Harvest Home

      Thomas Tryon
Harvest Home

It was almost as if time had not touched the village of Cornwall Coombe. The quiet, peaceful place was straight out of a bygone era, with well-cared-for Colonial houses, a white-steepled church fronting a broad Common. Ned and Beth Constantine chanced upon the hamlet and immediately fell in love with it. This was exactly the haven they dream of. Or so they thought.

For Ned and his family, Cornwall Coombe was to be come a place of ultimate horror.


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    The Bricklayer

      Robert T. Belie
The Bricklayer

Sanders was a bricklayer by trade and a good one at that. His latest project would involve crafting a fireplace on a mountaintop estate for an elusive owner. Although he had done hundreds of similar jobs before, this one could very well be his last if he fails to comprehend the true value of a few toy soldiers.Sanders was a bricklayer by trade and a good one at that. His latest project would involve crafting a fireplace on a mountaintop estate for an elusive owner. Although he had done hundreds of similar jobs before, this one could very well be his last if he fails to comprehend the true value of a few toy soldiers. His young boys would certainly appreciate them as pilfered gifts, but Sanders may not stay alive long enough to watch them ever play again.

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    The Riverhouse

      G. Norman Lippert
The Riverhouse

In the wake of his divorce and the loss of his New York art job, Shane Bellamy is bereft and directionless. The remote cottage on the Missouri river provides the perfect escape: small, picturesque, and lonely. There, Shane becomes fascinated with the history of the cottage, and that of its larger sister property, the Riverhouse, now demolished. Inspired, he embarks on an unusual art project, one that almost seems to have a life of its own. As the painting develops, surprising Shane both with its style and its strange, silent strength, he finds that the image is a sort of portal, inviting him into the Riverhouse's past. He learns of it owners, portrait artist Gustav Wilhelm, known for his arrogance as much for his genius, and of Wilhelm's wife, the beautiful but ignored Marlena. His painting progress, and the story blooms in Shane's mind like a dark rose, full of deepening mystery and harrowing secrets…

Gradually, Shane comes to realize that the decades' old drama isn't yet finished. Ghosts haunt the cottage, particularly the intriguing Marlena, and Shane cannot help being inexplicably drawn to her, despite her obvious dangers. As a result, Shane finds himself caught in the spiraling collision course of his own life and that of the Riverhouse. He knows he should escape, and yet he cannot seem to walk away. After all, he thinks, ghosts can't harm the living. Can they?

In the end, the power of the story draws Shane into its embrace, like a man walking right up to a cliff's edge, believing he can stop anytime, not knowing that there is someone behind him, sneaking up, waiting for just the right moment, the perfect moment, to give one…little…push.


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    Blue World

      Robert R. McCammon
Blue World

From the battlefields of a Vietnam veteran's memory to an old-time movie hero's search for a serial killer, from Halloween in a special town--where the rules of trick-or-treat are written in blood--to a Texas road where a wrong turn leads to a nest of evil, horror master McCammon is at his terrifying best in this collection of stories.


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    Have You Ever Had That Feeling?

      Gagee Ashby
Have You Ever Had That Feeling?

Have You Ever Had That Feeling is a short story about a troubled man who was going through a harsh divorce. After losing everything to ex-wife, he purchased a new house. This house was an old plantation house with a dark history, but he was determined to restore it. After experiencing strange paranormal phenomena, he had to decide if the house was still worth working on, or be consumed by it.Have You Ever Had That Feeling is a short story about a troubled man who was going through a harsh divorce. After losing everything to his soon-to-be ex-wife, he purchased a new house. This house was an old plantation house with a dark history, but he was determined to restore it. After experiencing strange paranormal phenomena that puts his brother in the hospital, he was still determined to work on the house. After battling with nightmares and horrifying images, the house finally starts to get to him. He wasn’t sleeping anymore, and spent his days and nights working to finish his house. Upon its completion, he had a great idea to host a dinner party, a meal that wasn’t traditional in any way.

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    Not Really Galileo

      Richard Kerr
Not Really Galileo

All kids have a folklore about their neighbourhood, whether it's an old woman who's really a witch or, in this case, a derelict house that's haunted. Two boys decide to watch an eclipse at the dead of night. -0-The world is full of wonder and meaning yet, today, to understand it we seem to have to choose between science and superstition. I prefer the daydeaming, storytelling way.Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. But will Samantha be able to move on and fulfill her duty as an imaginary friend?

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    The Time of the Ghost

      Diana Wynne Jones
The Time of the Ghost

There's been an accident!
Something's wrong!She doesn't know who she is, and doesn't know why she's invisibly floating through the buildings and grounds of a half-remembered boarding school. Then, to her horror, she encounters the ancient evil that four peculiar sisters have unwittingly woken -- and learns she is their only hope against a deadly danger.


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    Oceans Of Death

      Gary Weston
Oceans Of Death

I was alone on a yacht when the war wiped out most of the Human race. All life on land had been wiped out, and without food and water, I would soon be sailing the Oceans Of Death. Short Story.This story is not about legal aspects of our emotional presumptions. It’s about the real life consequences of the judgments that we all make about others. Sometimes, the smallest judgment can have tragic consequences. Perhaps that’s why we have been warned against judging.Karen Bronsky lived a enviable life with a successful devoted husband and a darling child. But something caused her to want just a little more from life. Karen must lose part of her life to find what’s really important to her.Jan Murray thought that she had everything that she needed for happiness. She has looks that most young women would envy. She knew it, and flaunted it. She never knew what it was like to be unnoticed by men. But she will learn that true happiness is not found in the adoration of physical appearances.Stan Bronsky is a good man and husband. He is hard driving and successful in business. But he will learn that success can be fleeting and very costly when he experiences a momentary lapse of judgment and character.Robert Louis Gatewood suffered tragic early life experiences and has carried scars that have shaped his thinking and behavior. He will find new direction in an unexpected moment of encounter.As the lives of these four people weave together through what they perceive to be chance circumstances, they will experience a plethora of emotional experiences and share the uncomfortable consequences of being misjudged, or of having misjudged another.

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    The Dark and Hollow Places

      Carrie Ryan
The Dark and Hollow Places

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.  
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

From the Hardcover edition.


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    Birthday

      Kōji Suzuki
Birthday

Basis of the Hit Movie Ring 0: Birthday!

Birthday is Ring-master Koji Suzuki's return to the Ring universe, a collection of short stories focusing on the female characters with a theme of birth. An exploration of extraordinary circumstances from the perspective of memorable women, this expansion of the Ring, Spiral, and Loop world was adapted into a hit movie less than a year after the book's publication.

Thirty years before the tragic events of Ring, Sadako Yamamura was an aspiring stage actress on the verge of her theatrical debut. The beautiful and ravishing Sadako was the object of every male's desire involved with the company including n the director. There was one thespian she was interested in, but...

Fast forward past the events of Ring, Ryuji Takayama's distraught lover, Mai Takano is struggling in the wake of the professor's mysterious demise. Mai visits Ryuji's parents' house to find the missing pages of his soon-to-be published article. There she is drawn to a curious videotape and a fate more terrifying than Ryuji or Kazuyuki Asakawa's.

Reiko Sugiura questioned the purpose of bringing a child into a world where there was only death. She already lost one son, and the father of her unborn child, Kaoru Futami, had disappeared in search of a cure to the deadly disease that threatened all life. Despite Kaoru's to meet again in two months, he has not returned. Despondent but driven for answers Reiko is led to the Loop project, where she will discover the final truths of the Ring virus.


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    Zombie Short One: Jud

      G. Joseph
Zombie Short One: Jud

Jud Starver is doing all he can to keep his family safe. They've run out of supplies in their barricaded quarters making an escape to a safe zone necessary. Unfortunately the undead on the other end of the door have a different plan in mind.This zombie short is a spin-off stemming from the full length tale Guns, Booze & Zombies.It is Christmas 1914. As Europe descends further into the Great War, Christopher Flyte is sent home in disgrace from his school. He returns to the sleepy English village of Alton. It is here that he meets the mysterious traveler, Bailey - a master storyteller who fills the boy's head with stories of King Arthur's time. The more Christopher hears, the more he suspects that Bailey's stories are more than just simple myths. Soon, Christoper is a pawn in a game that has been playing out for centuries....

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    Demon Beat

      William Reid
Demon Beat

A Demon of Wrath fights to wrest control of his band from its new and seductive singer.This is a collection of very short stories. Each one is intended to be read in a single sitting, with the goal of being entertaining, with the occasional deep thought tossed in. Most of the time, humor reigns.The stories are so short and enticing, that they are great, fun, quick reads and page-turners.If this set of stories is successful, there are dozens more ready to be compiled, with an unlimited stash yet to be created.

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    The Island - Part 1

      Michael R Stark
The Island - Part 1

The Fever struck hard and fast, rising out of the slums and claiming victim after victim. William Hill knew his chances of avoiding the virus sat squarely between slim and none. His one option seemed to be not if, but where he would die. The island had been one of the last and best times with his father. It seemed as good a place as any to die.He just didn’t realize how good.The Fever struck hard and fast, rising out of the slums and claiming victim after victim. At first, reports trickled across the wire in small segments relegated to the final seconds of the broadcast news. Lost among stories of failing economies and political bickering, few noticed what proved to be the birth pangs of a monster. Within months, the disease dominated the news as thousands died and infection rates soared.William Hill knew his chances of avoiding the virus sat squarely between slim and none. With experts predicting a global pandemic, his choices boiled down to not if, but where he would die. While the rest of the world built barricades and set up distribution points for food, he chose a simpler end. The island had been one of the last and best times with his father. He couldn’t think of a better place to spend his final days.He wanted sun and sand, fresh fish on the grill and cool nights by the campfire. He wanted feel-good days filled with oldies on the radio, days when he could hoist the sails and run before the wind. He didn’t set out to make enemies, but he did. He didn’t plan on becoming humanity’s last hope for survival, or watching over an old woman and an eerie little boy either.To William Hill, the island seemed as good a place as any to die.He just didn’t realize how good.

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    The Familiar Man: A Short Story

      T. R. Stoddard
The Familiar Man: A Short Story

A two part short that explains the real reason for a man's disappearance. Discover the unlikely connection between him and Alice. This short is to test people's interest in a possible follow-up novel.It's a story about a girl from Africa who was rudely taken from her own country to America to be a slave on cotton farm. She was abused by her master and had a really terrible times there. She somehow managed to have friends who helped her get through. By the end of this short novel she managed to rescue herself to a better life.

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    Helena (A Short Story)

      R.A. Miller
Helena (A Short Story)

Helena is the story of a mother, abandoned by the only man she cared for amidst a growing population of violent and diseased people. Can she protect her baby from this threat and survive?Helena is the story of a mother, abandoned by the only man she cared for amidst a growing population of violent and diseased people. Can she protect her baby from this threat and survive?On a trip to the local pharmacy for cold medicine, Helena finds herself amidst a growing chaos. People are hot tempered, look as if they are dying, and growing increasingly more violent by the minute. Seeking refuge back at her motel with her boyfriend and baby, she finds the baby alone and abandoned. Now alone and everyone around her changing for the worst, Helena must protect her baby from the increasing group of violent people trying to get in. What is happening to the town around her and can Helena survive long enough to find out?

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