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By John William Polidori. 1990
This classic vampire story has inspired generations of authors, from Bram Stoker to Charlaine Harris. A young English gentleman of… means, Aubrey is immediately intrigued by Lord Ruthven, the mysterious newcomer among society’s elite. His unknown origin and curious behavior tantalizes Aubrey’s imagination. But the young man soon discovers a sinister character hidden behind his new friend’s glamorous facade. When the two are set upon by bandits while traveling together in Europe, Ruthven is fatally injured. Before drawing his last breath, he makes the odd request that Aubrey keep his death and crimes secret for a year and a day. But when Ruthven resurfaces in London—making overtures toward Aubrey’s sister—Aubrey realizes this immortal fiend is a vampyre. John William Polidori’s The Vampyre is both a classic tale of gothic horror and the progenitor of the modern romantic vampire myth that has been fodder for artists ranging from Anne Rice to Alan Ball to Francis Ford Coppola. Originally published in 1819, many decades before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and misattributed to Polidori’s friend Lord Byron, The Vampyre has kept readers up at night for nearly two hundred years. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
By D. M. Campbell. 2012
It's 1938 and the world's mammal tribes teeter on the brink of war. In New York, a mysterious lodger takes… up residence at the Explorers Club. Who is Edmund Mouse? What is it he knows about the peculiar Barrow stones in Times Square? Who is hunting him and why? As our narrator Mole confronts these questions, he is lured into a nocturnal web of intrigue and magic where nothing is what it seems.Enter an imaginative landscape that is at once hauntingly familiar and utterly alien. The journey begins here with the first installment of the Adventures of Edmund Mouse, a spellbinding multi-part fantasy serial that lends a new twist to the timeless story of good versus evil.
Family secrets and sinister plots abound in this beautifully atmospheric Victorian gothic thriller from a celebrated Irish author … For Maud Ruthyn life is lonely in a mansion with no family besides her melancholic father But when Madame de la Rougierre is hired to be her governess Maud finds herself in the clutches of a mysterious and malevolent woman When her caregiver is eventually dismissed Maud is relieved to have the woman out of her life But it isn t long before she encounters the madame again With the passing of her father Maud is sent to live with her Uncle Silas at Bartram-Haugh until she can inherit the family estate Feeling increasingly trapped in her uncle s home Maud is shocked to learn that Madame de la Rougierre is at her uncle s service And when Madame is instructed to escort Maud to London the young girl begins to see through the shadows of deceit No one intends for her to leave Bartram-Haugh alive J Sheridan Le Fanu s most famous novel Uncle Silas is an eerie psychological thriller and has been translated into several languages as well as adapted for film This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices
By Stephen Jones. 2002
The year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary… masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.Praise for Stephen Jones:'The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones, whose Mammoth Book of Best New Horror is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year.' Roz Kavaney'An essential volume for horror readers.' Locus'Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.' Lisa Tuttle, The Times Books
By Henry James. 2017
One of the most disturbing ghost stories ever written a tale of imagined danger and real dreadA young governess… arrives at a secluded country estate hired by the manor s often-absent master to look after his orphaned niece and nephew The young woman a parson s daughter is immediately charmed by eight-year-old Flora and Miles two years older seems like a perfect little gentleman when he is unexpectedly sent home from his boarding school But Miles s steadfast refusal to reveal the cause of his expulsion is troubling as are the staff s whispered stories about the previous governess Miss Jessel and her lover the mysterious valet Peter Quint both of whom are now dead Most disturbing of all are the spectral figures wandering the grounds of Bly that only the new governess can see a woman and a dark man who seem to take a special interest in Miles and Flora No longer sure of what is real and whom she can trust the governess desperately tries to hold on to her sanity and protect the innocent children from forces too sinister to name A literary masterpiece whose mysteries are open to endless interpretation The Turn of the Screw has been haunting readers for more than a century This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices
By K. Matthew, Leonardo Magalhães. 2016
"Ódio nao é um padrão. É uma escolha." Cuidar de um vampiro machucado é difícil, especialmente quando se está sangrando… em profusão. Numa tentativa de salvar ambas as vidas, Seth deixa Victoria sozinha no apartamento dele e se refugia com um velho amigo. Mas velhos amigos trazem velhas lembranças, e Seth se vê refletindo sobre momentos importantes do passado, desde quando o melhor amigo dele morreu até um encontro desconfortável com o Alto Conselho dos Vampiros, que mudou a percepção dele em relação aos vampiros e à vida.
