Vampires in Hazmat Suits:
Amalie Sinclair Debut work, Vampires in Hazmat Suits is a strange slice of life drama surrounding the developing relationship of Radiologist Tabitha Frost and her CR fellow Helmut Steinberger, set in an unnamed hospital. The first several chapters are told from Dr.Frost’s perspective as she deals with a variety of medical cases, and slowly begins to suspect that Dr.Steinberger is stealing drugs from the pathology department. Several secondary characters are introduced in this period, including pathology department chair Lescaut Puccini, to whom the perspective switches to briefly for chapter 7, to reveal that Steinberger and Lescaut are engaging in a mild workplace romance. A crisis occurs during the next three chapters due to an unknown disease a large number of patients suddenly contract, with surreal symptoms that are never directly described. At the end of chapter 11, an exhausted and sleep deprived Dr.Frost confronts Steinberger during a department meeting, to the latter’s surprise. Chapter 12 opens with a timeskip to the perspective of Dr.Steinberger fleeing through the streets of the unnamed city in a hazmat suit as he recounts the events that lead to this current situation, from the strange encounter with a patient with an unknown disease in medical school that lead to his vampirism, to his perspective of the events of chapters 1-11. This is told intermediately with scenes of his attempts to hide from the authorities, who are described in bizarre terms oscillating between descriptions of beauty and terrible disfigurement. Eventually, in chapter 16, Steinberger’s retelling reveals the exact events that occured at the end of chapter 11, the sudden and strange silence that had consumed the room after Dr.Frost’s accusation, and horrible burning light that began to pour out of everyone’s eyes and mouths. Chapter 17 begins with the scene of Steinberger overlooking the unnamed city from an unknown vantage, as it glows with an unnatural sickly yellow light. The rest of the chapter is a long delusion of Steinberger as he returns to the city, walking through crowds of glowing bodies twisted into breathtaking forms, before reaching the unnamed hospital and reuniting with Lescaut. The final chapter switches back to the perspective of Dr.Frost as she goes about the events of chapter 1, with the noticeable difference that her CR fellow is never named.
Vampires in Hazmat Suits 2: The Chernobyl Conspiracy:
An immediate sequel to Vampire in Hazmat Suits, The Chernobyl Conspiracy is a surrealist comedy that retells the story of Vampire in Hazmat Suits from a variety of perspectives and variations. The first four chapters retell the story of the first book from the perspective of the unnamed technician that was mentioned only thrice in the original novel, and who remains unnamed in the sequel. The technician is revealed to be highly aware of the various secrets of the hospital, including both Steinberger’s vampirism and romance with Lescaut, and Dr.Frost’s undiagnosed brain tumor, which even she is unaware of. The first three chapters detail this unnamed technician’s musings on the dysfunctional nature of the hospital, as well as their repeated attempts to report the absurd events ongoing to HR. A number of dramatic events from the first book, including the mysterious disease that appeared in chapter 8, are retold in a cynical and clinical light that highlights the absurdity of hospital drama and the professionalism of the supposed doctors. Chapter 4 covers the fallout of Dr.Frost’s accusation and the technician’s many reports to HR as both Dr.Steinberger is let go, Dr.Frost is hospitalized due her tumor, Dr.Puccini is forced to step down as department head and the technician finally receives a reward of a 4% raise. Chapter 5 opens to the perspective of a new character, Maria Irving, who describes herself as a ‘secret agent’, as she enters the glowing city from chapter 17 of the first novel. The chapter mainly consists of her attempting to pick a fight with the numerous glowing ‘monsters’ and her absolute disappointment at their unwillingness to fight back. Chapter 6 covers her continued complaints at what she describes as ‘the lamest adventure ever’ as she follow’s Steinberger’s path to the hospital, and ends with her shooting the entire cast of the first novel and phoning her HR department to complain to them. Chapter 7 switches to the perspective of Amalie Sinclair, the author. It details her visits to a dying Dr.Frost on her deathbed, a homeless Dr.Steinberger in the alley behind a 7-11, Dr.Puccini at his new practice, and Maria Irving at a cafe in Venice. She is then called by her publisher who demands a sequel by the end of the week. The book then ends with a long description of her publisher in extremely negative terms.
