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Cruel Winter

by Anthony Izzo

Lock the doors. Close the windows. And prepare yourself for the heart-stopping debut of Anthony Izzo, a new master of horror who will chill you to the bone. . . Jack Harding and his friends feel sorry for the new kid in town. His name is Ronnie Winter, and he's a bit of a weirdo. So when the local bullies try to beat him up, Jack and his friends step in to protect Ronnie--and that's their first mistake. Because Ronnie Winter is not like any other kid they've ever known. He lives at the old Steadman place, in the big creepy mansion that used to be a mental hospital. And his young, beautiful mother has a strange way of making Jack promise to be Ronnie's friend. . . forever. The closer Jack and his friends get to Ronnie, the colder it gets. The town is plunged into a wave of brutal snowstorms--and plagued by a series of gruesome murders. And as the grisly death toll mounts, Jack realizes that Ronnie is surrounded by something far more powerful than a mother's love--he's guarded by a force of unspeakable evil that will torture and destroy everything in its path. . . The Thing in the Tunnel Listen, Paul said. Slow footsteps echoed, a soft-crunch in the dark. At first Jack thought Ronnie turned the flashlight off and snuck into the tunnel in order to scare them, but the footsteps were too heavy. They belonged to someone bigger. Reach out your hand, Paul. Okay. They started to go but something found Paul first. It jerked Paul back, and purely out of reflex, Jack clamped on to Paul's hand, this alone preventing him from being torn back into the tunnel by whatever was down there. It's got me hooked! Its arm is around me! Jack felt Paul leave his feet as his attacker hoisted him into the air, intent on dragging Paul back into the tunnel. It pulled again, like a shark dragging a swimmer down, and it was too strong. Paul's hand slipped from Jack's, and Paul shrieked. Let me go! Bastard! Let me go! God, it smells bad! Jack charged ahead and slammed into someone as solid as a muscle man in a magazine. He wrapped his arms around the waist and pulled, but it was like trying to drag down a redwood tree. He was being dragged behind the guy like tin cans on a wedding car. It stank like old leaves or hair that's clogged in a drain, wet and dead. What is it and why did we have to run into it?

Cruel Winter

by Anthony Izzo

Lock the doors. Close the windows. And prepare yourself for the heart-stopping debut of Anthony Izzo, a new master of horror who will chill you to the bone. . . Jack Harding and his friends feel sorry for the new kid in town. His name is Ronnie Winter, and he's a bit of a weirdo. So when the local bullies try to beat him up, Jack and his friends step in to protect Ronnie--and that's their first mistake. Because Ronnie Winter is not like any other kid they've ever known. He lives at the old Steadman place, in the big creepy mansion that used to be a mental hospital. And his young, beautiful mother has a strange way of making Jack promise to be Ronnie's friend. . .forever. The closer Jack and his friends get to Ronnie, the colder it gets. The town is plunged into a wave of brutal snowstorms--and plagued by a series of gruesome murders. And as the grisly death toll mounts, Jack realizes that Ronnie is surrounded by something far more powerful than a mother's love--he's guarded by a force of unspeakable evil that will torture and destroy everything in its path. . . The Thing in the Tunnel "Listen," Paul said. Slow footsteps echoed, a soft-crunch in the dark. At first Jack thought Ronnie turned the flashlight off and snuck into the tunnel in order to scare them, but the footsteps were too heavy. They belonged to someone bigger. "Reach out your hand, Paul." "Okay." They started to go but something found Paul first. It jerked Paul back, and purely out of reflex, Jack clamped on to Paul's hand, this alone preventing him from being torn back into the tunnel by whatever was down there. "It's got me hooked! Its arm is around me!" Jack felt Paul leave his feet as his attacker hoisted him into the air, intent on dragging Paul back into the tunnel. It pulled again, like a shark dragging a swimmer down, and it was too strong. Paul's hand slipped from Jack's, and Paul shrieked. "Let me go! Bastard! Let me go! God, it smells bad!" Jack charged ahead and slammed into someone as solid as a muscle man in a magazine. He wrapped his arms around the waist and pulled, but it was like trying to drag down a redwood tree. He was being dragged behind the guy like tin cans on a wedding car. It stank like old leaves or hair that's clogged in a drain, wet and dead. What is it and why did we have to run into it?

Cruisin'

by Sarah Mlynowski

From the critically acclaimed author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) and the Magic in Manhattan series comes a fun short story about taking the plunge on the high seas, where not everything is what it seems. Kristin is ready to take the next step. . . . The only problem is she hasn't found the right guy to take it with her. That's why she agreed to go on the ominously named Cruise to Nowhere with her best friend, Liz. There are plenty of cute guys on the ship to choose from if only Kristin can work up the nerve--and stop worrying about the reports in the tabloids that passengers on cruises have been mysteriously disappearing and that someone suspects it has to do with . . . vampires.

