Caterpillar: A Horror Story
by Camelia Bleu on 2017-08-25
Night after night, as the Earth turns beneath, they rain from the sky, fiery green bolides, meter-length rocks raging through the atmosphere and impacting the Earth, incandescent, but cracking open and frosting over as the cold of deep space seeps to the surface.
Something writhes within. Caitlin Kingsley finds one at age eighteen during a coming-of-age crisis, a larvae that bites her, drugs her, and when she awakens, a large cocoon has attached itself to her stomach. She frees herself in panic, but a strange hunger draws her back to the enigma, and when the cocoon ruptures, a caterpillar emerges, a lovely harbinger of addiction for herself and death for anyone she encounters in the wilderness of the Appalachians.
The caterpillar decimates Caitlin’s relationship with her caregiver, an abusive, alcoholic sheriff of Brighton county. It repels the man she loves, deputy sheriff Rex Hogan. Friends and family die in horror and agony at the bite of her caterpillar. Bitter enemies are others like herself, addicted, indestructible, desperate, and insane.
Caitlin struggles furiously to survive in a world gone mad, until it grows cold as well, and dark and silent, because, overheard, the stars are winking out, one by one.