When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.
Marsh meant to turn down York’s offer. It was too full of secrets that spelled danger. But the promise of both gold and a grand new boat that could make history crushed his resolve—coupled with the terrible force of York’s mesmerizing gaze. Not until the maiden voyage of his new sidewheeler Fevre Dream would Marsh realize he had joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare…and mankind’s most impossible dream.
Here is the spellbinding tale of a vampire’s quest to unite his race with humanity, of a garrulous riverman’s dream of immortality, and of the undying legends of the steamboat era and a majestic, ancient river.
Joe Hill’s Horns is so much in a little book it’s amazing. A black comedy with terror, sex and intrigue, Horns has a little bit of everything. The main character, Ig, has been in a depressive state after his girlfriend, Merrin, was raped and killed. Ig, develops horns on his head and eventually powers as vows to track down the monster who killed his love.
A feast for the brain, this gory and genuinely hilarious take on zombie culture simultaneously skewers, pays tribute to, and elevates the horror genre.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.
Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.
There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don’t, when they’re vampires.
They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion–within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.
She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she’s to be his dinner and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day.
In the quiet town of Magnolia, someone is a’ haunting, making people do awfully weird things. Eugene knows because he’s being haunted, too. His friend Sonny’s dad walked right off of a building and fell to his death, and then another friend’s dad crashed his car into a tree. The same “specter” that was haunting them is inside Eugene, talking to him, telling him to do crazy things! Along with the help of their friend (conveniently, the daughter of the town’s newspaper editor) Eugene and Sonny pledge to get to the bottom of the haunting. But not before uncovering a bigger mystery that will affect nearly every townsperson in sleepy little Magnolia…
Orpheus in the Underworld is the 8th volume of a critically series. Tommy ventures into the land of the dead to ue Lizzie. During his journey, Tommy finds more than he expected.
Come, come and hear of the strange and terrible tale of Miss Finch, an exacting woman befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London! New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivers another stunning hardcover graphic novel with longtime collaborator Michael Zulli (Creatures of the Night, The Sandman). This is the first comics adaptation of his popular story “The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch,” which saw print only in the U.K. edition of Gaiman’s award-winning work Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions and was recently interpreted for his Speaking in Tongues CD. The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch is a “mostly true story” that combines the author’s trademark magic realism with Zulli’s sumptuous paintings, and has been newly rewritten for this hardcover. Join a group of friends, with the stern Miss Finch in tow, as they enter musty caverns for a subterranean circus spectacle called “The Theatre of Night’s Dreaming.” Come inside, get out of the pounding rain, and witness this strange world of vampires, ringmasters, illusions and the Cabinet of Wishes Fulfill’d.
Mr. Bald, the farmer, dies and his son Bones is finally free to go after Fat, the fairy in the tree. Mrs. Bald can’t stop crying over her husband’s death. Fat and Bones have been enemies for a long time though it is not explained what made them such. Fat makes a potion for Bones’s pig foot stew and unfortunately Mrs. Bald eats it instead causing her to go flat. Bones tries to cut down Fat’s tree and instead cuts off the cat’s tail. There are other stories interspersed in the Fat and Bones tales. A pig loses her last foot to the pig foot stew. A spider loses some blood to one of Fat’s potions. It is a gruesome little collection of stories that I am sure will find fans among those kids who like horror.
After the devastation of her baby dying, Em could only relieve pain by running. Em would run and keeping all the way to Florida. Making her new home in the Vermillion Key she ran every day and everything was fine until the day she stopped to see what was in her neighbor’s trunk. Time is running out for Em.
Mile 81 is a short book by Stephen King. Mile 81 is a broken down abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike. A perfect place for teenagers to hangout that’s until a Malibu Wagon knocks down the barricade and rolls in making the abandoned stop not so abandoned. Get too close to the open door of the car and it will be the last thing you will do but maybe scream.
Riding the Bullet was originally an audio book and a short one at that. It was eventually expanded into a full length novella. The premise of the story is a college student’s mother is dying and he must hitchhike to her hospital. Along the way he takes a ride with young talkative man who just happens to be dead. They have a long discussion about the Silver Bullet, the best roller coaster ever made. The hitchhiker chickened out when he was a kid. The driver, gave the young man a choice, either he could live or his mother could live…a real life silver bullet.
When it comes to Stephen King, I prefer his Novels over his short stories. In the Tall Grass takes place in Kansas, a brother and sister pull over at a run down rest area where they hear the cries of child in the tall grass. It’s a good old fashion horror story and predictable. I did enjoy the story as it was well written. I listen to the book and was read by Stephen Lang.
Stephen King’s short story is fast paced and entertaining. A werewolf terrorizes a New England town and local search for the creature to destroy it before the town is destroyed.
The Plant is an unfinished serial novel by Stephen King published as an e-book in 2000. The premises of the book is a small publishing house struggling to survive has an editor who receives a manuscript from what appears to be a disturbed man. After receiving a rejection notice the author goes on a rampage wanting revenge on the editor. He sends the editor a plant with unique qualities. The whole story is written with office memos, letters and correspondence. I would have liked to see a longer story but did enjoy what I read.
Harlequin sets out to win the heart of his next valentine, but with Harlequin there’s always a trick. Also includes a brief history of Harlequin character.
A woman with no memory stumbles upon a Grunge band in 90s. As demons try to track her down along with psycho killer, Josephine must find her memory before she destroys the people closest to her or the demons find her.
Volume 3 of Fatale follows our heroine through the Great Depression, Middle Ages and the Wild West. We learn more about our main character as she tries to evade the demons that chase her..
Ed Brubaker’s second book in the “Fatale” series focuses on Los Angeles in the 1970s. Our leading lady, Josephine, is trying to escape the Satanic Cults. All seems fine until she comes across an actor crosses her path.
Ed Brubaker has a nice look at his Batman stories, so I thought I would try this horror series. This is a story of a man who obsessed over woman back in the 1950s. He meets her again in present day and his life is turned into a horror show. Every where this woman goes death follows. This is story about the occult and can be grisly at times but a fascinating read.
Scott Snyder & Stephen King, have created an alternative history based on the vampire, The American Vampire. Volume one focused on the Hollywood vampires. Volume two we meet a stronger more vicious vampire in the Las Vegas territory. Read the series, you will get SUCKED into it.