Twelve Stars over the Ash Mountains:
A fantasy novel about aspiring wizard Thaddeus Reed and his attempts to court the demoness Pneumonia. The book begins in medias res with an epic battle between Thaddeus and Balthazaar ending on a cliffhanger as Thaddeus is bleeding to death while choking Balthazaar. Chapters 2-8 follow Thaddeus as he is taken from his family by slavers, only to be saved by a the witch Hester, who decides to take him as her apprentice and train him in the arts of magic. Several secondary characters are introduced, including the talking cat Oscar and the mysterious whispering voice that identifies itself as Apex. Chapter 9 marks a sudden shift in tone as after a demon kidnaps Oscar, Hester and Thaddeus journey to the underworld to save him. Thaddeus is introduced to Pneumonia when he is ambushed by her and Balthazaar, the demon king, to whom Oscar has outstanding debts. Thaddeus is nearly killed when Balthazaar shoots him in the shoulder with a shotgun, but is saved when Apex whispers to him the incantation to turn invisible. Hester then arrives a few moments later and drives off Balthazaar and Pneumonia, but not before Oscar is killed. Chapter 10 and 11 focus on Thaddeus’s recovery and decision to leave Hester to go seek the power he needs to avenge Oscar and slay Balthazaar. Chapters 12-20 cover a number of misadventures as Thaddeus, under the instructions of Apex, quests for the blade Excalibur, which is said to be able to kill any demon. During this time, he comes into conflict with the Crusaders, an order of knights who protect Excalibur. In Chapter 21, Thaddeus finally reaches the hidden temple of Excalibur, only to find Pneumonia there waiting for him. After a fierce battle, he defeats Pneumonia, but refuses to kill her with Excalibur despite Apex’s commands to do so. Apex, enraged, curses him for his betrayal, declaring that if he loves so much the beauty of the underworld, that all the beauty of the nature world shall reject him. Chapter 22-24 describes Thaddeus and Pneumonia’s aimless wandering as Thaddeus slowly chokes on poisonous air and starves as food turns to ash in his mouth. Eventually, Thaddeus and Pneumonia perform a ritual to allow Thaddeus to survive in the underworld instead, knowing that there Balthlazaar will have every demon at his command hunt them down. Chapter 25 retells the battle from chapter 1, but reveals that Balthazaar has no need to breath, as Thaddeus slowly crumples to the ground, weakened by blood loss. Suddenly, several Crusaders arrive, having tracked Excalibur down to the underworld to reclaim it. Leading them is Hester, who heals Thaddeus’s wounds then disappears with the same incantation Apex once taught Thaddeus. Aided by the Crusaders, Thaddeus strikes down Balthazaar in chapter 26 and is crowned the new demon king in the final, with Pneumonia as his queen in the final epilogue chapter.
The Paleotological Plague of Prague
A Sci-fi Thriller, this novel begins with immunologist Artemis Fax suddenly being ambushed by a cybernetically enhanced dinosaur on her way home from work. Barely avoiding a terrible death, Artemis is rescued by a mysterious group of paleontologists on motorcycles. During a high speed chase as the dinosaur pursues, the paleontologists explain that they worked for an organization known as the Fist of Rust, who tried to resurrect the dinosaurs as bioweapons, but lost control of them. Chapter 1 ends abruptly as a pterodactyl swoops down from above and crashes into the lead motorcycle. Chapter 2 reveals that Artemis narrowly escaped the crash, and begins with her watching from a distance as the pterodactyl transforms into a ghoulish humanoid form and slaughters the remaining paleontologists. Fleeing from the scene, Artemis seeks shelter at her workplace, where she encounters a strange young women rifling around her workplace. The women, introduced as Arcadia St.Axelrod, claimed to be a monster hunter, looking for a sample of the soviet vampiric retrovirus used in the dinosaur’s creation, which had apparently been shipped to Artemis’s lab by accident. A sudden crash outside alerts the two of them that the dinosaurs had followed Artemis, and were attempting to force their way in. Arcadia and Artemis quickly setup a defensive perimeter, attempting to buy as much time as possible for Artemis to study the retrovirus and determine the weakness of the dinosaurs. Artemis discovers that the virus doesn’t enable those infected with it to merely turn invisible, as Arcadia warned her about vampires, but to teleport instead, a discovery punctuated with the sudden appearance of the pterodactyl in it’s humanoid form. Chapter 3 tells the later part of chapter 2 from Arcadia’s perspective as she stalks the lab hunting dinosaurs. Hearing Artemis scream suddenly, Arcadia runs out into the open, cutting down two dinosaurs and drawing