Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.
If you're a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.
"All the best in one place, what's not to like!"
The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman's short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
"some truely memorable stories but some forgetable"
The first ever collection of Iain Banks's short fiction, this volume includes the acclaimed novella, The State of the Art. This is a striking addition to the growing body of Culture lore, and adds definition and scale to the previous works by using the Earth of 1977 as contrast. The other stories in the collection range from science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale. All bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks's staggering talent.
"A perfect introduction to Banks' Sci Fi world"
This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales.
The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there's no escape.
"There's so much"
'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman's case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That's when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills-and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: an anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.
"A great introduction to a variety of authors"
Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in "Little Lost Robot"; a woman's talent for "Light Verse" overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; "The Last Question" presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered ... and seventeen more future visions from the grand master of science fiction.
A big, brilliant, spooky collection of classic and contemporary ghost stories that will make you hesitate before turning off that light.
From early stories like "Breaking Strain," to classics like "The Star," "The Nine Billion Names of God," and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later groundbreaking works such as "The Hammer of God" and "Transit to Earth," this volume encapsulates one of the great science fiction writing careers of all time.
"Great value collection"
Taken together, the works of H.P. Lovecraft create a terrific world of Elder Gods, ancient aliens, and cosmic horror. This new, original collection of Lovecraft's earliest stories lay the foundation for that world, and prefigure many of his later, infamous tales. In "The Nameless City", an intrepid explorer encounters a shunned, crumbling city in the desert, older than the earliest known of humankind, but perhaps not as abandoned as was thought.
Pitting ordinary men and women against a carnivorous, chaotic cosmos, Occultation's eight tales of terror (two never before published) include the Theodore Sturgeon and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story "The Forest" and Shirley Jackson Award nominee "The Lagerstatte."
Whatever happened to Oskar and Eli? And what became of the beleaguered families in Handling the Undead? Find out in Let the Old Dreams Die. In other tales from this collection, a woman finds a dead body and decides to keep it for herself, a customs officer has a mysterious gift that enables her to see what others hide, and a man believes he knows how to deceive death. These are the stories of John Ajvide Lindqvist's rich imagination. They are about love and death, and what we do when the two collide and the monsters emerge.
H. P. Lovecraft was one of the greatest ever writers of terror-filled short stories. In this collection you will hear 10 of his finest works read by acclaimed British actor, Rupert Degas. From mysterious hounds and dank dark caves, to strange family ties and a spectral ship.
"Great atmospheric collection"
Mercy Thompson's world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, "one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today" (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...
"Good Collection of Short Stories"
When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Albert Wilmarth becomes embroiled in a controversy about the reality and significance of the sightings. However it isn't until he receives communication from Henry Wentworth Akeley that he is offered the proof he requires.
A collection of short stories from the master of space opera. Peter F Hamilton takes us on a journey from a murder mystery in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s to a brand new story featuring Paula Mayo, deputy director of the Intersolar Commonwealth's Serious Crimes Directorate. Dealing with intricate themes and topical subjects, this top-10 best-selling author is at the top of his game.
"Well Done Peter you have come back from the cold"
Three short stories of the paranormal and the unknown, to delight, chill, and make you wonder. This book contains "The Hollowers", "The Other Side", and "The Night of the Fairies", published under single stories and now together.
This short story is from the anthology Mitigated Futures. Twelve science fiction stories about the oncoming future, each of them representing a possible glimpse of what could be just around the corner... or much further down the corridor. These stories previously appeared in places like Clarkesworld Magazine, The Year's Best SF, Subterranean Magazine, and in various anthologies. They deal with the future of war, our climate, and technology's effect on our lives.
Six short tales set between the first and second Shores of the Dead Trilogies. Learn more about Ben and Jenn, Riley, Kelly, Capshaw, Nancy and Charlie, and Scarlet.
Once again, we've combed through innumerable issues to cull the best - or should we say worst? - offerings torn from the torturous pages of Horror Stories. These terrific tales have been handed to Milton Bagby, who delivers them with gruesome gusto. Listen with the lights on. You might end up sleeping the same way.
This is truly horrific ghost story. It will stay with you long after you have listen to it. The young boy was just four years old when he was first visited by the long dead Newgate Witch. He was an innocent who did nothing to deserve what she had planned for him. Possessed for eternity, joined as one with her. Doomed to exist forever as an undead spirit.
The Free Story Friday Collection Volume 2: "The Mythos Cycle" is a compilation of seven tales told in a universe inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft. From the ice of Greenland, to the suburbs of America, to alternate realities, parallel dimensions, and the sands of the Middle East, this collection ranges the gamut of Horror.
Thirteen weird tales and ghost stories of New England from Bram Stoker Award winner Steve Burt. Excerpted from the author's Stories to Chill the Heart series of 39 stories: "Odd Lot" (Benjamin Franklin Award winner), "Even Odder" (Bram Stoker Nominee), "Oddest Yet" (Bram Stoker winner), "Wicked Odd" (Ippy Award).
Four Quintessential Novelettes Featuring the Heroes and Villains of Solendrea Go along with the Captain, Torus, Tiadaria, Adamon, and friends on new adventures! Quintessential Tales, a Magic of Solendrea Anthology, brings together four new novelettes featuring the heroes and villains of Solendrea. Included in Quintessential Tales: Warhorse - Being shipwrecked on a strange island is just the start of the dangers facing Royce and Torus.
This collection of stories spans 10 years in the career of writer J.A. Cummings. Through genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, she delves into the souls of killers and the killed and the horrors of the past, present, and future.
Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit. If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears. You'll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop - or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.
Fifteen tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and the supernatural.
