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by David Massengill
Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 7pm
The redbugs are coming, and they bring death to those they touch. But first you may suffer from intense sweating, hives all over your body, violent seizures, skin necrosis. It’s possible the redbug won’t kill you. It may burrow inside your neck, turning you into what the CDC calls a “nest person.” Drifting in and out of consciousness, you could have the cognitive abilities of someone who’s gone through extensive electroshock therapy.
David Massengill’s debut novel follows the struggles of a handful of survivors in the infested Pacific Northwest. A Homeland Security exterminator seeks his estranged cousin while completing a tour of duty in the Washington desert. A young woman volunteers at an urban refugee center to keep constant watch over her nest person mother. A man journeys south from a research lab in ravaged Seattle and discovers a mansion occupied by a 19-year-old megalomaniac and his female nest person servants. Can these people live through the extermination days? Can the government eradicate the redbug with insecticide and bombs? Or will all succumb to the RED SWARM
David Massengill is a fiction writer who lives in Seattle.
He is the author of the novel Red Swarm (Montag Press) and the short story collection Fragments of a Journal Salvaged from a Charred House in Germany, 1816 (Hammer and Anvil Books). His short works of literary and horror fiction have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including Eclectica Magazine, Word Riot, The Raven Chronicles, Danse Macabre, Pulp Metal Magazine, Yellow Mama, and 3 A.M. Magazine, among others. He has also contributed stories to the horror anthologies Gothic Blue Book: The Revenge Edition, Gothic Blue Book IV: The Folklore Edition, Long Live the New Flesh: Year Two, State of Horror: California, and Clones, Fairies, & Monsters in the Closet.
David has received grants for his fiction from both Seattle’s Artist Trust organization and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Seattleites have heard him read his short stories at various venues around the city, as he has been a featured reader in numerous reading series. He has also contributed nonfiction to Seattle Weekly, where he served as Books Editor.