Carnacki the Ghost Finder, The Voice in the Night, and Other Horrors: The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of William Hope Hodgson

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ne of the leading names in classic weird fiction, William Hope Hodgson remains an influential and powerful storyteller, remembered chiefly for his nautical horror stories and for his occult detective, Carnacki the Ghost-finder. Hodgson’s career – cut off prematurely in World War One – was extensive and elaborate, and this book contains the cream of the crop: the Sargasso Sea Mythos, a broad selection of his best maritime horror stories, printings of his lesser known strange tales (including The Baumoff Explosive and The Goddess of Death), five of the most striking Carnacki cases, and excerpts from two of his elaborate supernatural novels.

Illustrated and annotated, these stories include episodes of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery: floating stone ships, derelicts teeming with man-eating rats, ghost pirates, mutant weed men, carnivorous trees, parasitic fungi, were-sharks (you read that right), a ship with a heartbeat, a cursed room that whistles in the night, a castaway who refuses to let his hideous face be seen, freakish mutations, deadly ghost ships, bloodthirsty octopi, demonic hogs, and more. Hodgson’s fiction reveals a level of anguished vulnerability that blends the cynical realism with fantastic romanticism, creating a borderland – a liminal doorway – that brings the anxieties of the every-day into contact with the fantasias of the nightmarish.

The landscapes of his fiction – the weed-choked Sargasso Sea, the steaming South Pacific, Irish manor houses, derelict ghost ships – act as borderlands whereby these uncomfortable thoughts and existential pangs can enter into our world – to haunt and infect it.

The illustrated, annotated stories included in this unique anthology – stories of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery – are among Hodgson’s best and will not fail to disturb, amuse, and inhabit your imagination.

The Carnacki Casebook

The Carnacki Casebook
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Volume 1 of The Carnacki Casebook is a collection featuring three cases: The Haunting of Halton Grange, The Barton Wood Mystery, and The Secret in the Library.

The Haunting of Halton Grange: The staff of Halton Grange, a property in Dorset just south of the tranquil village of Corscombe, discover a mysterious hallway in the manor that had not been known of before. Dark and distorted, they daren’t enter. Lord Halton and Carlisle, the butler, brace themselves and venture inside. They find a part of the manor they’d thought had been torn down decades previously, and had contained the rooms of Lord Halton’s Great-uncle Colin: A skeleton in the Halton family closet with an evil reputation, including accusations of murder and dark magic. Making their way to the ancient bed chamber, they encounter a creature that had once been Lord Halton’s Great-uncle, and they barely escape with their lives. Realizing their dire need, Lord Halton contacts occult detective Thomas Carnacki, who enters the dark world himself and uncovers an even greater evil haunting Halton Grange. Part I of The Black Obelisk, a continuing series.

The Devil You Know (Felix Castor Novel Book 1)

The Devil You Know (Felix Castor Novel Book 1)
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Author of The Girl with All the Gifts Mike Carey presents the first book in his hip supernatural thriller series featuring freelance exorcist Felix Castor.

Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stomping ground. It may seem like a good ghostbuster can charge what he likes and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle, but there’s a risk: sooner or later he’s going to take on a spirit that’s too strong for him.

When Castor accepts a seemingly simple ghost-hunting case at a museum in the shadowy heart of London, what should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize.

But that’s business as usual: Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It’s the living who piss him off….

Collecting Death: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Haunted Collection Series Book 1)

Collecting Death: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Haunted Collection Series Book 1)
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The eyes of a cuddly child’s toy glow with demonic fire…

Exhausted from an academic conference, mild-mannered historian Victor Daniels wants nothing more than to return to his loving wife. But when he finally arrives home, he finds only tragedy and heartbreak. His wife has been brutally murdered. And the only clue is a blood-soaked stuffed toy, with a sinister gleam in its eye…

Overcome with rage and guilt, Victor teams up with a paranormal expert to track down the origins of the strange toy. And together they discover a tangled web of haunted collectibles and bloodshed, all pointing towards one man—Stefan Korzh…

A tragic childhood and a mansion filled with haunted antiques have driven Stefan mad. Each cursed item in his ancestral home carries a legacy of terror and death. Now, he seeks to unleash his family’s haunted collection upon the world, spreading chaos and fear.

