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Mass Hysteria

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  42 reviews
It came from space…

Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalki
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published August 10th 2017 by High Fever Books
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Mass Hysteria was a brutal horror novel, which reminded me of the horror being written in the late 70's and, (all of the), 80's. Books like James Herbert's The Rats or Guy N. Smith's The Night of the Crabs. There are a lot of similarities to those classics here-the fast paced action going from scene to scene-with many gory deaths and other sick events. In fact, I think Mass Hysteria beats out those books in its sheer horrific brutality.

I'm not going to go into the plot very much-it's th
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
DNF-I got this book free from the author for an honest review
I chuckled when I updated my book progress by clicking "I'm finished". Yes, Goodreads, I'm finished with this book.
So, Michael Hicks reads and reviews a lot of the same books I enjoy reading. I recommend you follow him on Twitter and you become his "friend" or follow his reviews here on GR (especially if you like horror!). This is how I came to read Mass Hysteria. I thought that if he has such great taste in reading material, he might
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girls Squirrels Gone Wild!

After a freak meteor shower, the world goes to hell in a hand basket as animals run amok and go on a murderous rampage. You know your cute little hamster “Fluffles”, well he ain’t so cute anymore and is now just a mindless killing machine bent on devouring human flesh. "Quick, somebody get me the nail gun!" (Disclaimer: For the record, I love animals and condone zero violence toward them…unless they are trying to chew out your eye balls and feast on your internal organ
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced gory tale that is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. It needs a warning for people who like to read during their lunch break. You may want to put the food down before you pick this up.
The meteor shower over the town of Fall's Breath was not just a beautiful light show. It carried with it something deadly. It rapidly turns household pets and wild life alike into ravenous killing machines. The people who manage to survive the attacks will also need to survive each other a
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
MASS HYSTERIA, by Michael Patrick Hicks is a book that takes a "slightly" different take on the end of the world, than the typical ones. What starts out with Meteors, soon has all the animals turning on the humans. Oddly enough, this didn't bother me so much, as the people weren't particularly endearing to begin with.

There are no wasted words in this novel--it is simply brutal! If sexual scenes (of various natures....) aren't your thing, than you won't want to pick up this book. For those hardco
Hunter Shea
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mass Hysteria is a hell of a brutal, end of the world free for all. What happens in this small town (and we're led to believe the rest of the world), is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. A terrifying vision of a future gone mad with bloodlust, Mass Hysteria will haunt your nightmares.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2019
The most brutal novel I have ever read. Sick and twisted horror of the extreme kind! I was truly horrified! Not for the easily offended or those easily grossed out! It was a hell of a horror novel, and Michael Patrick Hicks is crazy! 😁😂😂
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Mass Hysteria audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Here is a twist on the many, many zombie novels out there.  Instead of humans being infected; it is the animals – all of them, dogs, cats, even cuddly rabbits and birds.  Nowhere is safe as the creatures come after every person, from everywhere.  Housepets are the most dangerous as they quickly attack and kill their owners.  Run into the woods and you’ll be attacked by squirrels, deer, and wolves, into
The Behrg
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are horror novels, and then there are HORROR novels. You know, the ones with blood dripping off the letters (and pages) and sinking deep into the pit of your soul, causing you to question the decency of humanity and existence itself. "Mass Hysteria", by Michael Patrick Hicks, certainly falls into this latter category.

As I started this book, I recognized a very Richard Laymon type vibe. Now I'll be the first one to say there are various degrees of horror, and I'm not typically a fan of the
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This story was based on a good idea, but it was too uneven, for me.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Michael Patrick Hicks’ Mass Hysteria is a headlong dive into a disgusting, gore-splattered future that will either delight or dismay readers. Though the book starts out with animal attacks, it transitions fairly swiftly to humans attacking other humans as well. The tone for carnage is set early on, and it ratchets up relentlessly. There’s enough ‘long pig’ feasting in this book to make the mythical rugaru feel right at home.

Mass Hysteria is heavy on language, violence, and sexual situations. It
Acanthea Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
As seen on The Ghastly Grimoire.

Wow. Okay, I honestly felt I should have received some sort of warning before I opened this book! That aside, once I swallowed the surprise I received and accepted the book for what it is, I actually enjoyed several it. Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks approaches the days after the apocalypse with a complete overhaul of social hierarchy in the most gruesome of ways.

In the wake of a meteor falling and bringing with it a virus appearing as an airborne variety
 Reading Reindeer
Review: MASS HYSTERIA by Michael Patrick Hicks

Over decades, humanity has worried about an apocalypse, constructing disparate possibilities: nuclear war, comets, asteroids, meteors, extraterrestrial invasions, even eclipses (as earlier generations feared). In the last several decades, we've also learned to fear chemical and biological warfare, and genetically engineered or naturally occurring pandemics. Don't forget our Sun's delivery of solar flares, electromagnetic pulses, and coronal mass ejec
The Grim Reader
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Mass Hysteria, I was hoping for a horror book closely linked to the classic Def Leppard album from 1987. As it turns out I was way off the mark. Mass Hysteria sees Michael Patrick Hicks going all splatterpunk on us in this fast-paced gorefest that should appeal to those readers that enjoy their horror at the more extreme end of the spectrum.

Straight from the off, this book is brutal and unflinching in its delivery. There is no subtlety here whatsoever. It’s also probably the goriest thing I
Laura Thomas
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mystery, thriller
I loved the idea of this book. A meteor shower crosses paths with Earth, unleashing an alien virus that turns all animals against us. What’s not to love for this horror fan.

