By Christopher Pike
THEY known as HER A WANDERER. Shari Cooper is useless, the sufferer of a murderous assault. She is at the different aspect, in a spot of spirits, an everlasting realm of sunshine and love. yet she is given an extraordinary supply. to come to Earth with no need to be reborn. Into the physique of a depressed teenage woman. A move of souls, they name it. Shari is given an opportunity to be a Wanderer, and to do an outstanding provider for humanity. it truly is a suggestion she gladly accepts. Then she is again, in a human physique. but she doesn't have in mind being Shari Cooper. initially she remembers not anything of the afterlife. possibly it is only in addition. no longer each person in the world welcomes Wanderers. Of the few who recognize in their lifestyles, a few wish them useless. And others, the actually evil ones, want them a lot worse than that.
By Ania Ahlborn
20 years in the past, the mysterious demise of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and on my own. He deserted his rural Arkansas place of birth vowing by no means to come, until eventually his seven-year-old son died in an coincidence, plunging Aaron right into a nightmare of dependancy and grief. wanting to reclaim a section of himself, he returns to the hills of his formative years, to Holbrook apartment, the place he hopes to discover peace one of the thoughts of his early life. yet solace doesn’t come effortless. Someone—or something—has different plans.
Like Aaron, Holbrook home is yet a shell of what it as soon as used to be, a goal for vandals and ghost hunters who've nicknamed it “the devil’s den.” Aaron doesn’t think within the paranormal—at least, now not till an odd boy starts off following him at any place he is going. stricken by violent desires and nerve-racking visions, Aaron starts off to wonder whether he’s wasting his brain. yet a festering darkness lurks on the middle of Holbrook House…a darkness that grins from in the shadows, delighting in Aaron’s sorrow, biding its time.
By Pauline Gedge
Pauline Gedge is a grasp at recreating the golden age in Egypt. Her heroin, Thu, a peasant lady from the village of Aswat, possesses either good looks and intelligence. To her luck Thu is located and taken to the heart of society. She is selected and knowledgeable for the court docket of Pharaoh Ramses. Her expertise and guile win her a publish within the harem. || Thu rises in want, is betrayed in a court docket intrigue that threatens her existence and falls from grace. Pharaoh spares her lifestyles yet banishes her to serve the clergymen on the lowly temple of Wepwawet close to the 1st cataract. || condominium of Illusions opens on Gedge's vividly recreated Egypt, 16 years after Thu's banishment. in the course of her exile she writes an account of her court docket lifestyles and the betrayal for which she seeks revenge. those occasions happened 3 thousand years in the past. way of life and customized are woven into the tale. In a global with no cleaning soap and little water, natron serves rather good. Gedge is ready to get into the brain
By Fritz Leiber
What if part the world's inhabitants (the lady part) practiced witchcraft and saved it a mystery from men?
Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers his spouse Tansy has placed his study within the box of "Negro Conjure Magic" into perform for the sake of shielding him from different spell-casting school other halves who desire to additional their very own husbands careers. a guy of technological know-how, Norman has simply an instructional curiosity within the topic of magic and superstition and forces Tansy to stop all her workings and to burn all her charms. once Norman burns the final allure, issues begin to collapse. He has a run-in with a former scholar, his student-secretary accuses him of getting seduced her, and he's omitted for a promoting that had appeared certain.
Norman starts to have greater than his fair proportion of small injuries: slicing himself whereas shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, slicing his hand with a letter opener, and extra. He starts off to visualize that there's a darkish presence exploiting his worry of vehicles. Tansy takes his curse upon herself forcing him to beat his disbelief and use witchcraft to avoid wasting his wife's body—and her soul.
Originally released in 1953, Conjure spouse is taken into account a latest vintage of horror-fantasy and has been tailored for movie thrice: Burn, Witch Burn (1962); Weird Woman (1944); and Witch's Brew (1980). one more movie remake is within the works.
By Rick Hautala
THE EVIL GLOW OF THE MOON...
lit the trail as twelve-year-old Billy Wilson walked prior the lavatory. He knew he shouldn't have long past close to the inky shadows of the swamp — yet whatever compelled him to come back in the direction of the yawning darkness, the suffocating tangle, the flesh-tearing brambles of Holland Bog.
THE MURKY DEPTHS OF THE BOG...
sucked the boy into its fetid earth and claimed its human sacrifice. yet one baby wasn't adequate. It wanted a moment, a 3rd — after which not anything might cease the unquenchable starvation, the raging bloodthirst of the MOONBOG.
