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Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn’t a baby. It isn’t even human. It’s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food—and as hosts for their young.

As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill—and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced ...

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Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn’t a baby. It isn’t even human. It’s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food—and as hosts for their young.

As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill—and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced to a series of web-shrouded ghost towns, will the survivors find a way to fight back? Or is it only a matter of time before all of mankind is reduced to a…Breeding Ground

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843957419
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Pinborough is a horror, thriller and YA author who has had ten novels published thus far. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror screenplay currently in development. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying (PS Publishing) was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

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Breeding Ground



By Sarah Pinborough


Dorchester Publishing


Copyright © 2006

Sarah Pinborough

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8439-5741-7



Chapter One


My breath throbbed in my ears, drowning all other sound out
for the moment as my eyes moved on to the dead woman sitting
on the carpet, slumped against the TV. Her thick legs were
spread, the lower half of her body covered in blood, loose
folds of skin escaping from beneath her large floral blouse,
reminiscent of obese people who suddenly lose all their
weight, needing rolls and rolls of unwanted flesh removed.

Staring at the blood and intestines that hung from beneath the
hem of her wide skirt, my head filled with the image of my
poor dead baby on our kitchen floor, and Chloe's haunting
words.

I think there's something else growing inside me. A new kind
of baby.

Jesus Christ. Were they all carrying something inside them? Is
that what had killed this woman? Giving birth to something?
Resisting the urge to turn and run I stared at her, needing
more time to believe the horror of what I was seeing.

She too glistened with the light threads that covered her
dazed children and most of the room, but in her case strands
of it had erupted from within her, escaping through her
nostrils, ears and mouth and wrapping round her body, even the
corners of her eyes leaked it. Her dead body was cocooned, but
done so from the inside. Had it been her last unnatural act,
or had it happened post-mortem?

The rasping moan pulled my attention back to the man who'd
summoned me up here, his bloodshot eyes meeting mine and
reflecting my own terror, urging me to step across the
threshold into his nightmare world. His jaw worked silently
before he finally got the words out, his body pushed forward
on the edge of the sofa in an almost impossible position. How
could he stay like that? Why didn't he fall off the side?

'Help me ...'

I was about to move forward, God help me I was, when from
behind him, from where slick sucking sounds drifted towards
me, one milky, transluscent leg, thin and sharply jointed,
came over his side, wrapping round him like a lover, and I
froze. I stared at the shiny footless limb in disgust, as
another crept over the man, and then another until four held
his limp body in place, one at his shoulders, then his waist,
his knees and his feet. What the fuck was it? Jesus Christ,
just what the fuck was it? And what the fuck was it doing to
him?

Looking over his shoulder, I could make out the smooth curved
edges of the creature's body pulsing behind him, completely
inhuman, like some awful pale insect, huge and mutated.

'Help me ... pleeasse'

The desperate, dying man croaked out the words, a dribble of
blood escaping from his thin anguished lips, and I couldn't
imagine his agony. I couldn't see past my own fear, as the
legs contracted tighter around him, pulling the prey closer,
and the awful round body rose up slightly as if to investigate
the distraction, its milky white surface shining like mother
of pearl, as for a moment the sucking stopped.

'Pleaasee ...'

I moaned as I felt it look at me, really look at me, over his
body from its bank of almost invisible eyes, their raised bump
surfaces glistening in the same sickly colour as the rest of
its body, each standing out only by the pinpoint of bright red
at its centre. I knew in that moment as it locked me in its
gaze that it was feeding on him, feeding on him while he was
still alive, and the primeval fear at the core of me told me
that this terrible huge spider thing was enjoying his pain.
That it understood what it was doing.

I think there's something else growing inside me. A new kind
of baby.

I remembered how Chloe had been when I'd left her, her body
jolting and jerking on the sofa, something moving under her
clothes, something pushing its way out of her, and staring at
this monster in front of me, I let the scream that had been
welling up inside of me out, let it rip free, and it released
my own frozen limbs.

(Continues...)





Excerpted from Breeding Ground
by Sarah Pinborough
Copyright © 2006 by Sarah Pinborough .
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    WOW!!!!

