest, which in turn has given rise to the Project, a top secret experiment born in the shadowy corners of America’s government. But now something has gone terribly wrong. Suddenly people are dying in droves in a major US city, struck down by ailments that were supposedly wiped off the face of the Earth generations ago.
Doctors Natalie Lebbreau and Harry Smith are witnesses to this terrifying onset of plagues for which there are no longer cures. Banding together with a small group of health care colleagues, they must somehow stop the fatal epidemic that is spreading like wildfire through an overcrowded, unprotected city while they race to uncover and expose the sinister truth about the Project. But it may already be too late to contain the dark experiment that is rapidly morphing into an apocalyptic nightmare.
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Praise for Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
“Quinn Yarbro is one of our finest writers and craftspersons.” —Peter Straub
“A versatile and distinctive talent . . . Yarbro has a fine way with the wicked and a clean, terse style.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[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.