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This surreal journey of self-discovery and transformation at once questions the nature of our world, and redefines it in the context of 21st century pop culture and technology. It takes a writer of John Shirley’s talent and audacity to bring together elements as disparate as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, on-line role playing games, soap operas, and classic mythology – binding them together, creating a heady mélange on, above, and below the streets of Manhattan.
A Life In the Cinema is the first book from award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris. This collection of eight prickly tales and a screenplay reach under the skin of real life and reel life to take you places you never realized you wanted to go. The title story, “A Life in the Cinema” and its sequel, “Starfucker”, are set in the author’s hometown of Hollywood, and provide a yellow-jaundiced look at a world you only thought was glamorous. So welcome to a dark side of Hollywood you’ve never seen before…
Lieutenant Colonel Meredith Cleon finds her supposedly peaceful job as the installation’s chief law enforcement officer turned upside down by the brutal murder of a popular young general’s aide, as her investigation into the crime threatens her own life.
The Pragers are Hawaii’s golden family—they have wealth, power, land. They also have dark secrets and forbidden passions that threaten to tear the family apart. In a whirlpool of emotional and sexual blackmail one terrible danger looms over them all: the tsunami, the tropical tidal wave.
The acclaimed and ground breaking collection of short stories, poetry, and allegory by Andrew Vachss, one of the most powerful voices in the field of child protection. This work is an illumination of the realities of child abuse, juvenile violence…a nd tribute to the power of imagination.
“Another Chance is Dr. Seuss dressed up as a Scorsese movie, another on-target hit by an author who has made children his primary concern.”
Another Chance to Get it Right offers a unique look at the potential of parenting, as much inspirational as it is instructional, both a blessing and a warning for us all.
Another Chance To Get It Right first debuted as the cover of Parade magazine in 1991. Oprah Winfrey read it aloud in during her 1993 interview with Andrew Vachss
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Jealousy, betrayal, murder and a hunger for vengeance that spans the centuries… History student Alex Palmer is thrilled when his girlfriend, Claire Ryan, buys an apartment in Belle Vue Manor, formerly a Victorian lunatic asylum. But as Alex begins to discover the dark truth about the asylum’s past, he, Claire, and their friend Marianne find themselves on a nightmarish journey. Each will face the deadly consequences of the evil that began with the construction of the first Belle Vue Manor by an aristocratic French émigré in 1789, as well as the cruelty and satanic practices that continued when it became an asylum for the insane. As the two strands—past and present—unfold, Alex uncovers a supernatural mystery where revenge is paramount and innocence irrelevant—without being aware of the price he, and those around him, will pay.
Major Nat Serling investigates the shooting down of a medevac helicopter during the Gulf War, a crash that takes the life of Captain Karen Emma Walden, who is up for a posthumous Medal of Honor, and uncovers more than he expected about the incident.
The world has two faces. The natural and the supernatural. The face we see every day, people filing past us in an almost zombie-like stupor, numb to the horrors of everyday life or driven to madness by the pain and agony of modern-day existence. And those are the people who aren’t zombies or monsters! Cal McDonald is a detective with one foot in the real world, and one in the world of magic.
Marika, a young female member of an intelligent, canine-like race, survives the massacre of her tribe by nomads, only to be captured by the Silth Witches who want to use her psychic powers for their own battles with the nomads.
Set in a future where the United States has largely broken down into reluctantly cooperating enclaves run by a wide variety of strongmen and warlords, with a veneer of government control that seems largely interested in controlling technology.
The moment Vladimir Horescu saw the letter, he felt an ominous chill. Then, he opened it–and found a note from his unknown father, a note signed by Dracula! A haunting and bizarre Dracula tale mixed with an equally bizarre erotic love story.
Driving in LA is the story of the narrator’s first 2 years of moving to, and surviving in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s. From being driven to become a professional actress, her story takes us through rapes, cocaine addiction, and prostitution, all while trying to keep her spirit and dreams alive.
18 short stories were born out of a discussion on themed collections with the Canadian writer Claude Lalumiere. They are diverse in every way except that each one of them has a metal element at its heart. ‘The Maskmaker‘ was the first to be written, a story set in an early Venice and has gold as its theme. There then follows tales of robots made of lead, cyborgs who are addicted to drinking mercury, aliens obsessed with shiny chromium, a nickel coin worth a king’s ransom and many others. The tales end with a false element, Erifium, the metal from which the sword of Saint Michael is fashioned. One he wields against demons in the battle of Armageddon.
“Everyday Monsters is a captivating read that excels in unpredictable twists, strong characterization, and a plot that slowly reveals the real monsters in this world.”
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Huge amounts of fun to read.”
Paul Kane (bestselling and award-winning author of Before, Arcana and Monsters.)
In the darkness of humanity lies the world of monsters! Everyday Monsters is the first book in an expanded universe, which tells the tale of an undead man, dragged through a prophecy as the world around him falls. What seems as a quick and easy messenger job, quickly descends into a race to change the very fabric of existence. In a world which makes increasingly little sense, he must try to stay alive to bring a new balance to reality.
The Insiders Clever Alec, Arrogant Roman, Beautiful Lindy. The popular kids at school. They don’t know who they hurt. And they don’t care. The Outsider Frazier, brainy and awkward, the school geek. But he has a special talent the ability to send his mind on long journeys out of his body. Then one night a prank goes hideously wrong. Twenty years later Alec, Roman and Lindy are summoned back to their hometown an invitation they cannot refuse. It is a high school reunion they will never forget…if any of them lives through it.
