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"The end of the world began roughly about the time that Billy Carver’s butt rang about halfway through the War of 1812."The end of the world, as told by a teenager."So as near as I could tell the end of the world began roughly about the time that Billy Carver’s butt rang for Santa Claus about halfway through the War of 1812."Sixteen year old Briar Gamble is having a bad day.It started with the cell phones singing for Santa Claus. Then came the tanks and the storm troopers.The Black Masks, in their black fish bowl sunglasses.And then along came Captain Albino.The shooting started shortly after that.Like I said - Briar Gamble is having a REALLY bad day.And it's about to get worse.
When Danny and Jake enter the graveyard on Halloween, for a bet, Danny climbs the wall of a mausoleum, loses his footing, and falls inside. Upon regaining his senses, Danny realises he is not alone in the tomb. He shares this dark place with a strange, shadowy man who loves to tell scary stories to pass the time. As the night progresses, Danny learns that there is much more to fear than stories.Young Danny and his friend, Jake, love everyting about Halloween - and are regular 'Trick or Treaters'. On their way home after a particularly good Halloween night, full of candy and chocolate, they simply had to stop off and visit Blacklow Cemetery. The huge, circular mausoleum, with its imposing high wall and the strange old tree at its centre was the focus of a bet. Would Danny have the courage to scale the wall and climb up on top, to look down at the mysterious interior of this communal grave? You bet! And what's more, he would win ten pounds from his best friend, Jake, for taking the dare!But when Danny loses his balance and falls inside, suddenly it's not so much fun any more.As Jake runs for help, and Danny's spinning senses start to clear, he realises he is not alone inside the circular tomb. He has a companion, the strange and shadowy Mr Fraxinus; a man who seems to enjoy Halloween just as much as Danny and Jake. A man who likes to pass the time telling stories of a distinctly spooky nature...And with each story told, Danny's sense of very real terror begins to increase.A collection of linked short and scary stories, from master macabre-story teller, John Clewarth - author of The People's Book Prize 2013 finalist, Firestorm Rising, and the newly released, Demons in the Dark.Be sure to read these tales with the lights on - and keep telling yourself: 'They're only stories.... They're only stories...'Now. Are you brave enough to step inside Blacklow Cemetery, on Halloween?Go on, I dare you...
In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. Now she has come back with an army of scarecrows.Hell will surely follow.In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her - but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting.In three days Vic will rise again - a thing of dirt, bone and hatred.Men will call him the Tatterdemon.And hell - and Thessaly - will followThis is the first volume of the Tatterdemon Trilogy. If you liked this first volume you can purchase all three volumes either separately or you can save money and purchase them all together in a three volume omnibus.
It was Billy McTavish's first sea voyage.He had signed on to the serve as convoy escort on the THISTLE a Royal Canadian Navy corvette.Through U-Boat attack and Luftwaffe bombing runs, Billy had thought he had seen all of the horror that the Atlantic could offer a young Canadian sailor.But Big Jimmy Noonan had other ideas...It was Billy McTavish's first sea voyage.He had signed on to the serve as convoy escort on the THISTLE a Royal Canadian Navy corvette.Through U-Boat attack and Luftwaffe bombing runs, Billy had thought he had seen all of the horror that the Atlantic could offer a young Canadian sailor.But Big Jimmy Noonan had other ideas...]***WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT STEVE VERNON'S WRITING! "If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." – Bookgasm "Steve Vernon is something of an anomaly in the world of horror literature. He's one of the freshest new voices in the genre although his career has spanned twenty years. Writing with a rare swagger and confidence, Steve Vernon can lead his readers through an entire gamut of emotions from outright fear and repulsion to pity and laughter." - Cemetery Dance "Armed with a bizarre sense of humor, a huge amount of originality, a flair for taking risks and a strong grasp of characterization - Steve's got the chops for sure." - Dark Discoveries “Steve Vernon is a hard writer to pin down. And that’s a good thing.” – Dark Scribe Magazine "This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." –Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNAL “Steve Vernon is one of the finest new talents of horror and dark fiction" - Owl Goingback, author of CROTA "Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we're lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar
Grab a copy of NINE of the wildest and weirdest cat stories that you have ever come across. Fantasy, mystery and true-to-life tales of cat wonder. "Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience." - Pam Brown "There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person." - Dan Greenberg "Cats are like music. It is foolish to try to explain their worth to those who do not appreciate them." - Anonymous Table of Contents 1. "The Boy Who Loved To Draw Cats" by Steve Vernon 2. "Gilroy and the Kitten" by Jamie Ferguson 3. "Nine Lives" by Leah Cutter 4. "Coyotes, Cats and Other Creatures" by Karen L. Abrahamson 5. "Here, Kitty Kitty" by Annie Reed 6. "The Night Mischief Became a Real Cat" by Annie Reed 7. "A Gingersnap Cat Christmas" by Danielle Williams 8. "When She Gained Her Soul" by Felicia Fredlund 9. "Eclipse" by Linda Jordan
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of London's Underground, or as it is affectionately referred to, the Tube. Though this isnt the usual side of the Tube the tourists, travellers and residents see. (Though, of course, they do see a great deal of strangeness in their daily commutes!). This is the real Underground, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of what happens hundreds of metres below millions of London legs from its peculiar past through to its paranormal present and looking forward to its fascinating future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to London's globally envied, and much loved, public transport system. Located deep beneath the heart of Greater London, the Underground is awash with more strangeness than you can shake your pre-paid Oyster card at. In 2013 the whole city will be celebrating the Underground's 150th birthday the oldest underground in the world. So, pack up your old kit bag and travel...