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  • Driving home from an evening with his fiancee, Johnny Smith crashes his car. He awakes five years later in a different world - his fiancee has married another man, his mother has died and he has the ability to see the future and the evil in mens' souls.  And one man in particular, a man rising to power, is the most evil of them all...
  • A triple treat of terror: The Rats: The natural competition between the industrious and intelligent rodent and Man is inevitable when they share an environment - but what would happen if a new, more dangerous and deadly rat was bred and then unleashed on the world? Fluke: What could happen if identity and personality were interchangeable?  Not between humans - but between man and dog? The Dark: People are capable of acts of scarcely imaginable cruelty and appalling depravity.  What would happen if that individual power, that personal desire, became a tangible force? And instead of seeming to exude an aura of evil, instead those who have committed evil continue to propagate their deeds after they have phsysically ceased to exist?
  • The real beginning of this story in in 1610, when an Hungarian countess is walled up alive in her own castle. Three centuries later, in the London Hospital for Diseases of the Nervous System, Dr. Peter Pilgrim admits a new patient - a beautiful Swedish infant called Britt Hallström who bears more resemblance to Sleeping Beauty than a normal child of her age. Pilgrim's diagnosis of infected blood is greeted with ridicule by his superior - and he is temporarily 'relieved of duties'. Pilgrim becomes involved with neurologist Dr. Axel Stromberg who seems to be part of the vampire legend he is researching. Pilgrim resolves to expose Stromberg and with that decision, sets in motion a series of events that will lead to a horrifying climax.

  • The portrait which Basil Hallward painted of Dorian Gray revealed the face of an Adonis, and when he saw the finished picture of himself, the beautiful young aesthete exclaimed: 'Why should it keep what I must love. Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could always be what I am now!' His perverse aspiration was strangely fulfilled. Abandoning himself to every sin his profligate mind could devise, the wealthy and exquisite young man brought misery and disgrace upon all who accepted his companionship, but Dorian Gray still wore the outward appearance of serene beauty. It was upon the portrait, locked away in his attic, that the marks of degeneration mysteriously appeared, for the painting of Adonis slowly transformed into the likeness of a satyr.  This was Wilde's only novel; slightly edited when it first appeared in print in 1891 but due to public outrage at the remaining hints of homosexuality and deviancy, was further edited.  This edition is the version in which only 500 words had been cut from Wilde's original manuscript. Wilde himself said, of Dorian Gray: 'All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment.'  Many believe that Wilde not only intend to point a moral but to highlight the fact that Dorian. himself and many others in the Victorian age were forced to live a double life of hypocrisy, but that to lead such a double life is, in the end, destructive to oneself and to those about one.  Cover art from an engraving by Ceil Keeling.
  • Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front:  a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.  He is not alone - he has brought his demons with him.  Rescued from an orphanage by his Uncle and taken to live in France, his uncle's wife, the beautiful Lady Murasaki helps him to heal.  But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him.  And when he is old enough, he  visits them in turn...
  • In this retro volume : The Willows, Algernon Blackwood; The Vertical Ladder, William Sansom; The Dancing Doll, Gerald Kersh;  The Cocoon, John B.L. Goodwin; The Mad Woman, Gerald Kersh; The Fly, George Langelaan.
  • When Englishman Clive Bagnall arrives in Darwin in 1939 to begin a new life on the land of his inherited cattle station, he finds it to be a crocodile-infested, barren wasteland and not only that, he's not the sole owner.  It's shared with his Australian cousin Val, a red-head with a temper.  And then there is Doug, sometime oyster-opener and layabout who feels obliged to instruct him in the ways of the Territory.  And haunting all three is the spirit world of the Aborigine and their sacred Remembering Stones that seem to hold the key to events past and present. Cover art by Tony Pyrzakowski.
  • What Dennis Wheatley did not know about both black and white magic wasn't worth knowing.  In this story, the Duke de Richeleau and Rex Van Ryn know something bizarre has happened to their friend Simon Aron. Why else would he fail his most trusted friends?  The Duke has a suspicion, but nothing can prepare him or Van Ryn for the terrible confirmation of his fears.  Their oldest friend has fallen prey to the Forces of Darkness - through a powerful emissary of Satan against whom all earthly faculties are useless. Cover art by Herb Schmitz.
  • In Victorian London, a thick blanket of fog covers the city. As the sickly vapours enshroud the night, Felicia Lamb seeks the world beyond life - willingly accepting the embrace of the Undead to find it. Her fiance, Reginald Callender, stalks the dark streets,  pursuing his bride-to-be and the immortal creature who stole her away. And blood-drinker Don Sebastian de Villaneuva searches for sanctuary amongst the hansom cabs and gaslights.  But in a society where spirituality masks morbidity and respectability conceals rapacious cruelty, can even a vampire's kiss ensure eternal love?