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Earth Cult

By Trevor Hoyle
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Trevor Hoyle
A Tellurian prophet has foretold the end of the world, but no one really believed it . . . until the US government built a scientific research station deep in a holy mountain!The Mountain of the Holy Cross near Roaring Fork, Colorado, has been held sacred by generations of followers of the Telluric Faith. But now the mountain is a temple of science, for deep within the ancient rock lies the Solar Neutrino Research Station. The Tellurians - and their gods - aren't happy.Since the Station started operating, strange and inexplicable events have been happening in Gypsum, the isolated town dominated by the towering peak. There are violent earth tremors and freak electrical storms, and people are dying from radiation. When science journalist Frank Kersh arrives to report on the Station's work he begins to draw some very unscientific conclusions about the research programme - and soon he is involved in a maelstrom of savage violence and destruction as an apocalyptic Tellurian prophet foretells the end of the world.Maybe the Tellurians aren't crazy after all . . .
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  • Your Brother's Blood

    By David Towsey
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    David Towsey
    An action-packed, post-apocalyptic adventure for fans of The Walking Dead, World War Z and Feed. The dead don't always die. Those who rise again are the Walkin' . . .Thomas is thirty-two. He comes from the small town of Barkley. He has a wife there, Sarah, and a child, Mary; good solid names from the Good Book. And he is on his way home from the war, where he has been serving as a conscripted soldier. Thomas is also dead - he is one of the Walkin'. And Barkley does not suffer the wicked to live.
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    Games Creatures Play

    By Charlaine Harris
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    Charlaine Harris
    Everyone plays something - whether it's solitaire or squash or stockcar racing, World of Warcraft or World Wrestling Entertainment tournaments, darts or dodgeball. Games bring out the best in us, the worst in us, the thing-we-never-expected in us. Human beings just naturally like to test their limits, both mental and physical - and why should the supernaturals be any different? In their latest anthology international superstar Charlaine Harris and award-winning mystery writer Toni Kelner have collected stories that feature ghostly players, bloodthirsty interruptions, and competitions with deadly outcomes, from some of the top writers in the fantasy, horror, crime and mystery genres. Game on!
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    Down the Figure 7

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    The war's over, but kids are still fighting the enemy - until a soldier returns home and suddenly there's real-life danger, and real tragedy.On the wasteland between their houses, Terry Webb and his mates are battling the Nazzies and Nips, inflamed by the Movietone News at the Saturday matinee, the exploits of Hollywood tough guys and the tales of brothers and dads and uncles who fought for their country. But in the 1950s, Britain is struggling to emerge from beneath the long shadow left in the wake of the Second World War. Life is all rationing, 'make-do-and-mend', deprivation and poverty, especially in the Northern cotton towns.As far as the boys are concerned it's all just a bit of fun, just like their opportunistic fumblings and increasing interest in girls - until Terry's favourite uncle, a Desert Rat, comes home, bearing all the scars of Monty's North Africa campaign and bringing a piece of the war back with him. And suddenly for Terry, life's no longer a game, but there's real-life danger - and real-life tragedy . . .The past is truly is a foreign country in this coming-of-age novel based on Trevor Hoyle's short story, the winner of the Transatlantic Review short story competition, evoking the joys, frustrations, injustices, excitement, battles, discoveries and bloody-minded wonder of a boy slowly learning to become a man.
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    Rule of Night

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    The sixties were swinging - but the seventies were the hangover: darker, nastier, uglier. This cult classic, a sour antidote to A Clockwork Orange, is 'a powerfully authentic account of working-class life and gang violence in early 1970s' (Time Out).Kenny Seddon is sixteen and no longer in school, but he still lives with his mum, dad and sister on the Ashfield Valley council estate, He's pissing away his life in a series of dead-end jobs, boozed-up nights, mostly disappointing sex and confused violence. The nineteenth century cotton mills that brought prosperity have all been shut down, and Rochdale is fast decaying into just another decrepit factory town where the gangs rule. Rule of Night creates a chillingly authentic world where teenagers prowl rainy fluorescent-lit streets dressed as their Clockwork Orange anti-heroes, with a backdrop provided by Ford Cortinas, Players No. 6, the factory and the relentless struggle to maintain hope.
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  • A Hard Day's Knight

