“Written with the epic scope of World War Z and infused with the gritty spook works derring-do of a Robert Ludlum spy thriller.”
—Joe McKinney, award-winning author of Dead City, on Bryan Cassiday's Sanctuary in Steel
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The Bus Stops Here and Other Zombie Tales (April 7, 2016)
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All zombies all the time. Included in The Bus Stops Here and Other Zombie Tales are five zombie short stories by Bryan Cassiday, together for the first time in one anthology. The Bus Stops Here is a brand-new short story that has never before been published. The zombie action is nonstop and lethal. During a zombie apocalypse, everybody is caught up in a Hobbesian world where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Along with graphic zombie mayhem these tales depict the lengths that individuals will go to to survive.
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Countdown to Death (October 20, 2015)
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Haunted by self-loathing, Ethan Carr quits the Los Angeles Police Department after he accidentally shoots to death an innocent boy on one of his assignments. Years later, he sets up shop as a private investigator and is hired by Richard Herbert to protect him from being assassinated for twenty-four hours until he meets his son. Herbert is on the lam from his employer US Cyber Command at the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland.
He tells Carr he wants to reveal top secret intel to the media about a computer program Cybercom has invented that can infect and disable permanently any computer in the world. He is convinced the Equation Group, a shadowy arm of the NSA, is going to have him killed before he can reveal his intel to the media.
Carr is reluctant to take on Herbert as a client, believing the US government might consider Herbert a traitor for publicizing top secret national security information. Carr decides to take the case because he doesn’t believe the government has the right to assassinate its own citizens on American soil, which Herbert claims that they are about to do to him and that they have done to others.
Carr’s battle to keep himself and Herbert alive in a web of hackers, cabals, and assassination plots that emanate from the highest seats of power becomes a battle for his tortured conscience, which is not only consumed with guilt from his erstwhile job but racked by qualms about his decision to protect Herbert, who could be a traitor to his country.
Police investigate the murders of thirteen-year-old Lucinda Pugh's parents who died in their beds after somebody soaked them in gasoline and set their house on fire in their hometown of Santa Loma, California. All evidence points to Lucinda as the emotionally ill culprit, despite lack of motivation on her part.
When an exorcist attempts to exorcise her, Lucinda reveals that an alien invasion of Earth is imminent and her parents' murders are just the beginning of a full-fledged assault. As if on cue, a second moon, this one bloodred, appears in the sky, ushering in a tsunami and other untoward weather to Santa Loma, followed by a series of unspeakable murders that rock the town--murders committed by children.
Jake Caulfield, a local reporter desperate for a story that will launch his career, must find out if this is the end, and on the way he discovers somebody else's life is more important than his own.
Mind-blowing science-fiction tales that will scare you to your very core. Included are stories about alien invasions, time travel, and zombie apocalypses. An Antarctic ice station comes under attack by a virus from outer space during a subzero blizzard . . . An exorcist suspects a child is possessed, but who is doing it and why? Is it a demon or something even more terrifying? . . . These are but a few of the apocalyptic horror stories that take you beyond the realm of reality into the undiscovered country of the horror of the imagination and its territory that knows no bounds. Destination fear.
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Comes a Chopper (June 3, 2014)
Comes a Chopper is a collection of Bryan Cassiday's tales from the dark side.
A gambler who can't sleep finds he has blood-curdling supernatural powers. . . A woman is kidnaped. As if that's not enough, now the kidnapers want her sister as well . . . A mortician can't forget the horrifying mistake he once made . . . An actor who fears a homicidal maniac is stalking him finds a terrifying impostor instead . . . A cell phone doesn't take calls. It gives orders to kill . . . A hit man seeks a way out of his profession only to descend into a satanic nightmare. . .Google+
Poxland (November 26, 2013)
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America has been devastated by both plague and the nuclear weapons used to kill off the infected flesh-eating creatures that roamed across the land preying on human beings.
National Clandestine Service black ops agent Chad Halverson and dress designer Victoria Brady take refuge in a blast shelter in the Nevada desert when an A-bomb is dropped on Las Vegas at the behest of the president of the United States.
Halverson and Victoria are forced to leave the safety of their cement shelter when they run low on water.
They join up with a band of four fellow refugees, who are not what they seem, and head east toward the nation’s capitol to find out what remains of the government.
