Hellboy: The God Machine
Thomas E. Sniegoski - 2006
The identity of the perpetrator is a complete mystery until Hellboy and Liz Sherman -- acting on an unlikely tip from a ghost -- foil a museum heist attempted by crude, robotic constructs inhabited by human spirits. One of these freed human spirits offers to help Hellboy track down those who imprisoned him: a fanatical order of psychics obsessed with creating a new messiah, one that will bring about a new stage of evolution for mankind -- whether mankind is willing or not. Now only Hellboy and his colleagues stand between a vulnerable humanity and an evil, vengeful god.
Hellboy: Unnatural Selection
Tim Lebbon - 2006
. .""A werewolf stalks the streets of Baltimore . . .""A griffin slaughters a herd of horses in Madrid . . ."Weird sightings of cryptozoological and mythological creatures abound around the globe. Sometimes the creatures simply appear and then vanish again, content merely to put in an appearance. Other times they make themselves known to entire cities, and leave their mark. Damaged buildings. Scars on the landscape. The occasional death.Then suddenly, the death toll escalates. One by one Hellboy and his friends at the BPRD are dispatched to avert disaster. Hellboy encounters a dragon in Brazil. Abe Sapien tackles a giant alligator in Venice. Liz Sherman faces off against a phoenix in the Mediterranean.But in dawning horror they realize it's all a distraction -- heralding nothing so much as an event of apocalyptic proportions . . .
Future Diary, Volume 01
Sakae Esuno - 2006
He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space. Seeing Yukiteru's miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus's successor.
Thomas Ligotti - 2006
The cycle of narratives that includes the title work of this collection, for instance, introduces readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that ultimately engulf their lives. These are selected examples of the forbidding array of persons and places that compose the mesmerizing fiction of Thomas Ligotti.
The End of the Story
Clark Ashton Smith - 2006
Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.
Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon
Donald Tyson - 2006
P. Lovecraft's compelling character, Abdul Alhazred, is brought to life in this epic tale detailing the mad sorcerer's tragic history and magical adventures. Alhazred tells his own life story, beginning with himself as a poor, handsome boy in Yemen who attracts the attention of the king for his divine skill in poetry. As the court poet, young Abdul lives a luxurious life at the palace, where he studies necromancy and magic. But falling in love with the king's daughter leads to a foolish tryst, which is ultimately discovered. As punishment, Abdul is tortured, brutally mutilated, and cast into the desert, known as the Empty Space. Battling insanity, he joins a tribe of ghouls and learns forbidden secrets from a stranger called Nyarlathotep. Thus begins his downward spiral into wickedness. Renamed Alhazred, he escapes the desert and embarks on a quest to restore his body and reunite with his true love. Traveling across the ancient world and fantastic realms, he is hounded by foes and tormented by the demands of his dark lord.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks - 2006
Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, "By excluding the human factor, aren't we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn't the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as 'the living dead'?"Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.
Gary A. Braunbeck - 2006
Braunbeck comes Prodigal Blues, his first foray into non-supernatural horror.After he finds himself stranded at a truck stop in Missouri, Mark Sieber gets one of the biggest shocks of his life when he recognizes the face of a little girl on a Missing poster as belonging to the same little girl he saw only a few minutes before. Looking around for some sign of her, he comes back to his table in the restaurant to find the little girl sitting there, waiting for him."I'm sorry, mister," is all she seems capable of saying.As the police and media begin to converge on the truck stop, Mark retreats back to his hotel room to call his wife and let her know what's going on, only to be taken hostage by the same people who released the little girl. But his abductors are little more than children themselves.Ranging in ages from 12 to 19, Mark's abductors are in the process of escaping from a sadistic pedophile known to them only as "Grendel" a man whose practices include torture and mutilation specifically, mutilation of the face.Mark's abductors have all been mutilated by Grendel, who may be very close behind them, and need someone with a "normal face" to help them carry out their plan for justice and return home.For the next few days, Mark will come to understand not only the inhuman horror that these children have suffered, but how they eventually learned to fight back and how they discovered that Grendel and his practices are at the center of a very complex network catering to those whose tastes run toward the molestation and mutilation of children.Prodigal Blues is perhaps Braunbeck's most suspenseful and emotionally powerful work to date; a story of suffering, depravity, redemption, and in the end the individual's compassion for his or her fellow human beings that can lead some people to find reserves of courage and determination they never thought they possessed.Terrifying, suspenseful, sometimes surprisingly funny, and ultimately moving, Prodigal Blues is quintessential Braunbeck.
