Eleven Twenty-Three is a novel by Jason S. Hornsby released in 2010. Cover art by Brian Mac Luc.
The plot concerns returning American expatriate Layne Prescot and his girlfriend Tara, who are heading home early for Christmas to attend Layne’s father’s funeral. Awaiting their flight in a Shanghai airport, the couple meets a peculiar man with a briefcase attached to his wrist. Upon returning to their hometown Lilly’s End, Layne discovers that he has carried the briefcase back to Florida with him.
Within twenty-four hours of arriving home, town residents begin to randomly go insane every twelve hours, at 11:23 exactly. Further, the town has been quarantined, communication with the outside world has been severed, and subliminal messages flash across the residents’ television screens. Layne is also told by men unseen that attaching the briefcase to his own wrist will prevent him from succumbing to the psychosis.
Told in a more straightforward manner than its predecessor, Eleven Twenty-Three draws numerous parallels between the plight of the town residents in the story and disenfranchised minority groups in countries such as Myanmar, North Korea, and China. The book also explores themes of travel, Generation Why angst, and contemporary American politics.
Like Every Sigh, Hornsby’s second major effort also enjoyed numerous critical and reader accolades.
Author Patrick Dorazio described the book as "a novel that provides the disaffected youth [Hornsby] writes about with a nightmarish world that is even worse than they could ever imagine...This story was creative, wild, and forces you to pay attention to it at every step. But even if you do, there is more than meets the eye, and will give you something to think about long after you put the book down."
Jessica Brown of Dark Markets said, "Like the novel that came before it, Eleven Twenty-Three still carries the sense of looming dread, helplessness in the face of shadowy conspiracy and hopeless trepidation that is characteristic of the author’s style."
New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry called Eleven Twenty-Three "one hell of a read. One of the scarier novels I’ve read in 2010."