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We Are All Completely Fine

Daryl Gregory

Nebula- and World Fantasy-nominated Novella

Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he's in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses.

Unsurprisingly, no one believes their horrific tales until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these questionably-sane outcasts join a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within, and which are lurking in plain sight.

The Screwfly Solution

Raccoona Sheldon
James Tiptree, Jr.

This Nebula-winning and Hugo-nominated novelette was collected in Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions (1981) and Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (1990) and anthologized in The 1978 Annual World's Best SF (1978), Nebula Winners Thirteen (1980), Armageddons (1999) and Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology (2015).


Read this story online for free at the Sci Fiction archive.

The Call of Cthulhu

Cthulhu Mythos

H. P. Lovecraft

This short story originally appeared in Weird Tales in 1928. It has been anthologized many times, including the anthology The Dark Descent, edited by David G. Hartwell, and has also been included in a myriad of collections, including the collections The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories and The Dunwich Horror and Others.

It was the basis for the 2005 featurette The Call of Cthulhu.

The February 1928 issue of Weird Tales containing "The Call of Cthulhu" is available free on Internet Archives.

Harrison Squared

Daryl Gregory

From award winning author Daryl Gregory, a thrilling and colorful Lovecraftian adventure of a teenage boy searching for his mother, and the macabre creatures he encounters.

Harrison Harrison--H2 to his mom--is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school. On Harrison's first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea.

Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources--and an unusual host of allies--to defeat the danger and find his mother.

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Threshold (Clines): Book 1

Peter Clines

Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate's new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn't perfect, it's livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and th eodd little mysteries don't nag at him too much.

At least not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela's apartment. And Tim's, And Veek's.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything...

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

H. P. Lovecraft

This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction have been waiting for: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions, including Lovecraft's masterpiece, THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME--the shocking revelation of the mysterious forces that hold all mankind in their fearsome grip.

"I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the Twentieth Century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Stephen King

Table of Contents:
• Introduction: Heritage of Horror • (1982) • essay by Robert Bloch
• The Rats in the Walls • (1924) • novelette
• The Picture in the House • (1919) • short story
• The Outsider • [Dream Cycle] • (1926) • short story
• Pickman's Model • (1927) • short story
• In the Vault • (1925) • short story
• The Silver Key • [Randolph Carter] • (1929) • short story
• The Music of Erich Zann • [Erich Zann] • (1922) • short story
The Call of Cthulhu • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1928) • novelette
• The Dunwich Horror • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1929) • novelette
• The Whisperer in Darkness • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1931) • novella
• The Colour Out of Space • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1927) • novelette
• The Haunter of the Dark • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novelette
• The Thing on the Doorstep • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1937) • novelette
• The Shadow Over Innsmouth • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novelette
• The Dreams in the Witch-House • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1933) • novelette
• The Shadow Out of Time • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novella

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were first released. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as attract those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.

Table of Contents:
• Map of Arkham, circa 1930 • (1970) • interior artwork by Gahan Wilson
• Night-Gaunts • [Fungi from Yuggoth] • (1930) • poem
• Dagon • (1919) • short story
• The Statement of Randolph Carter • [Randolph Carter] • (1920) • short story
• The Doom That Came to Sarnath • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short story
• The Cats of Ulthar • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short story
• The Nameless City • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1921) • short story
• Herbert West—Reanimator • [Herbert West: Reanimator Universe] • (1922) • novelette
• The Music of Erich Zann • [Erich Zann] • (1922) • short story
The Lurking Fear • (1928) • novelette
• The Hound • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1924) • short story
• The Rats in the Walls • (1924) • novelette
• Under the Pyramids • (1924) • novelette
• The Unnamable • [Randolph Carter] • (1925) • short story
• In the Vault • (1925) • short story
• The Outsider • [Dream Cycle] • (1926) • short story
• The Horror at Red Hook • (1927) • novelette
• The Colour Out of Space • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1927) • novelette
• Pickman's Model • (1927) • short story
The Call of Cthulhu • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1928) • novelette
• Cool Air • (1928) • short story
• The Shunned House • (1928) • novelette
• The Silver Key • [Randolph Carter] • (1929) • short story
The Dunwich Horror • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1929) • novelette
• The Whisperer in Darkness • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1931) • novella
• The Strange High House in the Mist • [Dream Cycle] • (1931) • short story
• The Dreams in the Witch-House • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1933) • novelette
• From Beyond • [Dream Cycle] • (1934) • short story by
• Through the Gates of the Silver Key • [Randolph Carter] • (1934) • novelette
At the Mountains of Madness • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novel
• The Shadow Over Innsmouth • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novelette
The Shadow Out of Time • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novella
• The Haunter of the Dark • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novelette
• The Thing on the Doorstep • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1937) • novelette
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward • [Dream Cycle] • (1943) • novel
• The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath • [Randolph Carter] • (1943) • novella
• To a Dreamer • (1921) • poem
• Afterword A Gentleman of Providence • essay by Stephen Jones
• Primary Collaborations and Revisions • essay by uncredited

The Stand

Stephen King

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

H. P. Lovecraft

A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror in a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition with cover art by Travis Louie.

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

Table of Contents:
• Introduction • (1999) • essay by S. T. Joshi
• Suggestions for Further Reading • (1999) • essay by S. T. Joshi
• A Note on the Text • (1999) • essay by S. T. Joshi
• Dagon • (1919)
• The Statement of Randolph Carter • (1920)
• Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family • (1987) • (variant of The White Ape 1920)
• Celephaïs • (1922)
• Nyarlathotep • (1920)
• The Picture in the House • (1919)
• The Outsider • (1926)
• Herbert West—Reanimator • (1922)
• The Hound • (1924)
• The Rats in the Walls • (1924)
• The Festival • (1925)
• He • (1926)
• Cool Air • (1928)
The Call of Cthulhu • (1928)
• The Colour Out of Space • (1927)
• The Whisperer in Darkness • (1931)
The Shadow Over Innsmouth • (1936)
• The Haunter of the Dark • (1936)
• Explanatory Notes • (1999) • essay by S. T. Joshi

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection

Newsflesh

Mira Grant

Collected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in one volume.

