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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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
The novelization of the cult horror film, Re-Animator, H.P. Lovecraft’s wildly outrageous tale of grisly horror that has become a modern cult-classic overnight, comes to ebook to haunt, thrill and delight the mad scientist in us all. Herbert West has a serious problem – His testing of his secret life-rejuvenating potion on some cooperative corpses at a local morgue is a success! But only a temporary one – as the dead spring to life, reacting violently to their re-animation.
How much do the stars tell you about who you are, and about your future? For a group of strangers, the stars will warn them about what this day has in store. The day when their world will turn upside down. No matter who they are – a serial killer, or a small boy – fate will play its part indiscriminately.
The sleepy English locality of Middletown is about to get even sleepier, as a strange malady starts to affect the population. It spreads quickly, causing the authorities to quarantine this small city and seek out the only person who might be able to help. This chilling reworking of The Andromeda Strain, Inception, Outbreak, and Quatermass, and is a tale that’s bound to delight genre fans the world over.
An epidemic of shocking violence sweeps across America as a series of seemingly unrelated atrocities lead reporter Corey Macklin and researcher Dena Faulkner on the trail of the Brain Eaters.
Paul Kane’s The Colour of Madness is a collection and movie tie- in from one of the masters of modern horror, featuring a host of extras: script extracts, behind the scenes pictures, plus “Men of the Cloth”, the original novelette which inspired the movie.
One man’s ability to travel in the astral realm leads to a terrifying discovery: powerful beings who manipulate lives and events for their own mysterious ends. It’s his, and our, first encounter with The Controllers, but far from the last. After reading this collection of six tales – two of them brand new – which take you from the past, through the present and into the far future, you’ll understand just how little influence you have over your own destiny.
Cover Art by Charlie Adlard
‘An absorbing tale of terror that takes you in a direction that I didn’t expect… Paul Kane has crafted a nifty little story with that greatest of gifts: the element of surprise.’
Mick Garris, Creator of Masters of Horror
Three very special interconnected zombie tales. Includes ‘Dead Time’, filmed as New Year’s Day for the Lions Gate/NBC TV series Fear Itself.
Las Vegas suburbanite, Stacy Troy, dreams that everyone is dead. She dismembers the bodies of loved ones, stuffs them into a shopping cart, then takes them two at a time to the pile where she will burn their remains and say her last goodbyes.
Matthew Daley is an enigma. He’s appeared after seven years – eager to pick up the threads of his life, make contact once more with his loved ones. Something that’s not so easy to do when your family’s last memory is of attending your funeral, and watching as your coffin is lowered into the ground.
With this tale of a soul in jeopardy against a backdrop of apocalyptic terror, Christian Francis distills enough plot for a 500 page novel into a tight fable-like novella, poignant and horrifying in equal measure.”
Peter Atkins (Morningstar, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Wishmaster)
As the snow beats down on a small Appalachian town of Folksville, the Stacey Brothers meet to bury their father. Their bittersweet reunion soon turns into terror as, under the cover of darkness, something unnatural starts to make its way throughout the town. Something that spreads a rot so monstrous, that nothing can survive.
It started off like any other day, but for the tourists, staff and workmen at Willerton Castle it will end in terror. Because a storm is coming, a storm like nothing anyone has ever seen. A storm that will herald an attack by creatures this world has never encountered before. Will any of them survive?
Their home was a secure castle – a haven of peace and safety amid the urban rot and threat of New York. Now with his wife and children away for the summer, Bart Hughes’ house was more peaceful still. Until he discovered that he was not alone. That an uninvited guest was in his house. Until the house became a stalking ground where he hunted his inhuman intruder. Until he realised that he was hunted and not hunter. That he was trapped by the Visitor.
On a lonely stretch of highway in the Utah mountains, Cedar Mountain Truck Stop awaits the unsuspecting traveler. Over the years, it has been the setting of unspeakable acts of horror that have gone undiscovered. It is the hunting ground for a serial killer who disposes the bodies in the junkyard behind the rambling, rundown complex. But the long dead victims are not going quietly…