    Matt and Chole are a happily married couple who is looking forward to their first child. Everything is going normal until he starts noticing that Chole is putting on a lot more weight than normal. Her mood is also changing. She is becoming very depressed and combative. He soon learns that he and Chole isnt the only ones this is happening too. Women all over town are pregent and are going through the same changes that Chole is experencing. He soon finds out that this is a Global phenomona and noone can explain what is happening. He prepares himself for the worst but he leans that that there isnt anything he could have done to be ready for what Chole gives birth too. What she gives birth too isn¿t a baby. It isn¿t even human. It is a nightmarish spider like creature. She isnt alone. Women all over the world are giving birth to these hideous creatures and they only want us for two things. Food, and as hosts to birth their young. Matt flees his home and soon finds other survivors. Together they must find a way to fight and survive these creatures that now have become the new dominent species of what is left of the world. I must admit I didnt know what to expect when I started Breeding Ground. I had never read any of Ms Pinborough work before. The premise caught my eye though, and I tore into it with high hopes. To say my hopes were exceeded is a major understatment. I simply could not put this book down for anything. Breeding Ground hits the ground running on the first page and never lets up. I found myself staying up to the crack of dawn on a couple occasions consumed in this story. I havent had this much fun reading a authors work for the first time since Brian Keene's The Rising. I will go as far as to say that this is the best Horror Novel to come out this year, and I am sure that I wont be the only one saying that before long. I also recently learned that Ms. Pinborough has a sequel planned. I cant wait to see were she takes this story next. I could go on and on talking about how great this story is but I will finish by saying that anyone who is a fan of SciFi or Horror novels has to go pick up a copy of Breeding Ground. It is one of the best stories to come out in a long time. Ms. Pinborough you have a new fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    Breeding Ground-One Hell of a fine horror novel

    I have read Breeding Ground because the title of it sounded wicked and I love good creature horror novels. This book gives you a whole new reason to fear or in my case love spiders. The book is told from a first person point of view, very rare in horror novels, unless if you count American Psycho which is also told in a first view perspective. Breeding Ground tells the tale of Matt and Chloe and how they are anticipating the birth of their baby, well something strange begins to happen to Chloe, she puts on excessive weight and starts acting very strange. She does in fact have something growing inside of her, to their horror it isn't their baby, there's something else growing inside of her. Something not human. I have felt sorry for the pain that Matt has had to go through as Chloe became something she is definitely not, her attitude has changed drastically and she has acquired a hunger for raw meat. What Chloe gives birth to is an unimaginable horror that no one on Earth could have expected to happen. The nightmarish creature is like that of a spider, it is very disgusting and very mean. They are appropriately named Widows, Matt discovers that he is not alone in this nightmare, other women began giving birth to these horrific monstrosities that live to feed and kill. They coccoon their prey and feast on their flesh. If you have a strong fear of spiders then I will not recommend this book to you. It is very emotional as well because there are some characters that you will genuinely love and then there are those that you would love to hate. This is a very well written horror story and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to read. This book is very tense and you will find yourself looking over your shoulder or checking the corners of the room in case you hear a soft rustling sound. I would give this more stars than it deserves. I would give ten stars to this book. The author is very articulate and knows what she wants to put on paper. This is the first book that I have read of this author and I am looking forward to reading her other previous works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2007

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    This is a book I wouldn't normally pick up, but I liked reading it. It has a little gore, excitement and wonder about the end of the world. It also made me sick to think that this was done by people experimenting...She hasn't only killed off the women, the men get there horror in the end. No spoils, but this author took a different route in writing. I was surprised at her technique and the realness. She pulls you into this world, and that is what the best authors are good at.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Okay

    The first two chapters were as exciting as fiction gets, but then the story fizzles out around pg 75. I was looking for a lot more action. Even the ending went unresolved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

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    Pinborough's third effort from Leisure Books starts out interestingly enough--small-town women become pregnant, delivering spider-like fetuses, the mothers displaying powerful mind control techniques over their menfolk. But what had the potential for a sinister, microcosmic-like tale reminiscent of the movie, The Village of the Damned, quickly devolves into a poorly-fleshed out macrocosmic rendition of a nationwide, if not worldwide, tale of 'alien' occupation in which little, if any, hope remains for mankind at the novel's conclusion. I wanted to know more about the changes the women suffered through and, in particular, what happened to the main character's girlfriend, more of a small-scale venture into horror, not a large-scale exercise in futility.

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