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, a man-made virus taking over bodies and minds, filling them with one, unstoppable command... FEED.

Mira Grant creates a chilling portrait of an America paralyzed with fear. No one leaves their houses and entire swaths of the country have been abandoned. And only the brave, the determined, or the very stupid venture out into the wild...

Contents:

The Apocalypse Codex

The Laundry Files: Book 4

Charles Stross

Bob Howard may be humanity's last hope.

Start praying...

For outstanding heroism in the field (despite himself), computational demonologist Bob Howard is on the fast-track for promotion to management within The Laundry, the super-secret British government agency tasked with defending the realm from occult threats. Assigned to "External Assets," Bob discovers the company-unofficially-employs freelance agents to deal with sensitive situations that may embarrass Queen and Country.

So when Ray Schiller-an American televangelist with the uncanny ability to miraculously heal the ill-becomes uncomfortably close to the Prime Minister, External Assets dispatches the brilliant, beautiful, and entirely unpredictable Persephone Hazard to infiltrate the Golden Promise Ministry and discover why the preacher is so interested in British politics. And it's Bob's job to make sure Persephone doesn't cause an international incident.

But it's a supernatural incident that Bob needs to worry about-a global threat even The Laundry may be unable to clean up...

The Transition of H. P. Lovecraft: The Road to Madness

H. P. Lovecraft

One of the most influential practitioners of American horror, H.P. Lovecraft inspired the work of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker. As he perfected his mastery of the macabre, his works developed from seminal fragments into acknowledged masterpieces of terror. This volume traces his chilling career and includes:

  • Imprisoned With the Pharaohs -- Houdini seeks to reveal the demons that inhabit the Egyptian night.
  • At the Mountains of Madness -- An unsuspecting expedition uncovers a city of untold terror, buried beneath an Antarctic wasteland.
  • Herbert West: Reanimator -- Mad experiments yield hideous results in this, the inspiration for the cult film Re-Animator.
  • Cool Air -- An icy apartment hides secrets no man dares unlock.
  • The Terrible Old Man -- The intruders seek a fortune but find only death!

AND TWENTY-FOUR MORE BLOOD-CHILLING TALES!

Table of Contents:
• Introduction: The Man Who Loved His Craft • (1996) • essay by Barbara Hambly
• Early Tales • (1996) • essay by uncredited
• The Beast in the Cave • (1918) • short story
• The Alchemist • (1916) • short story
• Poetry and the Gods • (1920) • short story by Anna Helen Crofts and H. P. Lovecraft
• The Street • (1920) • short story
• The Transition of Juan Romero • (1919) • short story
• The Book • (1938) • short fiction
• Dagon • (1919) • short story
• The Tomb • (1922) • short story
• Memory • (1923) • poem
• The White Ship • [Dream Cycle] • (1919) • short story
• Arthur Jermyn • (1935) • short story
• The Temple • (1925) • short story
The Terrible Old Man • (1921) • short story
• The Crawling Chaos • (1921) • short story by Winifred V. Jackson and H. P. Lovecraft
• The Tree • (1921) • short story
• The Moon-Bog • (1926) • short story
• Herbert West: Reanimator • [Herbert West: Reanimator Universe] • (1922) • novelette
The Lurking Fear • (1928) • novelette
• The Festival • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1925) • short story
• The Unnamable • [Randolph Carter] • (1925) • short story
• Imprisoned with the Pharaohs • (1924) • novelette
• The Shunned House • (1928) • novelette
• He • (1926) • short story
• The Horror at Red Hook • (1927) • novelette
• Cool Air • (1928) • short story
• Nathicana • (1927) • poem
• At the Mountains of Madness • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novel
• In the Walls of Eryx • (1939) • novelette by H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Sterling
• The Evil Clergyman • (1939) • short story

The Fuller Memorandum

The Laundry Files: Book 3

Charles Stross

Computational demonologist Bob Howard is taking a much-needed break from the field to catch up on his filing in The Laundry's archives when a top secret dossier known as The Fuller Memorandum vanishes - along with his boss, who the agency's executives believe stole the file.

Determined to discover exactly what the memorandum contained (and perhaps clear his boss), Bob runs afoul of Russian agents, ancient demons, and the apostles of a hideous faith, who have plans to raise a very unpleasant undead entity known as the Eater of Souls.

Now Bob must use all of his skills to learn the secret of the Fuller Memorandum in order to save the world - and avoid becoming an item on the Eater of Souls' dinner menu...

The Haunter of the Dark

H. P. Lovecraft
August Derleth

Here is a collection of the most famous stories of this unparalleled writer: The Rats in the Walls, PIckman's Model, The Colour out of Space, The Call of Cthulhu and The Haunter of the Dark, plus other tales you would be advised to read late at night if you hope for untroubled sleep....

Contains:

  • The Colour out of Space
  • The Music of Eric Zann
  • The Outsider
  • The Rats in the Walls
  • The Call of Clthulhu
  • Pickman's Model
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Whisperer in Darkness
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
  • The Haunter of the Dark

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

Newsflesh

Mira Grant

Hugo-nominated Novella

It was the summer of 2014, and the true horrors of the Rising were only just beginning to reveal themselves. Fans from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California for the annual comic book and media convention, planning to forget about the troubling rumors of new diseases and walking dead by immersing themselves in a familiar environment. Over the course of five grueling days and nights, it became clear that the news was very close to home... and that most of the people who picked up their badges would never make it out alive.

