A terrifying tale from a Bram Stoker Award–nominated author who “has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print” (Cemetery Dance). Foster care is like Russian roulette, says fifteen-year-old Ryan Kettering, who’s spent most of his young life in largely abusive homes. Sometimes the hammer clicks and you’re fine. Sometimes it’s a bullet to the brain. This time it seems the hammer has clicked. Living with the Prestons in a rambling two-story house in Shasta County, the chores are split between Ryan and five other foster kids. Not counting nine-year-old Maddy. Not much is expected of her. She stays in the basement. The other children don’t know much about Maddy. But what they do know, they don’t like. She’s just not right. She speaks in a strange, gravelly adult voice. Maybe Ryan can make a difference. Spend time with her. Get acquainted. He understands what it means to be lonely. That’s when he decides to do what no other child in the house dares: Ryan’s going down to the basement. From the author of Live Girls and The Loveliest Dead, a recipient of the World Horror Convention’s Grand Master Award, this is a chilling story of supernatural terror.
The Thing in the Basement is an atmospheric mystery story with a school setting. When the boy arrives at his new school everything is strange and different. The big, Victorian building has many storeys and a basement...As he passes the basement he notices a smell of heat and soot and burning. He looks down there and suddenly there's bang and a flash, a roaring sound. He knows there's something down there. Something nasty...something monstrous. And as the day goes on, all the evidence leads to suggest that the 'something' is a dragon...
A caustic expose of the deeply state of our colleges-America's most expensive Ponzi scheme. What drives a former English major with a creative writing degree, several unpublished novels, three kids, and a straining marriage to take a job as a night teacher at a second-rate college? An unaffordable mortgage. As his house starts falling apart in every imaginable way, Professor X grabs first one, then two jobs teaching English 101 and 102-composition and literature-at a small private college and a local community college. He finds himself on the front lines of America's academic crisis. It's quite an education. This is the story of what he learns about his struggling pupils, about the college system-a business more bent on its own financial targets than the wellbeing of its students-about the classics he rediscovers, and about himself. Funny, wry, self-deprecating, and a provocative indictment of our failing schools, In the Basement of the Ivory Tower is both a brilliant academic satire and a poignant account of one teacher's seismic frustration-and unlikely salvation-as his real estate woes catapult him into a subprime crisis of an altogether more human nature.
Jerusalem 1947. British soldiers patrol the streets, and bullets and bombs are a nightly occurrence. Caught up in the fervour and unrest against the occupying forces, 12-year old Proffy dreams of being an underground fighter. But some of his dreams are less heroic. Temptation lurks everywhere for the youth who wants to be a man - and betrayal not far behind.
A baby born in a dark dirty place wakes up: shivering, alone, abondon. It cries its first cries from a dirt hole in the pitch black. It does not know its mother's love will come back for it. . . . even from the grave. The 1950s have a reputation for being "happy days" but for eight boys mourning the death of their mother they are very dark days. Mattie Thomas did not expect to die. She certainly did not expect her sister's betrayal; and nobody expected Mattie to "stay" in the house.
The author’s stories and comments addresses the important question of care for our elderly in today’s society. It is done in a compassionate, funny and descriptive manner leaving the reader with a definite feeling for the elder’s soul in America.
Life & death, love & loss, hope & despair, belief & disbelief. A novel about a lot. Our lot. Magic is more than a word - something I discovered when I was 12. It was the year I crossed an ocean. My mother told me it was for the best. I saw it as an escape. I discovered that true friendship is true love. Though at first I didn't believe it. Matthew Ellis touches down in Scotland with a muddle of memories. He's flown in from America to visit the neighbourhood of his childhood. He'll fly out again before the day is done. So much happened during his twelve years in Glasgow. Seeing Calvary. The Viking ship. Those lights. What followed has for years been Matthew's glorious, unbelievable secret. But it can only be a secret if it actually happened. Fine writing that rivals Ray Bradbury at his very best!!!'Donn 'Doc' Albright - Ray Bradbury's close friend
Johnny Hulls is your average teenager, always seeking attention. Well, his bad habit of pulling pranks led him into trouble, causing him to stay home all by himself on Halloween night. What he thought was going to be the most boring night ever, turned out to be the scariest night of his life.
This is a shocking story of kidnapping, rape, torture, mutilation, dismemberment, decapitation, and murder. The subject matter in this book is graphic On March 24, 1987, the Philadelphia Police Department received a phone call from a woman who stated that she had been held captive for the last four months. When police officers arrived at the pay phone from which the call was made, Josefina Rivera told them that she and three other women had been held captive in a basement by a man named Gary Heidnik. He imprisoned women in chains, in the filth and stench of a hole dug under his home.