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Warren Ellis' Strange Kiss Paperback – February 4, 2001
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He is marking time, having annoyed one boss too many, and trying mostly to stay alive. When a friend gets sick, he investigates and finds some truly horrific, disturbing, and alien that he must try and eradicate.
Not for the squeamish or prudish is this series.
William Gravel is a S.A.S. agent, and combat magician doing some deep cover work in the states and visits an old friend, his only friend, in the hospital. Seems that his friend, Bull, contracted a STD that makes Syphilis look like a common cold, causing his genitals to rot off. Worse yet something is growing inside his stomach...something that's crawling around and soon tears its way out in the form of hundreds of baby lizards. Gravel makes a promise to Bull to find out who did this him and take care of him...to put it nicely. Gravel, along with a hospital pathologist, Leigh Hunt, who examined the bodies from the earlier crash soon find themselves thrown together an uncover a plot that has a primeval, elder god type being, using Pseudo pods in human skin suits to impregnate humans to carry its young. Gravel has to destroy the hosts and then come face-to-face with the monstrous being.
I guess Ellis was going after a somewhat Lovecraftian angle here although I'm sure ol' H.P.Read more ›