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"Silky prose in this harrowing account of crime and punishment."--Kirkus Reviews "Using spare, effective prose, Chessex brilliantly renders both the inhospitable winter landscape of the mountains and the harshness of a society that makes monsters of its victims.'--London Review of Books"A superb novel, hard as a winter in these landscapes of dark forests, where an atmosphere of prejudice and violence envelops the reader."--L'Express"It's beautiful; it's pure, like a blue sky over a black forest. Giono without garlic and olives."--Le Point"Far from just telling us a simple story Chessex has had the intelligence to integrate a dose of poetry, of the aesthetics of sin, and of the metaphysics of the monster."--LireJacques Chessex, winner of the prestigious Goncourt prize, takes a true story and weaves it into a lyrical tale of fear and cruelty.1903, Ropraz, a small village near the Jura Mountains of Switzerland. On a howling December day, a lone walker discovers a recently opened tomb, the body of a young woman violated, her left hand cut off, genitals mutilated, and heart carved out. There is horror in the nearby villages: the return of atavistic superstitions and mutual suspicions. Then two more bodies are violated. A suspect must be found. Favez, a stableboy with bloodshot eyes, is arrested and placed in psychiatric care. He escapes, enlists in the Foreign Legion as the First World War begins, and is sent into battle in the trenches of the Somme.Jacques Chessex, born in 1934, won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize for his novel A Father's Love. He is considered one of Switzerland's greatest living authors. He lives in Ropraz.
In the spine-tingling, pulse-pounding tradition of "Interview With The Vampire," a chilling look into the secret world of the Vampiri, which exists around us always -- invisible, unsuspected . . . until we feel the prick of teeth at our neck in a dream and wake up to find . . . an end to all dreaming and a beginning to a unliving nightmare!
Twelve-year-old Jack Harkett is a street urchin living on the London docks. So when a merchant ship sails into port at twilight, Jack recognizes it for what it is: an opportunity. But Jack has never seen a ship quite like this one. Aside from a flock of enormous black bats that flies from its hull, there's only one living soul on board--a young stowaway named Benedict Cole. Jack and the wealthy, educated Ben have little in common. But once Jack hears Ben's hair-rising story of an ill-fated expedition--the two boys find themselves on the same side of a deadly struggle. With no one to turn to and nothing to rely on but their wits, they face a plague the likes of which London has never seen.
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours? Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.
WHEN THE STAKES ARE DEAD -- OR UNDEAD! Werewolf mobsters and vampires run Vegas, but that's yesterday's news for Delilah Street, paranormal investigator. What's truly fearsome is her bloody discovery of an undead evil rooted in ancient Egypt. Now, with her lover Ric fighting for life after a grim battle, the chips are down. But Delilah is a born winner who has never let a little danger throw off her game, and she's been learning fast since she came to Sin City. Her affinity for silver is making mirror-walking a real breeze, and being forced to accept the albino rock star sorcerer Snow's Brimstone Kiss has ramped up her powers to a startling new level. With the help of her trusty uber-wolfhound Quicksilver, not to mention the orange demon parking valet Manny, Delilah is determined to solve even more paranormal secrets, and hopefully save the few innocents left in town. But can Delilah win her high-stakes gamble for life and love against ancient gods and lethal supernatural odds?
Now that millions have read and seen Twilight, where do they turn for vampire advice? This wry, witty, fully illustrated, and bloody essential guide. Vampires are all around-books, movies, TV, comics- infiltrating our culture like never before. But what happens if one should run into a real vamp on the street? Vampire Taxonomy is the best defense against a fatal encounter in the dark. For the reader's protection, Meredith Woerner reveals the truth about: ?Sunlight sensitivity-Do vamps venture out in the day or stick solely to the evening hours? ?Physiology-When ready to feed, do they change appearance or simply lure with the seductive flash of a fang? ?Dress-Are they decked out in leather with aspirations of becoming the first vampire rock stars or do they cling to Gothic robes and ruffled collars? ?Diet-Are they waging a never-ending struggle against the temptation of human blood or do they view the world as their personal blood buffet? .
(A 65-page True Crime Short with photographs) A young woman and her nineteen-month-old daughter are last seen alive at a child's clothing store. A troubled young man's obsession with the currently popular vampire culture's larger-than-life charisma becomes the center of a police investigation. The current fascination with vampires makes some people identify with these supernatural figures who dominate their world, taking whatever they want for themselves. It is here that the killer's story opens a window on the fringe of this subculture, where people act out the more violent aspects of the vampire.
Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule-a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen-Voss has remained carefully neutral...until Angelica.Angelica Woodmore possesses the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a fog of hunger-for her body and her blood. But he is unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him-to protect her.Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica...but this vampire never backs down from a fight.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Laura Kaye sizzles with this sensual series featuring virgins and vampires...In the Service of the KingKael, Warrior King of the Vampires loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate. Until he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon, who will give him anything he wishes. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire-even if it means risking Shayla's life?Taken by the Vampire KingHenrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal but, thanks to a mysterious ailment not even the blood of the Proffered can sustain him now. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman s, and is filled with blood lust and desire he hasn't felt for centuries...Seduced by the VampireKate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire, she's instinctively driven to protect him. Will her connection now to Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev be strong enough for her to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?
[from the back cover] "... and a Batty New Year! Ben's got a secret. He's got a real, live vampire living in his attic. It isn't so bad; Zander, the vampire, is actually very nice and wouldn't hurt a living thing. And he's decided to stay--for Christmas. Zander's got a secret, too. The meanest of all vampires is looking for him. And he's pretty mad that Zander has decided to change his evil ways and become a good monster. Now it's up to Zander and Ben to make sure that the Vampire King doesn't find them, or it may be the Scariest Christmas ever...."
Dr. Rebecca Chamberlin hated nothing more than the vampires who had turned her loved ones into creatures of the night...until she became one herself. Now her experimental vaccine has become more urgent than ever, and has made her the target of vampire security chief Achilles Stefanos. Built like a god with golden hair and an irresistible allure, Achilles made her feel passion the way no mortal man had before. Beck could no more deny her craving for him than she could the hated bloodlust in her veins. But when her vaccine fell into the wrong hands, Beck had a difficult choice to make-one that challenged everything she'd always believed....
Hes out of controlDougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, hes ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo . . . Vampires? Vampires? As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. Theres even one in a sexy kilt Just one look into Dougals gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him--and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored . . . ?
Caxton fired again, and this time hit her target. The bullet clanged off his chest and spun away into darkness. How was it possible? Jameson's body curled up like a caterpillar in a fire, but only for an instant. He straightened up quickly - and then he was on her. It was that fast. She felt a cold wind blowing toward her and then she was on the floor with the vampire on top of her, pinning down her gun hand, his teeth pressing against her cheek. He felt cold and wrong and he stank of death. Compelling, explosive and hypnotic, Vampire Zerois the final book in David Wellington's vampire trilogy, a thrilling chase through a fear-inducing landscape, seen through the eyes of the fearless yet flawed heroes of 13 Bulletsand 99 Coffins. In this final gripping installment, Caxton is left to fight alone as Jameson is seized by the dark side and becomes the most terrifying enemy she has ever had to face. How can she face the unthinkable? Who can she trust in a world where nothing is as it seems?'The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody. ' - Publishers' Weekly'David Wellington is moving the literature of the undead in to the 21st Century with new levels of brutality. ' - LA Times'The hottest bad boys in contemporary fiction are cold-blooded vampires'. - USA Today
What real-life character inspired Bram Stoker's classic Dracula? Did a blood-sucking demon haunt ancient Mespotamia? Did 16th century Venetians drive a stake through the heart of a true vampire, or was something more sinister at work? For thousands of years vampires have both terrified and titillated our imaginations. Today vampires pervade our popular culture in books, films, and TV shows, and recent discoveries are shedding new light on the origins of vampire myth and legend. This fascinating history, written in conjunction with leading experts in science, anthropology, and archaeology, explores the myriad origins of 8 fascinating vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of beings who seemingly defied death and fed on the lifeblood of others. From ancient whispers in Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, legends of vampiric demons passed through the centuries and around the globe, fed by misconceptions about the afterlife, fear of disease, and the unshakable feeling that demons might dwell among us. In True Tales of Vampires, Mark Jenkins will revisit some of the touch points of vampire legend to base his tale in the historical record: shards of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire, buried with a brick through its mouth to prevent it terrorizing the living; the Salem-witch-trial-like epidemic of vampire stakings in 18th century Germany that challenged notions of Europe's so-called Age of Enlightenment; and the castle of Transylvanian count "Vlad the Impaler," whose bloodthirsty methods added a new dimension to the vampire story. The term vampire itself made its way to Europe in the 18th century, arising out of Slavic and other eastern European traditions. In 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula solidified the concept of a coffin-dwelling, bloodthirsty "undead" human. Today, the vampire myth is stronger than ever, and continues to fascinate the living. In Vampire Forensics Jenkins works with noted experts in the fields of archaeology, forensics, and anthropology to skillfully navigate centuries of myth and legend, adding new chapters to the vampire story and weaving spine-tingling tales along the way. Jenkins' long-form book about vampires, Vampire Forensics, was dubbed a "A lively and entertaining survey of the historical and scientific materials relating to the natural phenomena that earlier centuries relentlessly misinterpreted as evidence for the undead" by The Washington Post.
