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Category: GHOST STORIES

GHOST STORIES

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  • THE TROOP

    He felt something touch his hand. Which is when he looked down.

    For the scouts of Troop 52, three days of camping, hiking and survival lessons on Falstaff Island is as close as they’ll get to a proper holiday.

    Which was when he saw it.

    But when an emaciated figure stumbles into their camp asking for food, the trip takes a horrifying turn. The man is not just hungry, he’s sick. Sick in a way they have never seen before.

    Which was when he screamed.

    Cut off from the mainland, the troop face a terror far worse than anything they could have made up around a campfire. To survive they will have to fight their fears, the elements … and eventually each other.

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST OF THE BEST NEW HORROR

    For twenty years The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror has been recognized as the world’s foremost annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. Now with one story from each year in which it has been published from 1989 to 2008 representing the work of dozens of authors many of them acknowledged as the foremost practitioners of the genre multi-award-winning editor Stephen Jones looks back on two decades of superb writing to bring readers the ultimate horror fiction anthology.

    With names such as Ramsey Campbell Christopher Fowler Neil Gaiman Michael Marshall Smith Paul J. McAuley and Lisa Tuttle this collection represents a true landmark in horror fiction publishing.

    Praise for Stephen Jones:

    ‘Horror’s last maverick.’ – Christopher Fowler

    ‘Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.’- Lisa Tuttle The Times Books

    ‘The best horror anthologist in the business is of course Stephen Jones.’ – Roz Kavaney Time Out

    ‘Edited by Stephen Jones a member of that tiny band of anthologists whose work is so reliably good that you automatically reach out and grab hold of any new volume spotted if you are wise.’- Gahan Wilson Realms of Fantasy

    ‘One of the genre’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders.’ – Publishers Weekly

    ‘Horror readers owe Stephen Jones a lot.’ – Rue Morgue

    ‘Edited by the prolific and reliable Stephen Jones.’ – SFX Magazine

    ‘Jones performs his usual exemplary job.’ – Starlog (UK)

    ‘A new horror anthology from Stephen Jones is always an event’ – Dennis Etchison

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  • THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS

    Jack Sparks died while writing this book.
    It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
    Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

    Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now.

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  • NAOMI'S ROOM

    ‘A chilling story’ — Independent

    Charles and Laura live a sheltered gilded life in the the privileged world of Cambridge academia: young and in love their marriage is blessed by a wonderful child – Naomi.

    On Christmas Eve morning Charles sets off with Naomi on a shopping trip to London. By the end of the day all Charles and his wife have left are cups of tea and police sympathy…

    Their beautiful angelic only child has disappeared. Days later her murdered body is discovered… but is she dead?

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    Struggling to cope with their physical and mental scars the remaining Mall Rats limp back home to Cape Town. They think they have the answer to all the enclave’s problems. They think they’re going to get a hero’s welcome. But things have changed since they’ve been gone. And not for the better…Meanwhile the Army of the Left is preparing to wipe out the dead once and for all. Its leaders think they’ve come up with a faultless plan. They think they have a secret weapon that will set the city free once and for all.They’re wrong.

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  • 23 HOURS

    When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security prison, the cop-turned-con finds herself surrounded by murderers and death-row inmates with nothing to lose . . .and time to kill.

    Laura’s always been able to protect herself, but soon she learns that an even greater danger lurks in the prison. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest vampire, has taken up residence and her power grows as she feeds her way through the inmate population. She knows how to pull Caxton’s strings, and issues an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.

    Now Laura has just 23 hours to fight her way through a gauntlet of vampires, cons and killers . . . 23 hours to make one last, desperate attempt at protecting the world from Justinia’s evil.

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF HORROR 24

    For nearly twenty-five years The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror has been the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to showcasing the best in contemporary horror fiction. Comprising the most outstanding new short fiction by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers this multiple award-winning series also offers an overview of the year in horror a comprehensive necrology of recent obituaries and an indispensable directory of contact details for dedicated horror fans and writers.

    The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

    Praise for previous Mammoth Books of Best New Horror:

    ‘Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.’ Lisa Tuttle The Times.

    ‘The best horror anthologist in the business is of course Stephen Jones whose Mammoth Book of Best New Horror is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year.’ Roz Kavaney.

    ‘An essential volume for horror readers.’ Locus

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  • DEATH OF A SAINT

    Some secrets are so unthinkable you can’t even admit them to yourself . . .

    Lele Ginger Ash and Saint – aka the Mall Rats – are hiding out in the Deadlands a once-prosperous area of Cape Town now swarming with the living dead. Exiled from the city enclave for crimes against the Resurrectionist State the Rats face a stark choice: return and risk capture – or leave Cape Town and go in search of other survivors.

    But what if the rest of South Africa is nothing but a zombie-riddled wasteland? Now Lele has discovered the truth about why the lurching dead leave them alone she can’t bring herself to tell the rest of the gang. And she’s not the only Mall Rat harbouring a dangerous secret . . . Can the friends’ survive on the road if all they have is each other? Or will their secrets tear them apart?

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  • DEADLANDS

    Welcome to the Deadlands where life is a lottery.

    Since the apocalypse Cape Town’s suburbs have become zombie-infested Deadlands. Human survivors are protected from the living dead by sinister shrouded figures – the Guardians. In return five teenagers are ‘chosen’ and handed over to them for a mysterious purpose: this year Lele de la Fontein’s name is picked.

    But Lele will not stick around and face whatever shady fate the Guardians have in store for her. She escapes willing to take her chances in the Deadlands.

