As Halloween approaches, a tough-minded, high-priced defense attorney becomes the target of a supernatural stalking. A former client of hers, a demon-worshipping psychopath who feels she has betrayed him, begins evoking ghosts and other such disturbances to hound her day and night. Though confined to a death row prison cell, he promises a painful death on Halloween night. Janine regards the holiday and indeed all of the occult as "kid stuff," but she's never been one to back away from a fight. She does her own research into demons, looking for ways to stop the madman. On Halloween night, with her house surrounded by jack-o'-lanterns and other magical wards, Janine conducts a demon summoning of her own, but must strike a dreadful bargain with it in order to escape.
October 19th: The first night Janine D'Angelo had just finished her shower when the screaming started. She opened the frosted shower door and stepped out, releasing a swirl of steam into her master bathroom. The exhaust fan, softly purring, cleared it away in short order. White tile and golden faucet fixtures glistened. Behind her, the showerhead dripped its last. She pulled a thick green towel from its rack and began to dry herself, thinking of the sentencing she had to attend in the morning. The D.A. had been pushing for the death penalty, and would probably get it. She had done what she could, but held out little hope of prevailing. She'd told her client to expect as much at their appointment earlier that day. He had responded with his preferred mode of expression--an emotionless stare. Sighing, she glanced at the digital clock near the sink: 11:50 p.m. Maybe she'd be able to allow herself six hours of sleep.
And the screaming started.
A chorus of shrieks filled the bathroom, ear-splittingly loud, undeniably present--not in the next room, not coming from a television or stereo inadvertently left on, but unmistakably here, in the bathroom with her, echoing off the tiles. Screams. As of people in agony, in the deepest throes of terror, screaming their throats bloody. Men, women, children. Inarticulate, ghastly. Screams.