Before Twilight was a twinkle in Stephenie Meyer's eye and before True Blood was running through Charlaine Harris's veins, a select band of highly successful and original writers were terrorising the literary world with their Vampire tales - here are eight of them, chosen for their impact and importance.
Inez Urso is beginning to have her doubts. Her business associate Thomas Argeneau has some interesting traits, like an allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and not much of an appetite for food. And to top it all off, he just tried to bite her neck . . . but maybe that was a sign of passion. If so, she'd be happy to experience more, despite her determination not to mix business with pleasure.Well, if not forever, at least two hundred years. Inez is the most beautiful woman he's seen in centuries. Those luscious lips, seductive curves, and her elegant neck . . . he just couldn't resist the temptation of one little bite. Now Thomas will do anything to convince her that only an immortal like him can satisfy her all night long . . .
Inez is wondering about her business associate - his allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and no appetite for food. And he just bit her neck and sucked her blood...
Darren was just an ordinary schoolboy -- until his visit to the Cirque Du Freak. Now Darren joins the powerful vampire Mr. Crepsley. As he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, Darren tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him -- the one thing that can keep him alive.
In the fourth novel featuring suave, southern aristocrat and vampire William Cuyler Thorne, the centuries-old blood drinker finds his job of protecting the human population of Savannah from real evil challenged by an apocalyptic prophecy destined to resurrect a powerful Mayan goddess fated to destroy all vampires.
In this engrossing book, Paul Barber surveys centuries of folklore about vampires and offers the first scientific explanation for the origins of the vampire legends. From the tale of a sixteenth-century shoemaker from Breslau whose ghost terrorized everyone in the city, to the testimony of a doctor who presided over the exhumation and dissection of a graveyard full of Serbian vampires, his book is fascinating reading.
Third in a national bestselling series that's been hailed as "erotica at its best."(A Romance Review) The daughter of two vampires, Lady Daniela is considered aristocracy in the vampire world. Still, she has to fight for what she wants-especially since what she wants is to depose a brutal territory overlord. For that she'll need the help of Devlin, a handsome, brave human who inflames her desire far more than any man or beast. Even though she could easily lay her claim and take Dev on as a fully marked servant, she resists the urge-especially since Dev is still tormented by something in his past. But when her enemy makes an unexpected appearance, Dev surprises them both by yielding completely to his feelings for Danny and showing her the devotion of a true servant-until she decides to take his freedom without asking...
Vampire Adrian offered Eliza a choice: die of a fatal illness, or become his consort and attend to his every need. Eliza chose life, but she did not expect to fall in love--and lust--with him....Nothing compares to the erotic excitement of watching Adrian pleasure one of his many willing companions, but she's tired of waiting for Adrian to see her as more than his consort. She thinks she's ready to move on with her human lover, John--until Adrian surprises all three of them with a sensual encounter that changes everything....
As a Chancellor, a vampire-human hybrid, Ambrose O'Brien is used to handling tough negotiations between the human and vampire clans of New Eire--except when the challenging and sexy vampire heiress Miranda Connor is involved. Though Ambrose longs to find out if she's as fiesty in the bedroom as she is at the bargaining table, it's unthinkable that an upper-class vampire would ever take a half-breed like him as a lover. . . . But when Miranda's family is attacked, Ambrose is the only person she can trust. And with an unknown enemy uniting them, the real danger may be their explosive passion. . . .
From the Book Jacket: There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the new third grade teacher from the Transylvania Alps really be a vampire? The Bailey School Kids are going to find out! The third grade at Bailey Elementary was very hard to handle. Most teachers quit -and moved far away - after trying to teach them. But Mrs. Jeepers was different. No one ever dared make her mad - because whenever they did, the strangest things would happen.... Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
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