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When a mysterious blast goes off in a small college town, triggering a blizzard, the few survivors must decide whether to stay or leave and face the monsters who came with the snow. They Came with the Snow is a chilling and scary read, reminiscent of Stephen King's, The Mist, and a must-read for true horror fans. | Science Fiction & Fantasy | 45 pages.
In this historical adventure tale, a Christian missionary named Behaine visits Prince Nguyen Phuc Anh, King of Vietnam, and asks his permission to present Anh’s young son Canh to King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette as a symbol of Christian “friendship,” in the hopes that the French will send ships to aid in Anh’s war against the Trinhs of the north. Part historical fiction, part fairy tale, The Pearl of the Orient follows Behaine and Canh as they sail from Vietnam to France, are bewitched by Jesuits in Pondicherry, and celebrated by royalty at Versailles. In this politically tense period of the 18th century, Behaine must secure a treaty with France in time to save Anh’s kingdom, or he and the boy risk returning home to a kingdom conquered, once and for all, by the enemy. | Historical Fiction | 27 pages.
Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery—until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse. The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight. | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | 98 pages.
When Cin Bradley packs up and moves herself, her mother, and her baby girl away from their home in Connecticut, she has no plans to make a love connection. She’s just trying to get settled into her new house, new job, and new life – until Landry Augustin comes to her front door. Together, they explore the potential of a romance neither was looking for – sweet, and a little spicy. | Romance | 89 pages.
Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel. Classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones—including, at the collection’s heart, the novellas “Long After Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America’s preeminent storyteller, a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury’s brilliance, magic...and fire. | Science Fiction | 403 pages (16 stories).
Twenty mind-expanding short stories. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique...all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell so put on your top hat, open your third eye and enjoy: Nothing Is Strange. | Fantasy & Visionary | 147 pages (20 stories).
When two lawmen - fabled former outlaws themselves - are sent to a snowy English village to arrest a rapist it seems a straightforward task, but is all as it first appears? England, 1325 AD. As Robin Hood and Little John take the criminal into custody they find the people of Stapleford accommodating enough, and the terrified victim's bruises are plainly, painfully, visible. Inevitably, as they set off on the journey back to Nottingham the lawmen's disgust at the captive's crime colours their opinion of him and Little John has to be restrained from brutally assaulting the man. The harsh conditions slow their progress though, and eventually the prisoner's words and desperate, violent actions have the lawmen questioning what's really been happening in Stapleford. Can Robin and John complete the mission they've been given, or will their own innate sense of justice lead them down an unexpected path? | History | Literature & Fiction | 27 pages.
Max, a former KGB assassin, is living a comfortable life in Paris. When not plying his trade, he passes his time managing a jazz club in the City of Light. To make ends meet, he freelances by offering his services to help rid the earth of the world's worst criminals. Max is enjoying his ritual post-job vodka when he meets a stunning woman; a haunting visage of his former fiancé. Suddenly, he finds himself the target of an assassination plot in his beloved city of Paris. Fighting for his life, Max must overcome his own demons to stay alive. | Pulp | Thriller & Suspense | 100 pages.
An obsessive compulsive man realizes that he can't predict everyone's move...like a chess game. Prentice has an unusual encounter on the road one night, but thinks nothing of it. He has a well planned life, with no place for the unexpected, the uncontrollable. Oh yes, Joe Prentice has everything under control. Until his wife disappears, and he meets an opponent who knows how to play the game better than he did. Now, Prentice has to learn the hard way...that not everything goes as planned. | British Crime Fiction | Kidnapping | 71 pages.
Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue. No author has ever written more evocatively of the dusty, gutsy heyday of the American West than Elmore Leonard. This complete collection of his thirty-one Western tales will thrill lovers of the genre, his die-hard fans, and everyone in between. From his very first story ever published—"The Trail of the Apache"—through five decades of classic Western tales, The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard demonstrates the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that has made Leonard one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time. | Westerns | 576 pages (30 stories).
Everyone has a story...but not every story has a hero. This collection from New Mexico and the Southwest is about those who give life to that land – the outliers, and those who have no one to tell their tale. While some of these narratives are loosely based in fact, they are written with a large dollop of literary license. The characters are not “politically correct” in today’s parlance and speak in the vernacular of their time and culture. Some of them you will like...others you may not. No disrespect or offense is intended in the telling. These are their stories. | Literary Fiction | 139 pages (17 stories).
