[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Horror October 2009

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  • Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:26:42 -0400

New and Recently Released!

The Birthing House - by Christopher Ransom
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312385842
ISBN-10: 0312385846
With their marriage crumbling, failed L.A. screenwriter Conrad Harrison and his 
wife Joanna buy a Victorian mansion in rural Wisconsin that once served
as a birthing house. Sure, it's falling down and located in the middle of 
nowhere, but it might just be what the couple needs to make a fresh start. At
least, that's what Conrad hopes. But after Joanna departs for a two-month 
training course for her new job, Conrad, left alone in the house with its eerie
atmosphere and strange noises, begins to lose his grip on reality. This 
"addictively readable ghost story" (Publishers Weekly) will appeal to fans of 
King's The Shining.

23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale - by David Wellington
Publisher: Random House
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Pub Date: 06/23/2009
ISBN-13: 9780307452771
ISBN-10: 0307452778
Set in a maximum-security women's prison, 23 Hours pits 
cop-turned-vampire-hunter Laura Caxton against her old nemesis, vampire 
Justinia Malvern. Laura,
who's been sent to jail for her (admittedly bloody) efforts to keep the 
vampires from decimating the human race, must find a way to survive on the 
to get Justinia before the vampire gets her. This fast-paced, gore-soaked novel 
is the 4th installment in David Wellington's Laura Caxton series, following
13 Bullets, Vampire Zero, and 99 Coffins. If you're into other kinds of undead 
menaces, Wellington is also the author of zombie-themed Monster Island and
its sequels.
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The House of Lost Souls - by Francis Cottam
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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Pub Date: 07/07/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312544324
ISBN-10: 0312544324
During the 1930s, Fischer House, the secluded Isle of Wight estate of prominent 
Nazi sympathizer Karl Fischer, served as a gathering place for a circle
of occultists that included Aleister Crowley. Now it stands empty, amid rumors 
that it's haunted. When tragedy befalls a group of students visiting Fischer
House, the brother of one of the survivors approaches journalist Paul Seaton in 
search of answers. Seaton, who barely survived his visit to the mansion
ten years before while conducting research on Jazz Age photographer Pandora 
Gibson-Hoare, thinks that there may be a connection between Gibson-Hoare's
mysterious disappearance and the current supernatural activity in the house. 
But will he live long enough to find out? Don't miss this chilling debut.

White is for Witching - by Helen Oyeyemi
Publisher: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
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Pub Date: 06/23/2009
ISBN-13: 9780385526050
ISBN-10: 0385526059
A sentient house has a strange power over its inhabitants in this eerie gothic 
tale set in Devon, England. Miranda and Eliot, fraternal twins of Haitian
descent, are struggling with the unexpected death of their mother, Lily. But 
while dutiful Eliot manages to cope with the loss, sensitive Miranda begins
a slow descent into madness, developing pica (the compulsion to eat nonedible 
things such as chalk) and listening more and more to the voices she hears
in the house. Lush imagery and multiple perspectives make this novel 
"unconventional, intoxicating and deeply disquieting" (Publishers Weekly, 
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Halloween Treats: Short Stories

The Living Dead - edited by John Joseph Adams
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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Pub Date: 09/15/2008
ISBN-13: 9781597801430
ISBN-10: 1597801437
Catch zombie fever with this anthology of the living dead, which features 
horror stars such as Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Clive Barker, as well as 
who usually work in other genres, including George R.R. Martin and Sherman 
Alexie. Fans of zombie gore will enjoy King's "Home Delivery," while those who
prefer a quirkier take on zombie lore will want to check out Kelly Link's "Some 
Zombie Contingency Plans." Traditionalists will enjoy Neil Gaiman's "Bitter
Grounds," which revisits zombies' Afro-Caribbean roots, while John Langan's 
"How the Day Runs Down" is Thornton Wilder's Our Town with zombies. There's
something for everyone in this diverse collection of 34 stories.
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Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three - by Clive Barker
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Pub Date: 10/01/1998
ISBN-13: 9780425165584
ISBN-10: 0425165582
These stories by award-winning British horror writer Clive Barker conjure up 
every kind of scare imaginable. "Human Remains" deals with doppelgangers, and
"Rawhead Rex" features an ancient monster that goes on a rampage in a quiet 
English village. "Dread" recounts a student's ghastly experiments on the nature
of fear--and how they backfire--while "The Midnight Meat Train," presents the 
tale of a down-on-his-luck man who discovers the macabre secrets of the New
York subway system. Whatever it is that scares you most, you'll surely find it 
in here! You might also be interested in the next Books of Blood omnibus,
containing volumes four through six.
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Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991 - 
by Ramsey Campbell
Publisher: Tor Books
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Pub Date: 09/01/2005
ISBN-13: 9780765307682
ISBN-10: 0765307685
In a prolific career spanning over four decades, acclaimed horror writer Ramsey 
Campbell has received numerous awards. But the real reason to read this
retrospective of Campbell's short stories is because it's scary! Arranged 
chronologically, the tales range from Lovecraftian pastiche to psychological
suspense to good old-fashioned supernatural terror. In particular, check out 
"The Companion," which takes place at a carnival and which was cited by Stephen
King as "maybe the best horror tale to be written in English in the last 30 
years." Despite the title, you don't want to be alone while you're reading
this book.
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Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural - by Ellen Datlow
Publisher: Tor/Tom Doherty Associates
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Pub Date: 12/10/2007
ISBN-13: 9780765315588
ISBN-10: 0765315580
This anthology, edited by Ellen Datlow, is comprised of stories that "provide a 
frisson of shock or a moment of dread so powerful that it might cause the
reader outright physical discomfort." Does that sound like your kind of book? 
If so, you'll enjoy these 20 horror tales from some of the genre's most 
writers. Contributors including Jeffrey Ford, Lucius Shepherd, Elizabeth Bear, 
Christopher Fowler, Laird Barron, and Pat Cadigan present stories that cover
a wide variety of styles and subject matter. Booklist calls Inferno "one of the 
best recent collections of horror as literature."
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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales - by Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
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Pub Date: 03/19/2002
ISBN-13: 9780743235150
ISBN-10: 0743235150
These 14 tales by Stephen King showcase some of the author's most acclaimed 
work. Stories include "Riding the Bullet," which was originally published as
an e-book long before the format became popular; the haunted hotel room story 
"1408," later made into a movie; and the O. Henry Award-winning story "The
Man in the Black Suit." As an added bonus, King also provides commentary on 
each piece, describing how he came up with his ideas. For more of King's shorter
works, try Nightmares & Dreamscapes.
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