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The Lair Of The White Worm

Author: Bram Stoker

Publisher:

At the estate of Castra Regis in Derbyshire, mystery lurks in the woods, a place where snakes dwell and murderous deeds take place in the darkness. The behaviour of local residents Arabella March and Edgar Caswall further arouse the suspicions of Adam Salton, recently arrived at the invite of his great-uncle. Determined to quell the supernatural malevolence in his midst, Adam embarks on a quest to uncover evil and restore harmony. The final novel from the author of ‘Dracula’, ‘The Lair of the White Worm’ is a lesser-known but well-loved classic from the master of gothic horror.

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The Magic Cottage

Author: James Herbert

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1987)

"We thought we’d found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge’s painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other – well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side. The Bad Magic." "What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats – oh God, the bats! Even now those terrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened..."

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The Mammoth Book Of Modern Ghost Stories

Authors: Various, Peterr Haining

Publisher: Robinson (2007)

This spine-chilling new anthology of 20th and 21st century tales by big name writers is in the best traditions of literary ghost stories. It is just a little over a hundred years ago that the most famous literary ghost story, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, was published and in the intervening years a great many other distinguished writers have tried their hand at this popular genre - some basing their fictional tales on real supernatural experiences of their own.

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The Mistletoe Bride

Authors: Kate Mosse, Rohan Daniel Eason

Publisher: Orion (2014)

I hear someone coming. It has happened before. I pause and listen but no longer hear anything. I sigh. As always, hope is snatched away before it can take root. And so then, as always, I am carried back to that first December so very long ago...Rooted in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc, here are tales of ghosts and spirits seeking revenge, grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny.

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The Mysterious Portrait

Author: Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Publisher: (1842)

The Mysterious Portrait is a short story by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809 - 1852), a Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer. It tells the story of a penniless artist who feels compelled to buy a terrifyingly lifelike portrait that turns out to have magical powers. He then has the choice of struggling to make his own way in the world, or to accept the painting's help to achieve riches and fame.

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The Natashas

Author: Yelena Moskovitch

Publisher: Serpent's Tail (2016)

Béatrice, a solitary young jazz singer from a genteel Parisian suburb, meets a mysterious woman named Polina. Polina visits her at night and whispers in her ear: 'There are people who leave their bodies and their bodies go on living without them. These people are named Natasha.' César, a lonely Mexican actor working in a call centre, receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a role as a serial killer on a French TV series. But as he prepares for the audition, he starts falling in love with the psychopath he is to play. Béatrice and César are drawn deeper into a city populated with visions and warnings, taunted by the chorusing of a group of young women, trapped in a windowless room, who all share the same name ... Natasha

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The Phantom Rickshaw And Other Ghost Stories

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher:

Includes the following short stories: The phantom 'rickshaw - My own true ghost story - The strange ride of Morrowbie Jukes - The man who would be king - The finest story in the world.

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The Pit And The Pendulum

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Gripping, macabre tales from the mind’s darkest corners Edgar Allan Poe’s short life was beset by personal tragedy, loss and poverty and, despite his constant dedication to writing, he found little reward from the literary establishment of his day Today, however, he is recognized as one of the chief originators of the detective novel, as a fine romantic poet and as the author of some horror stories of chilling intensity, including ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’

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The Resurrectionist

Author: James Bradley

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2008)

London, 1826. Leaving behind his father's tragic failures, Gabriel Swift arrives to study with Edwin Poll, the greatest of the city's anatomists. It is his chance to find advancement by making a name for himself. But instead he finds himself drawn to his master's nemesis, Lucan, the most powerful of the city's resurrectionists and ruler of its trade in stolen bodies. Dismissed by Mr Poll, Gabriel descends into the violence and corruption of London's underworld, a place where everything and everyone is for sale, and where - as Gabriel discovers - the taking of a life is easier than it might seem.

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The Silence Of The Lambs

Author: Thomas Harris

Publisher: BCA (1992)

This is a fast-moving, bone-chilling thriller, full of tension and suspense. The story is about the F.B.I’s efforts to catch a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. The agency sends trainee Clarice Starling to interview Dr. Hannibal Lector, former psychiatrist, imprisoned in a Baltimore insane asylum, after having been found guilty of nine sadistic, cannibalistic murders. Lector has unusual tastes, and intense curiosity about the darker side of the mind. The formerly eminent medical man's understanding of himself, Starling, and the killer forms the core of the book. This is a must read for all thriller lovers. It is thought by many to be the greatest ever written.

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