The author of Echo Lake “does a masterful job of creating an atmosphere heavy with a town’s history . . . as well as the dread of the unknown” (Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World). Claire, a private and outwardly content librarian, carries a secret: She is wracked with guilt over her twin brother Sam’s accidental death fifteen years earlier. Claire’s quiet life is threatened when Justin, an aggressive business developer, announces the renovation of Farmington’s oldest textile factory, which is the scene of Sam’s death, along with many other mysterious accidents throughout its long history. Claire not only feels a personal connection to the factory, but she also begins to receive “visitations” from her brother, which cause her to question her sanity. As Justin moves forward with his plans to renew the factory, Claire—and the town as a whole—discover that in Farmington there is no clear line between the past and the present. “A lyrical, haunting, and unsettling story, one that Letitia Trent crafts out of the skeletons and whispers of a small town with a decidedly tragic past.” —Richard Thomas, award-winning author of Breaker “Recalls the golden era of 1970s and 1980s horror fiction, but burnished with an entirely contemporary voice, crafted with a poet’s eye for detail and ear for language. Reminiscent of the early work of Ramsey Campbell and Charles L. Grant, simultaneously chilling and poignant, this novel and its inhabitants haunted me long after I had uneasily put it down and switched on every light in the house.” —Michael Rowe, award-winning author of October
A NAÏVE YOUNG WOMAN FACES AN UNSPEAKABLE FORCE OF EVILAfter losing her parents at a young age, Leila fell into the first relationship that came along. Now an unemployed, overweight waitress, she is finally ready (with the help of her sassy best friend Shannon) to leave her tiny town and abusive boyfriend. Before she can do so, a series of disturbing, horrific events, a horrible mystery, unfolds around her. A sadistic killer, a dark soul with a love for the thrill of the chase, is stalking and murdering young women in her tiny town. Soon, Shannon goes missing. To find her, Leila must face the shadow of night, desecrated corpses, and the dark erotic desires of a crazed psycho-killer. Will Leila escape or be another victim?
Hannah, a photojournalist, insists her nomadic days as a wanderer are long over. She has a job. She works to improve the art she creates with her camera. Her days are steady, predictable. But they are growing complicated. A restless boyfriend, an irritating but interesting mentor, and a silent four-year-old named Robin are beginning to make the life Hannah lived in the '60s seem almost pedestrian. But Hannah's free and idealistic past contains a secret. It's that secret, and the press of unanticipated involvements, to a man and especially to the child, that propels Hannah toward a future as devoid of certainty as any she could imagine.
When Gaylord Riley walked away from the Coburn gang, he had money and a dream. He worked hard and built a cabin, gathered a herd of cattle, and fell in love with Marie Shattuck. But when he is confronted with false accusations of rustling and murder, Riley is forced to defend his new law-abiding way of life. Outnumbered and facing a lynching party, Riley is surprised when his old friends return to lend him a hand. But how can they help him and keep themselves out of jail? With the local marshal already suspicious of Riley, the Coburn gang will have to plan well and move fast. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Their reputation was built by doing just that.
Arianna Mays thought she was just another regular girl stuck in the same high school drama as other girls her age. When she meets, the mouthwatering breath taking, Jacob Reed everything changes. Unprepared for the trials she is about to face, she starts dreaming things that actually are coming true. After dreaming about a terrifying dark stranger, her already chaotic life takes a turn for the worst when she finds out her whole existence has been a complete lie to protect her from a prophecy foretold before she was even born. Now, she has to learn that her friends and family are the only strength that can help her. All she has to do is learn to trust them again.
Was he her protector? Or a predator… It was the final glimpse Erin Ramsey would have of her sister: Megan's body, drained of blood, lying lifeless in a New York alley. Tormented by the fact that she hadn't been there when her sister needed her, Erin promises herself that she'll find Megan's killer. Detective Nicholas Slade tells Erin to go home, back to California. He says he doesn't want her to be the murderer's next victim. But his warning comes too late. Erin is already in danger, in thrall to a man who cloaks himself in shadows and haunts her nightmares. Erin is desperate to find her sister's murderer—and desperate to avoid becoming his prey—but she feels her own life spinning out of control as the silver-eyed specter from her dreams lures her deeper into his world. Nick may be the only one who can help her, but she's afraid to trust him. Her deep attraction to the secretive detective is tinged with fear. He only works the night shift. He wears sunglasses in the dark. And he may have been the last person to see Megan alive… Previously published.
Ghosts are among us. On the other side of death, the spirits of departed souls have been part of human myths and beliefs as long as anyone can recall. Some of the most powerful and affecting images in fiction are of ghosts, spirits, visitations from beyond the veil of death. Ellen Datlow, an editor whose stellar career has garnered her World Fantasy Awards, a Stoker Award, and a Hugo Award, has long been fascinated by ghosts. Now she has brought together an array of all-new, original ghost stories for the shivering delight of readers who are ready to be frightened. And that's no idle threat. These are not friendly ghost stories. This book is called The Dark because the editor asked her favorite authors specifically for stories that would provoke fear or disquietude, tales that would cause shivers down the spine and make readers want to keep a light on when they retire to bed for the night. The authors who answered her call compose an all-star cast of brilliant storytellers, including such award-winning, certifiably masterful authors as Ramsey Campbell, Jeffrey Ford, Charles L. Grant, Glen Hirshberg, Kathe Koja, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Sharyn McCrumb, Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, and Gahan Wilson. Frighteningly good writers. Each has penned a unique tale unlike any of the others. All have cast dark spells that are sure to inspire fear or unease in the hardiest of readers. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A young woman struggles with her past and a future thrust upon her with threats coming from the past and now the present. Does she have the strength to withstand and grow? From #1 New York Times bestselling author and literary phenomenon V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina). In her grandmother’s fine, labyrinthine Boston house, Heaven Leigh Casteel dreams of a wonderful new life of new friends, the best schools, beautiful clothes, and most important, love. She is determined to make the Casteel name respectable, find her long-lost brothers and sisters, and have a family again. But even in the world of the wealthy, there are strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. And as Heaven reaches out for love, she is slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits and hidden passions.