The Imago Sequence and Other Stories

Laird Barron

To the long tradition of eldritch horror pioneered and refined by writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti, comes Laird Barron, an author whose literary voice invokes the grotesque, the devilish, and the perverse with rare intensity and astonishing craftsmanship. Collected here for the first time are nine terrifying tales of cosmic horror, including the World Fantasy Award-nominated novella "The Imago Sequence," the International Horror Guild Award-nominated "Proboscis," and the never-before published "Procession of the Black Sloth." Together, these stories, each a masterstroke of craft and imaginative irony, form a shocking cycle of distorted evolution, encroaching chaos, and ravenous insectoid hive-minds hidden just beneath the seemingly benign surface of the Earth.

Table of Contents:

  • 1 - Old Virginia - (2003) - novelette
  • 19 - Shiva, Open Your Eye - (2001) - short story
  • 31 - Procession of the Black Sloth - novella
  • 77 - Bulldozer - (2004) - novelette
  • 101 - Proboscis - (2005) - novelette
  • 119 - Hallucigenia - (2006) - novella
  • 169 - Parallax - (2005) - short story
  • 189 - The Royal Zoo Is Closed - (2006) - short story
  • 199 - The Imago Sequence - (2005) - novella

The Lurking Fear and Other Stories

H. P. Lovecraft

Twelve soul-chilling stories by the master of horror will leave you shivering in your boots and afraid to go out in the night. Only H.P. Lovecraft can send your heart racing faster than it's ever gone before. And here are the stories to prove it.

Table of Contents:
The Lurking Fear • (1923)
• The Colour Out of Space • (1927)
• The Nameless City • (1921)
• Pickman's Model • (1927)
• Arthur Jermyn • (1935) • (variant of The White Ape 1920)
• The Unnamable • (1925)
The Call of Cthulhu • (1928)
• The Moon-Bog • (1926)
• Cool Air • (1928)
• The Hound • (1924)
• The Shunned House • (1928)

The Dunwich Horror and Others

H. P. Lovecraft

In the degenerate, unliked backwater of Dunwich, Wilbur Whately, a most unusual child, is born. Of unnatural parentage, he grows at an uncanny pace to an unsettling height, but the boy's arrival simply precedes that of a true horror: one of the Old Ones, that forces the people of the town to hole up by night.

The Dunwich Horror and Others contains the following tales:

Beyond the Wall of Sleep

H. P. Lovecraft

Table of Contents:

  • By Way of Introduction (Beyond the Wall of Sleep) - essay by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei
  • Autobiography: Some Notes on a Nonentity - essay by H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Commonplace Book - (1938) - essay by H. P. Lovecraft (variant of Commonplace Book)
  • History and Chronology of the Necronomicon - short fiction (variant of History of the Necronomicon 1938)
  • Memory - (1923) - poem
  • What the Moon Brings -(1922) - poem
  • Nyarlathotep - (1920) - poem
  • Ex Oblivione - (1921) - poem
  • The Tree - (1921) - short story
  • The Other Gods - (1933) - short story
  • The Quest of Iranon - (1935) - short story
  • The Doom That Came to Sarnath - (1920) - short story
  • The White Ship - (1919) - short story
  • From Beyond - (1934) - short story
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep - (1919) - short story
  • The Unnamable - (1925) - short story
  • The Hound - (1924) - short story
  • The Moon-Bog - (1926) - short story
  • The Evil Clergyman - (1939) - short story
  • Herbert West--Reanimator - (1922) - novelette (variant of Herbert West: Reanimator)
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath - novella
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - novel
  • The Crawling Chaos - (1921) - short story by Winifred V. Jackson and H. P. Lovecraft [as by H. P. Lovecraft and Elizabeth Berkeley ]
  • The Green Meadow - (1918) - short story by Winifred V. Jackson and H. P. Lovecraft [as by H. P. Lovecraft and Elizabeth Berkeley ]
  • The Curse of Yig - short story by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop [as by Zealia Brown-Reed ]
  • The Horror in the Museum - (1933) - novelette by H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald [as by Hazel Heald ]
  • Out of the Eons - (1935) - novelette by Hazel Heald and H. P. Lovecraft [as by Hazel Heald ]
  • The Mound - novella by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop [as by Zealia Brown-Reed ]
  • The Diary of Alonzo Typer - (1938) - novelette by H. P. Lovecraft and William Lumley [as by William Lumley ]
  • The Challenge from Beyond - (1935) - short story by H. P. Lovecraft and C. L. Moore and A. Merritt and Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long [as by H. P. Lovecraft and C. L. Moore and A. Merritt and Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long, Jr. ]
  • In the Walls of Eryx - (1939) - novelette by H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Sterling
  • Ibid - (1938) - short story
  • Sweet Ermengarde - short story
  • Providence - (1924) - poem
  • On a Grecian Colonnade in a Park - (1920) - poem
  • Old Christmas - (1918) - poem
  • New England Fallen - poem
  • On a New England Village Seen by Moonlight - (1915) - poem
  • Astrophobos - (1918) - poem
  • Sunset - (1917) - poem
  • A Year Off - poem
  • A Summer Sunset and Evening - (1937) - poem
  • To Mistress Sophia Simple, Queen of the Cinema - (1919) - poem
  • The Ancient Track - (1930) - poem
  • The Eidolon - (1918) - poem
  • The Nightmare Lake - (1919) - poem
  • The Outpost - (1930) - poem
  • The Rutted Road - (1917) - poem
  • The Wood - (1929) - poem
  • Hallowe'en in a Suburb - (1926) - poem
  • Primavera - (1925) - poem
  • October - (1920) - poem
  • To a Dreamer - (1921) - poem
  • Despair - (1919) - poem
  • Nemesis - (1918) - poem
  • Psychopompos - (1919) - poem
  • The Book - (1934) - poem
  • Pursuit - (1934) - poem
  • The Key - (1935) - poem
  • Recognition - (1936) - poem
  • Homecoming - (1935) - poem
  • The Lamp - (1931) - poem
  • Zaman's Hill - (1934) - poem
  • The Port - (1930) - poem
  • The Courtyard - (1930) - poem
  • The Pigeon-Flyers - poem
  • The Well - (1930) - poem
  • The Howler - (1932) - poem
  • Hesperia - (1930) - poem
  • Star-Winds - (1930) - poem
  • Antarktos - (1930) - poem
  • The Window - (1931) - poem
  • A Memory - poem
  • The Gardens of Yin - (1932) - poem
  • The Bells - (1930) - poem
  • Night-Gaunts - (1936) - poem
  • Nyarlathotep - (1931) - poem
  • Azathoth - (1931) - poem
  • Mirage - (1931) - poem
  • The Canal - (1932) - poem
  • The Familiars - (1930) - poem
  • The Elder Pharos - (1931) - poem
  • Expectancy - poem
  • Nostalgia - (1930) - poem
  • Background - (1930) - poem
  • The Dweller - (1930) - poem
  • Alienation - (1931) - poem
  • Harbour Whistles - (1930) - poem
  • Recapture - (1930) - poem
  • Evening Star - poem
  • Continuity - (1936) - poem
  • Yule Horror - (1926) - poem (variant of Festival 1925)
  • 408 - To Mr. Finlay, Upon His Drawing for Mr. Bloch's Tale, "The Faceless God" - (1937) - poem (variant of To Virgil Finlay: Upon His Drawing for Robert Bloch's Tale, "The Faceless God")
  • To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq., Upon His Phantastick Tales, Verses, Pictures, and Sculptures - (1938) - poem (variant of To Clark Ashton Smith)
  • Where Once Poe Walked - (1937) - poem
  • Christmas Greeting to Mrs. Phillips Gamwell--1925 - (1925) - poem
  • Brick Row - (1930) - poem
  • The Messenger - (1938) - poem
  • The Cthulhu Mythology: A Glossary - (1942) - essay by Francis T. Laney
  • An Appreciation of H. P. Lovecraft - essay by W. Paul Cook