the attention of the entire swarm. The pterodactyl instantly appears before her, overpowering her and monologuing regarding the inevitability of humanity defeat. The perspective switches back to Artemis as Arcadia loses consciousness, with Artemis rapidly fleeing the lab and attempting to drive as far away as possible. Chapter 4 opens to the perspective of Terra St.Axelrod, Arcadia’s mother, as she and her associate, Dr.William Wilde, investigate Arcadia’s disappearance. Their investigation leads them to Prague, where they hear rumours of a string of thefts from hospitals and research labs across the city, as well as whispers of strange monsters the stalk the city at night. In chapter 5, after following these leads and collecting a number of clues, the pair tracks the source of these happenings to an old ruined tower not far outside the city, where they find a mildly deranged and distressed Artemis Fax continuing to study the vampiric retrovirus. After convincing each other that they both are on the same side, the trio sets out to hunt down the dinosaurs, who they’ve uncovered with their collective knowledge to be the product of a bioweapons project hijacked by an immortal vampiric spirit. Following these leads through chapter 6, the group is ambushed when a werewolf shoplifter they attempted to interrogate summons a pack of vampiric raptors to attack them. The trio instead manages to sway the raptors to their side, making use of their vampiric teleportation ability to immediately teleport to the nest of the vampires. Chapter 7 switches back to Arcadia’s perspective, as she lies imprisoned within the deep nest of the vampires. She is quickly rescued by Terra, who regroups with the other two to find them locked in a conflict with the vampire queen. Making usage of her knowledge of the vampiric retrovirus, Dr.Fax injects the vampire queen with a counter virus, which begins to weaken her. Together, Arcadia and Terra flank the weakened queen while Dr.Wilde holds off the swarm. The mother and daughter succeed in impaling the vampire queen on the horn of another dinosaur, slaying her. The confused swarm breaks apart and flees, with the group congratulating themselves, and using their raptors to teleport out. Without the queen’s power to protect them, the vampiric dinosaurs all burn up in sunlight. The protagonists all walk off as the sun rises over Prague.
The War Of Numbers
A spy novel, The War of the Numbers begins with our cryptic first person narrator, Sam, a retired cryptographer who served at Bletchley park during WWII, being contacted by an old friend, Amadeus, a CIA agent investigating a conspiracy regarding a mysterious project H that the USSR is developing. Initially skeptical, Sam refuses to work with Amadeus, instead investigating a series of strange radio frequencies that broadcast static for hours at end, but turn silent around midnight. Sam’s investigation eventually leads to a strange facility hidden beneath the sewers of New York, where a mysterious group appears to be conducting biological research on kidnapped people. As Sam flees the scene, they catch sight of a single logo adorning the facility’s main door: a stylized H. Chapter 4 begins with Sam arriving at Amadeus’s house, looking for answers, only to find Amadeus dead, his head split open into a festering cancer of black boils and growths. Left with many unanswered questions and no leads, Sam rifles through Amadeus’ notes on the project H investigation, before being forced to leave as sirens approach in the distance. The notes seem to indicate that Amadeus believed that the soviets were planning to engage in ‘something’ at the Long Island nuclear facility, where a number of unknown submersibles had been detected operating near. Sam takes the initiative, sneaking into the facility under cover of darkness. It’s now that it becomes clearly apparent that Sam isn’t human, but some sort of machine, as they are able to endure a long period of time underwater as well as heavy radiation. From their hiding place in the cooling towers of the Long Island Facility, Sam spots a number of suspicious figures transporting crates of supplies out of the facility and toward the coast. Moving quickly, Sam manages to intercept one of them, knocking the man unconscious before investigating the crate. Within they find an elaborate high-tech containment device used to move unstable elements, in this case, Rutherfordium. Unsure of where to progress from here, Sam vanishes back into the night. Chapter 15 opens several weeks later, with Sam having reached out to their soviet contacts in order to find out more regarding project H. A meeting with an old friend, KGB agent Ajax turns sour as the two trade threats. Sam eventually convinces Ajax to tell them everything he knows regarding project H in exchange for helping to save Ajax’s son’s life from an incurable