77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

By Dean Koontz

I am the only, the all and the single. I stay within the Pendleton as absolutely as I reside all over the place. i'm the Pendleton's heritage and its future. The construction is my position of perception, my monument, my killing floor. . . .

The Pendleton stands at the summit of Shadow Hill on the optimum element of an previous heartland urban, a Gilded Age palace in-built the past due 1800s as a tycoon's dream domestic. virtually from the start, its grandeur has been scarred by way of episodes of insanity, suicide, mass homicide, and whispers of items some distance worse. yet on account that its rechristening within the Seventies as a luxurious condominium construction, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its lucky residents--among them a winning songwriter and her younger son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed lawyer, and a pushed cash manager--the Pendleton's fantastic quarters are a sanctuary, its darkish previous all yet forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper throughout partitions, safety cameras relay most unlikely pictures, phantom voices mutter in unusual tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk within the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With every one passing hour a terrifying walk in the park grows: no matter what drove the Pendleton’s previous occupants to their unspeakable fates is at paintings back. And as nightmare visions turn into genuine, as a dangerous tide starts off to engulf them, the folk at seventy seven Shadow highway will locate the major to humanity’s destiny . . . in the event that they can live to tell the tale to exploit it.

Includes the bonus novella The Moonlit Mind.

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3. To look back on old photos of these pioneers, hauling their hives by horse-drawn wagon, literally sitting on top of the hives, is to gain an appreciation for how tough they must have been. To put it mildly, rickety wagons, horses, and bees are a combustible combination. As M. G. Dadant warned in his 1919 guide, Outapiaries and Their Management, “If it is necessary to haul with wagons and horses, too much caution against having trouble with escaping bees and consequent stinging cannot be taken.

And the females do. Other than grub, their only interest is sex. Every so often, they “go out for a while” to hang with males from other hives and chase after virgin queens. 5 If they don’t catch one, they return to the hive and free food, but even the workers’ philanthropy has limits. Drones are basically flying sperm, so once mating season is over, they’re truly useless. When the weather cools in the fall and hive resources get scarce, the workers evict the drones from the hive, and they soon freeze.

Some flowers can use their own pollen to fertilize their ovules, but this doesn’t accomplish the gene mixing that is the whole point of sexual reproduction, so most can be fertilized only by the pollen from a different individual. The trick is to get the pollen from one flower to another. A few of our food plants—primarily corn, oats, and the other grains—use wind to do the job. Make vast quantities of powdery, flyweight pollen, cast it to the winds, and cross one’s metaphorical fingers. It’s like direct mail, or Internet spam: You need to send out a million if you hope to get a single hit.

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