This collection brings together five different fantasy tales. The Last – Terrorized by the thought of death, a man lets himself be contaminated by vampirism to prolong his life indefinitely. However, when Hell and Heaven’s legions face each other in the ultimate battle, he becomes the last human being on Earth. Will he let himself be dragged peacefully into one of the afterlife kingdoms? Sasabonsam – During the War of Guinea, a group of Guinean guerrilla fighters bring down a Portuguese airplane. When investigating the wreck, they discover not only that the pilot survived, but also that he isn't human. Intellectual, one of the guerrilla fighters, is forced to face the monster, as well as the tribalism that infects the minds of his comrades. The Castle – Thomas gets a last minute invitation from his cousin Michael to Christmas dinner. But Michael's motives are darker than Thomas could have ever imagined. Susan – After a short and awful life, Susan faces death. Recalling her days on earth, she tries to deduce to which of the postmortem kingdoms she will be sent. However, her final destination reveals itself as surprising in more than one way. A Literary Quest – In his search for rare books, Cirio finds the elusive bookstore of Mormont, the location of which changes constantly, but is said to contain some volumes almost impossible to find. However, even after everything he went through to get there, will Cirio's quest be completed?
The supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real . . . tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror offers more than four hundred pages of tales from some of today’s finest writers of the fantastique?sure to delight as well as disturb!
Dark Heat, Dark Dreams & Dark Fantasy Monica Blackship hunts down creatures that shouldn’t exist. Stephanie Adams has the power to shape nocturnal visions. And if it’s weird, Jase Davis is on it. They’re all members of the Crew, an international consortium devoted to explaining the unexplainable.
Type: novella and the word count is about 41,600 words The fairy tales you know with a wicked twist. Enter a deadly world that could use a little hope and love. Jane finds she is in a battle with the characters from Little Red Riding hood as she tries to protect the Beast from himself. AaBack's Grimm Dark Fantasy Action Adventure Fairy Tale Series: #1 Tale Of Two Worlds: The Wizard, The Battle Mage, And The Werewolf "FREE" #2 Friends Reunited: The Janus Beast, The Rose Beauty, And The Cursed Duckling "FREE" #3 Dragon Scorned: The Towering Mountain Citadel, The Sword Of Cross-Worlds, And The Maximus-curse #4 The Battle In The Hedge Labyrinth’s Dead Garden: The True Beauty, Raisin Sweet-Tooth, And The Jinx-query
Lilith is a fantasy novel written by George MacDonald. Mr. Vane, the main protagonist, owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven from the brief glimpses he catches of the wraith. After finally encountering the supposed ghost, the mysterious Mr. Raven, Vane learns that Raven had known his father. Indeed, Vane's father had visited the strange parallel universe from which Raven comes and goes and now resides therein. Vane follows Raven into the world through a mirror. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation. In the story, MacDonald mentions a cosmic sleep that heals tortured souls, preceding the salvation of all. MacDonald was a Christian Universalist, believing that all will eventually be saved. However, in this story, divine punishment is not taken lightly, and salvation is hard-won. George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence".
This book is perfect for any young person interested in drawing all types of fantasy heroes and villains. Following the step-by-step instructions, artists of all skill levels can tackle even the most advanced drawing projects to make graphic-novel-worthy characters. Insider tips help readers along the way and are like having an art instructor right there with them. With dark epic fantasies such as Game of Thrones all the rage, this book will be a surefire hit with legions of fans.