The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts: Book 1

M. R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into a wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

The Passage

The Passage: Book 1

Justin Cronin

"It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born."

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear-of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he's done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey-spanning miles and decades-towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

The Reapers are the Angels

Reapers: Book 1

Alden Bell

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror

H. P. Lovecraft

A complete short novel, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a tale of terror unilke any other. The Barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless--or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures...and the carved stones tens of millions of years old...and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones. Three additional strange tales, written as only H.P. Lovecraft can write, are also included in this macabre collection of the strange and the weird.

Table of Contents:
At the Mountains of Madness • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novel
• The Shunned House • (1928) • novelette
• The Dreams in the Witch-House • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1933) • novelette
• The Statement of Randolph Carter • [Randolph Carter] • (1920) • short story

The Outsider and Others

H. P. Lovecraft

Contents:

  • Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Outsider - essay by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei
  • 3 - Dagon - (1919) - shortstory
  • 7 - Polaris - [Dream Cycle] - (1920) - shortstory
  • 10 - Celephais - [Dream Cycle] - (1922) - shortstory (variant of Celephaïs)
  • 14 - Hypnos - [Dream Cycle] - (1922) - shortstory
  • 19 - The Cats of Ulthar - [Dream Cycle] - (1920) - shortstory
  • 22 - The Strange High House in the Mist - [Dream Cycle] - (1931) - shortstory
  • 28 - The Statement of Randolph Carter - [Randolph Carter] - (1920) - shortstory
  • 32 - The Silver Key - [Randolph Carter] - (1929) - shortstory
  • 40 - Through the Gates of the Silver Key - [Randolph Carter] - (1934) - novelette and E. Hoffmann Price [as ]
  • 63 - The Outsider - [Dream Cycle] - (1926) - shortstory
  • 67 - The Music of Erich Zann - (1922) - shortstory
  • 73 - The Rats in the Walls - (1924) - novelette
  • 86 - Cool Air - (1928) - shortstory
  • 92 - He - (1926) - shortstory
  • 99 - The Horror at Red Hook - (1927) - novelette
  • 113 - The Temple - (1925) - shortstory
  • 121 - Arthur Jermyn - (1935) - shortstory (variant of The White Ape 1920)
  • 127 - The Picture in the House - (1919) - shortstory
  • 132 - The Festival - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1925) - shortstory
  • 138 - The Terrible Old Man - (1921) - shortstory
  • 140 - The Tomb - (1922) - shortstory
  • 147 - The Shunned House - (1928) - novelette
  • 164 - In the Vault - (1925) - shortstory
  • 170 - Pickman's Model - (1927) - shortstory
  • 179 - The Haunter of the Dark - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1936) - novelette
  • 194 - The Dreams in the Witch-House - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1933) - novelette
  • 217 - The Thing on the Doorstep - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1937) - novelette
  • 234 - The Nameless City - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1921) - shortstory
  • 242 - The Lurking Fear - (1923) - shortstory
  • 255 - The Call of Cthulhu - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1928) - novelette
  • 274 - The Colour Out of Space - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1927) - novelette
  • 292 - The Dunwich Horror - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1929) - novelette
  • 319 - The Whisperer in Darkness - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1931) - novella
  • 359 - The Shadow Over Innsmouth - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1936) - novelette
  • 400 - The Shadow Out of Time - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1936) - novella
  • 442 - At the Mountains of Madness - [Cthulhu Mythos] - (1936) - novel
  • 507 - Supernatural Horror in Literature - [Supernatural Horror in Literature] - (1927) - essay