This special audiobook edition is narrated brilliantly by horror icon Peter Atkins (Hellraiser, The Wishmaster), who reminds us that there are still some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark. This is the novelization based on the classic horror film written and directed by Tom Holland that redefined the genre and birthed a thousand knock-offs. The novelization were written by splatterpunk staples John Skipp and Craig Specter. Music by Justin Vonderach.
The fifth and final Phantasm took an incredible eight years to go from set to screen. The project began as an experimental short before becoming a thirteen part web series and finally a feature length sequel. Shot in secret on a microbudget, Ravager reunites Phantasm ‘s core cast thirty-five years after the original cult classic. The new sequel filmed not in Hollywood soundstages but in the homes of cast and crew. Visual effects were handled mostly by the director. Decades-old props were taken out of storage and dusted off for reuse. They just don’t make movies like this anymore. In fact, they never really did to begin with. Such is The Strange Case of Phantasm Ravager
Football star Cameron Dean is genuine campus royalty at Globe University, but his life is more of a nightmare than a dream. Not only was his dad murdered under mysterious circumstances, but Cameron suspects that his mom and aunt may have had something to do with it! Now the only question is: to die or not to die?
Hellraiser: The Toll tells the story of what happened between the iconic works Hellraiser and its literary follow-up, The Scarlet Gospels.
With its exploration of the “insect” inside us all, In Darkness Waiting proves more relevant today than ever. A parasitic part of humanity since primitive times, they have been responsible for the worst human atrocities in history. When a psychology experiment goes out of control in remote Jasper, Oregon, the town swarms with Gray Pilots, whose stings bring out the cold-blooded killer in everyone and initiate an orgy of sociopathic slaughter. First published in 1988, the novel has been updated with references to Beirut, Bosnia and Abu Ghraib prison. Shirley works a crafty variation on the smalltown horror novel, making it an effective vehicle for his dark sociological speculations, and shows that his story’s worst horror is its continuing relevance.
“Fans of literary horror will find Incubus: The Descent a worthy, involving read.“
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Horrifying and hysterical. I love this batsh*t book!”
Mark Miller (Hellraiser : The Toll, Next Testament)
Throughout history there have always been those who tasked themselves with a mission to vanquish evil. None more so than those who would be seen as monsters themselves. Monsters who accept that the only way to conquer the darkness is to descend to the place where it was born, and meet it head on. Hell is what you make of it, and for Rebecca, Hell is what others have made for her, as her world crumbles into chaos and the fabric of reality tears in two. Even those she loves, hide a demons face…
This book tracks the history of Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment Studio, from its late ’80s birth among the ruins of the American drive-in through to the modern digital world. This is an essential read for any cult film fan.
Decades after his death in 1896, Professor Marchworth’s “Emotion Resonator” would be called “The Cabinet of Sorrows” as it was exhibited through a series of London sideshows. A poster preserved in the London Museum of Curiosities bills the cabinet as “an object cured in anguish, stained in grief, and varnished with madness,” a far cry from the Oxford Psychiatrist’s intended legacy.
It should have been the perfect evening. But for blue collar delivery man Nick Skinner, the romantic time he spent with the love of his life, Dawn, has just turned into his worst nightmare. Waking suddenly, he’s attacked by something feral in his room… and it’s not alone. The clock is frozen at just gone midnight and only certain things work; only some lights, only some vehicles. The city has become a hunting ground for the “loons” – humanoid creatures with claws and completely white eyes, just like the moon above that seems to be influencing them.
A researcher’s curiosity draws her to the dream realm of the Darkling Lands. Condemned by his own crime, an engrosser plumbs the labyrinthine depths of his firm’s building to find that he is not alone. A giant searches for his missing brother. A young woman opens a sealed house atop a crumbling bridge. A young academic moves into the house of a dead professor and finds himself trapped in a dark fairy-tale. These are five stories of yearning, curiosity and darkness. They explore the fragile and dangerous correspondence between people and monsters.
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San Francisco, 1988. A serial killer is on the loose. Twelve victims so far, all ritually disfigured. Scrawled in each victim’s blood, a single word: Morningstar… Investigating the murders, Donovan Moon and Shelley Masterton find themselves drawn into a nightmare of death, destiny, and unholy power – because Morningstar may be more than a murderer, and his victims may be more than human.
Lumsden Moss is an escaped thief and an unrepentant bibliophile with a long-suffering desire to foist some karmic retribution on those who have wronged him. But when the opportunity to steal a rare book from the man who sentenced him to prison puts him on the wrong side of the wrong people, Moss finds himself on the run.
What if you could buy the perfect lover built just for you — would you be willing to pay the price? Not long from now, an intelligent android will be invented that is completely indistinguishable from human. The brand name for this type of robot will be “Nymph”, and their purpose will be to provide their owners with sexual pleasure, but nothing is ever as it seems.
For teenager Lee Masterton, his deepest childhood fears are about to become a reality – because not only will he discover that the things living in the darkness are real, he will also find himself in the middle of a war between them and the forces of light. Set against the normal, everyday backdrop of a council estate, the future of humanity will be decided by the outcome of these events…
In the small California town of Santa Marta, oil and water become an explosive mixture when the human elements of lust and greed are thrown into the crucible. When news of a major oil well discovery in its channel leaks out, the quiet town is rocked by murder and terrorism…and naked desires are unleashed on every level.