The number one priority for Bradley Reynolds of Maryland’s Organized Crime Taskforce is Andre Hector Federico. The mob boss is old school—a devoted family man, treacherous as hell, and paranoid enough to have escaped Reynolds’s sting. Now Reynolds has a new plan: enlist prize-winning crime novelist Alan Seybold to concoct a foolproof chapter-by-chapter scenario on how to lure Federico out of his safe zone and collar him. There’s just one condition: Seybold has to play by the rules of real life. Beyond that, the king of bestselling page-turners can have all the fun he wants. But as skilled as Seybold is, even he can’t foresee where this thriller is headed—or just how dangerous its plot twists can be. | Organized Crime | 45 pages.
Sherman had always thought high school was a real drag. He was looking forward to finishing his senior year so that he could coast through college, get a day job, and spend the rest of his life playing video games. He is used to seeing Angels, but when a new girl transfers into his AP physics class, he thinks Demons might be more his style. When his innocent crush leads him to the basement, he finds out that his school is exactly the kind of hellhole he always thought it was; only now he'll be lucky to escape before they eat his soul. | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Vampire | Teen & Young Adult | 95 pages.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue to delight readers with this mystery collection of short stories. As Watson relates the crime thrillers you'll find yourself being drawn in and becoming part of the adventures you're reading. The Sherlock Holmes collection of whodunit mysteries are beautifully illustrated and include these hair-raising stories: Silver Willie's Hidden Treasure; The Crime Against The Crown; Got a Tiger By The Tail; A Jilted Lovers Revenge; Adventure Of The Unsuitable Alliance. | British Mystery | 106 pages.
From the publisher: Hot jocks. We love them all. Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score! The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book. The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist. This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices. | Sports | 1032 pages (11 novellas).
In ghastly harmony with the nightmarish visions of the award-winning writer's novels, these stories blend a lifelong appreciation of horror culture with the grotesque fascinations and childlike terrors that are the author's own. Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection, 2017. Adam Nevill's best early horror stories are collected here for the first time.
A bestial face appears at windows in the night; In the big white house on the hill angels are said to appear; A forgotten tenant in an isolated building becomes addicted to milk; A strange goddess is worshiped by a home-invading disciple; The least remembered gods still haunt the oldest forests; Cannibalism occurs in high society at the end of the world; The sainted undead follow their prophet to the Great Dead Sea; A confused and vengeful presence occupies the home of a first-time buyer. | Horror | 292 pages (several stories).
Since losing his fiancée some years ago, atheist biologist Sam Rogers has blazed a trail in immortality studies. He's learned an awful lot about life and death. But when he discovers a mysterious hole beneath his sofa one morning, he's forced to reckon with all that is unmasterable about the universe—and some of it has tentacles. | Science Fiction & Fantasy | 80 pages.
"The stranger rode slowly, like he’d been riding for a thousand miles. To my eyes, it seemed he just appeared from nothing, a sudden outline against the July afternoon sky. Old Jumper raised up from his sandy spot off the end of the porch and growled deep. It was my sixteenth birthday. We’d just finished having pound cake, something we only had on special occasions." Wilhelmina was about to meet a real live gunfighter—a bounty hunter with a deadly reputation. As it turns out, it is also her grandfather—and he is bringing her a very special gift. | Westerns | 27 pages.
"I wish I had a little girl like you, Julie," Mary Todd Lincoln often told Julie Taft, and for the first year of the Lincoln presidency, sixteen year old Julie had the run of the White House, befriending the First Lady, playing with the Lincoln boys, and sharing priceless moments with Lincoln himself, which she noted down in her diary. An intimate portrait of the Lincoln family, as only a child could see them, through the first, fateful, tragic year of the civil war. Nonfiction. | History | 32 pages.
How did thousands of premature infants come to be exhibited at America’s most popular amusement park? In Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine, Claire Prentice uncovers the incredible true story of Martin Couney, the “incubator doctor.” Couney ran his incubator facility for premature babies at Coney Island from 1903 to 1943 and set up similar exhibits at World’s Fairs and amusement parks across America, and in London, Paris, Mexico and Brazil. Couney’s techniques were advanced for the time and his facility was expensive to run. But he didn’t charge the parents of the preemies a penny; instead the public paid to see them. He claimed to have a survival rate of 85 percent. By contrast, most mainstream doctors in the early part of the 20th century regarded premature babies as “weaklings” and did little or nothing to save them. Prentice's meticulous research unravels the mystery of Couney’s origins, and reveals that the “incubator doctor” was not all that he seemed. She brings one of the most extraordinary stories in American medicine to life through interviews with Couney’s former “incubator babies.” | Medical | History | 96 pages.