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Cthulhu Mythos

H. P. Lovecraft

As with "The Dunwich Horror," this short story is set in the fictional Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth, yet another "strange, little town" in the history of American horror. As the narrator, an amateur genealogist named Robert Olmstead, goes deeper and deeper into town, he uncovers the unholy marriage between Innsmouth, the Marsh family and the weird creatures that live just out past the coastal waters. "The Shadow over Innsmouth" is a good example of another one of Lovecraft's favorite tropes: guilt inherited by tainted blood. As such, "The Shadow over Innsmouth" takes fears of miscegenation to the extreme.

This novella was originally published by Visionary Press as a limited run chapbook in 1937. The first major stand alone publication was in the January 1942 issue of Weird Tales. It has been anthologized many times, including the anthology H. P. Lovecraft and Others: Shadows Over Innsmouth, edited by Stephen Jones, and has also been included in a myriad of collections, including the collections The Dunwich Horror and Others and The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories.

The novella "The Shadow over Innsmouth" is available free on the Internet.

Winter Tide

The Innsmouth Legacy: Book 1

Ruthanna Emrys

After attacking Devil's Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.

Includes bonus Aphra Marsh novelette "The Litany of Earth".

The City of Mirrors

The Passage: Book 3

Justin Cronin

The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?

The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew--and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy--humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

The Jennifer Morgue

The Laundry Files: Book 2

Charles Stross

Bob Howard - a T-shirt wearing computer geek and field agent for the super-secret British government agency The Laundry - must save the world from eldritch horrors, codenamed Jennifer Morgue, in this fast-paced spy thriller. Bob's current mission is to stop the evil Ellis Billington from achieving world domination, but he must overcome obstacles including the Gravedust device, which permits communication with the dead; destiny-entanglement protocol; banishment weapons; and Ramona Random, a lethal but beautiful agent for the U.S. counterpart to The Laundry. Billington plans to raise the eldritch horror Jennifer Morgue from the vasty deeps, and communicate with a dead warrior for the purpose of ruling the world.

Blending physics and applied mathematics with the practice of summoning and demonology, this spy-meets-horror novel will keep sci-fi fans on the edge of their seats.

This volume also includes a bonus story, "Pimpf," featuring The Laundry agent Bob Howard in the world of virtual gaming, as well as an afterword entitled "The Golden Age of Spying."

Equoid

The Laundry Files

Charles Stross

Hugo-winning Novella

The "Laundry" is Britain's super-secret agency devoted to protecting the realm from the supernatural horrors that menace it. Now Bob Howard, Laundry agent, must travel to the quiet English countryside to deal with an outbreak of one of the worst horrors imaginable. For, as it turns out, unicorns are real. They're also ravenous killers from beyond spacetime...


Read this story online for free at Tor.com.

Ring Shout

P. Djèlí Clark

In America, demons wear white hoods.

In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan's ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan's demons straight to Hell. But something awful's brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?

The Fireman

Joe Hill

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies--before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she's discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob's dismay, Harper wants to live--at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads--armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn't as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter's jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted... and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman's secrets before her life--and that of her unborn child--goes up in smoke.

The Nightmare Stacks

The Laundry Files: Book 7

Charles Stross

After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by The Laundry, Britain's secret counter-occult agency that's humanity's first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence -- as Alex has no stomach for predatory bloodsucking -- he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative-in-training.

Dispatched to Leeds, Alex's first assignment is to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s Cold War bunker into The Laundry's new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex's hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he's left banking for civil service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses.

Alex's only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local Goth Festival who is inexplicably attracted to him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock.

But Cassie has secrets of her own -- secrets that make Alex's night life behaviors seem positively normal...

Feedback

Newsflesh: Book 4

Mira Grant

FEEDBACK is a full-length Newsflesh novel which overlaps the events of the acclaimed and New York Times bestselling novel FEED. For the first time it reveals what happened from the perspective of reporters covering the Democrats' side of the story.

There are two sides to every story...

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the truth while competing against the superstar Masons, surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows.

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Harlan Ellison

Hugo Award winning short story. It originally appeared in If, March 1967. The story has been reprinted many times. It can, among others, be found in the anthologies:

It is included in the collections:

American Elsewhere

Robert Jackson Bennett

Some places are too good to be true.

Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map.

In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things.

After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different...

From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.

The Atrocity Archives

The Laundry Files: Book 1

Charles Stross

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

In the title piece, Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, completes his theorem on 'Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-dimensional Summoning'. Turing's work paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that, when carried out, have side effects that leak through a channel underlying the structure of the Cosmos. Out there in the multiverse are 'listeners' who can sometimes be coerced into opening gates.

In 1945, Nazi Germany's Ahnenerbe-SS, in an attempt to escape the Allied onslaught, performs just such a summoning on the souls of more than six million. A gate opens to an alternate universe through which the SS move people and material - to live to fight another day. But their summoning brings forth more than the SS have bargained for - an evil, patiently waiting all this time while learning the ways of humans, now poises to lunch on Earth. Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Middle East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet round out this story.

Includes the Hugo-award-winning novella "The Concrete Jungle", which can be read for free here.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

H. P. Lovecraft

A nameless terror surges through centuries to engulf the soul of Charles Dexter Ward, a brilliant New England antiquarian. Evil spirits, malefic gods whose memory lives on in whispered legends and fear-stricken superstitions, still lurk in vile catacombs beneath the surface of a blighted land. Ward is driven to unleash these loathsome horrors upon a defenceless world, possessed by the demonic shade of his ancestor Joseph Curwen, a warlock steeped in the blackest arts of magic. Now Ward too must master these obscene rituals, and pay the price in blood. Human blood.

