The Pale Brown Thing

by Fritz Leiber What was the whole literature of supernatural horror but an essay to make death itself exciting?—wonder and strangeness to life’s very end. The Pale Brown Thing, a tale containing autobiographical elements, is the story of a horror writer in San Francisco, Franz Westen (Fritz Leiber?), who has a supernatural experience and attempts... Continue Reading →

Death Masks (Dresden Files #5)

by Jim Butcher It's much more comfortable to rest secure in the knowledge that no one can reach out with magic and quietly kill you, that vampires exist only in movies, and that demons are mere psychological dysfunctions. Completely inaccurate but much more comfortable. The Shroud of Turin has been stolen and Harry Dresden’s called in... Continue Reading →

Two-Handed Engine

by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore “It reminds me of the old story about the guy who took a short cut through a haunted forest on Hallowe’en,” Cynthia said. “He was thinking that he’d always been on the level, and if devils could get him just because he was in the forest, there just wasn’t... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern "People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see." Two men, ancient beyond the scope of the story, agree on a wager, with each picking a youth to train as a champion. When the time is right, the students will battle, and the... Continue Reading →

Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer "Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron." 12-year-old Artemis, father gone and mother’s health failing, undertakes the restoration of the Fowl family fortune by exploiting the faerie world he’s just discovered. But the new world is formidable, with magics... Continue Reading →

The Heroes

by Joe Abercrombie Victory and defeat, glory and oblivion, in absolute balance. The perfect moment. A massive book clocking in around 200,000 words, The Heroes is the story of the Northmen trying to protect a piece of ground from the advancing armies of the Union. The fight takes place over four days. There’s a style... Continue Reading →

Best Served Cold

by Joe Abercrombie “Men are easily replaced. The world is full of them.” Monza has worked her way up the ladder and is the leader of a powerful group of mercenaries. Her brother is betrayed by the duke and is killed in front of her, and her own body is broken and thrown down a... Continue Reading →

The Unfortunate Fursey

by Mervyn Wall “You understand,” concluded Cuthbert, “that no other course was open to me. I had no idea that Satan held you in such esteem that he was prepared to conduct your defence in person.” Fursey is a devout monk when the monastery is overrun by demons. Since his speech impediment hinders him reciting... Continue Reading →

Dangerous Visions

by Various Authors, Harlan Ellison (Ed.) Riots are the opium of the people. Some say it’s past its time, that when it was first published it may have been ‘dangerous,’ but today much of the book is downright tame with many of the ideas presented in the 1960’s blunted with time. Dangerous Visions has most... Continue Reading →

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