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They called it porodyne. A bizarre by-product of bio-engineering, porodyne has been found — quite accidentally — to have some very special properties. Properties that could render cosmetic surgery obsolete. Properties that could turn Barrows Industries into a billion-dollar gold mine. The changes porodyne makes in human skin are permanent. It could mean new life for burn victims, people scarred by accidents, old folk yearning to be young again, models who insist on being more beautiful…
They had gathered for a weekend on notorious Lammerty Island, a harsh outcropping of rock off the coast of Maine with an unsavory reputation for repeated violence and bloodshed. But none of the assembled guests believed rumors of an evil psychic force emanating from the accumulated atrocities of the past and awaiting the summons of an uncanny power.
It appeared mysteriously, at night, and destroyed the town with amazing swiftness. Houses were flattened, the bodies of men, women, and children were crushed and mangled, hundreds were missing, vanished without a trace. No one knew what had happened or why. Years later, the sole survivor of the holocaust, Tom Bartlett, began to suffer blinding visions — visions of a huge creature unparallelled in size, intelligence, and evil.
Deep beneath the city streets lurks a creature hideous beyond description, powerful beyond imagining, a creature so dangerous that it can destroy its victims by the virulence of its thoughts. The emanations of its computer-like brain invade every sanctuary, searching for those it would destroy. It is remorseless, cunning and inhuman.
Fear of war gripped the heart of young naval recruit Steven Russell. It gnawed at his innards, screamed at him from every New York newspaper, blasted at him from the radio. Poet, dreamer, visionary…he saw a future of blood and bombs…spattered bodies…severed limbs.
They dwell in darkness, craving human flesh, thirsting for human blood. Only one man can stop them and keep them from infecting the world–and he is too paralyzed with fear to act.
The Evil … It was an obscene evil that could not be quenched with blood or sated with the flesh of its defiled victims. The Terror … It wormed its way into the human brain, devouring the mind, controlling the body and turning its prey into savage creatures lusting for destruction.