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2014
Suffer the children : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Craig DiLouie
2014
Suffer the children : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Craig DiLouie
2014
Beautiful you
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2014
Beautiful you
 By Chuck Palahniuk
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2014
Blood kin
 Steve Rasnic Tem
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2014
Blood kin
 Steve Rasnic Tem
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2014
Blood kin
Click to search this book in our catalog   Steve Rasnic Tem

Publishers Weekly Barker undermines his ambitious debut with transparent references to the work and life of Stephen King. Novelist Thad McAlister's latest book is poised to be his greatest triumph, a terrifying fiction based on New England's witch trials. He learns too late that he and his family are being used by dark forces looking to reclaim their place on Earth. Witches, spells, miniature demons, and personal doubt give fans of horror plenty to latch on to, and the plot moves at a brisk pace. Pages from Thad's novel are woven in and out of the events in his life, adding complexity to both, and the terror felt by Thad's pregnant wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Ashley, comes across very well. Unfortunately, Barker's sadly unjustified comparison of his work to one of horror's most famous and talented authors is distracting and diminishes an otherwise promising start to a planned series. (BookLife) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2014
Consumed.
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2014
Return of the mothman.
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2014
Bird box
 Josh Malerman
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2014
Bird box
 Josh Malerman
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2014
Phoenix Island
 John Dixon
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2014
Unmarked
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2014
Passionaries
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2014
All those broken angels
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Publishers Weekly "The random shrieks, the constant burning, the occasional fainting. Just another day in the life of me." Such has been the lot of 16-year-old Richard Anderson in the 10 years since his friend Melanie disappeared while they were playing hide-and-seek. Melanie was eventually declared dead, her parents moved away, and a ghost, whom Richard believes to be Melanie, became his only friend. At Savannah Arts Academy, Richard has been ostracized for his distant behavior and morbid artwork. When a new student arrives, claiming to be his long-lost friend, the ghost, an unpredictable, shadowlike presence, becomes angry and envious, even taking control of Richard's body to insist that "I am Melanie." Meanwhile, local girls are beginning to disappear, causing Richard to question the ghost's identity and unfinished business. Richard's pained first-person narration is occasionally interrupted by dispatches from an unnamed captive as Salomon (Henry Franks) creates the sensation of slipping between the worlds of the living and the dead. A complex, intense mystery that surprises and chills. Ages 12-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-An eclectic mix of paranormal and horror/suspense. Readers meet Richard Anderson, age six, when he loses his best friend while playing hide-and-seek. Melanie is declared dead even though her body is not found. So when Richard encounters a presence that feels like Melanie, he accepts it as her. Fast forward 10 years into the future, and a new girl starts at Richard's high school. It's Melanie, not dead, but hiding from her abusive father and back in town now that her mother has died. Richard is shattered and confused. If Melanie never died, then who is this presence that has been his sole companion for 10 years? And why are little girls that resemble Melanie suddenly disappearing? The central premise is a solid one and the plot is intriguingly woven. However, there are some flaws. The police and press presence seems included solely for dramatic effect and the encounters don't ring completely true as a result. Readers may find the twist ending less surprising and more confusing. Other vengeful ghost tales, such as Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood (TOR, 2011), are a better choice.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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2014
Through the woods
 Emily Carroll
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2014
Locke & Key 6 Alpha & Omega.
 written by Joe Hill ; art by Gabriel Rodriguez
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2014
Locke & Key 6 Alpha & Omega.
 written by Joe Hill ; art by Gabriel Rodriguez
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2014
Bad blood.
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2014
Witcher.
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2014
Witcher.
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2014
Witcher.
 
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2014
Fearful symmetries : an anthology of horror
 Ellen Datlow, editor

Publishers Weekly Datlow's "experimental" crowdfunded horror anthology is nicely unthemed, avoiding vampires, werewolves, and zombies while including ghosts, witches, and newly trendy wendigos. The last merges quite nicely with an Arctic setting in Siobhan Carroll's "Wendigo Nights," one of the standouts. Other highlights include always reliable, always evolving authors like Pat Cadigan, Caitlin Kiernan, and Michael Marshall Smith, whose "Power" is a rare science-fiction horror tale. Gemma Files's "A Wish from a Bone" launches the volume with an elegant update to the classic "wrath of ancient gods" plot, and Helen Marshall's "In the Year of Omens" is perfectly creepy. There are a few misses-Gary McMahon's "Kaiju" feels incomplete, while Terry Dowling and John Langan both turn in surprisingly subpar tales-but on balance, this is an excellent anthology for horror fans, with a nice range of tones and styles and some intriguing new voices. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2014
Burnt Tongues.
 
