Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She’s too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she’s been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can’t shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership—her life. (Rosato & Associates Series #1)
A New York Times Notable Book from the National Book Award–winning author of A Wizard of Earthsea: Stuck at the airport, Sita unlocks the ability to visit other planes of existence, making for “vivid stories” with a “wildly inventive array of societies and cultures” (Booklist).
by Robert Swartwood
Fans of taut psychological thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs will be enthralled by this USA Today bestseller: Elizabeth Piccioni is forced to confront the terror of her past — or lose her son forever. A “scary, thrilling, page-turning” read (Blake Crouch).
by Douglas Clegg
From a New York Times bestselling author who “can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby” (Dean Koontz): Disturbing events unfold when a child arrives in the sleepy town of Stonehaven…
Edited by Shane Allison
An achingly hot collection that captures the voyeuristic thrill and startling intimacy of sex in public places. From truck stops to dorm showers, parks to bathhouses, these men find pleasure in spaces both familiar and utterly unexpected.
Erotic Romance / LGBT
Edited by Al Sarrantonio
A “horror utopia” (Booklist): Delve into the darkest depths of the macabre in this “spine-tingling” anthology (People) — including stories from Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and more! “A new benchmark of excellence” (Publishers Weekly starred review).
by Bill Crider
In his lonely island home, retired investigator Truman has nothing to do but dwell on his failures — until he’s tasked with finding an old friend’s missing daughter. A Shamus Award–nominated novel featuring “a moody, introspective PI in the finest tradition” (Publishers Weekly).
Praised by Dean Koontz as “the best novel in the genre I can remember,”Song of Kali follows an American magazine editor who journeys to the brutally bleak, poverty-stricken Indian city in search of a manuscript by a mysterious poet—but instead is drawn into an encounter with the cult of Kali, goddess of death.
A chilling voyage into the squalor and violence of the human condition, this novel is considered by many to be the best work by the author of The Terror, who has been showered with accolades, including the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the Hugo Award.
A psychological thriller from a National Book Award winner
When Lily’s estranged sister, Sharon, shows up at her door, she welcomes her with open arms—only to realize Sharon is the most wanted serial killer in the country.
“Creepy…nobody walks on the dark side with a more menacing gait.” —Publishers Weekly
“Recall that ‘Rosamond Smith’ is the nom de plume of Joyce Carol Oates when writing her psychological suspense novels a la Ruth Rendell. Oates-as-Smith has had great practice in limning the type of personality that results from sexual guilt and craving love, and she explores it anew” in Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon (Booklist).
NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES
From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you’ve ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
I unleashed my creativity, but it ran away.” —Mark Anderson
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The authors of The Halloween Children are sneaky geniuses in the art of storytelling—adepts who snatch your attention, get you invested and immersed in the tale and then hint at something sinister in a subtle way that provokes dread, horror and suspense. It’s as if they flick a juicy “thought drop” into the pool of the reader’s imagination and then let the ramifications ripple into obsession, inciting intrigue and fear for the fate of beloved characters.
Harris, the Stillbrook Apartment complex’s handyman, is good father, but in all honesty, he favors the side of his son, Matt, where child discipline is concerned. His wife Lynn is searching for herself and struggling with inner turmoil, on edge and ruminating over their marriage––should they divorce?––and within the family’s dynamics, her daughter Amber delights her to no end, but her son Matt needs to be watched. Then there’s matter of the creepy neighbors, the tenants of Stillbrook: a spooky no-neck woman in a wheelchair who may be faking her injuries, the Durkins’ exotic, thousand-dollar bird that shrieks unearthly squawks that sound like someone being tortured—or murdered. Which is strange because there actually had been a grisly death within the complex that was kept hush-hush by management.
The story unfolds through Harris’ journal, Lynn’s journal (as assigned by a marriage counselor she’s been seeing in secret), recordings, digital transcriptions, email and interviews. The immediacy of this technique makes for a taut, fast-paced, enjoyable read. The Halloween Children kept my eyes glued to the glow of the screen, licking my lips and swiping digital pages into the wee hours after midnight. This horror novel is a treat!