However, another band of refugees intercepts them, kidnaps the lot of them, and spirits them away to a massive bunker complex in top secret Area 51, where SS-Oberfuhrer Oswald Gutman’s son, Hector Guzman, is conducting mysterious experiments. The billionaire drug dealer made his fortune in Mexico after growing up in Argentina in seclusion with his father, an unrepentant member of the Order of the Death’s Head who escaped Germany via a ratline to Buenos Aires after the fall of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
Halverson stumbles onto a conspiracy so diabolical it defies belief, a conspiracy so vast that it already extends into the highest reaches of the US government. Outnumbered and outgunned, as well as besieged by hordes of zombies that survived the nuclear holocaust, he must somehow defeat the cabal before it can achieve world domination.
Kill Ratio (July 9, 2013)
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The insanity of the zombie apocalypse is in full swing.
CIA black ops agent Chad Halverson decides to head to Washington, DC, to find out if anyone is still in charge as the nation teeters on the brink of collapse and succumbs to the plague, even though he knows someone in the government is trying to kill him.
Halverson and fellow refugees Victoria Brady, Blackfoot Chogan, and Emma Lawson become trapped in Las Vegas by General Quantrill, who runs the strip with an iron hand.
Meanwhile, in the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center in Virginia, President Cole must decide whether to start nuking his own country in order to save it from the zombies.
Sanctuary in Steel (November 13, 2012)
Black ops agent Chad Halverson of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service escapes plague- and zombie-ravaged Santa Monica with dress designer Victoria Brady and sets sail up the smoldering California coast.
Along the way, Halverson and Brady rescue the idealistic Dr. Parnell, the UCSB coed Brittany Pine who is in a state of shock induced by the loss of her boyfriend to the walking dead, and the cynical reporter Blake Reno.
Seeking sanctuary from the walking dead in Alcatraz prison, Halverson and his band discover that all is not as it seems on the island haven at the Rock.
In fact, they may have more to fear than the walking dead in the person of Alcatraz’s reigning “Chosen One,” the charismatic proponent of law and order Jefferson Bascomb, who believes zombies have the right to a fair trial.
The world has turned.
Plague-infected, flesh-eating zombies now infest the earth. Black ops agent Chad Halverson of the CIA’s top secret National Clandestine Service and a motley band of survivors must do everything they can to survive one more day, even as they try to find out what caused the pandemic.
Fending off zombies at every turn, Halverson and his group make a mad dash through the plague-ravaged, smoldering ruins of Los Angeles and Santa Monica to evade the clutches of the zombie hordes and reach the sea.
A cop with a drinking problem, a politician with a scandalous past, a couturiere who can’t find her daughter . . . alienated characters all caught up in the zombie apocalypse.
When Halverson finds out the truth behind the origin of the plague, he is targeted for extermination by surviving remnants of the government that are hiding underground and will do anything it takes to retain their fragile hold on power.
This is a terrifying new world where the living dead rule the land, killer drones rule the sky, and death lurks around the next corner.
Virulent pockets of plague, first reported in China, break out worldwide and spread with mind-boggling speed. CIA black ops agent Chad Halverson flies to Los Angeles to visit his brother after receiving a call that his brother has been hospitalized after a car accident. Halverson’s Boeing 737 crash-lands in an eerie Los Angeles shrouded with an impenetrable haze of smog. But that is only the tip of the iceberg of Halverson’s nightmare. Lurking in this mist are legions of plague-infected living dead who are driven by an all-consuming lust for human flesh. Halverson’s reunion with his brother must take second place to his own struggle to stay alive.
As civilization crumbles into chaos, it will take all the skills and wits Halverson and his fellow passengers possess for their hunted party to survive in a world overrun with hordes of flesh-craving zombies. Which will pose a bigger threat to Halverson and his ever-dwindling tiny band—their own bickering as they try to organize and defend themselves, their enemies the living dead, or the new “civilization” of men that is superseding the old?
Evildoers run riot across the sun-drenched Southern California landscape in Helter Skelter. Zombies, vampires, and other wicked creatures wreak mayhem and carnage in these shocking horror short stories by Bryan Cassiday. Not all of these tales feature supernatural creatures. Some of the evil creatures are human—perhaps the most terrifying creature of all. These stories defy logic, yet they obey their own inexorable logic of fear.
The Anaconda Complex
United States Senator John Stockwall is kidnaped on the doorstep of his house in McLean, Virginia. That’s just the beginning of a conspiracy hatched to shake America to its very foundations. The trail of the kidnapers leads Nick McQueen, who is a CIA hit man and a fugitive from the authorities, to a brutal murder on the casino-lined, neon playgrounds of Las Vegas. The al-Qaeda kidnapers plan to broadcast live on national TV a show stage-managed to humiliate and terrorize the American public. Publicized on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media on the Internet, the kidnapers’ final horrific act for their “Theater of Terrorism” aims to wreak havoc, kill thousands of Americans, and precipitate economic collapse in the United States.