“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...
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...
Crawlspace by Dan Padavona
They thought nobody was hiding in the attic. They were wrong.
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.
And now his friend has gone missing.
Down the road, a farmer is found murdered. Dismembered. Head nailed to a stake for all to see.
Perhaps the murderer, who was never caught, has returned to Kane Grove. Or is it a copycat?
Lost by Gary Devon
Edgar Award Finalist: A teenage psychopath searches for his kidnapped sister in this “remarkable, dark, and exquisite” suspense novel ( The Washington Post Book World).
When Sherman Abbott fires a bullet into his brain in front of his younger sister, Mamie, his mother’s diligent care and faith in his recovery helps him heal into some semblance of his former self. But a year later, though Sherman can walk and talk, he can relate only to Mamie and the vicious dog known as the Chinaman that lives penned up next door.
Then the Abbott house goes up in flames, and Mamie ends up in the hospital,...
When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia.
But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records...
The American South is rife with stories of a haunted past—especially its houses. In this eclectic and impressive collection, thirteen novelists were asked to build their tales around the photo of a dilapidated mansion. They were given two requirements—the house must appear in the story, and it should be a Southern Gothic tale. And they delivered.
From childish demons to a mad novelist, from the Mississippi delta to the Appalachians, this collection from emerging voices and New York Times bestselling authors explores what happens when secrets that...
Descent Into Darkness by Tony UrbanPatrick LoganShayne RutherfordG M SherwinCindy CarrollMax LockwoodDelia RaiE.E. IsherwoodR.L. BlalockSteve VernonSylvester BarzeyPaul B. KohlerAmanda LuzzaderDavid J. SchmidtRachel McClellanC. A. VerstraeteJoe JacksonBrian J.W. Lee
What keeps you awake at night?
Murder and monsters... Demons and forces of evil... Ghosts and urban legends... Dive into the darkness with twenty tales of terror that will keep you awake long after the lights go out.
A horror anthology featuring several best-selling and award-winning authors from around the globe, "Descent into Darkness" contains a variety of terrifying short stories and novellas.
Baba by Tony Urban Blood Note by Sylvester Barzey Nail Gun Glissando by Steve Vernon The Evil in Devil’s Creek by Paul B. Kohler What’s Been Keeping Me Awake by Amanda Luzzader Mark of Perdition by R....
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror by Mark MatthewsKealan Patrick BurkeJack KetchumJessica McHughJohn F.D. TaffMax Booth IIIGlen KrischJohann Thorsson
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin—drinking and drugging provides the height of human experience. It’s the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning as intense of any blood-thirsty monster.
The best way to tell the truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice.
The stories inside feature theinsidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing...
Haven, Kansas by Alethea Kontis
Never reap a harvest sown with blood. 150 years ago, in Haven, Kansas, a witch was burned at the stake. This October, in Haven, Kansas, a boy plays a prank on his big sister. Suddenly, crows fill the skies, a female scarecrow plagues the town, and teenagers are dying left and right. Amidst the violence, strange things keep happening. Lora Townsend discovers a secret room behind the wall of her bedroom, in which a dark and foul Book of Shadows has been hiding for over a century. The book belonged to an ancestor who documented the spells and stories of the strange woman he loved...a woman...