BILLY ALFRETH IS SERVING FIVE YEARS as an inmate at Dellacotte Young Offenders Institute, in the north of England. Billy has memories of being attacked by three men, but CCTV footage doesn’t bear out his account and he is locked up for stabbing one man. Billy’s world overlaps with that of Ronald Dott, a serial rapist, who claims to know Billy from when he was a child, only that is impossible. And then there is Kate Thistle, ostensibly at Dellacotte to study prison slang, but inordinately interested in both Dott and Billy. As strange events occur and his reality begins to unravel, Billy learns of the Oasis, and a prison ship, and of a desert town called Hospital, where time works in mysterious ways. Dott tells Billy of their terrible entwined histories… whether or not Billy wants to be convinced of what he cannot understand.
“I experienced an acute, often surreal, sense of an offender’s pathology, with all its traps, humour and contradictions. O My Days is a tour de force of powerful writing. It’s demanding, gruelling yet always honest, insightful and finally moving. It explores areas that serious fiction rarely travels to. A quite remarkable novel.”Alan Price, author of Outfoxing Hyenas
“This is a writer who has been there, viewed with compassion, and reported back. There is a new mythos here, something that feels ancient and sand-blasted and unfathomable, but it is revealed within the most modern of contexts. Highly recommended.”Paul Meloy, author of Islington Crocodiles
В основу мистической повести OLVIDO – ЗАБВЕНИЕ легли реальные факты, произошедшие в Сибири. Сдав выпускные экзамены в школе, трое друзей решают отправиться вниз по реке, чтобы через пару дней вернуться обратно к выпускному балу, не подозревая о том, что вернуться им не суждено никогда. Каким-то непостижимым, мистическим образом ребята попадают в совсем иной сверхфизический мир и остаются в нем. Убитые горем родители пытаются найти следы своих детей. Им помогают спасатели и МЧС. Но поиски никаких результатов не дают. Тогда люди обращаются за помощью к старой ведунье, живущей отшельницей в сибирской тайге. Открывшийся портал между мирами изменяет жизни людей, приводит в действие механизм самоуничтожения реального мира…
Questo romanzo di uno dei «padri» della fantascienza, Fritz Leiber, assume oggi una modernità sconcertante, perché ha saputo esprimere nel modo più netto i dubbi e le perplessità dell’uomo contemporaneo di fronte a delle realtà che paiono inspiegabili. La scienza «ufficiale» riesce a giustificare compiutamente tutti i fatti che vediamo accadere intorno a noi? Forse molte risposte dovrebbero essere cercate in una conoscenza più antica e dimenticata, che poneva come chiave di volta dell’universo i poteri indefiniti della mente umana. Metà della razza umana, si chiede Fritz Leiber, pratica ancora, attivamente, le arti arcane? Forse tutte le donne sono streghe? Un uomo, un uomo moderno, che è uno studioso, è costretto a convincersi di sì: la sua stessa moglie ne è la prova. E non basta. Altre tre donne, mogli di suoi colleghi, fanno uso delle conoscenze scientifiche dei mariti, dando alla magia un impulso moderno, per assicurarsi successo e vantaggi materiali. Contendono l’una con l’altra. Esperimentano la loro forza. Si distruggono a vicenda invocando antiche forze del male. E quando egli costringe la moglie ad astenersi da tali pratiche, la rende inerme di fronte alle male arti delle altre.
These all-new paranormal romances from today's hottest authors feature a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.
My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.
Madison's prom was killer — literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper — yeah, that kind of reaper — intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.
Now she's stuck on Earth — dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.
With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe...), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.
Well, if she believed in that stuff.
British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2010)
This is the United Kingdom, but it’s no country you know. No place you ever want to see, even in the howling, shuttered madness of your worst dreams. You survived.
You walk because you have to. You have no choice. At the end of this molten road, running along the spine of a burned, battered country, your little boy is either alive or dead. You have to know. You have to find an end to it all.
The sky crawls with venomous cloud and burning red rain. The land is a scorched sprawl of rubble and corpses. Rats have risen from the depths to gorge on the carrion. A glittering dust coats everything and it hides a terrible secret. New horrors are taking root. You walk on.
The members of S-Squad are looking for a break from their run of cold climate travails. So when a seemingly simple mission in Amazonia comes their way, they are looking forward to some welcome warmth.
What they get is oppresive heat, biting insects, and a dredging operation on the river with a snake problem.
A big snake problem.
Soon they are in a fight for survival. The old snake gods of the river know the waterways much better than our Scottish squaddies. Are their wits, and bonds of comradeship enough to see them through?
One of the premier storytellers of our time — FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
Scotland's Greatest Horror Writer — GINGER NUTS OF HORROR
When Captain John Banks and his squad are sent to investigate a derelict Nazi base in Antarctica, he expects to find only ice and dead men. But there is something in the domed hangar bay that has been waiting for decades for release.
A weapon was primed many years before. It had been meant to turn the tide of war.
Now it stirs under the ice once more.
S-Squad are relieved to be home, and even an order to investigate animal mutilations at a local wildlife park does not seem like an onerous detail.
But things take a turn to the twilight zone all too quickly around the S-Squad, and even their homeland is not immune.