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    Private eye John Taylor has a supernatural gift for finding things - but when the legendary sword Excalibur finds him instead, he really wishes it hadn't . . .Most people would be happy to receive the legendary sword Excalibur in the mail one day, but private eye John Taylor knows better. The weapon is extremely powerful, but it is also extremely dangerous and - of course - a portent of perilous times to come.If he's going to find out more about the sword, and why he's been chosen to wield it, Taylor must find and investigate the Last Defenders of Camelot.And to do that, he's going to have to visit a place he fears more than even the Nightside . . . London Proper.A Hard Day's Knight is the eleventh title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series
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  • The Bride Wore Black Leather

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    It's supposed to be the happiest day of Private eye John Taylor's life - his wedding day. It's a shame he's on the run from his bride . . . Everything is finally falling into place for John Taylor - he has a new job as Voice of the Authorities in the Nightside and he's about to marry the love of his life, Suzie Shooter, the most formidable bounty hunter in the Nightside. This new life, and the responsibilities that go along with it, mean it's time for Taylor to retire from the private detective business. He just has time for one final case.But, as always, nothing in the Nightside is straightforward and his final investigation ends with a price on Taylor's head. Now the entire Nightside is against him, and his bride-to-be is after the bounty. Happily-ever-after is beginning to look like an unlikely ending for John Taylor.The Bride Wore Black Leather is the twelfth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Nightside series by Simon R. Green.
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    Fearie Tales

    By Stephen Jones, Alan Lee
    Authors:
    Stephen Jones
    Illustrated by:
    Alan Lee
    Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and other bestsellers re-imagine famous fairy tales in this wonderfully rich, scary anthology, illustrated by Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee. Following in the grand tradition of the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, some of today's finest writers have created their own brand-new fairy tales - but with a decidedly dark twist. Fearie Tales is a fantastical mix of spellbinding retellings of 'Cinderella', 'Rapunzel', 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin', amongst others, with unsettling tales inspired by other childhood classics, all interspersed with the sources of their inspiration: the timeless stories first collected by the Brothers Grimm.Edited by Stephen Jones, Britain's best-known anthologist of dark tales, and illustrated by Oscar-winning artist Alan Lee, who also provided the magnificent cover, with stories by Neil Gaiman; Joanne Harris; Garth Nix; John Ajvide Lindqvist; Markus Heitz; Michael Marshall Smith; Angela Slatter; Robert Shearman; Christopher Fowler; Ramsey Campbell; Peter Crowther; Brian Hodge; Brian Lumley; Reggie Oliver and Tanith Lee.But be warned: this stunning volume of frightening fables is definitely not suitable for children!
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  • Scarlet Tides

    By David Hair
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    David Hair
    The Moontide has come and the battle-magi of the Third Crusade are marching their men over the Leviathan Bridge: now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at war: a sort of mashup of J.R.R. Tolkien and Henry Kissinger . . . believable, complete and utterly satisfying (Kirkus)The Moontide has come and the battle-magi of the Third Crusade are marching their men over the Leviathan Bridge: now thrones will shake and hearts will be torn apart in a world at war: a sort of mashup of J.R.R. Tolkien and Henry Kissinger . . . believable, complete and utterly satisfying (Kirkus)'Read. This. Series.' A Bitter DraftA scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition's windships flying the Sacred Heart, bright banner of the Church's darkest sons and ready to slaughter and pillage their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant'A complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters . . . There's a little something for everyone here - conspiracies, political backstabbing, high magic, swordplay, a smattering of romance, and more . . .Recommended for fans of George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss (Monster Librarian)But the emperor's greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical power.Against them are the unlikeliest of heroes: Alaron, a failed mage, the gypsy Cymbellea, and Ramita, once just a lowly market-girl, have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to Urte.'Vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building . . . Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series' (Bibliosanctum)East and West have clashed before, but this time, as secret factions and cabals emerge from the shadows, the world is about to discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as strong as swords and magic.
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    Vail

