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The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday. Included are two original stories, several rarities and out of print narratives, as well as a few "best of the year" inclusions. In "Thirteen," horrors lurk behind the flickering images on the big screen. "Welcome to the Reptile House" reveals the secrets that hide in our flesh. In "The Black Sleeve of Destiny," a single sweatshirt leads to unexpectedly dark adventures. And the title story, "After the People Lights Have Gone Off," is anything but your typical haunted house story.With an introduction by Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale, and featuring fifteen full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner, After the People Lights Have Gone Off gets under your skin and stays there.Table of Contents:Introduction by Joe R. LansdaleIllustrations by Luke SpoonerThirteenBrushdogsWelcome to the Reptile HouseThis is LoveThe Spindly ManThe Black Sleeve of DestinyThe Spider Box (originalSnow MonstersDoc's StoryThe Dead Are NotXebicoSecond ChancesAfter the People Lights Have Gone OffUncleSolve for X
The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy. Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that's not all--he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all. . . and to do it, she's going to have to feed a few flames.
Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas . . . Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire-the very creature he spent his life hunting-they are left reeling. Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help . . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her ghostly transformation has given her. A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?
From one of the world's classic authors of romantic suspense comes an edge-of-your-seat story about a young wife and mother who begins to question her sanity in the wake of mysterious happeningsOn a warm, dreamlike mid-July day, Ella Simpson and her six-year-old daughter, Kitty, come upon an abandoned house. They hear a terrified scream from inside . . . and an owl flies out. That night, Ella can't sleep. Has her mind been playing tricks on her ever since her miscarriage, as her husband, Max, insists? Or is there another explanation?Then a woman disappears. Such things aren't supposed to happen in their peaceful suburban town. And Ella can't shake the feeling that she's being watched. When she starts getting anonymous calls, she wonders if she really islosing her grip on reality. Her next-door neighbor Booth Bramwell is the only one who believes she isn't going mad. But it isn't until her daughter vanishes that Ella starts putting the pieces together.
FIRST TIME IN PRINT FROM A THRILLING NEW VOICE IN MODERN SUSPENSE. . . In the tradition of such Signet heavyweights as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Bentley Little This house has a terrifying history. . . Once upon a time, a group of student radicals found a leader, and followed him beyond all reason. Years before that, in the same house, a prophet was visited by an angel, and followed it to a horrible end. Now, history is repeating itself. Peter Coulter ignored the strange rumors about the house-until things started changing. His sister, once outgoing and popular, is now secretive and self-destructive. His father is possessed by a sudden calling from God. And all of them have seen the long-haired stranger in the woods. The one who wants them to do such shameful things, and who beckons them too, to follow him.
At the age of four Agnes Hahn went to live with her great aunts Gert and Ella. Now Gert is deceased and Ella is in a care home in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Her life is mundane, her work at the animal shelter routine. And then she is arrested for a string of unimaginably heinous murders. Reporter Jason Powers is covering the murders, but he has more than newspaper copy in mind; this case has bestseller potential. He soon uncovers a tangle of Hahn family secrets and one both shocks and intrigues him-Agnes has a twin. Just when Powers is breaking through Ella's dementia to put together the puzzle behind the carnage, Ella is murdered by another of the family secrets, Gert and Ella's brother Eddie. Then Eddie is murdered with clear fingerprint evidence implicating Agnes. When Powers unearths the final family secret he also answers a nagging question: Why did the aunts take only Agnes thirty years ago?
In Agnes Hahn, Agnes went to live with her great aunts Gert and Ella at the age of four. Gert is now deceased, and Ella is in a nursing home in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Agnes's life is mundane; her work at the animal shelter routine--until she is arrested for a string of unimaginably heinous murders. Driven by the opportunity to write a bestseller, reporter Jason Powers covers the killings and soon uncovers a tangle of Hahn family secrets including one about Agnes's mysterious twin sister. Just when Powers is breaking through Ella's dementia to put together the puzzle behind the carnage, Ella is murdered. Now motivated by the family's unanswered questions, Powers strives to discover the truth about Agnes, her aunts, and the mysteries that surround them. In Imola, after witnessing the horrific murder of her twin sister Lilin, Agnes Hahn developed a multiple personality disorder in the form of her dead sibling and was admitted to the Napa State Mental Institution, simply known as "Imola" to its residents. By controlling her sister's body, Lilin escapes from the institution and begins a killing spree throughout northern California. Calling on the lessons learned in her therapy sessions and with the support of investigative reporter Jason Powers, Agnes begins to challenge her maniacal sister. Wrestling with the secrets of her dark past and her persistent inner demon, Agnes finds herself in the ultimate battle to regain her life.