By Eric Red
Whilst good-looking 17-year-old Matt Poe strikes to a rural city in Iowa, he's the recent child in class. an intruder who can't slot in, his merely pal is his attractive and sympathetic instructor, Linda Hayden. The older lady is the 1st to take an curiosity in him, assisting him comply with the group and maintain his grades up. Matt can't aid falling not easy for Linda and what starts with a kiss turns into a torrid, mystery affair. yet his instructor is lots greater than he bargained for and the kid's wildest dream turns into his worst nightmare. the single those that can store Matt are his classmates, Grace McCormack and Rusty Shaw. however the 3 of them are in excess of their heads opposed to an evil grownup attempting to determine they remain after category completely.
By Jeff Carlson
16 tales approximately unusual worlds, biotech, commandos, and the woman subsequent door.
First released in most sensible venues akin to Asimov’s technological know-how Fiction journal and cult ‘zines just like the Vampire’s Crypt, those tales were translated into fourteen languages world wide. numerous acquired honorable mentions in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s most sensible technological know-how Fiction or in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s most sensible delusion and Horror. As a part of the short ahead 2 anthology, “Long Eyes” used to be additionally a finalist for the Philip ok. Dick Award.
The first entire assortment from foreign bestselling writer Jeff Carlson.
By Tom Piccirilli
The school wintry weather holiday is over, and Caleb Prentiss faces yet one more semester of upper schooling. being affected by alcoholism and annoyed through his inappropriate periods, Cal seeks solace within the hands of his scholastic-conscious female friend and in somnambulistic dialog with a mystifying university radio DJ.
But Cal’s ennui is shattered while he discovers facts of a homicide which happened in his room over the Christmas recess. captivated with unearthing the details of this grotesque and haunting occasion, Cal wanders down the ugly hallowed halls of a school long gone mad.
Run-ins with the 2 hard-nosed campus safeguard guards, courting hurdles with either acquaintances and fanatics, and enigmatic signs from the Dean’s icily eminent spouse strength Caleb to query his position within the strange evening sessions of upper schooling.
Even as he will get ever in the direction of the reality, Caleb is laid low with the supernatural prevalence referred to as stigmata: his arms bleed in imitation of the injuries of Christ at any time when a person with regards to him dies.
And Cal’s fingers are bleeding much nowadays.
By Andrew Pyper
Fans of The Historian won’t have the capacity to placed down this spellbinding literary horror tale within which a Columbia professor needs to use his wisdom of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.
Professor David Ullman is without doubt one of the world’s major gurus on demonic literature, with targeted services in Milton’s Paradise Lost. now not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a department of the mind's eye and not anything extra. So whilst the mysterious skinny girl arrives at his place of work and invitations him to shuttle to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves aircraft tickets and an tackle on his table, advising David that her organization isn't usually disappointed.
That night, David’s spouse declares she is leaving him. together with his lifestyles unexpectedly in shambles, he abruptly whisks his liked twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice in spite of everything. the woman has lately been suffering from a similar depression moods David understands so good, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them either from the worries at home.
But what occurs in Venice will switch everything.
First, in a tiny attic room on the tackle supplied via the skinny lady, David sees a guy confined in a chair, muttering, basically insane… yet may possibly he actually be possessed? Then the fellow speaks sincerely, within the voice of David’s useless father, repeating the final phrases he ever spoke to his son. phrases that experience left scars—and a mystery—behind.
When David rushes again to the lodge, he discovers Tess perched at the roof’s facet, excessive above the waters of the Grand Canal. earlier than she falls, she manages to utter a last plea: Find me.
What follows is an unbelievable trip for David Ullman from skeptic to precise believer. In a terrifying quest guided by way of symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise misplaced, David needs to tune the demon that has captured his daughter and detect its identify. If he fails, he'll lose Tess endlessly.
By Phil Tucker
As profitable because it is unlawful, the CoffinCam community caters to the degenerate tastes of closet necrophiles the world over. but you by no means comprehend what you will find for those who become aware of the useless of their graves. whilst a shopper reviews a disturbance on digicam #7, the workforce working the community cost into the feed--and see that the physique has long past lacking. with out the grave having been dug up. this means that anything has arise from less than. decided to make the most of this chance of an entire life, they arrange to investigate--even if it skill following the corpses into the darkness underneath their graves themselves.