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Chinese Ghost Stories is Lafcadio Hearn s personal selection of the most entertaining Chinese traditional tales of the strange and… fantastic Hearn had a great affinity for the traditional ghost stories of China and these stories clearly inspired him as he penned subsequent works Set in richly atmospheric locales these tales speak of heroic sacrifice chilling horror eerie beauty and otherworldly intervention This completely reset and pinyin-converted edition of Hearn s classic work contains a new foreword by Victoria Cass which places the stories their author and his love for the strange and mysterious into perspective If you re seeking insights into the traditional Chinese world of ghosts goblins and demons--or just want to feel a chill run down your spine on a dark and lonely night--then this book is the perfect companion Stories include The Soul of the Great BellThe Story of Ming YiThe Legend of Zhi NuThe Return of Yan ZhenjingThe Tradition of the Tea PlantThe Tale of the Porcelain God
By David Brin, Lois Mcmaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Mercedes Lackey, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Todd Mccaffrey, Michael Whelan. 2013
When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions… of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.In Dragonwriter, Anne's son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award-winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern's Lessa (and from Lessa's creator); Hugo Award-winner David Brin recalls Anne's steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.Join Anne's co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.Contributors include: Angelina Adams David Brin David Gerrold John Goodwin Janis Ian Alec Johnson Georgeanne Kennedy Mercedes Lackey Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Lois McMaster Bujold Elizabeth Moon Charlotte Moore Robert Neilson Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett Robin Roberts Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Wen Spencer Michael Whelan Richard J. Woods Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
By Karen Fowler, John Adams. 2016
A great fun romping collection of stories --San Francisco Book Review This volume s diverse… list of well-known and rising stars makes it a welcome addition to the Best American series --Washington Post A powerful collection that is worth your time attention and love --Tor In its inaugural edition The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy featured a diverse array of authors stories and sources John Joseph Adams scours the magazine racks and websites to find the very best stories and this year s guest editor Karen Joy Fowler is sure to curate a collection that encompasses all corners of the genres As the best-selling author of both The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Fowler knows firsthand just how different one author s writing can be from work to work and she will bring that literary sensibility to her selections However she is also a longtime insider in the world of science fiction and fantasy having won numerous Nebula and World Fantasy Awards and cofounded the James Tiptree Jr Award for works of science fiction or fantasy that expand or explore the understanding of gender With this top-notch combination of series and guest editor The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy builds upon the foundation established in its first year
By Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook. 2009
Four big names in paranormal-four adventures starring man's worst friend... In these four original novellas, readers follow paranormal bodyguards into… Lucifer's realm, where they'll encounter his fearsome four-legged pets; seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers, one who intends to eradicate the entire species of bloodsuckers; find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world; and embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire alongside her blind-and damn sexy-companion and a hellhound.
By H. Bencraft Joly, John Minford, Cao Xueqin. 1857
"Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the faithfulness in his translation of Hong Lou Meng makes this revised edition… of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the student of modern Chinese."--Edwin H. Lowe, from his introductionThe Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel.The "Red Chamber" is an expression used for the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women that he knew in his youth, The Dream of the Red Chamber is a multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese culture."...this partial version certainly deserves a wider readership, as a brave early skirmish on the outer ramparts of this masterpiece. The re-issuing of Joly's work will undoubtedly provide a rich crop of fascinating raw material for the growing community of Translation Studies scholars."--John Minford, from his foreword
By Neil Gaiman, Edmond Hamilton, Robert M. Price, S. T. Joshi. 2014
Noted Lovecraftian scholar R M Price assembles this unique Lovecraft-influenced collection of twenty-eight rare tales from such diverse authors… as Neil Gaiman Jorges Luis Borges Manly Wade Wellman and Gustaf Meyrink Spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s this kaleidoscopic collection is a triumph of interdimensional threats ritual magic and cosmic horrors
By Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Jeff Somers, Jonathan Maberry, Joseph Nassise, Kevin Hearne, Seanan Mcguire. 2017
