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Crimson Frost

by Jennifer Estep

For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes--the most hideous face I'd ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki--the evil god that I'd helped set free against my will.I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we'd gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I'd have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn't see that one coming. I've been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison--and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan's dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I'm guilty. If I'm going to get out of this mess alive, I'll have to do it myself. . ."An amazingly addictive new series."--Fresh FictionPraise for the Mythos Academy series"Kiss of Frost has just as much ass-kicking as the first book in the series." --Good Choice Reading"Lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending will leave the reader breathless!" --RT Book Reviews on Kiss of Frost, 4 Stars "A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." --Night Owl Reviews on Touch of Frost"It has literally everything: mystery, romance, mythology, boarding schools. What could be better?" --Simply Nerdy Book Reviews on Touch of Frost

Crimson Peak: The Official Movie Novelization

by Nancy Holder

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.

Crisis in Faith

by Jana Denardo

Turned against his will, newly made vampire Luc is still adjusting to his condition with the help of his lover, Arrigo. Hoping the Christmas holidays will lift his spirits, Luc is stunned when an even more ancient vampire brings news of a possible cure that might restore his humanity. But Arrigo has no interest in giving up immortality, leaving Luc with a decision that could tear the two of them apart.

Croak

by Gina Damico

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstateNew York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months ofdirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort's true occupation ismuch dirtier than shoveling manure.He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated byreapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire forjustice--or is it vengeance?--whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving tostop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue withher reaper skills?

The Croning

by Laird Barron

Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us... Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret... ...of The Croning. From Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, comes The Croning, a debut novel of cosmic horror.

The Croning

by Laird Barron

Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us...Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret......of The Croning.From Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, comes The Croning, a debut novel of cosmic horror.

Crooked

by Austin Grossman

Richard Milhous Nixon lived one of the most improbable lives of the twentieth century. Our thirty-seventh president's political career spanned the button-down fifties, the Mad Men sixties, and the turbulent seventies. He faced down the Russians, the Chinese, and ultimately his own government. The man went from political mastermind to a national joke, sobbing in the Oval Office, leaving us with one burning question: how could he have lost it all? Here for the first time is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up. What if our nation's worst president was actually a pivotal figure caught in a desperate struggle between ordinary life and horrors from another reality? What if the man we call our worst president was, in truth, our greatest? In Crooked, Nixon finally reveals the secret history of modern American politics as only Austin Grossman could reimagine it. Combining Lovecraftian suspense, international intrigue, Russian honey traps, and a presidential marriage whose secrets and battles of attrition were their own heroic saga, Grossman's novel is a masterwork of alternative history, equal parts mesmerizing character study and nail-biting Faustian thriller.

Crooken Sands

by Bram Stoker

An English merchant goes on holiday to Scotland with his family. He admires the traditional dress of the Highland chiefs and commissions such an outfit for himself before leaving London. Upon debarking in Scotland he insists on wearing the costume, much to the embarrassment of his family and the amusement of the locals.

The Croquet Player

by H. G. Wells

A spirit-corrupting evil is invading the remote English village of Cainsmarsh. Is it real or a paranoid fantasy generated by an even darker, worldwide threat?

Crossbones

by John L. Campbell

Campbell returns to his "impressively convincing vision" (Publishers Weekly) of the apocalypse, as humanity's last hopes struggle to outlive the end of the world...Leading the U.S.S. Nimitz survivors has forced Father Xavier Church to make some hard decisions, but he's protected his flock. Only, his fortress is about to fall, and, this time, he might not be able to save them all...Most people lost everyone they loved to the walking dead, but Evan Tucker didn't have anything to lose. The folks on the Nimitz are the closest family he's ever had. He'll fight to his last breath to make sure nothing comes between them--no matter whether its the undead or the living...Coast Guard captain Elizabeth Kidd has always been a consummate professional, the opposite of her cruel pirate ancestor of the same name. But the Omega Virus didn't just change people into zombies; for some, the change was more subtle, and much more nefarious...As the safe-haven of the Nimitz is besieged by vicious marauders and terrifying Hobgoblins, they come up against the most deadly obstacle they've faced yet, one they have no chance of defeating--the cruel whims of nature itself...

The Crossbones (Skeleton Creek #3)

by Patrick Carman

Strange things happen in Skeleton Creek--and when they do, Ryan writes them down and Sarah captures them on video. Now, the spookiness is spreading, and the mystery is going to take them far beyond Skeleton Creek--into places both unexpectedly sinister and spine-chillingly haunted. Patrick Carman broke new ground for publishing with the first two Skeleton Creek stories, creating the most successful hybrid of text and web video yet. Now he ups the ante even further, taking the suspense to new places, and taking his legions of readers with him.