The Power of Luck. Your luck can change in an instant. A flip of a coin can ruin a life, or change it for the better. But is luck real? A random blip in the space time continuum? The wrath or favor of a higher power? Is it magic? Is it just a matter of numbers and probability? Can it be controlled? Luck is elusive, a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Luck is Relative. Good luck. Bad luck. Hard luck. Your luck can run out, or you can luck out. Is luck truly a lady?
Alone in the countryside, a young Victorian woman stays in an old family cottage. Preparing it for sale, to help support her since the death of her husband. However she uncovers some unsettling truths, in this classic Victorian style ghost story.
This amazing thriller is about an Occult Sleeper Cell working off the books for the United States Government. Foreign Nationals infiltrate our Intelligence Community in order to capture the granddaughter of a famous Spiritualist. Her New Orleans lifestyle goes from bad to worse when they discover she knows the secret to weaponizing the dead
Luke walked up to the girl in the playground and asked, "Why aren't you swinging?" The girl looked at him and said nothing for a minute. He was struck by the darkness of her irises, which were almost impossible to distinguish from her blacker-than-black pupils. He swallowed. He was about to turn away when she said, "I was swinging, but I don't swing any more."
A mysterious presence stalks the hallways of the Sky-King's palace, stealing dreams and condemning the king's dancers to a living death. The task of unraveling this mystery falls to young Aesva, the last living bearer of the Gift. But she is young; inexperienced; and the woman most able to assist her has already died. Only Aesva can see the heartfires that flicker in the souls of the king's dancers. Only she knows that the heartfires are vanishing.
Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales includes four spine-tingling young adult tales of horror and suspense from the Vandals series by bests-selling author R. Barri Flowers. In each gripping story, teen vandals are left to deal with the frightening consequences of their actions.
Bad things only happen to other people or do they? Legend has it that an old woman that lived in a cabin all alone in the woods that these girls are going into was accused of witchcraft, but was never proven by the townspeople over a hundred years ago. One of the daughters of the townspeople went missing in the woods and was found dead on the steps of the old lady's cabin.
Danny is a struggling singer willing to do almost anything to get a little exposure and keep food on the table. So she doesn't think twice about traveling to the middle of nowhere to perform a gig. When she's stranded at an abandoned airport, however, she finds herself exposed to a sinister creature with a hunger for something only she can provide.
Only a few nuclear weapons fell. But in the chaos of famine and plague, there existed a few pockets of order. The strongest of them was the state of Deseret. The climate has changed, and the lake has filled up. There, on the fringes, brave, hardworking pioneers are making the desert bloom again.
Known for best-selling military science fiction, David Drake now takes aim at the listener's funnybone. Meet goblin paratroopers, politically correct space cops, and more, and laugh all the way to the gallows.
Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.
"Perhaps what you images is better!"
You can't kill the dead! Like any good monster, the zombie has proven to be ever-evolving, monumentally mutable, and open to seemingly endless imaginative interpretations: the thralls of voodoo sorcerers, George Romero's living dead, societal symbols, dancing thrillers, viral victims, reanimated ramblers, video-gaming targets, post-apocalyptic permutations, shuffling sidekicks, literary mash-ups, the comedic, and, yes, even the romantic.
"Not quite what I would have liked"
Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about humanity's oldest supernatural obsession. The Phantom Coach includes tales by a surprising and often legendary cast, including Charles Dickens, Margaret Oliphant, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as lost gems by forgotten masters such as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and W. F. Harvey. Amelia B. Edwards's chilling story gives the collection its title, while Ambrose Bierce ("The Moonlit Road"), Elizabeth Gaskell ("The Old Nurse's Story"), and W. W. Jacobs ("The Monkey's Paw") will turn you white as a sheet. With a skillful introduction to the genre and notes on each story by Sims, The Phantom Coach is a spectacular collection of ghostly Victorian thrills.
The war to end all wars - or so it is hoped. For generations battle broke the once-proud kingdom of Galifar. As nation fought nation, adventure was never far away from those eager to find it.
Hunters of evil, seekers of fortune, loyal soldiers, and those just trying to stay alive. These are their tales. The Tales of the Last War.
A young librarian receives a request for an obscure Hebrew book from a sinister gentleman, unaware of its contents. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
"Ghost story typical of the 19th genre"
The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
"Classic spook tale"
The story of Paxton, an antiquarian and archaeologist who holidays in "Seaburgh" and inadvertently stumbles across one of the lost crowns of Anglia, which legendarily protect the country from invasion. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
"A chilling tale from The Master"
Cold Hand in Mine stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full. The listener is introduced to a variety of characters, from a man who spends the night in a Hospice to a German aristocrat and a woman who sees an image of her own soul. There is also a nod to the conventional vampire story ("Pages from a Young Girl's Journal") but all the stories remain unconventional and inconclusive, which perhaps makes them all the more startling and intriguing.
"promised more than it delivered"
"Traditional ghost yarn"
A terrifying new collection of short stories from the master of zombie fiction, Max Brooks, best-selling author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide and Recorded Attacks.
"Fun listen but...."
William Gibson's dark visions of computer cowboys, bio-enhanced soldiers of fortune, and hi-tech lowlifes have won unprecedented praise. Included here are some of his most famous short fiction and novellas by the author of Count Zero and Neuromancer.
"Found the Chrome a bit patchy"
Actress and geek goddess Felicia Day (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural) narrates R.A. Salvatore's first published short story. Bruenor, who had seemingly met his demise at the end of Streams of Silver, appears here as a young, beardless dwarf on a quest for revenge.
David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication) describes the journey of aged barbarian Wulfgar as he knowingly sets out on one last hunt.
Actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter) performs the origin story of Guenhwyvar, Drizzt's black panther companion and one of the more mysterious aspects of the Forgotten Realms.
"The Magical Union"