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2014
Burnt Tongues.
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2014
After the people lights have gone off.
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Library Journal Here is a creepy and sometimes provocative aggregation of 15 unrelated stories, each told with a different voice. The principal players include werewolves, metaphysical Native Americans, alien marionettes, a parasitic and kleptomaniacal hoodie, lethal movie ghosts, living tattoos, and dead people who just refuse to stay that way. Though briefly told, these tales are not simple. There is an underlying elegance bolstering the quick and descriptive style. VERDICT All fans of horror anthologies, regardless of age, will enjoy this quick and very versatile book by Jones, a Shirley Jackson and a Bram Stoker Award finalist (Flush Boy; Story of Z). It is not in the vein of current pop-monster love stories, so readers looking for mooning teen vampires will be disappointed. But fans of edgy horror will enjoy it as a stand-alone collection. Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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2014
After the people lights have gone off.
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2014
Gifts for the One Who Comes After.
 
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2014
Gifts for the One Who Comes After.
 
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2014
Gifts for the One Who Comes After.
 
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2014
Disorders of magnitude : a survey of dark fantasy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jason V Brock
2014
Disorders of magnitude : a survey of dark fantasy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jason V Brock
2014
New annotated h. p. lovecraft.
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2014
New annotated h. p. lovecraft.
 
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2014
New annotated h. p. lovecraft.
 
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2013
NOS4A2 : a novel
 Joe Hill

Book list *Starred Review* In Heart-Shaped Box (2007) and Horns (2010), Hill showed hints of an enlarging literary toolbox. With this 700-page opus, the tool set is complete, and Hill has indeed built something very big. The story follows Vic, from 8-year-old girl to troubled teen to embattled mother, as she struggles to survive as a strong creative one who has access (in her case, via a ramshackle bridge) to an alternate universe constructed from imagination. Problem is, a chief attraction of this other America is Christmasland, a snowy Neverland carnival controlled by cheery, ageless child-abductor Charlie Manx (think Bentley Little's Mailman or Stephen King's Pennywise). Manx tries to take Vic to Christmasland as a kid, and years later, in the book's central conflict, he tries to take her son. Hill doesn't spend much time in reality before careening deliriously off into a la-la land of horrifying absurdism (a bottomless Scrabble bag, a mouth full of fish-hook teeth). This engenders inelegance; at times, the parts are more than the whole. But Hill is omnivorous in his appetite for story and character, and here he has created his best: Lou, Vic's obese, warm-hearted lover; Bing, Manx's demented chief elf; and gutsy, heartbreaking Vic. Occasional drawings by Hill's Locke & Key conspirator, Gabriel Rodriguez, add one more element to this vast and gangly but undeniably readable work. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: What isn't being done for horror fiction's heir apparent? Big advertising, big author tour, big e-book teasers, big videos even the advance reading copies are gorgeously produced.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Publishers Weekly Reviewed by Joe R. Lansdale. Horror is too simplistic a word for Joe Hill's new novel, but there's no denying it makes the skin crawl like a worm on a hot rock. It's as much fantasy-thriller as a descent into the maelstrom, but no matter how you label it, what makes it work best is that it is a novel of well-defined characters, and one character in particular: the Brat, real name Victoria McQueen. Victoria discovers she has a knack. She can find lost things. She does this by concentrating on the object and riding her bike, a Raleigh Tuff Burner. While on board her metal and rubber-tired steed, she is subtly carried away into a world that seems as real as her own. It is accessed by the Shorter Way Bridge and is a place where all things lost that Vic seeks are found. When she crosses back into our world with the found object, the bridge ceases to exist, at least