disease that the soviets have little information on, but the US does. Ajax informs Sam that project H is an agreement between the USSR and The Host, a strange mysterious organization that was uncovered operating a series of highly advanced facilities beneath Baikonur. The Host had likely existed in isolation for centuries, based on the Soviet’s investigations, and had technology far in excess of any other organization on the planet. In exchange for The Host helping to accelerate the soviet space program, the USSR had been providing a number of rare elements and resources so that the Host may complete their ‘eternity project’. After having learned this, Sam shoots Ajax mid-sentence, as Sam does not in fact have the ability to save Ajax’s son. Dumping the body into the river, Sam begins making preparations for sneaking across the Iron Curtain. Chapter 17 skips ahead several months to Sam mid-heist as they steal a submarine operating in the waters outside Venice. Sam deftly disables and then disposes of the small sub’s five man crew with a mixture of robotically enhanced martial arts and pinpoint gunplay. Piloting the vessel up the black sea before ditching it on the shores of kazakhstan, Sam then assumes the identity of a defecting NATO missile engineer, providing forged credentials to the nearest patrol and asking to be taken to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. While the two patrol soldiers attempt to radio back to base, Sam shoots them both in quick succession, disposes of the bodies and disguises themself using the dead soldier’s uniforms. Chapter 27 begins after Sam has successfully infiltrated the Cosmodrome, and now made their way down to the secret tunnels that connect the facility to The Host’s ancient underground base. Evading detection, Sam discovers a massive rocket silo, beneath the Cosmodrome, where a rocket far larger than any seen before is held. Out of the shadow of the rocket emerges an old friend of Sam’s, Tam, or 7AM, the seventh of the Automatious Mechanoid series that Sam, or 5AM, was part of. Tam explains that The Host’s plan is to launch an advanced neutrino bomb into orbit, annihilating all organic life on the planet except for The Host themselves, in order to bring about a new glorious machine age. Sam shoots her as she is descracted describing the great wonders to come. Tam however has been significantly upgraded by The Host, and survives the gunshot, getting into a close combat fistfight with Sam, eventually defeating the less advanced android. However, Sam is revealed to have an EMP device built into them, one that will destroy them both if used. Chapter 31 begins with Tam laughing at Sam’s pitiful ploy, as she knows both of their electronics are hardened against EMPs. Taking a leap of faith, Sam points out that while that is true of their original electronics, they doubt the Host put that much care into their makeshift upgrades for Tam. Having regained control of the situation, Sam forces Tam to lead them to the leader of the Host. At the launch control room next to the great rocket, the pair faces off against Azrael, the Host’s director, a winged individual who mocks them for being the products of a weak species in a moment of even great weakness. Initiating the launch sequence, Azrael flies from the control room to the top of the rocket, laughing as Sam is helpless to stop their grand plan now. Sam, gripping onto the surface of the rocket, begins to climb toward it’s summit as the rocket itself rises into the air. Azrael, infuriated at this continued resistance, questions what Sam even thinks they can accomplish. While Azrael monologues, Sam stops climbing, midway up the rocket. Laughing madly, Azrael mocks Sam, questioning if they’re feeling tired, or if they would like a rest. Sam responds that, yes, a small nap would just hit the spot, and detonates their EMP, shutting off the Rutherfordium containment fields in the midsection of the rocket. In what would be recorded as the largest man-made explosion in history, the rocket comes crashing down to the earth. Chapter 34 begins as Sam awakens to find Tam standing over them, a gun in hand. She asks for a single reason why she shouldn’t kill Sam. Sam replies that she should simply look around. If there’d been a neutrino weapon aboard the rocket, the whole place would’ve been destroyed. The Host had lied to her about their real objectives. Begrudgingly accepting that truth, Tam helps Sam back up their feet, pointing out that they should both probably get out of here before the authorities arrive. The last chapter ends with the two of them limping out into the sunset, as a sky full of bright stars shines over them. A short epilogue details the numerous bodies of Host personnel that were found among the crash site, but the mysterious lack of any remains that resembled that of an winged humanoid.