Horror & Paranormal

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    Darryl Jones
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    The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, the supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of the uncanny and precognition. This anthology brings together twenty-nine of the greatest horror stories of the period, from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions. It ranges widely across the sub-genres to encompass authors whose terror-inducing powers remain unsurpassed. The book includes stories by some of the best writers of the century - Hoffmann, Poe, Balzac, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Zola - as well as established genre classics such as M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and others. It includes rare and little-known pieces by writers such as William Maginn, Francis Marion Crawford, W. F. Harvey, and William Hope Hodgson, and shows the important role played by periodicals in popularizing the horror story. Wherever possible stories are reprinted in their first published form, with background information about their authors and helpful, contextualizing annotation. Darryl Jones's lively introduction discusses horror's literary evolution and its articulation of cultural preoccupations and anxieties. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified!
    Stephen King
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    A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity. Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.
    Audrey Niffenegger
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    Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat. Her Fearful Symmetry is a uniquely compelling novel from Audrey Niffenger, the author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

    Michelle Paver
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    Set in 1937 as the clouds of war begin to gather over a fog-bound London, Dark Matter finds twenty eight year-old Jack poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. When he's offered the chance to join an arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Leaving Norway in high spirits, the tone changes as soon as his new team reach Gruhuken - the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Jack feels a creeping unease as one by one, his companions are forced to leave. He faces a stark choice of whether to stay or go. he realises he is not alone and something walks in the dark. A terrifying tale of isolation and the unknown from Michelle Paver.

    Charlaine Harris
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    Now it's the turn of the weres and shifters to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course - her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she's friend to the local Were pack and Sam, her boss at Merlotte's bar, is a shifter. At first the great Were revelation seems to go well - then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found outside Merlotte's. Though Sookie never cared that much for the victim, no one deserves such a horrible death, so she agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But what Sookie doesn't realise is that there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves is preparing for war...

    Scott G. Mariani
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    Scott G. Mariani's Uprising sees the dawn of a new war. For millions of years, vampires have walked the earth undetected, feasting on humans in keeping with the ancient tradtion. To avoid detection, they created the global Vampire Federation to police their activity and special agents like Alex Bishop were authorised to hunt down their own kind who had broken the law. Rebel vampire Gabriel Stone declares war against the Federation and soon Alex's team are in danger. Meanwhile, police inspector Joel Solomon discovers a series of corpses left behind by Stone's gang and is soon drawn together with Alex in an unlikely alliance between human and vampire. They need to destroy Stone before the world is torn apart. An action-packed thriller for fans of vampires and the supernatural.

    Christopher Ransom
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    James Hastings' wife is dead - her life snuffed out in a horrific accident that leaves her husband shattered. Dizzy with grief and guilt, James withdraws into his sprawling mansion, losing himself in liquor - and memories of Stacey. But soon two women enter his life - one is Annette, a gorgeous stranger with a dark past, but the other is not a stranger, with a past all too familiar - first her voice echoes through the phones, then shoes streaked with mud and grime, as though unearthed from the grave, appear. And soon Annette begins saying things only Stacey could know. James descends into a spiral of terror and violence that may destroy his home, his sanity and soul. Christopher Ransom's The Haunting of James Hastings is an atmospheric read that will keep you awake at night.

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    For twenty years "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror" has been recognized as the world's foremost annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. Now, with one story from each year in which it has been published, from 1989 to 2008, representing the work of dozens of authors, many of them acknowledged as the foremost practitioners of the genre, multi-award-winning editor Stephen Jones looks back on two decades of superb writing to bring readers the ultimate horror fiction anthology. With names such as Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshall Smith, Paul J. McAuley and Lisa Tuttle, this collection represents a true landmark in horror fiction publishing. Praise for Stephen Jones: 'Horror's last maverick' - Christopher Fowler. 'Stephen Jones ...has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country' - Lisa Tuttle, "The Times Books". 'The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones' - Roz Kavaney, "Time Out". 'Edited by Stephen Jones, a member of that tiny band of anthologists whose work is so reliably good that you automatically reach out and grab hold of any new volume spotted if you are wise' - Gahan Wilson, "Realms of Fantasy". 'One of the genre's most enthusiastic cheerleaders' - "Publishers Weekly". 'Horror readers owe Stephen Jones a lot' - Rue Morgue. 'Edited by the prolific and reliable Stephen Jones' - "SFX Magazine". 'Jones performs his usual exemplary job' - "Starlog (UK)". 'A new horror anthology from Stephen Jones is always an event' - Dennis Etchison.
    Susan Hill
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    This is the chilling tale of a man in the grip of a small, invisible hand...A ghost story by the author of "The Woman in Black" and "The Man in the Picture", to be read by the fire on a cold winter's night. Returning home from a visit to a client late one summer's evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he approaches the door, and, standing before the entrance feels the unmistakeable sensation of a small hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'. Intrigued by the encounter, he determines to learn more, and discovers that the owner's grandson had drowned tragically many years before. At first unperturbed by the odd experience, Snow begins to be plagued by haunting dreams, panic attacks, and more frequent visits from the small hand which become increasingly threatening and sinister...
    Susan Hill
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    First published in 1983, The Woman in Black is Susan Hill's best-loved novel, and the basis for the UK's second longest ever running stage play, and a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order. As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets - and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black. The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent...
    M.R. James
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    This title is selected and introduced by Ruth Rendell. M.R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernise a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognisable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a dolls house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window - ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original master of suspense.