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    In this 'nightmare vision of Britain as a Police State' (Punch) Jack Vail is drawn into a sinister, scheming world populated by the offbeat, the bizarre and the morally corrupt. Jack's wife and daughter are killed in a motorway accident, and now Jack Vail, alone in the world, finds himself in London - but it is not quite the city we know. While his home in the North was stricken with poverty and radiation poisoning, the capital is being consumed by consumerism, media-obsession and moral corruption. Pornography, show business ethics and money-marketing flourish.Is Vail going to be able to sustain his belief in a universal order while he is being engulfed by the growing anarchy surrounding him? In his nightmarish vision of a not-too-distant future, award-winning author Trevor Hoyle vividly reflects the grim mood of 1980s Britain.
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    Mirrorman

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    Convicted murderer Frank Kersh is bound for the electric chair - until he receives a unique offer from a cult known as the Messengers. In return for his life - and the fulfilment of his every desire - he must destroy one man and thwart any threat to the cult's plans for world domination. But Jefferson Cawdor, Kersh's target, proves to be a determined adversary - and Cawdor may just have found a way into Kersh's realm: that single frozen moment between life and death in which Kersh now exists.Mirrorman, a dark erotic fantasy about the nature of good and evil, 'will keep you up way past your bedtime!' (Nicholas Royle)
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  • Just Another Judgement Day

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    Judgement Day has arrived for the inhabitants of the Nightside, and here to cast the first stone is God's very own agent of righteousness, the Walking Man. The Walking Man; God's enforcer on earth, has arrived, and brought Judgement Day with him. His sole mission is to rid the Nightside of sin and corruption, but the trouble is, that's exactly what the city was built on. It's a place where depravity rules, and where every dark desire can be fulfilled. If the Walking Man is allowed to carry out his indiscriminate purge, there'll soon be nothing - and no one - left. So the Authorities have hired private eye John Taylor to stop him, although that is likely to be easier said than done. Everyone knows that the Walking Man can't be killed, but if John Taylor doesn't find his weakness soon, he - along with the entire Nightside - will be facing God's wrath.Just another Judgement Day is the ninth title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series
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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    The Voice of the Nightside is dying, but he won't let a small thing like death stop him from making private eye John Taylor's life difficult . . . For once, Taylor has been hired for a really simple task - escort an elf across the Nightside. Well, it would be simple, if Walker, the powerful, never-to-be-trusted Voice of the Authorities wasn't determined to interfere.It soon becomes clear that surviving the journey is going to be the least of John Taylor's worries: Walker is dying and he wants Taylor to be his successor. He's the obvious choice, the one man all the inhabitants of the Nightside know - and fear. The problem is, Taylor doesn't want the job. It comes with more trouble and enemies than he's willing to deal with. But Walker is set on his choice, and he'll go to great lengths to get his way . . .The Good, the Bad and the Uncanny is the tenth title in the New York Times bestselling Nightside series by Simon R. Green.
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  • Traitor's Blade

    By Sebastien de Castell
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    Sebastien de Castell
    'One hell of a good book' - Conn IgguldenThe Greatcoats - legendary heroes, arbiters of justice . . . or notorious traitors? The Greatcoats are travelling magistrates bringing justice to all . . . or at least they were, before they watched the Dukes impale their King's head on a spike. Now the land's heroes are reviled as traitors, their Greatcoats in tatters.Facio, Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as mercenaries, but when they find their employer dead - and are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder - they realise things are about to get even worse.For the royal conspiracy that began with overthrowing an idealistic young king is spreading to Rijou, the most corrupt city in the land, and the life of a young girl hangs in the balance.When every noble is a tyrant and every knight is a thug, the only thing you can really trust is a traitor's blade.
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  • The Sword of Feimhin

    By Frank P. Ryan
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    Frank P. Ryan
    Four young men and women fell into the magical land of Tír through a mysterious portal in Ireland - and now the fate of two worlds lies on their shoulders in this 'enthralling' (LA Times) and 'fast-paced, action-packed and truly fantastical journey' (Fantasy Book Review)The Tyrant has control of the artefact known as the Fáil, and as he strengthena his hold on the forces of dark magic, he now threatens Earth as well as Tír.In a violently dystopian London, Mark has joined forced with Nantosueta to search for the Sword of Feimhin, while on Tír, Alan has mustered a Shee army and is intent taking the fight to the Tyrant - but obstacles obstruct his path at every turn. And Kate, now in the in-between world of Dromenon, finds herself entering the Land of the Dead . . .Day by day and hour by hour, the looming threat grows.'Ryan's grand epic style . . . Passionate and dedicated fantasy fans will find a rich, immersive world and carefully handled characters' Booklist
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    Blind Needle

