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Horror & ghost stories

See below for a selection of the latest books from Horror & ghost stories category. Presented with a red border are the Horror & ghost stories books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Horror & ghost stories books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Transnationalism and Genre Hybridity in New British Horror Cinema

Transnationalism and Genre Hybridity in New British Horror Cinema

Author: Lindsey Decker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2021

As an intervention in conversations on transnationalism, film culture and genre theory, this book theorises transnational genre hybridity - combining tropes from foreign and domestic genres - as a way to think about films through a global and local framework. Taking the British horror resurgence of the 2000s as case study, genre studies are here combined with close formal analysis to argue that embracing transnational genre hybridity enabled the boom; starting in 2002, the resurgence saw British horror film production outpace the golden age of British horror. Yet, resurgence films like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead had to reckon with horror's vilified status in the UK, a continuation of attitudes perpetuated by middlebrow film critics who coded horror as dangerous and Americanised. Moving beyond British cinema studies' focus on the national, this book also presents a fresh take on long-standing issues in British cinema, including genre and film culture.

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 17

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 17

Author: Marylin Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

The original, classic, Dark Shadows books from the Paperback Library, return with Hermes Press' archival reprint of all 32 titles in the series beginning with the first novel which first saw print in December, 1966. The seventeenth book in this reprint series is titled Barnabas, Quentin and the Avenging Ghost. Each book in the series was written by William Edward Daniel Ross who used the pen name Marilyn Ross. When the jury of which Roger Collins is chairman find Harriet Barnes guilty of murder, she swears vengeance on the entire Collins family, then kills herself. Soon Celia Dalton, a guest at Collinwood, starts suffering strange spells. Each time she does, someone at Collinwood is violently attacked. Has Harriet Barnes taken over her spirit, making the innocent girl a blood-thirsty killer? Can Barnabas and Quentin save Celia --- and the Collins family -- from this menace out of the crypt?

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 19

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 19

Author: Marilyn Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

The original, classic, Dark Shadows books from the Paperback Library, return with Hermes Press' archival reprint of all 32 titles in the series beginning with the first novel which first saw print in December, 1966. The nineteenth book in this reprint series is titled Barnabas, Quentin and the Crystal Coffin. Each book in the series was written by William Edward Daniel Ross who used the pen name Marilyn Ross. Heiress Betty Ward is worried about her twin sister, who has eloped with Jeremy Frene. She follows them from Paris to the Frene estate at Collinwood -- but arrives too late! Her twin is dead, victim of a mysterious illness. Her body has been sealed in a crystal coffin and kept in a darkened room. Jeremy swears that because her ghost returns to the castle each night, he refuses to bury the coffin. Betty is convinced her sister's death was not a natural one. Jeremy's aunt opposed the marriage. Her ally against the couple seems to have been Quentin Collins a suspected werewolf. Betty turns to Barnabas Collins for help, despite the rumors that he is a vampire. But she does not realize that by doing so, she has placed herself in mortal danger...

Morbius: The Living Vampire - Blood Ties

Morbius: The Living Vampire - Blood Ties

Author: Brendan Deneen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2021

Morbius the Living Vampire seeks to end his curse of a thirst for blood, and to stop a demonic cult from unleashing hell on Earth. Seeking to cure his rare blood disorder, Dr. Michael Morbius instead cursed himself with an insatiable lust for human blood. While trying to cure his horrific condition, he has become allied with Amanda Saint, whose sister Catherine is one of the leaders of the Demon-Fire Cult. Also known as Poison Lark, Catherine Saint has two goals above all else. She seeks to bring Satan to Earth, thus unleashing the powers of Hell, and to kill Morbius and Amanda. When Morbius and Amanda follow the cult's trail to New York City, they run afoul of an underground fight club that uses monsters as their pawns in the arena. The club captures Morbius and he becomes the star attraction, forced to kill or be killed.

