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1[[quoteright:242:]] ˛A 1985 science fictior/horror novel written by Gary Brandner, who also wrote ''Literature/TheHowling''. People in Milwaukee begin experiencing a bizarre skin affliction, causing them to be covered in [[BodyHorror shiny, boil-like pustules]]; worse, they begin exhibiting homicidal urges. Workman Hank Stransky goes insane in a bar and kills several people. An afflicted taxi driver runs pedestrians over. A woman murders her husband before leaping to her death through a window. IntrepidReporter Corey Macklin of the ''Milwaukee Herald'' is on the case!˛˛Investigating [[MegaCorp Biotron Laboratory]] in Appleton, Macklin discovers that there has apparently been some kind of mixup. Helicopter pilots were ''supposed'' to spray crops with an experimental pesticide, but the canister they used contained instead a {{Bioweapon}} (intended for use against the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]) consisting of wormlike parasites that [[BrainFood devour their victims' brains]] and [[PuppeteerParasite turn them into homicidal maniacs]]. But was it ''really'' an accident that the pilots grabbed the wrong canister? Despite being pressured by his editor at the ''Herald'' to kill the story, Macklin is determined to get to the bottom of things before it's too late.˛˛No connection to the 1958 Creator/RogerCorman [[Film/TheBrainEaters film of the same name]]. And definitely not to be confused with [[FilibusterFreefall the sci-fi fandom term "The Brain Eater"]].˛˛----˛!!Tropes used in this novel:˛˛* BarBrawl: As a result of the infected Stransky going full-blown spree killer while having a brewskie after work.˛* {{Bioweapon}}: The parasites are a SyntheticPlague version of this, intended for use against the Russians as a DepopulationBomb.˛* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: One of the infected people turned into a killer is a woman who kills the groom at her own wedding.˛* BodyHorror: In addition to driving their victims insane, the parasites also cause them to break out in hideous boils and pustules all over their bodies.˛* BrainFood: As the title implies, the parasites (at least partially) consume the brains of the people they infect.˛* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The overall demeanor of the infected people, courtesy of the [[PuppeteerParasite Puppeteer Parasites]] in their brains.˛* ColdWar: Provides a backdrop for the story.˛* DestinationDefenestration: The woman who murders her husband at their wedding does a SuperWindowJump to her death.˛* GoneHorriblyRight: The experimental parasites do exactly what they're intended (and ''then'' some!), they just got released in the wrong country.˛* HerrDoktor: Dr. Kitzmiller, a German scientist who doesn't like Russians because of what the Soviets did to postwar Germany.˛* IntrepidReporter: ''Milwaukee Herald'' reporter Corey Macklin.˛* MegaCorp: Biotron.˛* ThePlague: Although they're brain parasites, the worms behave pretty much like this.˛* PuppeteerParasite: The worms drive people to commit murder and even kill themselves.˛* WidowedAtTheWedding: And the bride widows ''herself''!


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