Winner of the 2005 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella
An original and horrific slice of urban terror from one of the masters of the genre.
All is not well at SymaxCorp.
The work is piled high, people are toiling overnight to meet deadlines, and the supervisors are keeping their beady eyes on everyone. But staff are complaining of feeling sick, and the last health and safety officer disappeared one evening never to be seen again.
It’s down to new boy Ben, together with temp Miranda, kick-boxing Meera and overweight June to try and get to the bottom of the problem.
As colleagues are progressively transformed into mindless, blood crazed zombies, Ben and his friends discover that there really is something in the air…
105pp. A5-format paperback original novella.
Published 17 June 2004
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of over 30 novels and 12 short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes. He was born in Greenwich, London. He attended Colfes, the Royal Leathersellers Guild School, and after joined J Walter Thompson as a copywriter. At the age of 26 he founded The Creative Partnership, a company that changed the face of UK and international film marketing, and spent many years working in film, creating movie posters, trailers and documentaries. A self-confessed movie-obsessive, he handled films like Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Goldeneye, Moulin Rouge and 28 Weeks Later. He worked with directors like Mike Leigh, Martin Campbell and Peter Greenaway, and on countless Hollywood blockbusters. He has written for everyone from Kenneth Williams to Michael Caine, the Spice Girls, Pierce Brosnan, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Walters, John Cleese and Eric Idle. He has written comedy and drama for the BBC, including Radio One’s first live broadcast drama in 2005. He is a five-time British Fantasy Award-winner. His first thriller was the bestseller Roofworld. Subsequent novels include Spanky, Disturbia, Psychoville and Calabash. His books have been optioned by everyone from Guillermo Del Toro (Spanky) to Jude Law (Psychoville). His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed Menz Insana. His short story ‘The Master Builder’ became a feature film entitled Through The Eyes Of A Killer, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. His filmed short stories include: ‘Left Hand Drive’, ‘On Edge’, ‘Perfect Casting’, ‘The Most Boring Woman In The World’ and ‘Rainy Day Boys’. In 2010 he wrote and produced the fringe play Celebrity at the Phoenix, London. In 2011 he created the War Of The Worlds videogame for Paramount, starring Sir Patrick Stewart. He has written for The Times, the Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Time Out, Smoke, Big Issue, i-D magazine and many others. Amongst his many accolades he won the Edge Hill prize for Old Devil Moon, the Last Laugh prize for The Victoria Vanishes, the Green Carnation Award for Paperboy and the E-Dunnit Award for Bryant & May and the Invisible Code.