New and forthcoming

The Taking of Annie Thorne

C. J. Tudor

The new spine-tingling, sinister thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man . . .
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One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after forty-eight hours, she came back. But she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her.

Something happened to my sister. I can't explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same. She wasn't my Annie.

I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.
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Praise for C. J. Tudor . . .

'If you like my stuff, you'll like this' Stephen King

'Wonderfully creepy - like a cold blade on the back of your neck' Lee Child

'A tense gripper with a leave-the-lights-on shock ending' Sunday Times

'A major new talent' Sunday Mirror

'A must-read for all horror fans' Daily Express

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian

From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.

You Know You Want This is about the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it is about the horrors that are done to them. There's a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend hearing them have sex, then seeing them have sex… until they can’t have sex without him; a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart’s desire: a nameless, naked man; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for “something mean”; and a self-proclaimed "biter" who dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired, pink-cheeked coworker.

Though the stories span a range of genres—covering territory from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural—they are all, in the end, horror stories. They are stories about sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain. They fascinate and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal measure. And, as a collection, they point a finger at the reader, daring them to feel uncomfortable... or, worse, understood, as if to say, "You want this, right? You know you want this."

Apple and Knife

Intan Paramaditha (and others)

Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today’s world. These stories set in the Indonesian everyday – in corporate boardrooms, shanty towns, on dangdut stages – reveal a soupy otherworld stewing just beneath the surface.

This is subversive feminist horror at its best, where men and women alike are arbiters of fear, and where revenge is sometimes sweetest when delivered from the grave. Dark, humorous, and vividly realised, Intan Paramaditha’s stories speak of distinctive aspects of women’s lives and peel off the myths surrounding them.

Dracul

Dacre Stoker (and others)

It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey's tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun - and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night - a night that will prove to be the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point - and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables now proven true.
A riveting, heart-stoppingly scary novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only the true origins of Dracula himself, but also of his creator, Bram Stoker . . . and of the elusive, enigmatic woman who connects them.

Fear on 4

BBC (and others)

An unsettling collection of full-cast dramas and dramatisations from the long-running Radio 4 horror series.

Introduced by the sinister Man in Black, voiced by Edward de Souza, these terrible tales will make your flesh crawl and send a shiver down your spine.

With adaptations of stories by John Wyndham, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Bram Stoker among others, the casts include Imelda Staunton, Bernard Cribbins, Anna Massey, Thora Hird and Sean Barrett.

Blood Communion

Anne Rice

FROM INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND 'QUEEN OF THE UNDEAD', ANNE RICE
The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga – part adventure, part fairy tale – of Prince Lestat and the story of how he came to rule the vampire world

From his meticulously restored ancestral chateau high up in the mountains of France, Prince Lestat grapples to instil a new ideology of peace and harmony among the blood-drinking community. Accustomed to welcoming the Undead from far and wide, one night he awakes to news of a ruthless attack by a group of maverick blood-drinkers.

After fleeing to investigate the terror, Lestat learns of several new enemies who despise his rule over the blood-drinking realm, and who are intent on disrupting the harmony he tries so hard to maintain. But is Lestat strong enough to take on such evil alone or will sacrifices have to be made? Will his cry for peace be heard in a world riddled with violence?

An enthralling, spellbinding adventure that sweeps from the snowy French mountains to the verdant wilds of Louisiana, on to the far reaches of the Pacific’s untouched islands and back to 18th-century St. Petersburg, Blood Communion will have readers gripped to the very end. It is not just a compelling tale of a troubled leader, but a novel about the power of ambition, as well as a timely reflection on the struggle of individuals to find and defend their place in the world.

Ghost Stories by H G Wells

H.G. Wells (and others)

Six unsettling stories by the master of supernatural suspense, the author of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.

This collection will include:
· The Moth
· The Story of the Late Mr Elvesham
· The Temptation of Harringay
· The Inexperienced Ghost
· The Stolen Body
· The Door in the Wall

The Great God Pan

Arthur Machen

'I will not read it; I should never sleep again'

A doctor performs an experiment on a young woman that goes horribly wrong, and a series of increasingly strange events follow: sinister woodland rituals, disappearances, suicides... Viewed as immoral and decadent on first publication in 1894, Machen's weird tale has since established itself as a classic of its genre and has been described by Stephen King as 'one of the best horror stories ever written. Maybe the best in the English language'.

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Ghost Stories

M. R. James

'Still as the night was, the mysterious population of the distant moonlit woods was not yet lulled to rest'

The aim of a good ghost story is to make the blood freeze, pleasurably, and this M. R. James achieves to perfection in these wonderful stories. His most atmospheric settings include English country houses and gardens, the north end of the churchyard, the yew-maze in 'Mr Humphreys and his Inheritance' and the unforgettable train journey in 'Casting the Runes'. To each of these stories he brings an eye for the telling detail, an imaginative twist and a narrative tone that is, at least to begin with, urbane and reassuring ...

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Loch of the Dead

Oscar de Muriel

'A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery' New York Times

'I enjoyed this - properly creepy and Gothic' Ian Rankin

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A CASE FOR FREY & McGRAY

The Scottish Highlands, 1889.

When a young heir receives a sinister death threat, Inspectors Frey and 'Nine-Nails' McGray answer a desperate plea to offer him protection.

The detectives travel north to the remote and misty Loch Maree, site of an ancient burial ground. They must stay with the mysterious Koloman family - any one of whom might be a suspect.

But Frey and McGray have little time to get their bearings. Even before they arrive the boy's guardian is brutally murdered, and one thing becomes clear to the two detectives:

Someone is willing to kill to protect the secrets of Loch Maree.

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Praise for the Frey & McGray series:

'This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch' Manda Scott

'Fun to read and a fast page-turner. Love and murder - they go together like strawberries and cream' Independent

'A brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written ... Everything you need in a mystery thriller' Crime Review

'Fast-paced, well-researched and thoroughly spellbinding. The mismatched pair is as entertaining as Holmes and Watson at their best' Historical Novel Society

Ghosts

M. R. James

A high-pitched laugh echoes in an empty church. Servants discover their master dead in his bed, the only sign of disturbance an open window. The coffin of a woman hanged as a witch is found to be empty. A bed that hasn’t been slept in is crumpled and distressed come the morning. A skeletal figure creeps closer and closer to the house where an unsuspecting family lie sleeping. In these chilling tales of the supernatural, M. R. James proves he truly is the master of the ghost story.

Selected from the book Ghost Stories by M.R. James

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Also in the Vintage Minis series:
Drinking by John Cheever
Summer by Laurie Lee
Friendship by Rose Tremain
Love by Jeanette Winterson

The Terror

Dan Simmons

Stephen King hailed Dan Simmons' bestselling novel as 'a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror' and it's now a chilling 10-part AMC Original TV series from Ridley Scott.

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled North-West Passage had every expectation of triumph.

But for almost two years his ships HMS Terror and Erebus have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness beging to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying.

There is something out there in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis . . .

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