By Beryl Bainbridge. 2003
Paranoid, wilful, lazy, the young Adolf Hitler turns up in Liverpool to stay with his brother Alois and sister-in-law Bridget.… Hailed by Alois as a student and an artist, Adolf soon irritates his family beyond measure by his constant sponging and his tendency to get into serious trouble with the English. Surely this is a young man who will never amount to anything.
By Beryl Bainbridge. 2009
Beryl Bainbridge gets better and better . . . she has succeeded with a daring leap of emphatic imagination in… penetrating the minds of Captain Scott and the four men he led to their deaths in Antarctica in 1912' Patrick Skene Catling, Evening StandardTHE BIRTHDAY BOYS is classic Bainbridge - one of her absolute best. It is a fictional account of Captain Robert Scott's 1910 expedition to Antarctica told from the perspectives of five men on the voyage: Scott; Petty Officer Taff Evans; ship's medic Dr Edward Wilson; Lieutenant Henry Bowers; and Captain Lawrence Oates.
By Bruce Coville. 1987
Nina learns that fifty years ago, a beautiful actress was murdered -- on this very stage! According to legend, she… has haunted the theater ever since.... Strange things begin to happen -- scripts are ripped up, sets are knocked down, a costume is torn to pieces -- and everyone thinks that the ghost wants to stop the show from going on. Everyone, that is, except for Nina and her best friend, Chris, who decide to do some ghost hunting of their own. But only the Woman in White can lead them to the answer!
By Shaun Hutson. 2002
Christopher Ward signed up with a literary agency on 12th December 1984 wanting to be SO rich it would be… obscene. And he IS a success - but there is a price to pay. Nothing lasts forever . . .As his writing ability begins to decline and publishers reject his books, he starts to drink. Sleeping badly, pacing around day and night, he gets a breakthrough. But is it? Pages of a novel pour out every night from the computer he's sure he's turned off and he doesn't remember doing the writing. He sets up a video to see what is going on - and sees ape-like shapes shuffling around. And the video shows HIM murdering a prostitute. What IS going on?Then his literary agent comes round and shows that his life is the price he pays for previous success . . .
By Shaun Hutson. 1992
The murders had been savage and apparently motiveless. Carbon copies of killings committed years earlier and by men currently incarcerated… in one of Britain's top maximum security prisons. How could this be? Detective Inspector Frank Gregson must find the answers. Answers which will bring him into conflict with one of those prisoners, a man framed for a murder he didn't commit and determined to discover who framed him and why. These two obsessive men, on their private quests, will clash as they seek the truth which links Whitely Prison with London's seedy underworld of sex-shows and drug barons. One wants vengeance, the other wants the truth. What they discover threatens not only their lives but their sanity ...
By Shaun Hutson. 2004
It was to be a routine job. Matt Franklin and his companions would rob the Securicor van. Simple. Until the… job turned into a nightmare. Two of them are shot dead and another fatally wounded. But who is trying to wipe them out, killing not just them but their families too? How are the Government and the British army implicated? What lurks within a secret research establishment in the English countryside? Franklin has to find out. Finally the only one left alive, he tires of being the prey and decides to become the hunter. His quest will bring him into conflict with forces he cannot begin to imagine or understand but he is driven by a need for revenge that overrides his fear. Aided by a desperate detective, Franklin becomes embroiled in a series of events that lead to a terrifying climax in the London Underground where he comes face to face with the answers he has sought. Like all of us, Franklin was told monsters don't exist. He's about to find out someone was lying...
By Dean Koontz. 2006
With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes--and the pulse rate--higher than any other author. Now, in… what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself--and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way. If he loves his wife enough. . . Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got seventy-two hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything.From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation...until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.From the Hardcover edition.