Crossfades

by William Todd Rose

In a dark horror novella for fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Dean Koontz, one unsuspecting man faces a mass murderer who's turned the afterlife into his own terrifying playground. Some men fear their own deaths. Others dream of peace and heaven. But Albert knows exactly what he wants: to be the lord of his own private hell, where his eternal reward will be torturing the souls of his victims. And he knows how to get it. While Chuck's dream of a promotion may be ordinary, his career is anything but. As a Recon and Enforcement Technician, Level II, at a mysterious organization known only as the Institute, Chuck spends his days rescuing souls that get trapped between this life and the next, caught in mini-hells known as crossfades. Lydia has no dreams--only nightmares. There will be no awakening from the impossible realm of terror and pain where she's trapped . . . unless Chuck tracks her down. But this rescue will not be easy, not for a mere Level II technician. Because, in this place, Albert is god. And he's determined that none shall escape his wrath. Praise for William Todd Rose's Apocalyptic Organ Grinder "With strong echoes of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, William Todd Rose's Apocalyptic Organ Grinder delivers on all fronts. The action is brutal and the blurring of man and monster intelligently and inventively handled. Rose has written a smart thriller with a ton of heart."--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead and Inheritance "The book just took me away. . . . The prose is beautiful."--39 Purple Sunrises "Dark, and definitely not fluffy . . . a no-holds-barred look at what may happen in the future."--Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books

The Crossroads

by Chris Grabenstein

ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father's hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn't over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights. Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults. From the Hardcover edition.

Crossroads in Blood

by Ariel Tachna

A Partnership in Blood StoryFacing the Germans outside Amiens, Denis was prepared for the possibility he wouldn't survive the battle. Shot and left for dead, he didn't expect to open his eyes to a vampire offering him a chance at a different existence. Now newly turned, the hunger for blood grows insistent, but an instinct Denis doesn't understand presses him to make the right choice for feeding, not the most expedient one. Which will Noël prove to be: a temporary succor or the companion of a lifetime?

Crow and Crown

by Sam C. Leonhard

Sequel to Crow and FireflyFour years after Ari and Dagur's forced marriage, not many know the man at the future king's side. Dagur, the king's nephew, is convinced secrecy is necessary for Ari's safety. Ari, on the other hand, doesn't mind that not many know of his existence, let alone what he looks like. But one day, everything changes. The king dies and Dagur is called to court--alone. When he's attacked on the way, it's up to Ari to find out who the enemy is. And if that's not enough, he also has to figure out who wants the king dead, deal with a wayward healer, and find a missing fiancé.

Crow and Firefly

by Sam C. Leonhard

The laws of man and nature are harsh and decisive: Unwed mothers are not allowed to raise their children, and shapehifters must wed and consummate the marriage to satisfy the magic that would otherwise render them beasts forever upon the morning of their twenty-third birthday. With the life of his sister and newborn nephew at stake, shapeshifter Ari is trapped in a castle and compelled to accept a situation he'd dreaded: he is forced to marry Lord Dagur, a man he's never met. A man called "The Cruel." A man he fears, and not just because he fancies someone else. Winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.Fourth (tie): Best LGBT Cover - Illustration

The Crowfield Curse

by Pat Walsh

*"A wondrous mystery." --Kirkus, starred review *"Suspenseful and spooky...with an edgy battle between good and evil." --School Library Journal, starred review If the deepest secret has been spoken, can the deadliest curse be broken? Sent into the forest to gather firewood for the medieval abbey where he's an apprentice, Will hears a cry for help, and comes upon a creature no bigger than a cat. Trapped and wounded, it's a hobgoblin, who confesses a horrible secret: Something is buried deep in the snow, just beyond the graveyard. A mythical being, doomed by an ancient curse... What does this mystery have to do with the cryptic brotherhood of monks Will serves? What does it have to do with the boy himself? When two cloaked figures darken the church's doorway and start demanding answers, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic. *Includes a timetable of daily life in the abbey, a glossary of monastic terms, and a sneak peek at the chilling sequel THE CROWFIELD DEMON! New York Public Library "100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing" A 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

The Crowfield Demon

by Pat Walsh

The chilling sequel to the critically acclaimed CROWFIELD CURSE. In THE CROWFIELD CURSE, young monks' apprentice Will learned he was gifted with the Sight: able to see beyond this mortal coil into the spirit realms of Old Magic. Protected by the warrior fay Shadlok -- and befriended by the wry, wary hobgoblin called Brother Walter -- the boy is just coming into his strange powers. But now, from its very foundations, Crowfield Abbey has begun to crumble. As Will slaves to salvage the chapel, he discovers something truly terrifying. A heathen creature from a pagan past is creeping up through the rubble -- avowed to unleash havoc on holy ground!

The Crown Derby Plate: A Ghost Story for Christmas

by Marjorie Bowen Seth

An antique collector hears of an ancient woman with a large collection of china. Hoping to complete a particular set, the collector pays a visit to the woman's ramshackle house, where she makes a terrifying, ghostly discovery.

