Books by David Massengill
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?
The Skin That Fits
“...a great read, richly humid with atmosphere, tense, packed with paranoia. The characters are interesting and well-rounded, tackling some difficult social constructs. Subtle but distinct Lovecraftian undertones weave throughout.” –The Horror Fiction Review
“A tour of terror through a modern Southern Gothic landscape.”
— Vic Kerry, author of Thorazine Dreams
THE HORROR IS DOWN SOUTH IN DAVID MASSENGILL’S LATEST NOVEL
“The Family knows a whole lot about sacrifice. We don’t just give up our comfort or our time. We give our bodies and we give our lives.”
Kim Lansing and Todd Regan are about to learn about sacrifice. While on a clandestine date with another woman, Kim discovers that her fiancé, Eustace, has killed himself. Torn with remorse, she fulfillls his one last request: taking his ashes from Seattle to his family members throughout the deep South.
In Miami, struggling male model Todd Regan botches a much-needed photo shoot. Desperate for income, he accepts a persuasive talent scout’s offer of a high-paying role in an “experimental” horror film in Georgia.
As Kim and Todd’s separate paths lead them beneath the shadow-casting Spanish moss of Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery and into the sweltering, gator-infested Louisiana swampland, they realize the locals may have something in mind other than hospitality.
Join a haunting journey through an American South of disturbing rituals and supernatural possession, murderers in fish-head masks and an ancient spirit that stalks old plantation grounds in search of THE SKIN THAT FITS.