The Shadow Out of Time

Voted one of the top ten Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2001 by *Cinescape Magazine.* "The Shadow out of Time" is H. P. Lovecraft's last major story. It was first published in Astounding Stories for June 1936. And yet, this text has never been published as Lovecraft wrote it--until now. The recent discovery of Lovecraft's handwritten manuscript allows readers to appreciate this magnificently cosmic story exactly as originally written. All previous editions of the story contain hundreds of serious errors, including errors in paragraphing, omissions and mistranscriptions of many words and passages, and erroneous punctuation. Leading Lovecraft scholars S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz have provided an exhaustive introduction and commentary on the story, elucidating names, places and other elements in this richly evocative story. A must for all devotees of Lovecraft and weird fiction!
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The Rising

Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, but it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.Seventeen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
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TwentySix

A collection of 26 short stories by Shane Rynhart, previously published weekly on his blog. Includes stories of love, hate, death, life, friendship, revenge, religion and jam sandwiches.A collection of 26 short stories by Shane Rynhart. He writes a new story each week and uploads it to his Tumblr every Friday. He's now written twenty-six over the past six months, and these twenty-six are (if you can't tell from the title) collected here for the first time. Stories are not in order of publication, but linked by theme, context and narrative. Covers a range of genres, including fantasy, horror, science fiction, and even some stuff set in the real world that could actually happen. The real world! In some stories written by Shane Rynhart! Crazy.Here's a peek at the contents page so you know what you're getting yourself into:IntroductionPart 1 - One Man’s Quest to Find GodA WarningTwo Come Along at OnceFidesThe Ice Cream ManThe Third MessageOnes and ZeroesFace in the CrowdDefender of the FaithTwenty-SixShatteredPart 2 - From DarknessThe EyesRPSThe EggCold BonesSandmanDestinyPart 3 - Into LightBubblesRainbowThe Waiting RoomSubversionPart 4 - A Heap of Broken ImagesIcarusTomahawkFreeThere’s More than One of EverythingDeep BlueJamAppendicesCover image by Flickr user Keoni Cabralhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/keoni101/5526749781/ Image used under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
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What Alice Saw

A tale of domestic abuse and the result of a woman pushed too far seen through the eyes of a child. The story is for all those women out there who are suffering and feel as if they may break down one day. Don't, walk away before it gets to that point.Cassi is the head buyer for a prestigious art gallery in California. Jared is a buyer for an exclusive New York gallery. Sparks fly as the two come head to head in a bidding war for a hideous but very expensive Indian Buddha. Cassi and Jared are both determined to win the statue, but others also want the Buddha—at any cost. Thugs, art forgers, the FBI, or Jared’s beautiful and alluring boss . . . who will end up with the statue? During a string of hair-raising exploits, Cassi and Jared are forced to develop a tentative friendship that deepens into romance. Will they survive long enough to see it through? Best-selling author Rachel Ann Nunes has crafted a wonderfully intriguing and romantic drama in this fast-moving novel, bringing two idealistic people together from opposite edges of the continent and allowing them, in their own way, to find an unexpected connection to their Christian faith and each other. In the end, their very lives depend on the trust they’ve developed.If you love romance and excitement, you’ll be captivated by A Bid for Love.
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Blood in the Forest, Part 1 of Shadows of the Heavens

A scholar's murder in an unimportant village threatens to ignite political tensions in the empire. Village enforcer Adajo must accompany the city examiner investigating the death, navigating an alien landscape of intrigues and unfamiliar masks.An 11000 word fantasy novelette.A scholar's murder in an unimportant village threatens to ignite political tensions in the empire. Village enforcer Adajo must accompany the city examiner investigating the death, navigating an alien landscape of intrigues and unfamiliar masks.An 11000 word fantasy novelette.Shadows of the Heavens Not even half-way into its first century the empire is riven by strife hidden behind a polite facade. With political factions vying for imperial influence, regional politics subverting imperial law, and society still recovering from recent wars, how much is due to mythic beings many no longer believe in? A scholar's death triggers a series of events which could unravel the tenuous empire, drawing into the deadly game a young enforcer searching for his childhood friend; an examiner who desperately wants to avoid politics; a masked woman whose curiosity could cost her everything; and a prince with nothing better to do.
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The Run (The Running Suspense Collection #1)