Came into this prepared for some bloody chaos and got it and got it and got it. Once the animals attack, and it happens fairly quickly, it’s relentless.

I feel I should stress that this is very graphic and gory. The scenes ain’t pretty. Not supposed to be. When I read about a herd of deer working together to ambush and kill pe
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In May of this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Patrick Hicks in person at StokerCon. Up until then, I had only read his novella BROKEN SHELLS, which I loved. After that read, I knew that I wanted to explore more of his writing. Meeting him in person only increased my interest, as he was so kind and cool to talk to. At the convention, I picked up a copy of MASS HYSTERIA, knowing that it was perhaps his most brutal story to date. I try not to read a lot of reviews until I've read a boo ...more
Chris Miller
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wild and extreme ride into an apocalypse.

Meteors seem to spark a change in the animal life on Earth. The sweetest and cuddliest of our furry friends suddenly become ravenous beasts, mad with bloodlust, and it isn't long before whatever is causing this is spreading to humans, turning them into sentient cannibals and fiends.

All the extreme sex and violence you could want is present here, and I'll admit to nearly gagging on more than one occasion. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing, not
Polly Krize
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Long a fan of the dystopian, apocalyptic genre, I had thought this would be a fine addition to my library. Unfortunately, I felt that the book was graphic to the point of vomiting, and, in my opinion, a bit of a cheat at the end...only my opinion.
Matt (TeamRedmon)
It's well written but it wasn't for me. I'm not averse to gore but the splatter punk sub genre of horror just doesn't do it for me. If you want to read just the vilest, most disgusting descriptions of various extremely violent deaths and the worst possible human behavior (I mean THE WORST), maybe this is for you. I got through it mainly because Michael Patrick Hicks is a great writer. Two stars based on the quality of the writing.
Angie Bulkeley
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint of heart, Mass Hysteria is a crazy, action-packed thrill ride through what looks to be the end of civilization as we know it. Beneath the violence, gore, and unspeakable acts, one is privy to mankind's most basic instincts and inner struggles. Just don't read it with your pet in the room.
3.5 Stars

Full review to come
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, netgalley, arc, kindle
I received this arc from Netgalley.

Great read!! A truly horrifying book. Fast paced and never a dull moment. Really could not put this down. Highly recommended to all fans of horror.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
**I received this book free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

All spoilers will be tagged.

This...was a tough read for me. The story follows a few very likable characters as they try to survive in a world gone mad; and when i say "mad", I mean in every gory sense of the word.
A meteor shower results in a virus spreading that causes animals to go rabid and planes to fall from the sky.
We are introduced to a few classic protagonists. They fit the bill of lovable small town people who
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading “Mass Hysteria” by Michael Patrick Hicks initially I had a sinking feeling abandonment would arrive after twenty or thirty pages, when you have as many books stacked on your Kindle as I do one has to be ruthless… However, I was pleasantly surprised by this very violent, equally dumb, but pulsating horror science fiction crossover which hit top gear from page one and hurtled into car crash territory. It was a pretty brief read, but that’s a compliment, as I sped through it ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read on a full stomach...

NOTE: This book has a small targeted audience.

If you are an aficionado of author Richard Laymon, especially his down and dirty books QUAKE or THE BEAST HOUSE series including THE CELLAR, you undoubtedly will like this book and the included novella CONSUMPTION.

This is horror at its bloodiest, guttiest and most shocking. I can usually handle this type of fiction - not a steady diet of it but once in awhile. But there were a few scenes in MASS HYSTERIA that had me que
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.  This was brutal, gory, shocking.  In all fairness, the author warned me it might be more than I was expecting - and admittedly it was.  But as a horror fan, I couldn't look away.

Maybe I'm unnaturally twisted, but scenes involving adult human deaths don't really bother me - make them as grisly as you like.  Same with The Walking Dead. But.  Involve animals or children, and I'm inclined to skim through the parts.  Considering pets and wildlife are rabid and attacking - I'm sure you can fill
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Very gory. Right off the bat, it's no holds bar descriptive in attacks and the aftermath.
It's less horror and more like horrid/shock value? I could really go without that clumped together, but it could be a sign of a well rounded literary education.
A variety of characters provide a 360 view of events (third person narration), which, also under different circumstances, is a positive trait.
The 'scientific' explanations sounded incredulously unrealistic....
A character who fornicates
Smarty Marty
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my 3rd read of this authors' work and I am continually impressed. Mass Hysteria was a fast read for me. From page one we are cast into the story of nature gone mad. After asteroids rain down upon the City of Traverse, all the animals, from the once sweet pet dog to the wild birds turn into vicious killing machines. No one is safe, especially Lauren, who with her father, must search for her boyfriend and stay alive. They soon come to the realization that there are no easy answers and the ...more
Shadow Girl
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Stargazing turns into a battle for survival after a freak, alien meteor shower causes everyone, and everything in Falls Breath to go bat-shit crazy O.o
I'm usually not much of a sci-fi fan, but #MichiganMadman Michael Patrick Hicks gives us a fast, fun, and furious read right from page one!
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My good friend, Mallory, has written an exquisite and insight review, which is also quite amazing. She never ceases to astound me, writing succinctly and with the utmost relevance. Highly recommended.

Michael Patrick Hicks, congratulations on this epic publication. Mass Hysteria sounds fantastic, this is definitely something I look forward to reading. Thank you.
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Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of several horror books, including The Resurrectionists, Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, and Mass Hysteria. He co-hosts Staring Into The Abyss, a podcast focused on all things horror. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist in science fiction. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

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