until she sets her mind to a new search and starts across once again on her trusty machine. It's an amazing talent but it has a price, both physical and emotional. Vic doesn't understand her abilities, but as she gets older she comes across someone she thinks can explain them to her-a woman with a bag of Scrabble game tiles through which she divines answers, reminiscent of an ancient soothsayer prowling through animal guts and rattling human knuckle bones. Vic finds her revelations less than reassuring, and it looks as if she may be in for some harrowing moments, which, of course, is what we are all hoping for as readers. In contrast to Vic, whose intentions are good, is Charles Manx, and if that last name doesn't clue you in that he's the villain of this piece, then the car he drives will: a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith with a license plate reading NOS4A2. He arrives in our world out of a place called Christmasland, a phantasmagoric amusement park full of dark possibilities and, in spite of its child-pleasing title, containing about as much light and happiness as a concentration camp at midnight. Like Dracula, Manx has his Renfield-Bing Partridge, a pathetic gas-mask-wearing follower looking for validation and love; a sad creature sticking himself tight to someone more powerful than himself and his personal role model for evil. Manx, Bing, and Vic cross paths, as one would expect, and it's a dynamic collision with an echo that reverberates through the years and sets all three up for a new and even more frightening encounter that makes the first one look like a child's birthday party. Joe Hill's NOS4A2 is a brilliant exploration of classic and modern monsters and dark fantasies, all cut up, restitched and retooled, sliding you along as if you're cruising way too fast in a rusty old Cadillac down a dark, twisty road with no lights, bald tires, and no hands on the wheel. Watch out for the pot holes. They're deep. With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft. Joe R. Lansdale is the author of 30 novels and numerous short stories. His most recent novel is Edge of Dark Water from Mulholland Books (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Library Journal What child wouldn't want to live in a place where it's Christmas every day? Where life is hot cocoa, gingerbread, gifts, and amusement park rides? Every year, Charlie Manx takes one or two "special" children in his vintage Rolls Royce (license plate reads "NOS4A2") to Christmasland, a place that can't be found on any conventional map, where they get to experience the joy of Christmas morning every day and never grow up. But underneath the pretty wrapping paper, Christmasland is not all that it seems. Vic McQueen can also travel to places that most people don't know exist, and at age 17, she attempts to put a stop to Manx's trips to Christmasland. Years later when Manx resurfaces and kidnaps her son, Vic will risk everything to rescue her son and put an end to Christmasland once and for all. VERDICT While the title is misleading since the book is not really about vampires, Hill (Heart-Shaped Box; Horns) has created characters in Charlie Manx and Vic McQueen that are comparable to those of other horror juggernauts such as Peter Straub and Hill's dad, Stephen King. Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/12.]-Elisabeth Clark, West Florida P.L., Pensacola (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Library Journal Driving a 1938 Rolls-Royce, Charles Manx gathers deserving children and takes them to Christmasland, a place of endless games, cocoa, and gingerbread cookies that doesn't appear on any map. Vic McQueen, the only kid to escape Manx's macabre game, has unusual talents of her own. Now an adult, Vic must confront her worst nightmare to save her son before it is too late. VERDICT Hill delivers an intricate story line full of terror and courage that brings out the best and the very worst in his protagonists, characters you won't soon forget. A book focused on Christmas may not be the most obvious summer read, but readers will feel the "chill" when they hear those first Christmas carols come September. (LJ 2/15/13) (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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2013
Doctor Sleep : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Stephen King
2013
Doctor Sleep : a novel
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2014
A necessary end
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2013
The heavens rise
 Christopher Rice
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2013
The year of the storm
 John Mantooth