The Run: (Approx. 34 pages/10,000 word short)Cora is a runner and mother of two whose husband is working out of town on business. Always a protective mother, Cora has never left her children alone. That is until a well-intentioned friend encourages her to. This is a story that will leave you questioning your parenting skills and wanting to read more great running adventures by Diane Strong.Bebe a wolf that has over estimated her place in the pack gets an Alpha's Smack Down when she assumes she will be the next Alpha Female. Needless to say things don't go Bebe's way in the action packed prequel to "On The Run". Meet and learn about various characters in this fresh new world of were's.
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Eddie's Shorts - Volume 2

A second pair of my old shorts. By which I mean they were written back in the halcyon days of grunge and flannel. Way too much flannel.Contents:67 Feet in the Air - "The Fifteenth of May is a hell of a day to look at. One of those big, sprawling blue Minnesota masterpieces when the sky looks like the domed ceiling of some ancient church."Drain Bamage - "If he wasn't seeing it, actually feeling it all around him, Jay would never believe Neil Wood's old Dodge capable of doing seventy miles per hour."
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Unicorn Witch

For everyone who has ever wished that unicorns existed .... they do on Refuge!The inhabitants of the fourth planet of one of the last solar systems before leaving this galaxy know their world as Refuge. They know only that a race referred to as the Old Ones brought their ancestors to it, and still, continue to do so.From childhood, all are able to mentally call for small items such as food and it will come to their hand. Some have more power and are able to change the nature of things. They refer to their ability as magic.For the last 10 years groups of people have been awakening to discover their powers are gone. Now World President Merlin is pinning everything on an eighteen year old girl sent to investigate. Why does he think she will succeed where he himself has failed? She is the only witch to have a unicorn as her familiar .. .....
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The House on Cherry Tree Lane

In the 1930s, one family spent the summer watching over the grove of Cherry trees that gave the farm its name. Little do they know the price isolation carries and that some souls will not rest in peace.A lonely young man finds his world turned upside down after rescuing a biod in the form of a beautiful alien girl with an AI implant. Aidan soon discovers that living out an anime scenario in the real world is not what he had dreamed. When more of her sisters arrive he learns the entire world is under threat from one of their kind who was held in a lab on earth for over a century. Together they decide to take it upon themselves to save the space city as well as the Earth.Fantasy science fiction Suitable for mature teens or adults
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Complete Works of Ambrose Bierce (Delphi Classics)

For the first time in publishing history, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete works of master storyteller Ambrose Bierce. This comprehensive eBook is spiced with numerous illustrations, rare and forgotten texts, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Bierce's life and works Concise introductions to the collections and other texts The rare novella THE DANCE OF DEATH appears here for the first time in digital print ALL the short story collections, with individual contents tables Featuring 475 tales, many appearing for the first time in digital print Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts Excellent formatting of the texts Famous works such as COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL are fully illustrated with their original artwork Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry, essays and the short stories Easily locate the works you want to read The complete non-fiction, with many scarce essays and newspaper articles Includes Bierce's letters - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Bierce’s contribution to literature Also provides a unique ‘Biercian Texts’ section with interesting articles on the works and disappearance of Ambrose Bierce Features a bonus full-length biography - discover Bierce's literary life Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres CONTENTS: The Novellas THE DANCE OF DEATH THE MONK AND THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER THE LAND BEYOND THE BLOW The Short Story Collections THE FIEND’S DELIGHT COBWEBS FROM AN EMPTY SKULL PRESENT AT A HANGING, AND OTHER GHOST STORIES IN THE MIDST OF LIFE: TALES OF SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS CAN SUCH THINGS BE? FANTASTIC FABLES NEGLIGIBLE TALES THE PARENTICIDE CLUB THE FOURTH ESTATE THE OCEAN WAVE KINGS OF BEASTS TWO ADMINISTRATIONS MISCELLANEOUS TALES The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Poetry Collections BLACK BEETLES IN AMBER SHAPES OF CLAY FABLES IN RHYME SOME ANTE-MORTEM EPITAPHS THE SCRAP HEAP The Poems LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Non-Fiction THE SHADOW ON THE DIAL, AND OTHER ESSAYS THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY WRITE IT RIGHT ASHES OF THE BEACON “ON WITH THE DANCE!”: A REVIEW A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFE TANGENTIAL VIEWS BITS OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES AND REVIEWS UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS The Essays LIST OF ESSA
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The Squad