In Ghostly Japan

In Ghostly Japan

Author: Lafcadio Hearn, Michael Dylan Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

'Think not that dreams appear to the dreamer only at night, the dream of this world of pain appears to us even by day.' In this book, famed author Lafcadio Hearn presents 14 fascinating stories - including deathless ghosts and yokai, local folklore and haunted places, as well as Buddhist traditions. This edition includes a new foreword by Michael Dylan Foster which explains the book's importance as a Japanese cultural and literary classic. The Japanese have two kinds of ghosts in their folklore - the spirits of the dead and the spirits of the living. In Ghostly Japan examines both and, in the process, offers a fascinating window into Japan's supernatural and spiritual world. The 14 stories include: Fragment - A young pilgrim encounters a mountain of skulls and is shown a terrible truth Ingwa-banashi - On her deathbed, a dying wife bequeaths to her young rival a sinister and horrific gift A Passional Karma - A spectral beauty transcends death to return for her handsome samurai lover Story of a Tengu - A priest saves the life of a Yokai monk and is granted a wish, but the outcome is not as expected While some stories contain spine-tingling imagery, others offer looks into Japan's rich culture and folklore. Bits of Poetry offers an engaging study on the nation's fascination with verse, Japanese Buddhist Proverbs explains the meaning of several traditional Zen Buddhist sayings and Incense examines its use in rituals to summon and banish spirits. Whether you're interested in classic ghost stories, or simply want to enjoy the prose of a legendary writer, In Ghostly Japan affords countless delights.

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 20

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 20

Author: Marilyn Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2021

The original, classic, Dark Shadows books from the Paperback Library, return with Hermes Press' archival reprint of all 32 titles in the series beginning with the first novel which first saw print in December, 1966. The twentieth book in this reprint series is titled Barnabas, Quentin and the Witch's Curse. Each book in the series was written by William Edward Daniel Ross who used the pen name Marilyn Ross. Against her will, Anita Burgess accompanies her brother Jeffrey to Collinwood. He is determined to get revenge against Quentin Collins who he believes is responsible for his best friend's death. Pretending friendship toward Quentin, Anita and Jeffrey learn he has established a Black Magic center at Collinwood and has several young women completely under his power. Jeffrey enlists Barnabas's aid in his struggle to destroy Quentin - both to avenge his friend's death and to free the young women. But he does not realize that by destroying Quentin, he risks destroying Anita as well.

Seeing Things

Seeing Things

Author: Suzanne Linsey-Mitellas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

Rachel Holloway is a school teacher with an unremarkable life. That is, until one day when everything changes forever and she is given the gift (or is it curse?) of being able to see and speak with the dead - amongst others... As she grapples with this strange new ability, she encounters many colourful characters, both living and dead. Some try to guide her, while others use her power for their own ends. When a girl is brutally murdered, Rachel is thrust further into a labyrinthine world of spirits that are trapped in a limbo state between earth and whatever lies beyond. She soon discovers that what lies in the shadows is legion and some things that exist in this dimension are far more evil than anyone could imagine.

Your Turn to Suffer

Your Turn to Suffer

Author: Tim Waggoner Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2021

His ability to weave the surreal with the hyper-real is his greatest talent. - Signal Horizon. Lorelei Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time - her job, her health, the people she loves - and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she's done if she's to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Your Turn to Suffer

Your Turn to Suffer

Author: Tim Waggoner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2021

His ability to weave the surreal with the hyper-real is his greatest talent. - Signal Horizon. Lorelei Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past, and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a time - her job, her health, the people she loves - and she must try to figure out what The Cabal thinks she's done if she's to have any hope of answering their charges and salvaging her life. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Night Train to Murder

Night Train to Murder

Author: Simon R Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2021

Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

Author: Kevan Manwaring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

Since Odysseus' curious crew first unleashed the bag of winds gifted him by Aeolus, the God of Winds, literature has been awash with tales of bad or strange weather. From the flood myths of Babylon, the Mahabharata and the Bible, to twentieth-century psychological storms, this foray into troubled waters, heat waves, severe winters, hurricanes and hailstones, offers the perfect read on a rainy day -- or night. Featuring a selection of some of the finest writers in the English language -- Algernon Blackwood, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe and more -- this collection of weird tales will delight and disturb.

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 18

Dark Shadows the Complete Paperback Library Reprint Book 18

Author: Marylin Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2021

The original, classic, Dark Shadows books from the Paperback Library, return with Hermes Press' archival reprint of all 32 titles in the series beginning with the first novel which first saw print in December, 1966. The eighteenth book in this reprint series is titled Barnabas, Quentin and the Nightmare Assassin. Each book in the series was written by William Edward Daniel Ross who used the pen name Marilyn Ross. Knocked unconscious in an auto accident, Carolyn awakens in 1870 and meets Barnabas and Quentin. Suffering under the curse of the werewolf, Quentin arranges to be assassinated but later changes his mind. Once the die is cast however, the assassin may be unstoppable.