Cry for the Strangers

by John Saul

Clark's Harbor was the perfect coastal haven, jealously guarded against outsiders. But now strangers have come to settle there. And a small boy is suddenly free of a frenzy that had gripped him since birth... His sister is haunted by fearful visions... And one by one, in violent, mysterious ways the strangers are dying. Never the townspeople. Only the strangers. Has a dark bargain been struck between the people of Clark's Harbor and some supernatural force? Or is it the sea itself calling out for a human sacrifice? A howling, deadly... Cry For The Strangers.From the Paperback edition.

Cry Murder! in a Small Voice

by Greer Gilman

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award.London, 1603. Ben Jonson, playwright, poet, satirist . . . detective? Someone is murdering choir boys and Jonson, in the way that only Greer Gilman could write him - "Fie, poetastery." - is compelled to investigate.

Cry of the Cat (Goosebumps Series 2000 #1)

by R. L. Stine

She just wanted to do the right thing: return the black cat to its owner. But once Allison stepped into the dark, broken-down house, she regretted the whole idea. Now her biggest problem is getting out.

Crying for the Moon

by Sarah Madison

Vampire Alexei Novik may have the teeth and the coffin, but he's given up the lifestyle for an old fixer-upper in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weary of his past, Alex plans to keep to himself, but it seems his sexy, new neighbor, Tate, can't take the hint--a good thing, since it turns out he's handy for all kinds of things around the house. Tate even gets along with Alex's werewolf friends, though one of them pointedly reminds Alex that their friendship is a bad idea. If a platonic relationship is a bad idea, the growing attraction between Tate and Alex is a disaster waiting to happen. Loving Tate will draw him into Alex's dangerous world, and Alex is torn between having the relationship he's always craved and keeping Tate safe. Tate won't take no for an answer, however, and seems to handle everything Alex can throw at him without blinking. Just when he thinks things might turn out all right after all, Alex's past catches up with him--forcing him to make a terrible choice.

A Crying Shame

by William W. Johnstone

Each night they emerged from the murky depths of the swamp to claim another victim--a lovely, innocent, fertile female who would be carried off in huge hairy arms and plunged into a nightmare world of terror. Her screams would echo in the darkness. Her face would contort in the throes of horror and pain. But once taken, each became a mother of an unholy child, a link in the chain of madness and evil, a spawn to carry on the devil's name!DON'T MISS THESE WILLIAM W. JOHNSTONE THRILLERS!The Devil's KissThe Devil's HeartThe Devil's TouchThe Devil's CatThe UninvitedThem

Cryptshiver

by Chacelyn Pierce

When a skinned corpse found in a cemetery rises from the dead, supernatural agents Avi Grissom and Jakob Ender hunt for the killer. But Grissom is more interested in his partner's mysterious disappearance two years ago and his recent return. Something isn't right with Ender, and the werewolf in Grissom desperately needs to sniff out what has Ender so tight-lipped while fighting off the desire for the secretive vampire that has only grown during his absence. His quest to solve the murder unearths personal truths of vengeance and death magic, and reveals one of their most notorious enemies.

Crystal Fire

by Jordan Dane

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down A storm is brewing on the streets of L.A., one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life. While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese-the obsessed leader of the Believers-the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds. When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn sent to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past-and the man who made him-before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

The Crystal Prison (The Deptford Mice Trilogy #2)

by Robin Jarvis

When Audrey, a spirited town mouse, reluctantly keeps a promise to accompany a black rat to the country, she witnesses the return of a supernatural evil she thought had been destroyed.

Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology

by Jim Turner

As successor to the now out-of-print New Tales of Cthulhu Mythos, this new anthology becomes the most celebrated assemblage of professional authors ever to appear under Lovecraftian auspices. Incorporating the three finest stories from the earlier volume, "Cthulhu 2000" reprints an additional fifteen works, not all of them Mythos tales, but the aggregate contents exemplifying the continuing influence of H. P. Lovecraft into the twenty-first century: "The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson, "Pickman's Modem" by Lawrence Watt-Evans, "Shaft Number 247" by Basil Copper, "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite, "The Adder" by Fred Chappell, "Fat Face" by Michael Shea, "The Big Fish" by Kim Newman, " "I Have Vacantly Crumpled It Into My Pocket. . . But by God, Eliot, It Was A Photograph From Life!'" by Joanna Russ, "H. P. L" by Gahan Wilson, "The Unthinkable" by Bruce Sterling, "Black Man with a Horn" by T. E. D. Klein, "Love's Eldritch Ichor" by Esther M. Friesner, "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti, "The Shadow on the Doorstep" by James P. Blaylock, "Lord of the Land" by Gene Wolfe, "The Faces at Pine Dunes" by Ramsey Campbell, "On The Slab" by Harlan Ellison, and "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" by Roger Zelazny.

The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps #28)

by R. L. Stine

Tara the Terrible. That's what Michael Webster calls his bratty little sister. She loves getting Michael in trouble. Making his life miserable. Things couldn't get any worse. Then Mr. Webster brings home the antique cuckoo clock. It's old. It's expensive. And Mr. Webster won't let anyone touch it. Poor Michael. He should have listened to his dad. Because someone put a spell on the clock. A strange spell. A dangerous spell. And now Michael's life will never be the same again....

Cuckoo Song

by Frances Hardinge

"The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. ; What are you doing here?; It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. ; Who do you think you are? This is my family;" <P><P> When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late...

Cujo

by Stephen King

The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King's rabid fans, Cujo "hits the jugular" (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day, Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether. Meanwhile, Vic and Donna Trenton, and their young son Tad, move to Maine. They are seeking peace and quiet, but life in this small town is not what it seems. As Tad tries to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage on the rocks, there is no way they can know that a monster, infinitely sinister, waits in the daylight. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. "A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won't let go" (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man's best friend.

A Cunning Plan

by B. Snow

Alec, Earl of Whittlesey, lives a dull and reclusive existence, rarely mingling with society and, to his mother's regret, refusing to marry. But his mother and society do not know he harbors a secret: a kind of madness that is driving him to deadly despair. When Alec meets the commoner Morgan Villenie, he finds the man's cheer and wit hard to resist, despite his own dark moods. Alec warms to Villenie, but Villenie has secrets of his own. If these two men are ever truly to be together, they must trust each other enough to reveal those secrets--even if they both believe the truth could tear them apart.

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories

by Maggie Stiefvater Brenna Yovanoff Tessa Gratton

From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes this anthology. A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck. Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing. These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three practitioners of paranormal fiction.

Curious Warnings

by Stephen Jones M. R. James

Montague Rhodes James--M. R. James--was an English academic and provost of King's College and Eton. He started writing ghost stories to entertain his friends... one hundred and fifty years after his birth he is now revered as the father of the modern English ghost story.This gorgeous hardback collection contains all thirty-five of M.R. James's highly acclaimed ghost stories, including the classics: "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" and "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook".

The Curse (Forbidden Doors, #7)

by Bill Myers James Riordan

I think someone-or something-doesn't want us here. And I think whatever it is, is very powerful." Becka Williams isn't convinced that this trip to Louisiana was such a good idea. How are she and Scott supposed to help some girl caught up in voodoo, anyway? And what if there really is a connection between the bizarre rituals they witness deep in the bayou and the scary incidents that began even before their plane landed? As they try desperately to free Sara Thomas from a web of vengeance and deception, Scott and Becka find their own lives in danger--and their faith in God's amazing power tested as never before.

The Curse of Camp Cold Lake (Goosebumps #56)

by R. L. Stine

Camp is supposed to be fun, but Sarah hates Camp Cold Lake. The lake is gross and slimy. And she's having a little trouble with her bunkmates. They hate her. So Sarah comes up with a plan. She'll pretend to drown - then everyone will feel sorry for her. But things don't go exactly the way Sarah planned. Because down by the cold, dark lake someone is watching her. Stalking her. Someone with pale blue eyes. And a see-through body...

Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice #2)

by Joseph Delaney

Now thirteen years old, Tom Ward continues his apprenticeship with the Spook as they confront a dangerous bane who can control people's thoughts.

The Curse of the Blue Figurine

by John Bellairs

Living with his grandparents gives Johnny Dixon a lot of time to find trouble. Or adventure. Or is it both? In this, the first Johnny Dixon mystery, our young hero hears the spine-tingling story of Father Baart, a madman who haunts the town's church. At first, Johnny does not believe in ghosts, but when he takes a scroll and a small Egyptian figurine from the church basement, all that changes. Soon, a mysterious stranger gives him a ring, and Johnny plunges headlong into a terrifying adventure. Along with his new friend Professor Childermass, Johnny races to solve the mystery of this very real ghost before another life is lost.

Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1)

by D. J. MacHale

"I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D. J. MacHale." --James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series Leave the lights on for this spooky thriller from D. J. MacHale, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Pendragon! Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying. There's a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories--stories that ended too soon. It's a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there's only one way in or out. It's called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don't start a story you can't finish. Because in this library, the stories you can't finish just might finish you.

The Curse of the Cat Mummy (Black Cat Club, #3)

by Susan Saunders

Despite a warning from their ghostly friend, Alice, the Black Cat Club kids smuggle Belinda's cat, Mittens, into the museum to see an ancient Egyptian cat mummy, after which the mummy disappears and Mittens undergoes a strange personality change.

Curse of the ChupaCabra

by Rudolfo Anaya

Professor Rosa Medina, a folklorist researching the ChupaCabra, goes to Mexico to track down recent sightings of the creature which kills its victims, particularly goats, by sucking their brains out.

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