A short story, loosely based on the recollections of a number of veterans, dealing with the horrors of war. The story is free to download, but if you appreciate the story then you are asked to make a small donation to a charity of your choice.A short story, loosely based on the recollections of a number of veterans, dealing with the horrors of war. The story is free to download, but if you appreciate the story then you are asked to make a small donation to a charity of your choice.The short story, The Squad, is based on the recollections of a number of soldiers and a radio discussion on firing squads. The synopsis was written on the 1st Aug 2010 and the story was published on 12th Nov 2010.
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The House Sitter

A Halloween thriller short story. When Tammy is house sitting, she get creeped out. She keeps hearing and seeing things in the dark corners of the mansion she is alone in. This time it is not her imagination, and she's about to go for the ride of her life.Ten-year-old Ava wakes in the night to the screams of her grandmother. Fearing for her life, she rushes to the window to escape the terror that waits outside her door.Full panic sets in when the doorknob jiggles, then the familiar voice of her aunt rings out. Confusion clouds Ava’s sleep-filled mind as she realizes no one is there to harm them. However, the message she’s given is much worse than anything she could have imagined.There was an accident.With nowhere to go, no way out, and no one to save her, Ava alone must confront the nightmare that is now reality.
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Tin Universe Monthly #1

STEREO 2.0From the waters Death changes everything.The first Tin Universe story released once again with a new edit and revision.In search for a future, humanity must face the darkness.For fans of Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Universe and Dark Matter comes the first episode in Legacy, a fast-paced, action-packed, and gritty sci-fi series, by author Kurt Petrey.A group of strangers wake to an unfamiliar place with more questions than answers. When Joshua wakes, he finds himself trapped. Dark and unfamiliar, the almost completely destroyed facility has clearly been through a catastrophic event. He must unite the others to solve what has happened. Who put them there? How can they get out? If they cannot work together, they risk losing more than just their own lives.One reviewer wrote, "This book finished before it got started. Can't wait for the next in the series. The plot was different and the characters were starting to develop slowly and left me just wanting more. Left one wondering what was happening until almost the end. Really good light read."
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My Home Is Hnme

A young woman returns to the place of her upbringing--to experience the past, present, and future as one.excerpt:The sky is black, the stars pinpricks of light surrounding all overhead. I whistle softly through my teeth for Midnight, wondering if he’ll hear, doubting he’ll come. Yet then suddenly I see his form moving towards me, darker in the darkness, stopping a way away to make sure it is in fact someone he knows and can trust to approach before closing further.He stands so close I can hear the breath escaping his nostrils. He touches his nose to my outstretched fingers, nuzzling my arm next, wanting the halved apple I hold in my other hand. I ask him if he’s been a good horse and does he really miss me, or just the apple, and he snorts once, impatiently, at the delay. So I give it to him, by halves, offering the apple on my upturned palm, feeling his eager lips on my skin as he takes it before backing quickly away, as if suddenly afraid he’s been baited and tricked. Poor Midnight, I think, knowing what he can perhaps only dimly suspect, that something is up. Tomorrow this time he’ll be gone from here.
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Cosmopolitans

Raw Material [1923, as The Imposters:] Mayhew [1923:] German Harry [1924:] The Happy Man [1924:] The Dream [1924:] In a Strange Land [1924:] The Luncheon [1924:] Salvatore [1924, as Salvatore the Fisherman:] Home [1924, as Home from the Sea:] Mr. Know-All [1925:] The Escape [1925, as The Widow's Might:] A Friend in Need [1925, as The Man Who Wouldn't Hurt a Fly:] The Portrait of a Gentleman [1925, as The Code of a Gentleman:] The End of the Flight [1926:] The Judgement Seat [never published in magazine**:] The Ant and the Grasshopper [1924:] French Joe [1926, as Another Man Without a Country:] The Man with the Scar [1925:] The Poet [1925, as The Great Man:] Louise [1925, as The Most Selfish Woman I Ever Knew:] The Closed Shop [1926:] The Promise [1925, as An Honest Woman:] A String of Beads [1927, as Pearls:] The Bum [1929, as A Derelict:] Straight Flush [1929:] The Verger [1929, as The Man Who Made His Mark:] The Wash Tub [1929, as In Hiding:] The Social Sense [1929, as The Extraordinary Sex:] The Four Dutchmen [1928:
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