The hollow seemed a nursery of pestilences small and great, in the immediate neighbourhood of comfort and health, and Bathsheba arose with a tremor at the thought of having passed the night on the brink of so dismal a place.
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That summer of the Pestilence was brutally hot, and the stench of rotting flesh hung in the air like an invisible, noxious fog.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
Rivers of fire …. bloodthirsty Vikings …. pestilence so thick you can’t breathe …. and mixed into all that, like some devilish bouillabaisse, bird knows how many wights and hollowgast!"