Episode 1: “Test of Bravery” Show Notes
“Test of Bravery,” by Phil Hornshaw, as read by the author.
Episode length: 23:23
The first story published on “Wrath of the Damned” on April 5, 2009, this piece includes the set piece fictional newspaper article, “DNR, police: Feral animals responsible for Shepherd hiker deaths,” also by Phil Hornshaw. Set in Mount Pleasant, Mich., “Bravery” follows young Michigan State Police Officer Brandon McClean on Nov. 21, at the outset of the “Wrath” story timeline. McClean is called to duty in the early morning hours to respond to an apparent crisis, the details of which are unknown.
McClean is dispatched to the nearby Mount Pleasant High School to locate a missing State Police officer there, when he makes the grisly discovery that apparently dead people are attacking and cannibalizing the residents of Mount Pleasant.