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American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

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Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.

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Declare

By Tim Powers

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"After a ten-year hiatus, British academic Andrew Hale is abruptly called back into the Great Game by a terse, cryptic telephone message. Born to 'the trade' and recruited at the age of seven by a most secret Secret Service, Hale, in 1963, is forced to confront again the nightmare that has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named Declare.Two decades earlier, as a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Hale first encountered the incomprehensible rhythms of an invisible world. And from that moment on nothing was ever safe and knowable again."

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House of Leaves

By Mark Danielewski

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Johnny Truant finds "The Navidson Record", a manuscript about a purported film a photojournalist made to document the supernatural characteristics of his house. As Johnny tries to uncover the truth, his discovery begins to have a terrifying effect on his mind.
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Incubus

By Ann Arensberg

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The town of Dry Falls is plagued by escalating plagues: a heat wave, a drought, malformed animals, bouts of memory loss and sexual attacks. An evil creature, taking the shape of a demon, a succubus, an extraterrestrial, even the Virgin Mary, wants something from Dry Falls - but what?

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Lord of the Dead: The Secret History of Byron

By Tom Holland

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Rebecca Carville is on the trail of a manuscript written by Lord Byron and said to be buried in a crypt. When she gains access to the crypt she finds Byron alive and ends up involved in much more than she expected.
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Nazareth Hill

By Ramsey Campbell

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Sixteen-year-old Amy and her father move in to Nazareth Hill, an apartment complex that used to be an insane asylum. The apartments are having a malevolent effect on their neighbors, and then they begin to transform Amy's father.
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Shatterday

By Harlan Ellison

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"A revolutionary classic from one of science fiction's most highly regarded authors, this collection of 16 brilliant stories remains as scathing and influential today as it was when it was first published more than 20 years ago. These category-defying stories combine science fiction, horror, and fantasy with ironic humor, sardonic social criticism, and intense self-revelation.

"From 'Jeffty is Five,' the tragedy of an innocent child wrenched out of an idyllic past, to humanity's encounter with dangerously seductive aliens in 'How's the Night Life on Cissalda?' and 'Shatterday,' the dark allegory of an identity-stealing doppelganger replacing his inferior twin, this incendiary collection re-establishes its legendary author's place at the cutting edge of the short story form."

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

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Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.

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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: Major Works

By H.P. Lovecraft

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"A series of major works by the master of the horror genre--including 'The Rats in the Walls' and 'The Dreams in the Witch-House'--showcases his meticulously described and historically grounded style, which became the basis for the modern horror story."

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The Rainy Season

By James P. Blaylock

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While grieving over the unexpected death of his young wife, Phil Ainsworth finds his life further shaken by the death of his sister and the arrival of his young niece, Betsy, a child with a special talent to hear the voices of the dead and see the uncanny forces closing in around the old house he has inherited from his mother.

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