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    A 'razor-sharp' and 'dark and dangerous' thriller (City Life): a man seeking his wife's killer finds himself embroiled with a sex-hungry divorcée and a drugs ring rife with corruption . . . but there are darker secrets yet to uncover. Peter Holford was recently an inmate of a psychiatric institution, but he's out, and on the trail of the man he believes murdered his wife. He's given a lift one dark, wet night by an attractive young woman; Diane Locke is a divorcée and hungry for sex - but she befriends him, even shielding him from the police as he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy involving drugs, fraud and murder . . . In Blind Needle, 'a novel of dark and dangerous ideas' (Glasgow Herald), Trevor Hoyle takes the traditional thriller and adds a new twist.
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    The Man Who Travelled on Motorways

    By Trevor Hoyle
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    Trevor Hoyle
    A cult classic by an award-winning novelist, The Man Who Travelled on Motorways is the first novel to exploit the mystique of motorway travel - the realities, unrealities and fantasies that take over the mind of the long-distance driver.The night drives between Manchester and London are long and dull, even though our narrator whiles away the hours reminiscing about his life - the motorway service stations, the pubs and hotels, the mills and moorlands that punctuate his journeys . . . But then things start to change: nothing is what it appears to be; no actions are innocent.As the secret life of his imagination begins to take on a nightmarish power of its own, so the objective world begins to sift through his fingers like a handful of dust.'A novel that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and illusion, amusing and terrifying by turns as it considers the impact of motorway travel on the modern psyche' - Morning Star
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  • Hell to Pay

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    Private eye John Taylor has survived war in the Nightside, but it has left a power vacuum . . . one just begging to be filled.The war in the Nightside - the hidden netherworld in the heart of London - has come to an end, but now there is no one in charge, and plenty of ruthless people who will go to absurd lengths to take that power.Jeremiah Griffin, one of the last immortal humans, is one, but his plans are obstructed when his granddaughter disappears. It's no surprise when he calls on John Taylor to find her - after all, finding people is what he does - but the job is not as simple as it appears. And to make matters worse, someone - or something - is blocking Taylor's supernatural gift, so he'll have to work the old-fashioned way . . . and quickly.Hell to Pay is the seventh title in Simon R. Green's New York Times bestselling Nightside series.
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  • The Unnatural Inquirer

    By Simon R. Green
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    Simon R. Green
    In his most lucrative case yet, private eye John Taylor must find a missing man . . . and potential proof of the Afterlife. John Taylor's latest case is going to make him a lot of money - he'll earn more than a million pounds if he manages to find Pen Donavon, a man who claims to have a DVD with evidence of the afterlife. The editor of The Unnatural Inquirer, the most notorious gossip rag in the Nightside, has made a deal with Donavon for exclusive rights, but now both man and DVD have vanished. Taylor is used to dealing with the unsavoury denziens of the Nightside, but it's becoming clear that someone altogether more powerful - and deadly - is also on the trail. Taylor must act fast if he's to find the missing DVD before his mysterious adversary, or he may well be the next one to disappear.The Unnatural Inquirer is the eighth title in the New York Times bestselling Nightside series by Simon R. Green.
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  • The Glass Republic

    By Tom Pollock
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    Tom Pollock
    'Marks the appearance of a powerful new imagination in SF' GuardianIn the gripping sequel to The City's Son, Pen returns to London-Under-Glass when her mirror sister - and biggest secret - is abducted. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.Pen's life is all about secrets: the secret of the city's spirits, deities and monsters that live just beyond notice, the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly - and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflection in a school bathroom mirror and the only person who really understands her.When Parva is abducted, Pen is forced to make a terrible bargain for the means to track her down, for in London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen's scars make her a rare and valuable commodity. Kept company by the pretty and fierce steeplejill, Espel, Pen isn't completely alone, but some in the reflected city will do anything to keep her from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face. The Glass Republic is the gripping sequel to The City's Son, and the second book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy.
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