In a far corner of space, orbiting a massive black hole, the research ship DARC12 discovers a strange asteroid—one that seems to be alive. After loading the rock onboard for study, the ship quickly descends into madness. It begins with voices, whispers filling the shadows and the minds of the crew. A once sane man declares that their discovery is not just a rock, but a god. Then the killing begins, and a cult rises swearing allegiance to their newfound deity.
As the murders mount and the dead themselves begin to rise, a small group of survivors cling to the hope that they can somehow escape the hell they’ve been plunged into. But their problems escalate as they face an army of undead crewmembers, the reanimated corpses of hundreds of failed genetic experiments, the murderous cult, and—worst of all—the rapidly evolving creature in containment room 7.
This genre-bending fiction features religiously-obsessed zombies in a deep and very dark corner of space. Fleet Cooper’s chilling growl and tones of desperation highlight his performance of Bryan Hall’s novel of scientists in the future who acquire a mysterious boulder while researching near a black hole. The organic mass begins its own transformation and oozes a mind-altering power unleashing not just evil in humans, but also the formerly caged results of genetic experiments on animals. It is all part of an evolution of a society from small, productive town floating through the universe to dystopia reigning gothic destruction upon itself and the few still able to struggle against it.
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