The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward remains the only full-length work of fiction by HP Lovecraft, the master of 20th century horror. It has inspired such classic horror films as Roger Corman's The Haunted Palace and Lucio Fulci's The Beyond.

The Annihilation Score

The Laundry Files: Book 6

Charles Stross

NOBODY DOES IT BETTER...

Dr Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses.

But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as 'Lecter'.

If this wasn't bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?

Mr. X

Peter Straub

Every year on his birthday, Ned Dunstan is cursed with visions of horror committed by a savage figure he calls "Mr. X." This year, Ned's visions will become flesh and blood.

A dreadful premonition brings Ned home to find his mother on her deathbed. She reveals the never-before-disclosed name of his father and warns him of grave danger. Driven by a desperate sense of need, Ned explores his dark past and the astonishing legacy of his kin. Accused of violent crimes he has not committed and pursued by a shadowy twin, Ned enters a hidden world of ominous mysteries, where he must confront his deepest nightmares....

Feed

Newsflesh: Book 1

Mira Grant

In 2014, two experimental viruses--a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"--escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?

When Senator Peter Ryman of Wisconsin decides to take a team of bloggers along on his run for the White House, Georgia and Shaun Mason are quick to submit their application. They, along with their friend Georgette "Buffy" M. are selected, and view this as the chance to launch their careers to a whole new level... that is, if they can survive the campaign trail.”

The Rhesus Chart

The Laundry Files: Book 5

Charles Stross

As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry-the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats-Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do-especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus.

Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection-an array of unusual symptoms such as superstrength and -speed, an uncanny talent for mind control, an extreme allergic reaction to sunlight, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. While his department is tangled up in bureaucratic red tape (and Buffy reruns), debating how to stop the rash of vampirism, Bob digs deeper into the bank's history-only to uncover a bloodcurdling conspiracy between men and monsters...

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

H. P. Lovecraft

Collection of early Lovecraft stories inspired by Lord Dunsany.

Table of Contents:

  • About The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and H. P. Lovecraft: Through the Gates of Deeper Slumber - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath - (1943) - novella
  • Celephais - (1922) - shortstory
  • The Silver Key - (1929) - shortstory
  • Through the Gates of the Silver Key - (1934) - novelette by H. P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffmann Price
  • The White Ship - (1919) - shortstory
  • The Strange High House in the Mist - (1931) - shortstory
  • Postscript About The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and H. P. Lovecraft - (1966) - poem by Lin Carter

Under the Dome

Stephen King

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

Lovecraft Country

Matt Ruff

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George--publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide--and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite--heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors--they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn--led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb--which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his--and the whole Turner clan's--destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism--the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

Rot & Ruin

Benny Imura: Book 1

Jonathan Maberry

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother, Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash—but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Acclaimed horror author Jonathan Maberry makes his young adult debut with this detail-rich depiction of a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen, the dead have risen, and danger is always imminent.

The Twelve

The Passage: Book 2

Justin Cronin

At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

The Mist

Stephen King

In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends...

David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. As the confinement takes its toll on their nerves, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God's vengeance for their sins. She insists a sacrifice must be made and two groups--those for and those against--are aligned.

Clearly, staying in the store may prove fatal, and the Draytons, along with store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller, attempt to make their escape. But what's out there may be worse than what they left behind.

The Boy on the Bridge

The Girl with All the Gifts: Book 2

M. R. Carey

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

Dead in the Water

Nancy Holder

The shipwrecked, vacationing passengers of the ill-fated freighter, Morris, are picked up by the H.M.S. Pandora and sail into a cruise of metaphysical terror, madness, and death.

Beneath the Rising

Beneath the Rising: Book 1

Premee Mohamed

HOPE HAS A PRICE

Nick Prasad has always enjoyed a quiet life in the shadow of his best friend, child prodigy and technological genius Joanna 'Johnny' Chambers. But all that is about to end.

When Johnny invents a clean reactor that could eliminate fossil fuels and change the world, she awakens primal, evil Ancient Ones set on subjugating humanity.

From the oldest library in the world to the ruins of Nineveh, hunted at every turn, they will need to trust each other completely to survive...

The Labyrinth Index

The Laundry Files: Book 9

Charles Stross

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America. It seems the Creeping Chaos is concerned about foreign relations.

A thousand-mile-wild storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the President is nowhere to be found. In fact, for reasons unknown the people of America are forgetting that the executive branch ever existed. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.

Somewhere, the Secret Service battle to stay awake, to remind the President who he is, and to stay one step ahead of the vampiric dragnet that's searching for him.

The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle

Sturgeon and Hugo Award nominated novella.

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

Countdown

Newsflesh

Mira Grant

Hugo-nominated Novella

"Countdown" is the first novella set in the world of Feed, and tracks the early days of the Rising, from well-meaning medical research to the dead beginning to walk. Meet the accidental creators of the zombie apocalypse, and ask yourself for the first time: When will you Rise?

The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

This is the story of how we rose.

Republished in 2012 by Subterranean Press as When Will You Rise? Stories to End the World, including the unrelated Mira Grant short story, "Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box".

The Mind Parasites

Colin Wilson

The story is about Professor Gilbert Austin's conflict with the Tsathogguans, invisible mind parasites that menace the most brilliant people on earth.

I, Cthulhu

Neil Gaiman

Short story originally published in Dagon #16, 1987. Full title of the story is: I, Cthulhu, or, What's A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9' S, Longitude 126° 43' W)?

