Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Night chills are seizing the men and women of Black River, driving them to terrible acts.
Glenn drove the Land Rover into a stone wall at just over 100mph. Alice stuck a meat fork through her hand and pinned it to the chopping board. Brenda took off all her clothes. She did whatever she was told.
They were compelled by a fear too great to be remembered, enslaved by a power no man should ever wield.