    Alone exiled and unable to return home she runs into a misfit gang of renegade teens: Saint a tough Batswana girl; Ginger a wise-cracking Brit; and handsome Ash a former child soldier. Under their tutelage Lele learns how to seriously destroy zombies and together they uncover the corruption endemic in Cape Town and come to learn the sickening truth about the Guardians . . .

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ZOMBIES

    The zombie – a soulless corpse raised from the grave to do its master’s bidding – may have had its factual basis in the voodoo ceremonies of the West Indies but it is in fiction movies video games and comics that the walking dead have flourished. What makes a zombie?

    This Twentieth Anniversary Edition of one of the first and most influential zombie anthologies answers that question with 26 tales of rot and resurrection from classic authors such as Edgar Allan Poe H. P. Lovecraft M. R. James and J. Sheridan Le Fanu along with modern masters of the macabre Clive Barker Robert Bloch Ramsey Campbell Hugh B. Cave Joe R. Lansdale Brian Lumley Graham Masterton Kim Newman Michael Marshall Smith Lisa Tuttle Karl Edward Wagner and many more.

    From Caribbean rituals to ancient magic mesmerism to modern science these terrifying tales depict a wide range of nefarious methods and questionable reasons for bringing the dead back to life again.

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  • THE ARMY OF THE LOST

    One of us is dead.
    One of us is broken.
    One of us will betray the others.
    And one of us will have to sell her soul to survive . . .

    It’s been eleven years since South Africa was ravaged by the walking dead. Johannesburg’s impoverished survivors are ruled over by a minority of rich self-serving bureaucrats. As the remaining Mall Rats confront the dark heart of the twisted political system – in another part of town Tommy dreams of joining the Army of the Left a radical organisation intent on fighting for freedom.

    While Ash is forced to face his traumatic past and Ginger struggles to regain his sanity; Lele goes head to head against a powerful foe and Saint is dead set on a mission of her own: a fight for survival. Welcome back to the Deadlands . . .

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST STORIES BY WOMEN

    25 chilling short stories by outstanding female writers.

    Women have always written exceptional stories of horror and the supernatural. This anthology aims to showcase the very best of these from Amelia B. Edwards’s ‘The Phantom Coach’ published in 1864 through past luminaries such as Edith Wharton and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to modern talents including Muriel Gray Sarah Pinborough and Lilith Saintcrow.

    From tales of ghostly children to visitations by departed loved ones and from heart-rending stories to the profoundly unsettling depiction of extreme malevolence what each of these stories has in common is the effect of a slight chilling of the skin a feeling of something not quite present but nevertheless there.

    If anything this showcase anthology proves that sometimes the female of the species can also be the most terrifying . . .

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  • PSYCHO-MANIA!

    We all go a little mad sometimes …

    Included among these twisted tales – of psychos schizoids and serial killers many with a supernatural twist – is Reggie Oliver’s revival of Edgar Allan Poe’s wily French detective C. Auguste Dupin a new ‘Bryant & May’ London mystery from Christopher Fowler child-actor-turnedprivate-eye Marty Burns investigating a quirky Hollywood case by Jay Russell and internationally bestselling Michael Marshall revisiting The Straw Men conspiracy.

    Alongside one of Robert Bloch’s most iconic stories there’s an original wraparound sequence in the style of the author by John Llewellyn Probert.

    With classic reprints by R. Chetwynd-Hayes Basil Copper and Dennis Etchison original fiction by Peter Crowther Brian Hodge Richard Christian Matheson Paul McAuley Lisa Morton Robert Shearman Steve Rasnic Tem and others you’d have to be out of your mind not to take a stab at these stories!

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 23

    The year’s best and darkest tales of terror showcasing the most outstanding new short stories by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever this acclaimed anthology also offers a comprehensive overview of the year in horror a necrology of recently deceased luminaries and a list of indispensable addresses horror fans and writers.

    The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

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  • ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! FIGHTBACK

    This long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Zombie Apocalypse! is once again a ‘mosaic novel’ which weaves together contributions from big-name horror writers in the form of essays reports letters official documents and transcripts to create a coherent and compelling narrative. In volume one old-school flesh-eating zombies spread ‘The Death’ around the world. Now the fightback begins.

    Praise for Zombie Apocalypse:

    Clever gruesome poignant and pacy . . . it’s hard to avoid this book’s clutches – much like the shambling corpses that fill its pages. Financial Times.

    ‘An innovative collaborative venture.’ The Bookseller.

    ‘Moving funny terrifying and strikingly original.’ SFX.

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF MODERN GHOST STORIES


    Over 25 short story masterpieces from writers such as Louis de Bernières and Ian Rankin – modern literary tales to chill the blood.


    This spine-chilling new anthology of 20th and 21st century tales by big name writers is in the best traditions of literary ghost stories. It is just a little over a hundred years ago that the most famous literary ghost story The Turn of the Screw by Henry James was published and in the intervening years a great many other distinguished writers have tried their hand at this popular genre – some basing their fictional tales on real supernatural experiences of their own.

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW HORROR 21

    The year’s best and darkest tales of terror showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers.

    As ever this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike.

    The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

    Praise for Stephen Jones:

    ‘The best horror anthologist in the business is of course Stephen Jones whose Mammoth Book of Best New Horror is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year.’ Roz Kavaney

    ‘An essential volume for horror readers.’ Locus

    ‘Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.’ Lisa Tuttle The Times Books

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