supernatural -- fiction

The Girl in the Glass

By Jeffrey Ford

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"The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair -- and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy ... and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell's gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York's grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged séances -- until an impossible occurrence changes everything.

"While 'communing with spirits,' Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly 'powers' are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child -- drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation."

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The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

When you read a book at night until it unnerves you so much that you have to put it down to go sleep and then you dream about it, you know you have a great book!  The Cypress House takes place in 1935 and focuses on Arlen Wagner. As a veteran of World War I, he develops the ability to tell when someone was about to die. 

After the war, he is working as a CCC worker and is asked to take a train down to the Florida Keys to help build the bridge out to Key West. Unfortunately, when the train reaches Florida, Arlen can tell that everyone on that train is about to die. He attempts to convince everyone on the train to get off, but the only one who listens to him is a teenage boy, Paul Brickhill, who has been traveling with him.

The Green Mile

By Stephen King

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At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers as depraved as the psychopathic "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?

On Film:
A stellar cast including Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sam Rockwell, and Harry Dean Stanton makes this 1999 movie a must see.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah A. Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

Witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches are the Romeo and Juliet of the supernatural world. This is a book about the powers of magic, books, and love. The novel is clever, well-written, and romantic.

The two meet in Oxford’s Bodeleian Library when Diana, a Yale historian, is doing research and accidently calls up an ancient, powerful manuscript which explains the origins of witches, vampires and demons—and may show how to destroy them, too. She has spent her life denying the magical side of her nature in favor of reason, but when dangerous undead characters start to harass her to get the manuscript, she needs help.

The Werewolves of London

By Brian Stableford

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After suffering a near-fatal snake bite while visiting Egypt, young David Lydyard finds himself experiencing strange visions and is quickly thrust into the center of the secret war of werewolves, occultists, and fallen angels in Victorian London.
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Night Shift

By Stephen King

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A spine-tingling, bizarre collection of tales about sinister forces and unspeakable things that are working the night shift. Read with the lights on!
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White Apples

By Jonathan Carroll

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"Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child--a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe. But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side--if only Vincent can remember it."
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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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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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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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