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Litany of Earth

The Innsmouth Legacy

Ruthanna Emrys

The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth. They took her history, her home, her family, her god. They tried to take the sea. Now, years later, when she is just beginning to rebuild a life, an agent of that government intrudes on her life again, with an offer she wishes she could refuse. "The Litany of Earth" is a dark fantasy story inspired by the Lovecraft mythos.

This short story can also be found in the anthologies New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird (2015), edited by Paula Guran, and Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018), edited by Irene Gallo.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com, or listen to a podcast of this story at Drabblecast.

Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You

Scotto Moore

I was home alone on a Saturday night when I experienced the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard in my life.

Beautiful Remorse is the hot new band on the scene, releasing one track a day for ten days straight. Each track has a mysterious name and a strangely powerful effect on the band's fans.

A curious music blogger decides to investigate the phenomenon up close by following Beautiful Remorse on tour across Texas and Kansas, realizing along the way that the band’s lead singer, is hiding an incredible, impossible secret.

The Cabin at the End of the World

Paul Tremblay

Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.

One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what's going to happen is your fault". Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: "Your dads won't want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world."

Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. The Cabin at the End of the World is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.

The House on the Borderland and Other Novels

William Hope Hodgson

The story of an adventure in time and space that spans all of creation. A building, constructed across an invisible chasm of space-time, fated to witness the very end of the world, is waiting with open doors for anyone who dares to enter it.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: "And Yet": The Antinomies of William Hope Hodgson - essay by China Miéville
  • The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" - (1907) - novel
  • The House on the Borderland - (1908) - novel
  • The Ghost Pirates - (1909) - novel
  • The Night Land - (1912) - novel
  • The Hog - (1947) - novelette

Deadline

Newsflesh: Book 2

Mira Grant

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death

H. P. Lovecraft

"[Lovecraft's] dream fantasy works are as terrifying and haunting as his tales of horror and the macabre. A master craftsman, Lovecraft brings compelling visions of nightmarish fear, invisible worlds and the demons of the unconscious. If one author truly represents the very best in American literary horror, it is H. P. Lovecraft."
--John Carpenter, Director of At the Mouth of Madness, Halloween, and Christine

This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales:

  • THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH--Hate, genocide, and a deadly curse consume the land of Mnar.
  • THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER--"You fool, Warren is DEAD!"
  • THE NAMELESS CITY--Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu Mythos.
  • THE CATS OF ULTHAR--In Ulthar, no man may kill a cat...and woe unto any who tries.
  • THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH--The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream Cycle.
  • AND TWENTY MORE TALES OF SURREAL TERROR

Table of Contents:
• Introduction: Concerning Dreams and Nightmares • (1995) • essay by Neil Gaiman
• Azathoth • [Dream Cycle] • (1922) • short story
• The Descendant • (1926) • short story
• The Thing in the Moonlight • [Dream Cycle] • (1941) • short story
• Polaris • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short story
• Beyond the Wall of Sleep • (1919) • short story
• The Doom That Came to Sarnath • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short story
• The Statement of Randolph Carter • [Randolph Carter] • (1920) • short story
• The Cats of Ulthar • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short story
• Celephais • [Dream Cycle] • (1922) • short story
• From Beyond • [Dream Cycle] • (1934) • short story
• Nyarlathotep • [Dream Cycle] • (1920) • short fiction
• The Nameless City • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1921) • short story
• The Other Gods • [Dream Cycle] • (1933) • short story
• Ex Oblivione • [Dream Cycle] • (1921) • poem
• The Quest of Iranon • [Dream Cycle] • (1935) • short story
• The Hound • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1924) • short story
• Hypnos • [Dream Cycle] • (1922) • short story
• What the Moon Brings • [Dream Cycle] • (1922) • poem
• Pickman's Model • (1927) • short story
• The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath • [Randolph Carter] • (1943) • novella
• The Silver Key • [Randolph Carter] • (1929) • short story
• The Strange High House in the Mist • [Dream Cycle] • (1931) • short story
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward • [Dream Cycle] • (1943) • novel
• The Dreams in the Witch-House • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1933) • novelette
• Through the Gates of the Silver Key • [Randolph Carter] • (1934) • novelette

The Three Impostors

Call of Cthulhu: Book 12

Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (1863-1947), popular Welsh writer of the bizarre and fantastic, created some of the finest horror stories ever written. On the surface, everything appears normal and cheerful in this bustling suburb of neatly laid out homes and well-trimmed hedges. But nothing is really as it seems. For in this world of impostors, conspiracies combine with dark forces to veil a once-ordinary London neighborhood in a cloud of mystery and fear.

A masterpiece of Gothic horror and suspense that inspired such writers as H. P. Lovecraft, The Three Impostors is Machen's famous collection of "weird tales" — a string of shocking short stories woven together with a fine narrative thread. Rich with terror, adventure, satire, deception, and dreamlike fantasy, it is a classic of occult literature written by a stylistic master.

Blackout

Newsflesh: Book 3

Mira Grant

Rise up while you can. - Georgia Mason

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

BLACKOUT is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began in the Hugo-nominated FEED and the sequel, DEADLINE.

The Night Land

Hyperion Classics of Science Fiction: Book 24

William Hope Hodgson

The Night Land is a classic horror novel by William Hope Hodgson, first published in 1912. As a work of fantasy it belongs to the Dying Earth subgenre. H. P. Lovecraft's described the novel as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written". According to critical consensus, in this work, despite his often laboured and clumsy language, Hodgson achieves a deep power of expression, which focuses on a sense not only of terror but of the ubiquity of potential terror, of the thinness of the invisible bound between the world of normality and an underlying reality for which humans are not suited.

