Not since H.P. Lovecrafthas there been such a master of the macabre on the literary scene as Ramsey Campbell. Clare Frayn is a stumpy little school-teaNot since H.P. Lovecrafthas there been such a master of the macabre on the literary scene as Ramsey Campbell. Clare Frayn is a stumpy little school-teacher whose only seeming grace is the understanding and love she has for Rob, her wild, undisciplined brother. Late one night, knowing that her brakes are faulty, she drives him home through the rain-drenched streets of Liverpool. A man steps in front of her car. Her brakes fail, and in her wild maneuvering to bring the car back under control, Rob is killed in a monstrous way. Her grief is enormous, matched only by the enormity of her guilt, which prods her into a sometimes halting, stumbling search for the man who deliberately walked in front of her car. Clare is bullied into a partnership with a seedy crime reporter, Edmund Hall, who knows a great deal about the man she is looking for. She is befriended by Chris Barrow, who is a delightful, charming and helpful young man, but equally self-serving. Only George Pugh, the owner of a rundown movie house, seems to want to be of real help. Clare is too infatuated with Chris, too afraid of Edmund Hall, and too grateful to George Pugh to see into the stygian depths of the mind of one of them. It is only when she has a terror-wracked confrontation in a moldy cellar that she learns why her brother died....more
Welcome to a land Ray Bradbury calls "the Undiscovered Country" of his imagination - that vast territories of ideas, concepts, notions, and conceits wWelcome to a land Ray Bradbury calls "the Undiscovered Country" of his imagination - that vast territories of ideas, concepts, notions, and conceits where the stories in this book were born. America's premier living author of short fiction, Bradbury has spent many lifetimes in this remarkable place - strolling through empty, shadow-washed fields at midnight; exploring long-forgotten rooms gathering dust behind doors bolted years ago to keep strangers locked out. . . and secrets locked in. The nights are longer in this country. The cold hours of darkness move like autumn mists deeper and deeper toward winter. But the moonlight reveals great magic here - and a breathtaking vista. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY is many places: a picturesque Mexican village where death is a tourist attraction; a city beneath the city where drowned lovers are silently reunited; a carnival midway where a tiny man's most cherished fantasy can be fulfilled night after night. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY'S inhabitants live, dream, work, die - and sometimes live again - discovering, often too late, the high price of citizenship. Here a glass jar can hold memories and nightmares; a woman's newborn child can plot murder; and a man's skeleton can war against him. Here there is no escaping the dark stranger who lives upstairs. . . or the reaper who wields the world. Each of these stories is a wonder, imagined by an acclaimed tale-teller writing from a place of shadows. But there is astonishing beauty in these shadows, born from a prose that enchants and enthralls. Ray Bradbury's THE OCTOBER COUNTRY is a land of metaphors that can chill like a long-after-midnight wind. . . as they lift the reader high above a sleeping Earth on the strange wings of Uncle Einar....more
When published in 1967, Rosemary's Baby was one of the first contemporary horror novels to become a national bestseller. Ira Levin's second novel (heWhen published in 1967, Rosemary's Baby was one of the first contemporary horror novels to become a national bestseller. Ira Levin's second novel (he went on to write such fine thrillers as A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil), Rosemary's Baby, remains perhaps his best work. The author's mainstream "this is how it really happened" style undeniably also made the novel his most widely imitated. The plot line is deceptively simple: What if you were a happily married young woman, living in New York, and one day you awoke to find yourself pregnant? And what if your loving husband had--apparently--sold your soul to Satan? And now you were beginning to believe that your unborn child was, in reality, the son of Satan? Levin subtly makes it all totally plausible, unless of course, dear Rosemary--or the reader--can no longer distinguish fantasy from reality! A wonderfully chilling novel, it was later faithfully transformed into an equally unnerving motion picture. In 1997, a sequel was spawned, Son of Rosemary. It didn't really do it for me....more
Summary: For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt tSummary: For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.
This is the scariest book I have ever read. Ever. ...more
Summery: In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly hauSummery: In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly haunting tales. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Daughter," as father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," a pair of London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.
A delightful collection of horrific fairy tales. I loved it. A must read for any fans of good, scary stories (not to mention Charlie Parker fans). Read this one. Seriously....more
Summary: The Master at his scarifying best! From heart pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest iSummary: The Master at his scarifying best! From heart pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time! Evil that breathes and walks and shrieks, brave new worlds and horror shows, human desperation bursting into deadly menace - such are the themes of these astounding works of fiction. In the tradition of Poe and Stevenson, of Lovecraft and The Twilight Zone, Stephen King has fused images of fear as old as time with the iconography of contemporary American life to create his own special brand of horror - one that has kept millions of readers turning the pages even as they gasp. In the book-length story "The Mist", a supermarket becomes the last bastion of humanity as a peril beyond demension invades the earth. . . With "Word Processor of the Gods", you can make your dreams come true - along with your nightmares. . . Touch "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands", and say your prayers. . . There are some things in attics which are better left alone, things like "The Monkey". . . The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" to paradise. . . A boy's sanity is pushed to the edge when he's left alone with the odious corpse of "Gramma". . . If you were stunned by Gremlins, the Fornits of "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" will knock your socks off. . . Trucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre; curses whose melevolence grown through the years; obscene presences and angels of grace - here, indeed, is a night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.
Stephen King's short stories are always hit or miss, and there are very few misses in this anthology. Some horror, some not. this is probably my favorite collection of King's. Warning: "The Raft"is almost too gory for me and I love that kind of thing....more
Summary: Lisey Dubusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frighteninSummary: Lisey Dubusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went - a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King's most personal and powerful novel, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creaticity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.
This is a beautiful story about sisterhood, and love. At times heartbreakingly sad, it still leaves you feeling that the power of love conquers all. It's nice to see our friends from Castle Rock back in the picture. Only one complaint. I got really sick of the word "smucking". It is used far too often and at times takes away fom the story, because you're thinking, "Just say 'fuck' already!" All in all, a wonderful story....more
An erotic game with handcuffs between husband and wife. One of them won't make it through the night. For the survivor, death would have been a blessinAn erotic game with handcuffs between husband and wife. One of them won't make it through the night. For the survivor, death would have been a blessing. ...more