Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Horror & Ghost Stories
Paranormal & Urban
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Event Horizon EBooks
Published: Jun 14, 2015
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Published: June 18, 2015
Imprint: Event Horizon EBooks/Event Horizon Publishing Group
Copyright © 2015 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Cover Image: © Dmytro Tolokonov
Original Print Copyright © 1988 by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
PRINT HISTORY: Popular Library-Warner Books, Inc./March 1988
Print Pages: 439
It began with six innocent children—and the terror they would bring to life ...
A human error, an unreported lab accident. Six pregnant women, six unknown children spreading a plague far deadlier than any doctors have ever seen before—a horror that splits lovers and friends, parents and children. The bravest and brightest men and women in medicine are fighting to stem the deadly tide. Their only hope for a cure lies with the precious few who have lived through the onslaught.
But the survivors of Taji’s Syndrome have mysteriously disappeared—and the tasks facing the champions of humanity are far greater than anyone could have imagined ...
HARPER ROSS: He had seen it destroy his son and tear apart his family. Now he is obsessed with hunting down the carriers of the disease—and terrified by the answers he finds.
MAXIMILLIAN KLAUSEN: He was the old-fashioned doctor who had lost everyone he ever loved to the syndrome. Now he’s fighting to find its cure—and he’s running out of time.
IRENE CHANNING: She was the strong, beautiful woman who was the first known survivor of Taji’s Syndrome—and the first to discover the bizarre and powerful changes it had left behind.
JEFF TAJI: He must discover the cause of the plague and stop it. But then he faces an even more baffling mystery . . . what is happening to the survivors? ...
The writer wishes to thank the following people for their generous assistance in the preparation of this novel:
Mr. R. Burr
Dr. N. T. Denning
Dr. O. Galt
Ms. A. E. Oldani
Ms. D. L. Pedderson
Dr. T. Ryan
Mr. J. Santiago
Dr. R. Whitty
Any errors in fact or procedure are those of the writer, not these most helpful persons.
“Beguiling plots and living characters ... Quinn has great gifts!” — James Tiptree, Jr.
“One of the most respected of the horror writers.” — Peter Straub
A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-2 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn't stopped yet.
After leaving college in 1963 and until she became a full-time writer in 1970, she worked as a demographic cartographer, and still often drafts maps for her books, and occasionally for the books of other writers.
She has a large reference library with books on a wide range of subjects, everything from food and fashion to weapons and trade routes to religion and law. She is constantly adding to it as part of her on-going fascination with history and culture; she reads incessantly, searching for interesting people and places that might provide fodder for stories.
In 1997 the Transylvanian Society of Dracula bestowed a literary knighthood on Yarbro, and in 2003 the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award. In 2006 the International Horror Guild enrolled her among their Living Legends, the first woman to be so honored; the Horror Writers Association gave her a Life Achievement Award in 2009.
A skeptical occultist for forty years, she 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.
She has two domestic accomplishments: she is a good cook and an experienced seamstress. The rest is catch-as-catch-can.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with two cats: the irrepressible Butterscotch and Crumpet, the Gang of Two. When not busy writing, she enjoys the symphony or opera.