Horror/Occult

//Horror/Occult
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  • Beneath the Opera House in Paris, somewhere in the dark labyrinths hidden from public view, the Phantom lurks, watching and waiting.  In his crazed obsession to further the career of a beautiful young singer, he will stop at nothing - not even murder. This 75th anniversary edition contains a foreword by Peter Haining, which introduces the larger-than-life character of author Gaston Leroux and traces the history of the Phantom - its basis in fact, the novel's poor reception yet its astonishing success in the cinema and theatre.  There is also a special appendix in which a speculation links the Phantom to Sherlock Holmes.   Cover art by Mark Teague.

  • Napoleon is at the height of his powers and has become the complete autocrat, lusting for more power. Roger Brook, the most valuable and resourceful of secret agents, moves among the centres of power of Europe and beyond and is taken, by mischance and intrigue to Turkey, Persia, Portugal and Brazil. Interwoven with the history is the thread of Roger's passionate involvement with the beautiful Lisala de Pombal, who plays her part in leading him from one desperate situation to another.

  • It was for the lovely Sylvia Shane that Julian decided to set out on his quest, but it was the fascinating, dangerous Princess Oonas Shahamalek who delayed his departure. The quest was for the treasure of Cambyses, buried for more than two thousand years.  It led Julian to a night in the Tomb of the Sacred Bulls in Alexandria; to an encounter with white slavers and dope runners outside of Cairo; to a voyage up the Nile where death waited for them. It ended in the Libyan desert, five hundred miles from civilisation.

  • In South Carolina a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the richest men in the state.  No-one wants to touch this case.  Its roots are in old evil, and old evil is private detective's  Charlie Parker's specialty. Parker is about to enter a living nightmare, a dreamscape haunted by the murderous spectre of a hooded woman, a black car waiting for a passenger that never comes and by the complicity of friends and enemies in the events surrounding the Larousse  investigation. It will be  a confrontation with dark forces that threaten all he holds dear: his lover, his unborn child and even his soul. In a prison cell far to the north, fanatic preacher Faulkner is about to take his revenge on Charlie, using the very men Parker is hunting and a strange hunched creature that keeps it own secrets buried by a riverbank: the undiscovered killer Cyrus Nairn. All of these characters will come to a showdown in southern swamps and northern forests, in distant locations linked by a single thread, the place where the paths of the living and the dead converge... A place known as the White Road. Cover art by Mark Harrison after a detail from an engraving by Veneziano, Allegory of Death and Fame.
  • Four years have passed since the Outbreak when they plagued London with their deadly menace.  For four years they have lain low, adapting to the open woodlands, now hideously mutated, they are led by a deformed monster and their craving has become uncontrollable. A farm cat is found mangled, a family of stoats slaughtered and nothing remains of a courting couple save shreds of clothing and a few gnawed bones...the rats have returned...
  • Rosie Daniels wakes up from fourteen years of nightmare marriage to the chilling realisation that her husband Norman is going to kill her one day - or worse, he won't. Rosie does a runner with his credit card, determined to lose herself in a place he won't find her. Alone in a strange city, Rosie builds a new life slowly, and good things start to happen - she meets Bill Steiner  - and finds an odd junk shop painting. It may be bad art but it's perfect for her new apartment. The name 'Rose Madder' scrawled on the back surely proves it was meant to be hers. And it's destined to change her life in more ways than she can imagine. But it's hard for Rosie not to keep looking  over her shoulder. Rose-maddened and on the rampage, Norman the corrupt cop has a dog's instinct for tracking people - and he's getting close...
  • Martie Rhodes, happily married, successful video game designer, is a compassionate friend to agoraphobic Susan, who she accompanies to therapy each week. The experience, though grim, has been a bond between the two women. Then Martie experiences an irrational fear of her own. She feels a brief, disquieting fear of - her shadow. There is something twisted in it, something not right. Other anxiety attacks ensure until Martie finds she is the victim of the rarest of all phobias known: autophobia, fear of oneself. Martie's life changes radically and her future looks dark.  Her husband Dusty loves her and is desperate to understand the nature and cause of her autophobia. But as Dusty comes closer to the terrible truth, he begins to exhibit symptoms of a psychological disorder, even more unusual and terrible than that which afflicts Martie.
  • A selection of short stories. Blue Rose; The Juniper Tree; A Short Guide to the City; The Buffalo Hunter; Something About A Death, Something About A Fire; Mrs God. Jacket art by Peter Goodfellow.
  • For Bella, there is one thing more important than life itself - Edward Cullen. But being in  love with a vampire is more dangerous than she thought.  He has already rescued her from the clutches of one evil vampire but now their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may be just beginning. Cover photo by John Grant.