Villains have all the fun everyone knows that and this anthology takes you on a wild… ride through the dark side The top villains from seventeen urban fantasy series get their own stories including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher Kevin Hearne Kelley Armstrong Seanan McGuire and Jonathan Maberry For every hero trying to save the world there s a villain trying to tear it all down In this can t-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise The Templar Chronicles you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains point of view imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds wicked witches and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today s most popular series The full anthology features stories by Jim Butcher the Dresden Files Kelley Armstrong Cainsville Seanan McGuire October Daye Kevin Hearne The Iron Druid Chronicles Jonathan Maberry Joe Ledger Lilith Saintcrow Jill Kismet Carrie Vaughn Kitty Norville Joseph Nassise Templar Chronicles Domino Finn Black Magic Outlaw Steven Savile Glasstown Caitlin Kittredge Hellhound Chronicles Jeffrey Somers The Ustari Cycle Sam Witt Pitchfork County Craig Schaefer Daniel Faust Jon F Merz Lawson Vampire Faith Hunter Jane Yellowrock and Diana Pharaoh Francis Horngate Witches
By Christopher Golden. 2014
Charlaine Harris and Rachel Caine enter a shadowy world of demons and angels in Dark Witness while Sarah… Rees Brennan Cassandra Clare and Holly Black look at three weird sisters who face challenges beyond magic in Sisters Before Misters Sarah MacLean and Carrie Ryan explore the exquisite agony of eternal love in She Doomed Girl and Welded by Tom Piccirilli and T M Wright offers an unsettling vision of an evil that infects and destroys lives Mixing the ordinary--parents teenagers lovers--with the extraordinary--angels demons serial killers--these captivating and vivid tales delve deep into the shadowy unexplored realms of the imagination Tom Piccirilli and T M Wright offers an unsettling vision of evil that infects and destroys lives Mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary these bold and vivid stories offer a compelling survey of the supernatural world that is sure to frighten and enchant
By Harry Karlinsky. 2014
While digging through the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, trying to ﬁgure out why his hero, Sigmund Freud, never received a… Nobel Prize, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the unsolicited self-nominations in the museum's 'Crackpot' ﬁle, there are six letters addressed to Mr. Ragnar Sohlman, executor of Alfred Nobel's will. Remarkably, all but one is crafted by a different Nobel laureate - including Rudyard Kipling, Ivan Pavlov, Teddy Roosevelt and Marie Curie - and each is an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research eventually uncovers that Alfred Nobel, intrigued by a young woman's obsession with the mysterious landmark, added a secret codicil to his will: 'a prize - reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates - was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.' But is this fact or is this ﬁction? Weaving together a wealth of primary documents - photos, letters, wills - The Stonehenge Letters acts as a wryly documented archive of a fascinating secret competition, complete with strange but illuminating submissions and a contentious prize-awarding process.
By Clare London, Jamie Fessenden, Carole Cummings, Andrea Speed, Pearl Love, Rick Reed, Sean Michael, John Inman, Rhys Ford, Brandon Witt, J Hennig. 1979
Humankind possesses a dual nature the ability to rise to the brightest heights--or sink to the darkest and most… perverse depths What inspires some to reach the pinnacles of virtue while others cannot resist the temptations of vice Is it something innate or a result of destiny and circumstance Delve into the minds and spirits of saints and sinners alike with a collection of stories that explore the call toward good or evil--and the consequences of answering it For while rewards certainly await the righteous there are also pleasures to be found in the darkness Venture off the expected path with some of the most innovative voices in LGBT speculative fiction as they present their unique takes on the classic vices and virtues Stories Included The Dark of the Sun by Amy Rae Durreson The Bank Job by Andrea Speed Prudence for Fools by Sean Michael The Gate by J S Cook Heirs to Grace and Infinity by Carole Cummings The Rendering by John Inman Beyond the Temperance Effect by Serena Yates Covetous by Pearl Love Hope by Rick R Reed Horseboy by J Tullos Hennig Train to Sevmash by Jamie Fessenden Red Light Special by Rhys Ford Traitor by Clare London Couches of Fabric and Snow by Brandon Witt
By Kristina Wright, Sommer Marsden, Velvet Tripp, Vanessa De Sade, Fulani. 2012
The mind has the power to save us from depravity...or to drive us further to it! From hypnotic highs to… paranormal possession, Naked Delirium delves deep into the human psyche to celebrate sex in altered states! Five twisted tales, with the illustrated version lusciously illustrated by Giorgio Verona.
By Holly Black, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia, Sarah Rees Brennan. 2012
Explore the world of the Mortal Instruments with Cassandra Clare and moreJoin Cassandra Clare and a Circle of more than… a dozen top YA writers, including New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Rachel Caine, and Kami Garcia, as they write about the Mortal Instruments series, its characters, and its world.Inside you'll read:* A cinematic tutorial on why the best friend (Simon) always loses out to the bad boy (Jace)* The unexpected benefits of the incest taboo* What we can read between the lines of Alec and Magnus' European vacation* The importance of friendship, art, humor, and rebellion* And more, from the virtues of Downworlders to the naughty side of Shadowhunting
By Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes. 2016
In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is… as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters.ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BYTanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Mark Morris. 2017
FEAR COMES IN MANY FORMSThe horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light… in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In “The Boggle Hole” by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head” a dollhouse becomes the focus for an incident both violent and inexplicable. And in “Speaking Still” Ramsey Campbell suggests that beyond death there may be far worse things waiting than we can ever imagine... Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.