A young man lives in an abandoned house, awaiting his death from the person who controls him, when he meets a young woman and falls in love.
Short stories of terror and horror set in Ireland. Includes: "Aisling," "Deathstone," "My Lady of Hy-Brasil," "The Samhain Feis" and seven more.
The Alchemist's Cat -- The year is 1664 when young Will Godwin comes to London. In order to survive, he becomes an assistant to a wicked alchemist, Elias Theophratus Spittle. Prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy.
In the thirteenth century, William, heir to the Earl of Mercia, was attacked and turned into a vampire. For 750 years, Will has spent his life in the shadows. Until he met Eloise. Together, Will and Eloise must destroy an ancient evil that has led them to Marland Abbey, where Will's ancestors lived and Eloise attends school. Here they uncover the truth about the four vampire kings, Will's past, and an uncertain future. But the mysterious sorcerer, Wyndham, is still hunting Will and using Eloise as bait. To protect the girl he loves, Will goes in search of answers--but does that mean walking right into the enemy's trap?
The Van Helsing name reborn Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he's descended from the world's most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn't the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he's a visiting professor. When two of Alex's friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it's up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back--alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots--and lots--of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker's plans and fulfilling his family destiny.
It's Alex's 1st day of junior high and everything goes wrong! She can't decide what to wear. Her mother packs her lunch in a Troll lunchbox.
17 short stories by a variety of authors, the novelette It by Theodore Sturgeon, and the novel Out of the Deeps by John Wyndham.
A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.<P><P>In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood...<P>Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.Her father was right. The monsters are real.To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Novelization of the sci-fi-horror film of the same name. A spaceship crew is awakened from deep sleep to investigate a distress signal. What they discover is a horror which threatens all onboard.
Movie novelization. Ripley awakens to find herself on a remote prison planet. An alien is loose, picking off the prison population. She also begins to suspect a terrible truth about herself.
Shelby thinks her teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez, is a robot. After spying she finds out that she is an android attacking from the planet 430-X. Together, with her friend Joey, an android made by the Realoeans, try to stop the Xer androids from 430-X.
When a race of aliens quietly takes over the earth, high schooler Jesse finds himself a slave to an inept alien leader--a situation that brightens as Jesse develops telepathic powers and attracts the attention of two beautiful girls.
From inside the book: Melanie almost stopped breathing as she realized something. She couldn't feel anyone beneath the costume. It was as if there wasn't anybody actually inside the costume! Which was crazy. Of course there was! The waving spaghetti-tentacles were still writhing away. Melanie wished the actor would turn them off, as they made her feel queasy just to look at them. Then she realized something: the tentacles were bunched up, and angled in her direction. As if they were eyes and were really watching her. Melanie wanted to yell, or throw up or something. Then Jeff was beside her again. "Jeff," she said, voice trembling, "didn't you notice? That wasn't a special-effects alien! There was no actor inside it at all!" He frowned at her. "What are you trying to say, Melanie?" "That wasn't fake blood. Or a fake alien." Melanie couldn't stop trembling. "It was exactly what it looked like. That alien was real!"
Aboard the deep space vessel USM Auriga, the unthinkable occurs--Ellen Ripley awakes. Her last memory is of her own fiery death on the prison colony Fiorina 161. And yet she lives. Stronger, fiercer... changed.Ripley discovers that military scientists have learned how to breed Xenomorphs, creatures with which she somehow shares an empathic link. The course is set to take the Aliens to Earth.Based on the screenplay by Joss Whedon, acclaimed author A. C. Crispin has written the final novel in the original Alien movie quadrilogy, forever changing the saga of Ellen Ripley--the last survivor of the Nostromo.
As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker's job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe--a living Xenomorph.Decker doesn't understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer...Ellen Ripley. Alien TM & © 1979, 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Novelization based on the movie of the same name. Ripley is rescued, but soon finds herself returning to the alien planet when contact is lost with the inhabiting colonists.
"I thought space aliens only had laser guns in the movies," Meghan said. Suddenly, we heard a crunching noise. Footsteps. The space alien! He was coming toward us!
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