Apocalypse of the Dead

Dead World: Book 2

Joe McKinney

Two hellish years. That's how long it's been since the hurricanes flooded the Gulf Coast, and the dead rose up from the ruins. The cities were quarantined; the infected, contained. Any unlucky survivors were left to fend for themselves. One boatload of refugees manages to make it out alive - but one passenger carries the virus. Within weeks, the zombie epidemic spreads across the globe. Now, retired U.S. Marshal Ed Moore must lead a group of strangers to safety, searching for sanctuary from the dead. In the North Dakota Grasslands, bands of survivors converge upon a single outpost. Run by a self-appointed preacher of fierce conviction - and frightening beliefs - it may be humanity's only hope. But Ed Moore and the others refuse to enter a suicide pact. They'd rather stand and fight in the final battle against the zombies.

The Deep

Nick Cutter

From the acclaimed author of The Troop--which Stephen King raved "scared the hell out of me and I couldn't put it down.... old-school horror at its best"--comes this utterly terrifying novel where The Abyss meets The Shining.

A strange plague called the 'Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget--small things at first, like where they left their keys, then the not-so-small things, like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.

But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Mariana Trench, a heretofore-unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia"--a universal healer, from initial reports--has been discovered. It may just be the key to eradicating the 'Gets.

In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea's surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths...and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

Agents of Dreamland

Tinfoil Dossier: Book 1

Caitlín R. Kiernan

A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman.

In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible -- the Children of the Next Level -- and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in.

A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from 'other' sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA's interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact.

And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies: Book 1

Isaac Marion

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...

Dead Lies Dreaming

The Laundry Files: Book 10

Charles Stross

When magic and superpowers emerge in the masses, Wendy Deere is contracted by the government to bag and snag supervillains.

As Wendy hunts down Imp – the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves "The Lost Boys" – she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp's sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.

In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive.

Cell

Stephen King

On October 1st, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He's just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He's already picked up a gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he'll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay's feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.

Hammers on Bone

Persons Non Grata: Book 1

Cassandra Khaw

John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He's been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid's stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He's also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he's hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He's infected with an alien presence, and he's spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.

The Strain

The Strain: Book 1

Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

The Strain

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.

In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.

In two months--the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . .

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city--a city that includes his wife and son--before it is too late.

The Fall

The Strain: Book 2

Guillermo del Toro
Chuck Hogan

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.

Revival

Stephen King

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties--addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate--Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The Three

The Three: Book 1

Sarah Lotz

Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?

The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

Dubbed 'The Three' by the international press, the children all exhibit disturbing behavioural problems, presumably caused by the horror they lived through and the unrelenting press attention. This attention becomes more than just intrusive when a rapture cult led by a charismatic evangelical minister insists that the survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. The Three are forced to go into hiding, but as the children's behaviour becomes increasingly disturbing, even their guardians begin to question their miraculous survival.

A Song for Quiet

Persons Non Grata: Book 2

Cassandra Khaw

Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can't escape, and music that won't let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble -- visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn't call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape her father, and the destiny he has waiting for her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods.

The song in Deacon's head is growing stronger, and soon he won't be able to ignore it any more.

The Terrible Old Man

H. P. Lovecraft

In "The Terrible Old Man," the inhabitants of Kingsport are harboring a strange, secret person... or is he a person at all?

This story was originally published in The Tryout, July 1921. It has been printed many times. It was collected in The Outsider and Others (1939) and The Dunwich Horror and Others (1984) as well as a great many other Lovecraft compilations.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Fog

James Herbert

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

Wilder Girls

Rory Power

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Mister B. Gone

Clive Barker

You hold in your hands not a book at all, but a terrifying embodiment of purest evil. Can you feel the electric tingle in your fingers as you are absorbed by the demon Jakabok's tale of his unintentional ascent from the depths of the Inferno? Do you sense the cold dread worming its way into your bloodstream, your sinews, the marrow of your bones as you read more deeply into his earthly education and unspeakable acts? The filth you now grasp has been waiting patiently for you for nearly six hundred years. And now, before you are completely in its thrall, you would do well to follow the foul creature's admonition and destroy this abomination of ink and paper before you turn a single leaf and are lost forever.

You have been warned.

Dead City

Dead World: Book 1

Joe McKinney

Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh...

The Nightmare Begins Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family...There's no place to run. No place to hide. The zombie horde is growing as the virus runs rampant. Eddie knows he has to find a way to destroy these walking horrors...but he doesn't know the price he will have to pay...

Survivor Song

Paul Tremblay

In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government's emergency protocols are faltering.

Dr. Ramola "Rams" Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie's husband has been killed--viciously attacked by an infected neighbor--and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie's only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.

Natalie's fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares--terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.

The Night of the Triffids

Simon Clark

At the end of The Day of the Triffids, the hero, Bill Masen, his wife, and four-year-old son leave the British mainland to join a new colony on the Isle of Wight. The Night of the Triffids takes up the story 25 years later. David Masen, the now grown-up son of Bill, is a pilot, still searching for a method of destroying the implacable triffid plant as it continues its worldwide march, seemingly intent on wiping out humankind. David eventually manages to reach New York, where a very different sort of colony has been set up, a colony whose members seem to be immune to the triffid string and where David comes face to face with an old enemy from his father's past.

Edge

Koji Suzuki

Edge begins with a massive and catastrophic shifting of the San Andreas fault. The fears of California someday tumbling into the sea--that have become the stuff of parody--become real. But even the terror resulting from this catastrophe pales in comparison to the understanding behind its happening, a cataclysm extending beyond mankind's understanding of horror as it had previously been known. The world is falling apart because things are out of joint at the quantum level, about which of course there's never been any guarantee that everything has to remain stable.