With ancient sorceries unleashed, this game of thrones and vampires begin anew as a dark adversary holds Aleric, the Falconer, prisoner -- and prey. In this, the second book of The Vampyricon, New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg continues the epic dark saga of Aleric, the newly-anointed priest-king of the tribe of vampyres. The kingdom is home of the shadow-priests of the Veil, who whisper dark secrets to their new queen as white towers rise and forests fall. Heretics burn on the Illumination Nights and an enormous arena houses endless gladiatorial blood-fights between vampyre and shapeshifter, and somewhere in the bowels of the castle sits an infernal machine for the torment of the vampyre race -- called the Red Scorpion. In a medieval world, within a forgotten century where dark and dangerous magic lies hidden among lost cities of legend, Aleric the Falconer must escape his prison and find the vampyre Pythia, who has been taken prisoner herself halfway across the world. Be sure to get the rest of the Vampyricon trilogy: The Queen of Wolves, Book Three Praise for The Vampyricon: "If you like Game of Thrones and vampires, you're going to love The Vampyricon." - Robert Swartwood, USA Today bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife and New Avalon. “Astonishing. Douglas Clegg writes of…nightmares with such clarity and passion you don’t end up reading his books; you end up drinking them in. The Priest of Blood is a bloody gem.” Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Vines and Heaven's Rise. "A dark tale of swords, sorcery, and vampires." -- Christine Feehan, NY Times bestselling author. "Douglas Clegg has accomplished a rarity in the horror vein...This book will sink its teeth into you" -- The Kansas City Star "Richly layered, beautifully rendered foray into a past filled with sorcery and mystery -- and a rousing good story." -- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author Stunning...gives the iconic vampire a massive makeover. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review. Discover Douglas Clegg's fiction: Lights Out Neverland The Children’s Hour The Halloween Man You Come When I Call You The Hour Before Dark Nightmare House Bad Karma Goat Dance Breeder Afterlife Purity Dark of the Eye The Words Wild Things Red Angel Night Cage Mischief The Infinite The Abandoned The Necromancer Isis Naomi The Nightmare Chronicles The Attraction Night Asylum The Priest of Blood The Lady of Serpents The Queen of Wolves
Enjoy the first two stories in the AaBack's Grimm: Dark Fantasy Fairy Tale series. #1 Type: short story and the word count is about 13,000 words The fairy tales you know with a wicked twist. Start this novella fantasy action adventure series with a short story and enter a deadly world that could use a little hope and love. A woman, Jane, who seems out of place in her own world is transported to a world of fairy tales. All is not happy endings for the world of AaBack's Grimm holds a dark and deadly secret for Jane. In our world, Jane has lived life as if a curse has been on her, her entire life. As an artist, she has created artwork of many fairy tale characters, but her favorite is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. When she enters the World of Grimm, Jane comes across the Beast, and she's instantly struck with a need to help him. What Jane doesn't understand is that his curse is nothing like the ones in the fairy tales. #2 Type: novella and the word count is about 31,700 words The fairy tales you know with a wicked twist. Continue this novella fantasy action adventure series with the second book and enter a deadly world that could use a little hope and love and where somethings are as different as the moon and sun. Jane was transported to a world of fairy tales where she meets the Beast and the giant rose, Erosa. All is not happy endings for the world of AaBack's Grimm holds a dark and deadly secret for Jane. She believes she knows the Beast and Erosa from a lifetime ago, so she has to find a way to help them break their curse. What Jane doesn't know is that the Beast is about to reveal to her that he has a light and a very dark side. AaBack's Grimm Dark Fantasy Action Adventure Fairy Tale Sword and Sorcery Series: #1 Tale Of Two Worlds: The Wizard, The Battle Mage, And The Werewolf #2 Friends Reunited: The Janus Beast, The Rose Beauty, And The Cursed Duckling #3 Dragon Scorned: The Towering Mountain Citadel, The Sword Of Cross-Worlds, And The Maximus-curse
Each book in the Elven Grove series will always be a stand alone novel with its own conclusion. The landscape of Ainghaille is fraught with danger as would be found in an chivalrous era story. There are also goblins, wizards and dragons, many tears and laughter and at the heart of Then'diel's SONG is an epic love story. The author pulls no punches when it comes to the evil things that happen in the world of Ainghaille, but the language used is tactfully vague and leaves enough to the imagination. Then'diel's Clan are a group of young elves who find themselves alone in the human world. Roe’vaash, is her eldest son, who is half-human, tall dark & brooding. He and and the younger brother, Eiij’lam, seem so opposite. Torn from their elfling home and separated through time, they find themselves trapped into events that will determine the fate of the human world and all creation. Mature readers that like C.S.Lewis, Tolkien, McCaffery, Gaiman, and Pratchett would enjoy this book.
Dracula, The Jewel of Seven Stars, The Man, The Lady of the Shroud, The Lair of the White Worm, Dracula's Guest, The Judge's House, The Burial of the Rats…
Author: Bram Stoker
"Dracula" is the tale of Count Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. "The Jewel of Seven Stars" tells the tale of Malcolm Ross, a young barrister, pulled into an archaeologist's plot to revive Queen Tera, an ancient Egyptian mummy. "The Man" (The Gates of Life)" is a gothic tale of Stephen, young girl raised as tomboy, and her childhood friend Harold. As many of their close ones die in tragic accidents, through the deaths, Stephen and Harold grow closer. "The Lady of the Shroud" – Rupert Saint Leger inherits his uncle's estate on condition that he lives for a year in his uncle's castle in the Land of the Blue Mountains. One wet night, he is visited in the castle by a pale woman wearing a wet shroud, seeking warmth. He falls in love with her, despite thinking she is a vampire, and he visits the local church where he finds her in a glass-topped stone coffin in the crypt. "The Lair of the White Worm (The Garden of Evil)" – Adam Salton from Australia is contacted by his great-uncle Richard from England in order to establish a relationship. Adam travels to England and quickly finds himself at the centre of mysterious and inexplicable occurrences. "Dracula's Guest & Other Weird Stories" is a collection of nine macabre and gothic tales in which paintings come to life, rats run amok and many other twisted things occur: Dracula's Guest The Judge's House The Squaw The Secret of the Growing Gold A Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Dream of Red Hands Crooken Sands