A Crown of Dragons (UFiles #3)

by Chris D'Lacey

Although Michael Malone has completed two missions for the secretive UNICORNE agency, he is still far from finding his missing father. But when he is asked to investigate a scale of a dragon -- the very same artifact his father researched before he disappeared -- Michael realizes he's closer than ever to unlocking the truth. Soon, he learns that his father is lost in an alternate reality, and Michael is the only one with the power to save him. The deeper Michael ventures into his father's past, however, the harder it becomes to distinguish ally from enemy. Now, Michael must embark on his most dangerous mission yet. What deadly trials will he face in his attempt to rescue his father? And worse, does his father even want to be found?

The Crown Rose

by Fiona Avery

The Crown Rose tells the story of Isabelle of France, born heir to the throne: her life from childhood to her later years; a life of turmoil and strife and longing.... The year is 1240. It is the reign of King Louis IX. Knighthood is still honored, though the traditions are beginning to fade. This will be the last generation of knights as we understand them. It is a time of intense chivalry and faith; religious orders such as the Templars, the Franciscans, Dominicans, and the Knights of Malta are springing up everywhere. And it is a time of conflict between nations struggling and warring to form their own identities and their own destinies. The Crown Rose portrays the mystery of one man who enters Isabelle's life at several key moments, becoming her icon, her soul's other half, and her destiny... a man who may, in fact, be much more than an ordinary man. His bloodline goes back to the Holy Land, and he is far, far older than he appears. The Crown Rose weaves its tale around the actual events of the time, blending historical realism with a hint of the fantastic, drawing upon extensive research to make the story as accurate as possible. It is a tale of chivalry, knighthood, romance, and war; of lost secrets and hidden mysteries; of honor, duty and sacrifice; and the power of a few dedicated people to change the face of the world itself.

Crowned Heads

by Thomas Tryon

Though the greats of Hollywood may fade, their secrets live on foreverFedora is dead, and movies will never be the same. A star since the early days of Hollywood, she survived the business for an unprecedented four decades before retiring to Crete. As the years wore on and her costars turned wrinkled and worn, Fedora's perfect features never faded. Now that she has finally passed, the secret to her longevity will be told--a shocking revelation that will raise her to the level of myth.These four novellas tell the story of Fedora and three of her costars in 1955's infamous The Miracle of Santa Cristi. Alongside the ageless beauty are William Marsh, whose days as a leading man are numbered; Bobbitt, a former child star still trading on his boyish good looks; and Lorna, a dim bulb who's too sexy for her own good. When the film was shot, they were headed in different directions, but all ended up in the same place: forgotten, loathed, and unlamented.

Crucible

by Mercedes Lackey

In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book about a magical land called Valdemar would be the beginning of a fantasy masterwork series that would span decades and include more than two dozen titles.Now the voices of other authors add their own special touches to the ancient land where Heralds "Chosen" from all walks of life by magical horse-like Companions patrol their ancient kingdom, dispensing justice, facing adversaries, and protecting their monarch and country from whatever threatens. Trained rigorously by the Herald's Collegium, these special protectors each have extraordinary Gifts: Mindspeaking, FarSeeing, FarSpeaking, Empathy, Firestarting and ForeSeeing, and are bonded for life with their mysterious Companions. Travel with these astounding adventurers in these original stories.

Crucible of Fate

by Mary Calmes

A Change of Heart NovelIn the secret city of Sobek, Domin Thorne is making his way as the newly chosen semel-aten, the leader of the werepanther world. He aspires to make sweeping changes--he's set goals for himself and the people he chose to bring with him, modeling his reign after that of his friend, Logan Church. But Domin may have set too lofty a goal: his normal leadership style isn't working. While juggling a homesick Crane, a moody Mikhail, a bullwhip-wielding Taj, servants with murderous intentions, a visiting ex, and a mate on a dangerous goodwill mission, Domin has to figure out his new role alone. He also must determine how to deal with a conspiracy, all the while falling hard for a man who, for the first time in Domin's life, reciprocates that love. Whether Domin is ready or not, Fate has stepped in to teach him a lesson: internal threats are just as dangerous as external ones.

Crucifax

by Ray Garton

Originally published in 1988, Ray Garton's fourth novel, following not long after his award-nominated LIVE GIRLS, is regarded as a classic of the "splatterpunk" movement in horror fiction. Garton has a way with teenage boredom, atmospheric small-town isolation, incest, drug abuse and over-the-top violence and he has managed to create a modern re-make of the story of the Pied Piper with a sinister character, Mace (who wears a "crucifax" around his neck--a crucifix with an ax-like blade on it) appearing on the scene, seducing mixed-up kids with his siren song of pleasure, power and indulgence, all leading to a horrifically unsettling climax of death and destruction. And then there are the rat-like things that do the piper's bidding...

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