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The world is at war against things that slink and gibber in the darkness, and titans that stride from world to world, sewing madness and death. War has existed in one form or another since the dawn of human civilization, and before then, Elder terrors battled it out across this planet and this known universe in ways unimaginable.
It has always been a losing battle for our side since time began. Incidents like the Innsmouth raid, chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft, mere blips of victory against an insurmountable foe. Still we fight, against these incredible odds, in an unending nightmare, we fight, and why? For victory, for land, for a political ideal? No, mankind fights for survival.
Our authors, John Shirley, Mark Rainey, Wilum Pugmire, William Meikle, Tim Curran, Jeffrey Thomas and many others have gathered here to share war stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness. This book chronicles these desperate battles from across the ages, including Roman Britain, The American Civil War, World War Two, The Vietnam Conflict, and even into the far future.
This ebook edition features 22 interior illustrations (one accompanying each story)
All three volumes of the spine-chilling TATTERDEMON trilogy available in one single volume.
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 follow
“The genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion.” –Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNAL
“This is exactly the kind of intelligent, action-packed zombie thriller that fans of DJ Molles and Max Brooks will love!”
When the zombie apocalypse sweeps across the eastern states of America, Jack Cutter is the man least likely to last beyond the first few minutes. Dealing with the recent tragic deaths of his wife and child, Cutter is forced into a desperate struggle for survival – and for redemption. Everything Cutter came to expect from life is torn away and turned upside down so that all he has left is his instinct and a sense of fate that compels him on his journey.
The action is frantic and terrifying as Cutter slowly discovers the cost of staying alive is dealing with his guilt and accepting responsibility he can never be prepared for.
‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’ is a real story with real characters that readers will cheer on until the final shocking twist.
A novel of approx. 57,000 words.
Leena Price had been born with a gift. A gift which offered her only scorn from her father. She would find this gift to be either a blessing, or a huge burden. Doors would be opened into the brightest worlds or the darkest hells.
After years of living on the streets on her own, she’d found a safe haven with her aunt in New Orleans. However, New Orleans would prove to be dangerous for her. A serial killer roamed the streets of the French Quarter, and discovered this gifted woman. He kept his eyes focused on her, waiting and watching.
She’d become involved in the investigation, but would her gift help Detective Roger Black find the killer, or would it put her in harm’s way? Would karma bring Leena and Roger together, working it’s magic on them?
Are you sitting comfortably? Enjoy it while you can. For The Scoutmaster is about to tell you some stories…dark tales of the Great Outdoors, told over the flames of a campfire that will chill you to the bone… The Screaming Scout: “He’s so angry – so jealous – of the living…all he needs is a way through, a story to give him life, to keep his memory alive…” – Midsummer’s Eve is a bad time to tell a story about a scout taken by the spectre of his dreams…prepare yourself for a Midsummer Nightmare… Rock Face: “Take it easy. This mountain is always hungry…” A name from the past leads explorer scout Steve Wilding into a cave from nowhere, where the past becomes his eternal future… House of Shapes: “Some places are defined by their past, and will do their utmost to make sure history is not only remembered, but repeated…” A mysterious house is a beacon for a group of lost and weary travellers, but this beacon is a light that shines from Hell itself… Guess What We’re Having For Supper? “We can catch it and kill it. And we have to do it fast, before we become too weak to hunt it down…” A lost Outward Bound group are starving, and stalked by something in the fog. The two group leaders go off to get help, but only one returns. With food… New Boy: “No fire can warm me”‘ The new boy is no ghost, however. He is a servant of something dark and terrible – and eternal, as the gift of the timepiece to Robert Moyles will show… Cross Your Heart: “Guilt is a hungry beast.” An act of remembrance…the memory of a terrible mistake…and a plea for forgiveness that falls on undead ears… Cold Compass: “No, we’re not lost at all. We’re exactly where we need to be.” An antique compass points two lost youths in a new direction, to a marker with grave consequences… Tooth and Claw: “We have to have justice out here in the wild, right?” A stolen Siberian white tiger is the quarry for five hunters – five hunters who become the quarry themselves, but for a different creature. A hunter unlike anything seen before… The Great Outdoors have never been so chilling. Sit closer by the fire. Pray for dawn.
Two young boys reawaken an ancient vampire. Only “The Book of the Dark” can stop it. But the sun is getting low…. and vamps are not the only dangers in the night.
The thing Evil craves most is innocence. When small children disappear, you can be assured that Evil has crawled out of its dirty corner. And when those children turn up dead, Evil has clawed its mark on humanity.
What if you were a homicide detective and little girls were suddenly being kidnapped and murdered by a devious pedophile? And what if that pedophile left no evidence behind except for the broken bodies? What would you sacrifice to save just one innocent child? Would any sacrifice be too great? What if it cost you someone you loved? What if, by saving that child, you unleash a horrific monster into your own life?
Mikael Ruskoff was living his dream. He was a highly successful, homicide detective working a career he loved. He had a mother who adored him, a son he took skateboarding, and a wife he loved more than words could express. He played a mean drum set every Thursday night with his best friend on guitar. His life was comfortable and pleasurable. Then he caught a case that would change his life forever.