By Baron Alexander Deschauer, Omar. 2017
IMAGINE UNA EXISTENCIA SIN PARAÍSO NI INFIERNO. Sin dioses ni demonios. Sólo nuestros pensamientos y albedrío. En esta existencia toda… la vida está interconectada y es interactiva dentro de una conciencia superior. En contraste con Marlowe y Goethe, Deschauer presenta una cosmología y existencia que es tanto individual y total, carne y alma. El albedrío se enfrenta con el destino, lo mortal con lo inmortal. Se apunta a justificar los caminos de dios para la humanidad en una existencia carente de dios. Aún las inevitables construcciones de dios, anti-dios y mito son abrazadas por la humanidad en su búsqueda de sentido dentro de nuestra realidad. ¿ES EL AMOR EL SIGNIFICADO DE LA VIDA, EL ALBEDRÍO O LA INMORTALIDAD?
By George Zebrowski. 2006
In this masterful collection of horror stories George Zebrowski divides these nineteen tales into Personal Political and… Metaphysical terrors stories to scare you individually stories to frighten you as a social animal and stories that should terrify the entire human race In I Walked with Fidel a young man encounters a once politically powerful zombie Jumper focuses on a young woman with a dark and troubled past while in The Coming of Christ the Joker the light-hearted banter of a celebrity TV talk show becomes something far more serious A Piano Full of Dead Spiders is an eerie story of genius its demands and its delusions in Passing Nights the truth behind a recurring nightmare is revealed The Soft Terrible Music depicts a man who must hide his past even from himself And in the title story the novella Black Pockets Zebrowski asks What happens to a man when his desire for revenge becomes all-consuming With an introduction by Howard Waldrop and an afterword by the author George Zebrowski reveals himself in BLACK POCKETS AND OTHER DARK THOUGHTS as a writer who can play upon our more disturbing emotions even as he impels us to deeper thoughts
By Shaun Hutson. 2009
Almost beaten to death by a gang of violent teenagers, schoolmaster Peter Mason wants nothing more than to escape the… simmering violence of London, his broken marriage and the memories of his daughter's death. The perfect chance comes in the form of a position at a prestigious boarding school in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside. But the past is always lurking in the background. Not just his own past but that of the school and its former staff. Mason becomes obsessed with discovering what became of his predecessor. The man's mysterious disappearance remains unexplained, leaving a chilling legacy behind. Mason finds that there are strange events occurring at the school - violent and sinister events that have happened before and will, if he cannot stop them, happen again . . .
By Alec Silva, María Eugenia Perazzo. 2017
By Stephen Jones. 2011
How will the King of Vampires adapt to the social and technological changes brought by the twenty-first century? Could the… Count's condition be cured by modern medicine? How does the mythology perpetuated by literature and movies affect the existence of a real bloodsucker? What if Dracula found himself ruler of a world controlled by vampires? Or perhaps political and ecological catastrophe will result in the Count's final destruction? This tribute to the world's greatest vampire collects together more than 200,000 words of Dracula fiction by masters of dark fantasy such as: Hugh B. Cave, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper, John Gordon, Brian Hodge, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, Roberta Lannes, Thomas Ligotti, Paul J. McAuley, Nicholas Royle, Guy N. Smith and many more. It also includes a brand new story from Charlaine Harris.
By Khaled Talib, Karoline Barcia. 2016
By Melanie James. 2016
Conjuring Darkness from paranormal suspense author Melanie James will keep you on the edge of your seat as the truth… about an ancient relic is revealed. Danger stalks Lexi Salenko and her Navy SEAL protector as they uncover the past, and struggle to stay one step ahead of the forces of evil!Twenty-five year-old Lexi Salenko never dreamed of romance and adventure outside the pages of the novels she craves. The owner of a quaint bookstore in Montana, she is living a quiet life when a mysterious letter from her archaeologist sister arrives.The letter is badly damaged and makes little sense, however one thing is clear... her sister is in trouble.Lexi must follow the cryptic instructions sent by her sister as she looks for a mysterious relic with ties to an ancient cult. She's also been instructed to enlist the help of a very sexy former Navy SEAL, turned mercenary, Mr. Kidd...Propelled on an odyssey across three continents, Lexi and Mr. Kidd soon discover a supernatural force that stretches from the ancient ruins at Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, through the death camps of the Holocaust, and into her present life.Danger stalks their every step, but along the way Lexi learns that sometimes you have to let yourself fall in love and believe in the power of hope.This paranormal suspense thriller contains ancient legends, Sumerian mythology, deities, military, and romance. Conjuring Darkness is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Previously published: (2014) Melanie James, Black Paw Publishing