A mass panic witch hunt soon follows and claims innocent lives—even as real witches wreak massive havoc upon the town. Their malevolent tricks and malicious treats thrust Bakersfield once again into pure bloody chaos.
Meanwhile failed author Mark Davies, confronts something just as terrifying. Two years after his divorce, he’s finally jumping back into the dating game. Worse, his beautiful and mysterious co-worker Ellie Tarwater is the queen of the mixed signals. She’s also a practicing witch.
Mark is drawn into the strange world of the actual coven “Bell’s Angels,” devoted to the memory of the powerful witch Adaleen Bell, lynched by the citizens of Bakersfield during the Great Depression.
Wicked Adaleen has been buried for more than eighty years, burning with desire to exact her bloody vengeance upon the town—and the coven is planning to raise her from the grave.
This time, Bakersfield may not survive Halloween.
Now, fifteen years later, the self-exiled Coil has come home to deal with his world famous sister as she suffers from sundowning; severe and violent personality shifts after the sun sets. Coil’s reluctant loyalty to his family is rewarded with an unexpected return to his artistic roots, as he wakes each day to find he has painted a brilliant but disturbing masterpiece in his sleep.
“Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It’s a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick.”—Washington Post
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .