“We should never assume we know everything there is to know. There will always be hidden aspects of the world yet to be discovered, and discoveries to change the very idea of who we are and the world we live in.”
Æther. The fifth classical element. A myth. A fringe theory no scientist of the modern age would ever take seriously. That is until the dawn of the twentieth century when Professor Goldfarn finally proves its existence and the possibilities it offers.
Soon æther permeates every aspect of the scientific world, fueling new technologies the likes of which the world has never seen. But as it spreads, urban legends begin to grow about side effects no one can explain. What if æther is more than just a power source? What if it has played a part in human evolution? What if it has other properties? Ones that could be used to affect human emotion and thought?
What if it could even be a link between this life and the one that comes after?
The End. Those two little words can mean so much. But how will things end...and will it hurt? That’s what we really want to know.
Delve into the darkness and join us at the end of the world. From a blighted sky to an invasion from beyond, from untethered time to one person driven beyond the edge of sanity, from a child’s game to an unseen apocalypse...it’s all imagined here, and imagined darkly.
Inside The Ways We End is a combination of new stories and previously published anthology tales, now re-imagined without word limits, including Cottage of Hunger, The...
Night Society by Ambrose Ibsen
It was only supposed to be a game. In a boring suburb, three lonely men seeking distractions from their monotonous routines get together in an abandoned house to play a macabre game of show-and-tell.
Nothing is off-limits in their little circle—anything, no matter how depraved, is welcome... so long as it's frightening.
But when one member brings what sounds like an audio recording of an actual murder to a meeting, featuring the tortured screams and pleas of an anonymous woman, the jaded club members find themselves truly rattled.
From that moment, the horrific audio—and strange visions of...
Sacrifice by Russell James
Who can save the children from the Woodsman?
Thirty years ago, six high school friends banded together to confront the Woodsman, a murderous specter whose prey was children. None of the friends will ever forget the horror of those weeks…or blood chilling image of the Woodsman.
Now the six have returned to town for a long overdue reunion. Except the Woodsman hasn’t finished with them yet. As a new nightmare unfolds, ripping open old scars and inflicting fresh terror, what will each of them have to sacrifice this time to keep the children safe and the Woodsman at bay?
The Parasite by Ramsey Campbell
Rose Tierney and her husband Bill are successful writers, picking apart films and enlightening the masses.
They are invited to New York to talk business and get invited to a party where one of the guests, a quiet Diana, is interested in the occult. Bill has a tarot card reading and dismisses it out of hand, but when it’s Rose’s turn, it sparks something in her.
That night, she has an odd out-of-body experience and is attacked by an unknown force.
Diana, through a premonition, found Rose and helped her back to her apartment to recover. The assault seems to waken her dormant psychic powers, and...
The Nightmare Chronicles by Douglas Clegg
When you enter these nightmares, there’s no way out... Meet Oliver, whose dead wife may just be waiting for him down a dark alley. Or Jane Boone, traveling to a distant country to meet the most brutal of killers – or is he a god? Or Nix, an inmate using the geometry of night itself to escape...and more in this award-winning collection of horror & suspense stories from the NY Times bestselling author whose tales “can chill the spine so effectively the reader should keep paramedics on standby!” (Dean Koontz). Scroll down for the Table of Contents.
An amoral con man, willing to stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
And a tiny northern Maine town, isolated and vulnerable.
Last November, Paskagankee, Maine was shaken to its core, held hostage by a centuries-old curse, terrorized by a brutal killing spree stopped at the last possible moment by new police chief Mike McMahon and beautiful young patrol officer Sharon Dupont.
Now, just as the pair - and the town - is beginning to recover, a new horror comes calling.
Billionaire Seattle software designer Brett Parker is in...
Crawlspace by Dan Padavona
"Just as Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, and the Splatterpunks did a generation ago, Dan Padavona's CRAWLSPACE represents a seismic shift in the horror genre. An instant -- and important -- classic." - Bram Stoker Award–winning author Brian Keene
Somebody is watching them.
Jerry moves into Kelli's decrepit apartment complex, where a series of bloody murders occurred years ago. Soon Jerry discovers a hidden entrance into the attic, a crawlspace through which he can secretly enter his neighbor's apartment.
But he isn't the only person aware of the secret entrance.
Witch Island by David Bernstein
A witch's curse from beyond the grave!
Witch Island used to be feared. Even the bravest would not dare go there. Legend said a witch had been burned alive at the stake, and upon her death she cursed the town. Terrified residents performed rituals to keep her spirit trapped on the island where she was buried. Now, over a hundred years later, a group of high school seniors have decided to forgo the local graduation parties and have a small gathering of their own–on Witch Island. They don't fear the legends. They scoff at them. But the group will soon learn these particular legends are nothing...
What began as a dream vacation to a tropical island paradise turned into a nightmare journey through the darkest corners of the human soul. Kiritimati is an island with a deadly secret. After a group of friends encounter a fiery red storm at sea, they return home held captive by their most sinful desires. Creating a path of destruction, they act on their deepest impulses of violence, cruelty, lust and greed. Individually, they have become disciples of Satan. United, they will launch the ultimate showdown between good and evil.
Apparition Lake by Daniel D. LamoreuxDoug Lamoreux
Something is terribly wrong in the nation's oldest national park.
After gruesome deaths occur in Yellowstone, everyone believes that a monstrous grizzly bear is on a rampage. Scientific evidence suggests another terrifying conclusion. For Chief Ranger Glenn Merrill, putting an end to the mysterious deaths is more than just his job; it is a mission that will take him to the brink of death and shatter the foundation of his beliefs.
Apparition Lake plunges Glenn, his full-blooded Shoshone friend Johnny Two Ravens, and Jennifer Davies, an aggressive young biologist, into a world of Indian...