Horror/Occult

//Horror/Occult
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  • Book II of Dead Beautiful. Renée Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Renée can never reveal the truth: she died last May and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin.  Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul. Just when Renée has almost given up hope, she learns of the Nine Sisters - brilliant scholars who, according to legend, found a way to cheat death. She can’t shake the feeling that they are somehow connected to her dreams, strange visions that hint at a discovery so powerful, and so dangerous, that some will stop at nothing to protect it. Renée thought she knew the truth about life and death. But there is a secret woven through history that holds the only hope for Dante and Renée. Unless they find answers soon, their time together is doomed to be cut short....
  • During a war, a plane carrying evacuee schoolboys is attacked by enemy fighters and crashes on a remote island.  No adults survive the crash and at first, with no adult supervision, the boys have a fine time doing whatever they want. However, practicalities do come to the fore: food, shelter and a basic ordered structure for survival. But order collapses...as strange howls echo in the night; as rumours of a beast, half-glimpsed, begin to circulate; as terror begins its reign;  as power struggles within the group take precedence over survival...and the adventure becomes a nightmare of cruelty, torture and murder. This is Golding's most telling and best known work which has been labelled variously as a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise - and even a vision of dystopia. But only the reader can decide... Filmed in 1963 and 1990.
  • Gerald's Game - a husband and wife game. But this time, Jessie didn't want to play. Lying there, spread-eagled, handcuffed to the bed while he'd drooled over her, she felt angry and humiliated. So she'd kicked out - hard. Aiming to get him where it would hurt. And it did hurt - it caused a coronary.  Gerald was dead on the floor, leaving Jessie alone and helpless in a lakeside holiday cabin, miles from anywhere. No-one to hear her screams. Alone - except for the voices in her head that had begun to chatter...and argue...and sneer...Cover art by Paul Davies.
  • In this volume: The Langoliers: A handful of passengers on a packed red-eye flight awake to find all the other passengers and crew vanished, the plane still in the air...they manage to land the plane at a dead, silent terminal and all that would be bad enough - but one of the survivors has brought his demons with him... Secret Window, Secret GardenRecently divorced writer Mort Rainey is alone at Tashmore Lake - that is, until a figure named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing finger. The Library Policeman: In Junction City, Iowa, middle-aged businessman Sam Peebles happens to have some overdue books. It seems a minor offence - but not to Junction City's malevolent monster of a librarian. The Sun Dog:  A simple Polaroid camera owned by a 15-year-old boy in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, always produces a photograph of an enormous, ugly, vicious looking dog, no matter where Kevin Delevan aims the lens. In each successive picture, the menacing creature draws nearer to the flat surface of the Polaroid film as if it intends to break through. When old Pop Merrill, the town's sharpest trader, gets wind of this phenomenon, he envisions a way to profit from it but the Sun Dog, a beast that shouldn't exist at all, turns out to be a very dangerous investment.Cover art by Paul Davies.
  • Needful Things is the new shop in Castle Rock, run by Mr. Leland Gaunt.  There really is something for everyone.  For poor little bewildered Nettie Cobb, there's a fabulous carnival glass lampshade to add to her carefully-protected little collection. Nerdish Norris Ridgewick gets a very special fishing rod at a real bargain price. And Myra Evans buys a picture of Elvis Presley that seems to have magical powers.  While the cash prices are a bargain, the balance of payment is costly - and Leland Gaunt enjoys seeing how much people will pay for their secret desires.  A secret deal here; a bargain cash amount with a balance owing of a harmless little practical joke to be played on someone - all week, wires are crossed all over Castle Rock until the inevitable explosion occurs that literally sets the town ablaze. Cover art by Steve Crisp.
  • Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went--a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons, Lisey's turn to go to Boo'ya Moon. What begins as a widow's efforts to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.
  • Summer, 1978.  School's out and nerdy Arnie Cunningham, the butt of the school bullies, buys a car.  No ordinary car - a huge red and white '58 Plymouth Fury with rusted chrome fenders, cracked, faded leatherwork and a shattered windscreen.  Arnie's mate Dennis reckons it's only fit for the scrap-yard.  But Arnie makes a deal with the wily owner of the car, Roland LeBay.  Arnie sets to work feverishly, determined to restore Christine to her former glory.  As the 'new' car emerges, Arnie begins to undergo an uncanny transformation.  Inexplicable accidents begin to occur and it seems that a dark and gruesome history is repeating itself...Cover art by Gerry Grace.
  • On an entirely normal, beautiful autumn day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. A planes crashes into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage; a gardener’s hand is severed as The Dome comes down on it; those running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families; cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away. The Army needs a man on the 'inside' and finds Dale Barbara, former Iraq veteran, now a short-order cook. He finds support with a few intrepid citizens - but against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a local politician who will stop at nothing - even murder - to cling to power and who sees The Dome as the answer to his political prayers. With Big Jim is his son, who is keeping a dreadful secret; and a bunch of Big Jim's renegade bully-boys who designate themselves as the new law and order. They have to find what created The Dome, fast. Because the children begin having dreams of a horrific Hallowe'en...electricity and the internet begin to fail...food and water is running short...air is limited...and time is running out...Cover art by Russell Gooday.
  • Book III of The Omen. His coming was foretold in a prophecy of ultimate evil from beyond the dawn of time. A prophecy which spelled destruction for those who ignored the warning until it was too late, and which is about to be fulfilled...From a crumbling monastery in the depths of Northern Italy, Father DeCarlo has watched the relentless progress of the Anti-Christ. Now he knows the world is on the edge of a nightmare that it will not survive. Around the globe, drought, famine and flood strike down helpless millions. There is trouble everywhere. Damien Thorn, the handsome, thirty-two year old head of one of the world's most powerful corporations... and certain to be president of the United States by the time he is forty. Damien, believed to be the son of Satan, reaching out to claim the Earth for the forces of darkness... Now is the time of prophecy, and Mankind's only hope lies with twelve men and one woman who must fight a desperate battle that will carry them across the very frontiers of darkness in the final showdown between good and evil. From the screenplay by Andrew Birkin and based on characters created by David Seltzer.