I Am Legend / Hell House
Richard Matheson - 2006
and now they are all thirsty for his blood. Following this short novel are ten more unforgettable tales.The New York Times called Hell House "a fine horror story". The hell house in question, Belasco house, is a place regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses due to the almost unimaginable horror and depravity that one occurred there. But a new investigation brings to the mansion four strangers who are determined to uncover the ultimate secrets of life and death. Can any soul survive the evil that lurks in the most haunted place on earth?
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Set - Books #5-9 (The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival)
Lemony Snicket - 2006
Series of Unfortunate Events Set - books #5-9 (The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival)
The EC Archives: Shock SuspenStories Volume 1
Al Feldstein - 2006
Includes stories by William Gaines & Al Feldstein, with art by Jack Kamen, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingles, and Wally Wood. Featuring a foreword by Steven Spielberg this book looks back at some of the edgiest and best written stories in comic history.
Exorcism - Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult
Jose Francisco C. Syquia - 2006
Jose Francisco C. Syquia# Do ghosts exist?# Are there haunted houses?# How about spirits of the glass, mediums and séances?# Are mangkukulams really powerful?# Can fortune-tellers really see into the future?# Do anting-antings and agimats really work?# Do tikbalangs and manananggals exist?# Does the Catholic Church still perform exorcisms?Warning: You won't be able to put down this book. Because Fr. Jocis Syquia an official exorcist of the Catholic Church will take you into the hidden, dark world of demons and how they intersect our daily world.Speaking from personal experience of haunted houses, demon possession, ghosts, and true-to-life, scientifically unexplainable paranormal activity, Fr. Jocis will also show you the incomparable power of God over spirits.Included in this gripping book of stories is the Exorcism Rite the main weapon of the Catholic Church against demonic assaults, a concise manual of prayers for deliverance, as well as a handbook for dealing with infested locales.This book will change the way you view the world.In the end, Fr. Jocis' mind-blowing stories will not make you fear the devil as much as they will make you love God more.-- Bo Sanchez Catholic Lay Preacher and Bestselling Author
Something Porcine This Way Comes
Greg Crites - 2006
He has plenty of secrets behind his body's girth or 'Vein Armor' as he calls it. An accident brings Dunkin together with several slightly dysfunctional characters. Together they go on an undead hunting expedition that starts in sunny Florida and works its way down the Amazon in South America. The first book in a trilogy.
William Gay - 2006
Suspecting that something is amiss with their father’s burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the dead.Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first, he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric squatters–old men, witches, and families among them–who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety. With his poetic, haunting prose, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.
Voices from the Other Side (Dark Dreams, #2)
Brandon MasseyLawana Holland-Moore - 2006
Feel the racing pulse in the primal desire of werewolves. Embrace the aura of two gifted women as they unleash power beyond imagining. Savor the aroma of otherworldly flora planted in a unique patch of earth. THEY WALK THE NIGHT...prepared to face terrors humans were never meant to confront. Chant with an African mystic as he protects his people from an entity of unbridled malice. Ride the dusty trails of the Old West in pursuit of monstrous legends. Sail on a ship of damned souls as it languishes in the depths of forbidden waters. From the untamed wilderness of ancient times to the concrete jungles of today, these seventeen excursions into nightmares will keep you awake long past the midnight hour--and praying for daylight... Featuring stories by Eric Jerome Dickey, Tananarive Due, L.A. Banks, Brandon Massey, Christopher Chambers, and many more, this is one collection you don't want to miss.
The Last Rakosh
F. Paul Wilson - 2006
During a look through the freak show, they come across what was believed to be extinct: a Rakosh. Or is it? Jack had made sure that the Rakoshi were dead -exterminated. Jack style. But now, somehow, there appears to be evidence of a Rakosh. The Last Rakosh puts Jack back on the trail of this new mystery that will thrill and entertain, in Repairman Jack style. Previously available as a short story, this version has been completely revised into novella length for this special publication. Previously available in hardcover, The Last Rakosh now being published in an affordable trade paperback.