Something is feeding, ravenously, on animals, wildlife, and now people in the Scottish Highlands, and the trail leads to only one place, a place of legends, and the dark waters of Loch Ness.
It's supposed to be a simple sanitation job, a post war scientific base that needs cleansed of anything that might prove incriminating to British and Norwegian governments. But when the S-Squad try to complete their mission they are pursued in the mountains and fjords by something out of legend. They have woken a sleeping beast. Now it's angry, ready for a fight. And it's bringing its friends along.
When Captain John Banks and his squad are sent to investigate a zoo in Siberia, he expects to find tigers, bears, maybe elk But there is something there that is new, yet very, very old.
Beasts that haven’t walked the Earth since the last Ice Age have been cloned, revived, and set loose to roam free.
And some of them are very hungry.
A trip to a war zone to rescue trapped archaeologists finds the S-Squad in a remote desert region of lost cities and temples. They quickly discover that they are not alone among the ruins. First they find the bodies, then they find the webs, then they're in real trouble when the spiders attack. Big spiders. Lots of them.
Twenty souls for his brother’s life is a price that seductively beautiful Samson is willing to pay. Twenty souls drenched in blood, powdered with cocaine and more than one kind of ecstasy. A fair trade for the life of a brother. A fair trade for the life of a priest. And everyone he meets seems so willing to give theirs away. Samuel’s faith often wavers. Diagnosed with HIV and in rapid decline, he hides his disillusionment in the rituals of the priesthood. But when Samson brings him the first blood-signed contract for a young woman’s immortal soul, the steamy world of high fashion male models and the quiet decay of a sickly priest begin to writhe against the realities of life, death, and otherworldly power. Brotherly love is a deadly seduction, beauty a dangerous game. Come worship in the brutal temple of Orgy of Souls. Your faith will never be the same again.
“ORGY OF SOULS is a gripping tale of two brothers whose lives have taken radically different paths—but those paths intersect via some surprising twists and turns. With raw prose, vividly drawn characters, and a chilling touch of the occult, Broaddus and White draw you in and belt you right in your emotional gut.”—Stephen Mark Rainey, author of BLUE DEVIL ISLAND and THE LEBO COVEN
“Broaddus and White are an unlikely pairing of talents that works astonishingly well. Orgy of Souls is a powerful, innovative work of fiction and one I recommend wholeheartedly. A damned fine read!”—James A. Moore, author of DEEPER and CHERRY HILL
Bilbao, Espagne. Robert Langdon, le célèbre professeur en symbologie et iconographie religieuse, arrive au musée Guggenheim pour assister à une cérémonie historique avec l’annonce d’une découverte scientifique révolutionnaire. L’organisateur de cette soirée n’est autre que le grand futurologue Edmond Kirsch, un milliardaire de quarante ans dont les inventions et les prédictions audacieuses ont fait de lui une célébrité mondiale. Kirsch, qui a été dans sa jeunesse l’étudiant de Langdon à Harvard, est sur le point d’annoncer le résultat de ses recherches… et d’apporter enfin une réponse aux deux questions fondamentales de l’humanité.
Dès le début de la soirée, Langdon, comme les centaines d’autres invités, est fasciné par l’originalité de la cérémonie. Une évidence s’impose : la découverte de Kirsch va susciter une controverse bien plus profonde qu’il ne l’avait imaginé. Mais la soirée parfaitement orchestrée jusqu’alors va soudain virer au chaos. La découverte de Kirsch risque d’être perdue à jamais. Sous le choc, et en grand danger, Langdon est contraint de quitter précipitamment Bilbao. Dans sa fuite, il est accompagné de Ambra Vidal, la directrice du musée qui a préparé avec Kirsch cette soirée explosive. Tous deux s'envolent pour Barcelone, et se lancent dans une quête périlleuse pour retrouver un étrange mot de passe qui permettra de révéler au monde la découverte de Kirsch.
Plongeant dans les dédales sombres de l’Histoire et des religions, Robert Langdon et Ambra Vidal doivent échapper à un ennemi puissant qui semble envoyé par le Palais royal et prêt à tout pour réduire au silence Edmond Kirsch. Sur une piste jalonnée d’œuvres modernes et de symboles énigmatiques, Langdon et Ambra Vidal vont finir par découvrir les clés menant au secret de Kirsch… et à cette grande révélation qui, depuis des millénaires, échappe à la compréhension de l’homme.
Traduit de l’anglais par Dominique Defert et Carole Delporte
The chronicle of the deadly Woodbane conspiracy-as told by one of Morgan's own ancestors-has fallen into Hunter and Morgan's hands. Hunter and Morgan explore the world of these powerful witches, to find a way to vanquish them at last.
Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity. Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.
For over half a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such timeless classics as I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Duel, Somewhere in Time, and What Dreams May Come. Now the Grand Master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment….
1918. A young American soldier, recently wounded in the Great War, Alex White comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul. True, the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent spirits, but surely those are just old wives’ tales.
A frightening encounter in the forest leads Alex into the arms of Magda Variel, an alluring red-haired widow rumored to be a witch. She warns him to steer clear of the wood and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger… and wonders that will forever change his view of the world.
Other Kingdoms casts a magical spell, as conjured by a truly legendary storyteller.