Publishers Weekly Danny, the 29-year-old main narrator of Mantooth's gripping first novel with supernatural overtones, has a painful story to tell his therapist. When he was 14, his mother and little sister, Anna, disappeared from their rural Alabama home during a violent storm. After nine months of exhaustive searching, there was still no trace of the two. All signs pointed to his mother, who is disturbed and unhappy, voluntarily leaving home with Anna. But was there a connection with the chilling case of two local girls missing since the early 1960s? Enter second narrator Walter Pike, a reclusive and erratic Vietnam vet, who was also 14 at the time Danny's mother and sister vanished. Walter told Danny some unsettling stories, which Danny ultimately put to the test. Did Danny find a parallel universe? Were Danny and Walter both delusional? This eerie novel can be as mesmerizing as a campfire tale, despite some awkward transitions between past and present. Agent: Beth Fleisher, Clear Sailing Creatives. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2013
Evolutionist.
 
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2013
Redheads
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2013
Stoker's manuscript
Click to search this book in our catalog   Royce Prouty

Publishers Weekly Reviewed by Dacre Stoker. Prouty's debut, a riveting novel of supernatural suspense, deftly mixes fact and fiction involving the manuscript of Bram Stoker's great vampire novel, Dracula (1897). In present-day Chicago, rare book dealer Joseph Barkeley receives a phone call from a gentleman with an Eastern European accent who wants him to authenticate Stoker's original Dracula manuscript, which is due to be sold at auction by Christie's. An anonymous client wishes to buy the manuscript. Barkeley eagerly agrees to the caller's terms. A successful bid on his client's behalf will mean a generous commission for him as well as a trip to Romania, which happens to be Barkeley's birthplace, to deliver the manuscript. During his research, Barkeley learns the circumstances of Dracula's publication were not without controversy. Stoker planned to publish a prologue and epilogue with Dracula, but for some reason did not. The content of Stoker's missing text remains unknown. The many parallels between Stoker's Manuscript and Dracula range from subtle to overt. The unassuming Joseph Barkeley, who becomes a reluctant vampire hunter, resembles Jonathan Harker in more than name. Just as Bram's band of heroes used new technology of the late 19th century (telegrams, phonographs, and blood transfusions) to counter the supernatural forces of Count Dracula, so does Barkeley use a GPS unit to locate ancient graves, which inexplicably the vampires cannot find on their own. Prouty seamlessly blends his new vampire characters into the well-established Transylvanian myth, complete with plausible explanations and descriptions of their origins and physiology. So convincing are these creatures that the reader will turn the page with no concern about fact-checking. Indeed, this is a real page-turner, and I quite enjoyed it as such. But to get the most out of the story, and because I am by nature a fact-checker, I read it again, to sort through any inconsistencies and separate fact from creative license. Suffice it to say, many "facts" within Prouty's novel can be loosely linked to truths. In my opinion, this detracts nothing; rather, I am impressed with the author's ability to concoct such a believable pseudo-reality. For example, I believe the publishing house fire that destroyed Bram's intended prologue and epilogue was simply added by Prouty to existing rumors to frame the story. Bram did keep notes over the seven years he wrote Dracula, which now reside at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, Pa., while the one known typed Dracula manuscript is in a private collection on the West Coast. The closest thing to a prologue is the short story entitled "Dracula's Guest," released after Bram's death. Bram's altered ending to Dracula, which appears in the typed manuscript, likely inspired Prouty's epilogue, because to date, no mention of any true epilogue has been found. Stoker's Manuscript illustrates the Dracula legacy: confounding coincidences of history, missing documents, and unanswerable questions about Bram Stoker's intentions. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Literary Group (June) Dacre Stoker, a great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, is the coauthor of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009) and co-editor of Bram Stoker's Lost Journal (Robson, 2012). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2013
Special dead.
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2013
Unbreakable
 by Kami Garcia
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2013
Project Cain
 Geoffrey Girard
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2013
Project Cain
 Geoffrey Girard
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2013
In the shadow of blackbirds : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Cat Winters

Book list *Starred Review* Winters' debut ropes in the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, WWI shell shock, national prejudice, and spirit photography, and yet never loses focus from its primary thesis: desperation will make people believe and do almost anything. Mary Shelley Black, 16, has been sent to live with her aunt in San Diego, a city crawling with gauze mask-wearing citizens fearful of catching the deadly virus. Loss is everywhere, which means booming business for spirit photographer Julius, the older brother of Mary's true love, Stephen, who is off fighting in the trenches. Stephen's death coincides with Mary suffering electrocution, an event with strange aftereffects: Mary sends compass needles spinning, can taste emotions, and begins to see and hear Stephen's ghost, in torment over the maniacal birdmen that tortured and killed him. Mary believes his spirit will rest when she uncovers the truth about his death a truth more horrifying than most readers will expect. A scattering of period photos, including eerie examples of spirit photography, further the sense of time and place, but the main event here is Winters' unconventional and unflinching look at one of the darkest patches of American history. More than anything, this is a story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Publishers Weekly Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black lives up to her striking name-she's a curious girl fascinated by science, living in 1918, "a year the devil designed," as Mary puts it. With WWI raging on and Mary's father on trial for treason, she goes to live with her Aunt Eva in San Diego, Calif., even as influenza sweeps across America, devastating the population and rendering those left behind paranoid and weary. Grieving for her childhood beau Stephen, who died while fighting overseas with the Army, Mary goes outside during a thunderstorm and is struck dead by lightning-for a few minutes. When Mary comes to, she discovers she can communicate with the dead, including Stephen. Winters's masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love story and mystery. Unsettling b&w period photographs appear throughout, a la Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, greatly adding to the novel's deliciously creepy atmosphere. Ages 12-up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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2013
Fatale.
Click to search this book in our catalog   by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips ; colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser and Dave Stewart
2013
Alabaster.
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Caitl?n R Kiernan ; drawn and lettered by Steve Lieber ; colored by Rachelle Rosenberg ; covers by Greg Ruth
 
2013
Mal practice
 writer, Brandon Seifert ; artist, Lukas Ketner
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2013
Sin titulo
 Cameron Stewart
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2013
Colder.
 script, Paul Tobin ; art and colors, Juan Ferreyra
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2013
North American lake monsters : stories
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2013
Images of the modern vampire : the hip and the atavistic
Click to search this book in our catalog   edited by Barbara Brodman and James E Doan
2014
Ramsey Campbell : Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror
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2013
Nolan on Bradbury : sixty years of writing about the master of science fiction
 William F Nolan ; edited by ST Joshi ; introduction by Jason V Brock ; commentary by Ray Bradbury ; afterword by Greg Bear
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2013
The intermedial experience of horror : suspended failures
 Jarkko Toikkanen, University of Tampere, Finland
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2013
The intermedial experience of horror : suspended failures
 Jarkko Toikkanen, University of Tampere, Finland
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2013
The intermedial experience of horror : suspended failures
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jarkko Toikkanen, University of Tampere, Finland
2013
Hysteria : a collection of madness
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