House of the Dead: Supernatural Suspense Thriller with Ghosts (Cult of the Endless Night Series Book 1)

House of the Dead: Supernatural Suspense Thriller with Ghosts (Cult of the Endless Night Series Book 1)
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There is no escape from death itself…

Ghost hunter Shane Ryan has cheated death countless times. But death has a funny way of collecting what it’s owed. And when James Moran asks Shane to retrieve a group of deadly spirits and their haunted items, the retired Marine finds himself wading into battle with supernatural evil once more.

Traveling to the estate of deceased media mogul Arthur Hempstead, Shane quickly discovers there is more to this case than meets the eye. Hempstead was more than just a collector of occult objects… He died intent on drawing on power for his own nefarious ends.

But Shane quickly finds out Hempstead was not the only one eager to harness the power of death itself. And unless Shane Ryan can stop them, they’ll unleash an evil greater than any he has ever faced.

But first, he’ll have to survive a haunted house of horrors. And cheat death one more time…

Curse of the Necromancer: Supernatural Suspense Thriller with Ghosts (Jigsaw of Souls Series Book 1)

Curse of the Necromancer: Supernatural Suspense Thriller with Ghosts (Jigsaw of Souls Series Book 1)
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The dead walk. And only one man can end their reign of terror…

For Vincent Donnelly, waking up in a field in the middle of nowhere was just the beginning. Frantic and terrified, he has no idea who he is, or how he got there. Nor does he know the five dead bodies lying next to him. All he knows for sure is that he hears whispering in his head. Voices that are not his own…

With no memories or friends to rely on, Vincent finds himself drawn to the town of Alder Falls. Somehow, he is certain this place is connected to his hazy past. But the local townsfolk urge him to leave before nightfall. For when the sun sets, the dead walk these shadowy streets and prey upon the living.

A chance encounter in town reveals that the voices in Vincent’s head are the memories of lost souls, trapped within his shattered mind. Including a powerful necromancer, who has amassed the army of corpses plaguing the town. To solve the mystery of his past, Vincent must exorcise this sinister enemy from the confines of his mortal shell.

But setting such an evil presence free could unleash an even deadlier power. A being of pure darkness, who hungers for Vincent’s soul…

Samhain Sorceries (recent sword and sorcery stories)

Now, at Samhain, ritual fires of ash and apple-wood, mixed with bull’s bones, burned on the heights and the shore to deter malign spirits, or demons out of Hell as the Christians said.

Just in time for Halloween, DMR Books presents ten haunting tales of swords and sorcery. On Samhain, the dead will rise, dark rituals will be performed, and gateways to the afterworld will open. One of the more notable tales in this anthology is “Night of the Burning Ghost” by Keith Taylor, which features Felimid mac Fal, hero of the classic Bard series. Samhain Sorceries also includes stories by Adrian Cole, Matthew Pungitore, Harry Piper, and more. Edited by D.M. Ritzlin.

The Wicked and the Damned (Warhammer Horror) (English Edition)

The Wicked and the Damned (Warhammer Horror) (English Edition)
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A Serie of 30 books collecting horror novels/novellas set in the Warhammer 40k universe

A Warhammer Horror portmanteau

Drawn together by mysterious circumstances, three strangers meet in the mists of a desolate cemetery world. As they relate their stories, the threads of fate are drawn around them, and destiny awaits…

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It’s a classic horror portmanteau comprising three Warhammer 40,000 novellas, each with its own distinct feel – a ghost story, a monster saga and a psychological horror tale – that all draw together through the terrifying linking story.

THE STORY
On a misty cemetery world, three strangers are drawn together through mysterious circumstances. Each of them has a tale to tell of a narrow escape from death. Amid the toll of funerary bells and the creep and click of mortuary-servitors, the truth is confessed. But whose story can be trusted? Whose recollection is warped, even unto themselves? For these are strange stories of the uncanny, the irrational and the spine-chillingly frightening, where horrors abound and the dark depths of the human psyche is unearthed.

Midnight in the Graveyard

Midnight in the Graveyard
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Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Ghost Story by Peter Straub
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub’s classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past…
 
What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
 
In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.

But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever…