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The Hellbound Heart: A Novel By Clive Barker Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061452888
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 2nd, 2007

This slight but viciously effective novella introduces a sadomasochistic mythology that spills over with gore and poetics. The monastic creatures within are iconic for a reason: they intrigue, terrify, and titillate. But its the human characters that are the real monsters, driven by ego and selfish desire. This tale explores the line between pleasure and pain and reveals the bloody face of transcendence. 


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The Ballad of Black Tom By Victor LaValle Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780765387868
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Published: Tordotcom - February 16th, 2016

What an angry and satisfying story. Apart from creating a compelling and morally ambiguous character worthy of his own series, Lavalle serves up a rebut to the xenophobia writhing in the depths of the Lovecraft mythos. This book made me hold up foot traffic on the way to the store, demanding that I finish the heartbreaking chapter before I took another step. J'adore. 


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Beautiful Darkness By Kerascoët, Fabien Vehlmann, Helge Dascher (Translated by) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463363
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 30th, 2018

Child logic and base ferality attempt to work together in this beautifully bleak fable. A group of fairies are forced to leave their previous 'home' and survive the wilderness. If you are looking for a sweet moral ribbon to tie around this tale, you wont find it. It is lost; buried in the woods amongst the maggots. 


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The Best of Richard Matheson By Richard Matheson, Victor LaValle (Editor), Victor LaValle (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Richard Matheson, Victor LaValle (Editor), Victor LaValle (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143130178
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 10th, 2017

Do you like the Twilight Zone? Of course you do. But you might not know Richard Matheson. And you should, because arguably the most iconic episodes were adapted from his masterfully-written short fiction. Each story is so tightly crafted as to border on pulp, each ending twists with a stinger that demands your return. If I'm on a plane: 1) I have a Richard Matheson collection in my carry on and 2) I'm not going to look at the wing of the plane. Yeah. He wrote that. 


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Weaveworld By Clive Barker Cover Image
$19.99
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9780743417358
Published: Gallery Books - April 1st, 2001

Clive Barker (my future husband) displays the fecundity of his imagination by creating a dark fantasy epic on the scale of Tolkien full of deliciously sacrilegious subtext. The characters and scenes within have woven themselves into my psyche never to be unraveled. Thank Goddess.  


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Comemadre By Roque Larraquy, Heather Cleary (Translator) Cover Image
By Roque Larraquy, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781566895156
Published: Coffee House Press - July 10th, 2018

At a sanatorium just outside Buenos Aires, where patients are living out their last days, Dr. Quintana and his colleagues have signed up to participate in a medical research project, which concerns the minutes just after death. They just need a few volunteers. An excellent translation of a horror novel, which is also darkly funny.



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A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062363244
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

This story revolves around 14-year-old Marjorie, the eldest of two sisters and her increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior. Is it the onset of mental illness or full on demonic possession?? This books sends up the exhausted tropes of past exorcism tales whilst simultaneously exploiting them to the benefit of the reader. It is a witty and creeptastic read with an homage to Shirley Jackson that left me reeling.


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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories By Junji Ito Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781421596938
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 19th, 2017

I adore the creative force that is Junji Ito. His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??


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Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories By Mariana Enriquez Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780451495112
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Published: Hogarth - February 21st, 2017

This book is a twisted bramble, ripe with grimy tales that really satisfy. Enriquez's voice entertains, educates, and terrifies. "I like dark themes,' she says, "...I would say it's my way of looking at things." amen, sister.


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The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Woof. I couldn't put it down. The premise is simple, the themes all too relevant. From the start I cared for the characters, had my stomach clenched throughout the meat of it, and shed a tear at the end. It's horror with a heart!


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