Chinese Ghost Stories is selection of the most entertaining traditional Chinese tales of the strange and fantastic. The perfect companion… for readers seeking insights into the traditional Chinese world of ghosts, goblins and demons as well as anyone who just wants to feel a chill run down their spine on a dark, lonely night.
By Rob Benvie. 2011
It is the summer of 1999, and the Sweltham family leads an ordinary suburban existence. Former high school volleyball champ… Parker crisscrosses the continent as a sales rep for DynaFlex Sporting Goods, while his wife Trixie serves as the managing editor of Record of Truth, an unsuccessful genocide studies journal. Their son Owen has just returned from juvenile prison to the vast horrors of high school. Heath, Parker's brother, has vowed to cut down on weed and fried chicken for a regimen of self-improvement. All appears normal. Yet in this summer's swelter and the rise of Y2K anxiety, grim truths will be revealed. Sprawling yet scalpel-sharp, Maintenance, like some twenty-first-century White Noise, takes the suburbs to a geography you won't recognize.
By Ellen Datlow. 2017
A dazzling anthology of avian-themed fiction guaranteed to frighten and delight, edited by one of the most acclaimed horror anthologists… in the genre. Birds are usually loved for their beauty and their song. They symbolize freedom, eternal life, the soul. There’s definitely a dark side to the avian. Birds of prey sometimes kill other birds (the shrike), destroy other birds’ eggs (blue jays), and even have been known to kill small animals (the kea sometimes eats live lambs). And who isn’t disgusted by birds that eat the dead—vultures awaiting their next meal as the life blood flows from the dying. One of our greatest fears is of being eaten by vultures before we’re quite dead. Is it any wonder that with so many interpretations of the avian, that the contributors herein are eager to be transformed or influenced by them? Included in Black Feathers are those obsessed by birds of one type or another. Do they want to become birds or just take on some of the “power” of birds? The presence or absence of birds portends the future. A grieving widow takes comfort in her majestic winged neighbors, who enable her to cope with a predatory relative. An isolated society of women relies on a bird to tell their fortunes. A silent young girl and her pet bird might be the only hope a detective has of tracking down a serial killer in a tourist town. A chatty parrot makes illegal deals with the dying. A troubled man lives in isolation with only one friend for company—a jackdaw. In each of these fictions, you will encounter the dark resonance between the human and avian. You see in yourself the savagery of a predator, the shrewd stalking of a hunter, and you are lured by birds that speak human language, that make beautiful music, that cypher numbers, and seem to have a moral center. You wade into this feathered nightmare, and brave the horror of death, trading your safety and sanity for that which we all seek—the promise of flight.
By Various. 2016
Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s stories shaped modern horror more than any other author’s in the last two centuries: Cthulhu, the Old… Ones, Herbert West: Reanimator, and more terrifying nightmares emerged from the mythos of this legendary writer.Dark Horse teams up with Hugo and Bram Stoker Award–winning editor Ellen Datlow to bring you this anthology of original prose stories that are inspired by Lovecraft’s mythos. Features work by Richard Kadrey, Brian Hodge, A. C. Wise, Siobhan Carroll, Orrin Grey, and many more, with a stunning cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
By Joseph Nassise. 2016
In this impressive anthology, twenty of today's hottest urban fantasy writers--including Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan Mcguire, and… C. E. Murphy--pair together to write ten original stories featuring their favorite series characters.Worlds collide when two different urban fantasy series meet in each of the ten electrifying stories in this collaborative project, featuring beloved characters such as Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley-Chivers, Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine, Joe Ledger and Special Agent Franks, Sabina Kane and Ava. Urban Allies melds the talents of some of the most high-profile authors in the genre today--many of whom are working together for the first time--to give readers a chance to see their favorite characters in an imaginative and fresh way.Edited by acclaimed bestselling author Joseph Nassise, who is also a contributor, this outstanding collection showcases the brilliant storytelling talents of some of the most acclaimed urban fantasy writers working today--among them seven New York Times bestselling authors and one USA Today bestselling author.Contributors Include: Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden Carrie Vaughn and Diana Rowland Jonathan Maberry and Larry Correia Kelley Armstrong and Seanan Mcguire Joseph Nassise and Sam Witt Steven Savile And Craig Schaefer David Wellington and Weston Ochse Stephen Blackmoore and Jeff Somers C. E. Murphy and Kat Richardson Jaye Wells and Caitlin Kittredge