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PICK YOUR POISON: Art Imitates Life In A "Killer" Way

Acclaimed thriller writers Hilary Davidson (Blood Always Tells) and Jon McGoran (Drift) are no strangers to the game of premeditated murder, a longtime facet in many genres of fiction. The most fascinating ways to kill off fictional characters don’t involve bullets or blades, and poison is just the beginning! In McGoran’s newly released biotech thriller, DEADOUT, the sequel to DRIFT, a giant biotech company creates genetically modified super bees to come to the rescue of the world’s collapsing bee colonies. But their intentions are not what they seem. Here are some other favorite fictional ways that McGoran and Davidson bring murder and mayhem to the printed page…

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3. Spore, spore pitiful me!

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While fungal diseases are usually only nuisances in the developed world, a weakened immune system — or a slight genetic tweak — can transform them into horrific killers. Tip: try not to let it get into your brain.

4. Cold Snap

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Poisoning with antifreeze (ethylene glycol poisoning) — it’s cheap, plentiful, and can also ensure that your getaway car starts up in extreme weather conditions.

8. It's a Gas

Carbon dioxide isn’t poisonous, but use enough to displace all the air and you not only kill your victims, you make them hide the murder weapon . When the body stops breathing, carbon dioxide quickly builds up, obliterating the evidence.