The Terror

by Dan Simmons With luck he'd get almost two hours of a drunkard's sleep before the next day of darkness and cold began. With luck, he thought as he drifted off, he wouldn't wake at all. The Terror is the fictionalized true story of Francis Crozier’s disastrous attempt to find a passage through the polar northern... Continue Reading →

My Gun is Quick

by Mickey Spillane He couldn't lose me now or ever. I was the guy with the cowl and the scythe. I had a hundred and forty black horses under me and an hourglass in my hand, laughing like crazy until the tears rolled down my cheeks. Our ultra-violent, hard as rock private detective Mike Hammer... Continue Reading →

Vacation

by Matthew Costello The guns neatly nested in the foam. Boxes of shells on the side. The small, timed explosives. A larger flashlight. Crazy, he thought, to be traveling with this. But then he thought, Crazier not to. The world has been overrun by Can Heads (zombies), and no one knows how it started. Jack... Continue Reading →

A Swell-Looking Babe

by Jim Thompson That had been almost a year ago, back before he had lost his capacity for being insulted, before he had learned  simply to accept... and hate. Dusty Rhodes is a bellhop at a high end hotel, a job that has him involved in all manner of hijinks and pays well, and he needs... Continue Reading →

Queen of Blood

by Charles Nuetzel What looked like a history-making meeting is turning into a nightmare. A signal from outer space has recently been discovered, and soon after evidence of an alien ship landing on Mars follows. An expedition is launched to recover what is thought to be an alien spacecraft and rescue any survivors. The already... Continue Reading →

I, the Jury

by Mickey Spillane Maybe I'll even give the rat a chance to get me. More likely not. I hate too hard and shoot too fast. Mickey Spillane’s first published novel introduces the iconic private investigator, Mike Hammer. As the book opens Hammer is standing over the body of his best friend Jack who’s been shot... Continue Reading →

The Parasite (aka To Wake the Dead)

by Ramsey Campbell She was edging closer to the brink of what she had used to believe was reality. Nothing seemed solid enough to comfort her now. Avid horror readers know something of the occult, even if only by osmosis. Because the field is rife with reports of secret knowledge, taboo by entrenched religion, firmly... Continue Reading →

Red Harvest

by Dashiell Hammett She looked as if she were telling the truth, though with women, expecially blue-eyed women, that doesn't always mean anything. The Continental Detective Agency, a San Francisco based investigative firm, dispatches an agent to take a job in Personville, locally known as Poisonville. The nameless investigator goes about his hired duties of... Continue Reading →

The Dogs (Vintage Horrors #4)

by Jerrold Mundis "Christ, it's only a dog, not a science-fiction monster." "Tell that to the public." A rural government facility, attempting to maximize the potential of the modern canine, loses one of its German Shepherd puppies due to theft, and the thief soon loses the puppy (due to theft) which is then abandoned on the... Continue Reading →

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