[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Horror December 2008

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  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:10:29 -0500

Horror December 2008
"There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as grains 
of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light,
all of us."
~ Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian playwright
New and Recently Released!

Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories Presented by the Horror 
Writers Association - edited by Kevin Anderson
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Pub Date: 10/21/2008
ISBN: 9781416567837
ISBN-10: 1416567836
Explore the lighter side of horror with a collection of short stories that's 
equal parts creepy and hilarious. Compiled by the Horror Writers Association,
this "toothsome anthology" (Publishers Weekly) features everything from 
homicidal spouses to rock star cannibals. Lesser-known writers such as Nancy 
("I Know Who You Ate Last Summer") and Matt Venne ("Elvis Presley and the 
Bloodsucker Blues") shine alongside bestselling authors like Jim Butcher, 
Harris, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. If you like a little humor with your horror, then 
this is the book for you.
First Chapter
Table of Contents

The Northwoods Chronicles: A Novel in Stories - by Elizabeth Engstrom
Publisher: Five Star
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Pub Date: 8/20/2008
ISBN: 9781594147050
ISBN-10: 1594147051
Author Elizabeth Engstrom delivers chills in this unconventional novel 
comprised of interlinked stories, set in the sleepy (and slightly creepy) 
town of White Pines Junction. While quaint surroundings make the town an ideal 
vacation spot, it harbors some dark secrets--such as a hotel in which dreams
(and nightmares) come true. There's also the little matter of the town's 
children disappearing without a trace. The locals accept this as a necessary 
to ensure their otherwise idyllic existence--but is it? "Engstrom's chilling 
scenarios will haunt readers' dreams for days" says Booklist.

The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story - by Susan Hill
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Pub Date: 9/4/2008
ISBN: 9781590200919
ISBN-10: 1590200918
Over 25 years after the publication of her supernaturally themed novella The 
Woman in Black, Susan Hill has crafted another atmospheric ghost story. Retired
Cambridge don Theo Parmitter is the proud owner of a painting depicting an 
18th-century Venetian carnival. In the foreground, however, is a curiously 
man. The painting is unusual, but the story behind its acquisition is even 
stranger. Parmitter tells how he won the painting at auction, outbidding the
mysterious Lady Hawdon, who claimed that the man in the foreground was her 
husband, imprisoned in the painting by a jealous ex-suitor. For a good 
scare, check out this book.

Just After Sunset: Stories - by Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
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Pub Date: 11/11/2008
ISBN: 9781416584087
ISBN-10: 1416584080
Horror master Stephen King presents a collection of 13 short stories guaranteed 
to make your spine tingle. Inspired partly by nostalgia (in his early days,
King supported himself by selling short stories to men's magazines) and partly 
by his 2007 stint as guest editor of The Best American Horror Stories, King
demonstrates his versatility as a horror writer with stories that range in tone 
from pulpy tales of terror to Hitchcockian suspense, with just a soupçon
of gross-out gore. King, in an afterword, explains what inspired the stories. 
Publishers Weekly calls Just After Sunset "a testament to the literary merits
of the well-told macabre tale."

Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology - edited by Peter Straub
Publisher: Doubleday
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Pub Date: 10/14/2008
ISBN: 9780385522830
ISBN-10: 0385522835
The most lauded names in horror fiction (and beyond) combine forces to bring 
you a collection of 25 terrifying tales that exemplify New Wave Horror, which
eschews blood and gore in favor of creepy psychological suspense reminiscent of 
Edgar Allen Poe. Editor Peter Straub "skillfully varies tempo and style"
(Publishers Weekly) to present a diverse selection of the best short stories of 
the genre, including works by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Carroll,
Ramsey Campbell, Elizabeth Hand and more. Whether you're looking to reread old 
favorites or discover new ones, you're sure to find what you seek from this
impressive anthology.
I See Dead People

Wildwood Road - by Christopher Golden
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Pub Date: 3/29/2005
ISBN: 9780553382082
ISBN-10: 055338208X
While driving home from a Halloween party, Michael and Jillian Dansky spot a 
young girl at the side of the road and give her a ride to the creepy mansion
where she lives. But no good deed goes unpunished, and soon, the couple's lives 
start to unravel. Commercial artist Michael begins to see the little girl
everywhere, as her wraithlike figure implores him to "Come find me!" Meanwhile, 
top paralegal Jillian is attacked by ghostly gray women who steal all of
her childhood memories. Michael believes the key to saving his wife lies in 
locating the girl, but will he be successful? Find out by reading this 
suburban horror novel" (Publishers Weekly).
First Chapter

Heart-Shaped Box - by Joe Hill
Publisher: William Morrow
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Pub Date: 2/1/2007
ISBN: 9780061147937
ISBN-10: 0061147931
With his penchant for macabre artifacts (including a hangman's noose and a 
medieval peasant's skull), aging metal rocker and occult fanatic Judas Coyne
can't believe his luck when he successfully bids on--via an online aution 
site--a heart-shaped box containing a haunted suit...and the ghost that inhabits
it. Soon, Judas is regretting his impulse buy: he begins to see the suit's 
former owner everywhere he goes, and the gruesome apparition, who carries a
razor blade on a chain, seems to be out for Judas' blood. Kirkus Reviews calls 
Heart-Shaped Box "hair-raising fun."
First Chapter

Candles Burning: A Novel - by Tabitha King and Michael McDowell
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Pub Date: 5/1/2007
ISBN: 9780425215708
ISBN-10: 0425215709
Building upon the foundations of an unfinished novella by the late Michael 
McDowell (who wrote the screenplays for the films Beetlejuice and The Nightmare
Before Christmas), author Tabitha King completes this spooky story of a young 
girl who can communicate with the dead. Set in the Deep South during the
1950s, Candles Burning revolves around Calliope "Calley" Carroll Dakin, whose 
mother takes her from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida after the brutal
murder of Calley's father. Will Calley be able to use her gifts to achieve 
justice for her daddy? Be sure to read this spooky novel, which Publishers 
says "moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through 
black water."

Forever Odd - by Dean Koontz
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Pub Date: 11/29/2005
ISBN: 9780553804164
ISBN-10: 0553804162
Odd Thomas, the best fry cook in Pico Mundo, CA, has a lot on his plate. 
Blessed--or cursed--with the ability to see the deceased, Odd spends his days 
to figure out what they want. When the ghost of town doctor Wilbur Jessup 
appears to Odd, the reluctant medium figures out immediately that Jessup's 
(and Odd's best friend) Danny is in trouble. Danny, who suffers from a rare 
genetic condition, has been kidnapped by an insane woman...who's using him
to lure Odd. And what does she want with Odd? Oh, just his soul. Forever Odd is 
the sequel to Odd Thomas, but you don't have to have read the first book
in the series to enjoy this novel.
First Chapter

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