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The Ballad of Black Tom By Victor LaValle Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780765387868
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
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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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
$25.00
ISBN: 9781421596938
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$24.00
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ISBN: 9780451495112
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
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062912237
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 29th, 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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Satania By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet (Illustrator)
$24.99
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781681121437
Published: NBM Publishing - November 15th, 2017

Look, I cannot even begin to describe the fleshy gloriousness that is this book. Please...just dive in. 



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The Job of the Wasp: A Novel By Colin Winnette, Colin Winnette Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781593766801
Published: Soft Skull - January 9th, 2018

This book is like Eileen meets A Confederacy of Dunces meets Sleep Away Camp, set against the backdrop of a possibly haunted boys orphanage. Come for the overly articulate but woefully unaware teenage narrator, stay for the Devils Backbone meets Lord of the Flies vibe.


Review by Anje

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