The Poison Diaries
The Duchess Of Northumberland - 2006
Weed is an orphan who is taken in by a sadistic apothecary, known only as the master, and proves to be a promising apprentice with a natural ability for the craft. Eventually, Weed's master takes him to a secret walled garden containing some of the most dangerous poisonous plants in the world. In later solitary visits to the garden, however, Weed realizes that the vegetation can communicate with him, and as he learns more about each individual plant, he also discovers precisely how the utilization of each plant's poison can gruesomely put an end to someone's life. The tremendous danger surrounding Weed's education in poisons is tragically underscored when his girlfriend, Marigold, after listening to Weed's far-from-expert instructions, experiments with belladonna and dies. Overwhelmed with grief, Weed blames his master for the death and, finally taking the advice of all the plants in the secret garden, prepares to enact vengeance Including incredibly detailed illustrations (� la National Audubon Society field guides) of a variety of poisonous plants -- belladonna, ricin, mandrake, hemlock, ergot, et al. -- iThe Poison Diaries/i is equal parts nightmarish fable, instructive botanical guide, and not-so-subtle cautionary tale. Fans of illustrated works like Brom's iThe Plucker/i will absolutely cherish this twisted and toxic tale. iPaul Goat Allen/i
A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers
Jeffrey Thomas - 2006
Dreams can be recorded and played back as a form of entertainment on the DreamBox. To create one thrilling DreamBox program, dreams have been teased out of the preserved brains of Freddy Krueger's past victims. This program is being tested on a group of teenagers who not only experience the dreams of Freddy's former victims, but also begin having their own dangerous nightmares. One of the kids has made a pirate copy of the program and is creating free access to it via the Internet. That would mean the evil influence of Freddy Krueger would go global.
The Abandoned, Volume 1
Ross Campbell - 2006
The zombies seek out the only living thing left: their children. After Rylie escapes a nursing home, she makes her way through the swamps of her hometown to find her crush, Naomi, before the dead find her first. Rated for older teens.
Brandon Massey - 2006
. .The night is full of wild things...When Kym Phillips embarks on a road trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles to take her younger sister to college, she's anticipating an opportunity to bond with her sister and a chance to see the country. And as an accomplished, single professional with her thirtieth birthday only a week away and no marriage prospects in sight, Kym is looking forward to some quiet time to reflect on the frustrating course of her love life.Waiting for them...He roams the lonely highways and barren canyons of the Southwest. Leader of a pack of vicious minions, he hunts the night for travelers far from home... for prey.Deep into their journey, Kym realizes that someone is following them. Someone with an uncanny predator's instinct. Someone with a sick hunger for blood. Someone who, no matter what they do to escape, is utterly relentless...Explosive, lightning-paced, and impossible to put down, this is Brandon Massey at his thrilling best.
Don't Rest Your Head
Fred Hicks - 2006
days? Or is it weeks now? It's hard to remember. You've been so busy with... well, whatever it is that's been keeping you awake. Then one night you're walking down the block toward your apartment, when you realize there's a new building on your street. A new building, somehow... in between two buildings that used to be side by side... that's impossible, isn't it? You pause to take a closer look. It's a bar. The sign says "Serious Moonlight", and a bright white moon blinks through the phases from new to full and back again, waxing and waning with the buzz of neon. It's been a stressful week. Or is it month now? It's hard to remember. But you could sure use a drink. So you cross the street and step inside.The citizens of The City welcome you with open arms. After all, you're one of them now. With all the gifts and curses that come with being Awake in a world of sleepers.Just be careful. The Nightmares you've been dodging haven't forgotten about you. They're waiting, just around the corner; waiting for you to nod off- and then they'll have you.They won't wait much longer.Whatever you do... don't rest your head.
Losing Christina Collection
Caroline B. Cooney - 2006
Shevvington, the handsome principal. Mrs. Shevvington, the dedicated teacher. Who better for Christina and Anya to board with while attending school on the mainland? But something evil is happening at the Shevvingtons' house.In FOG, Anya slowly starts to lose her mind and Christina knows that the Shevvingtons are behind it. Can she stop them before they turn their attention to her?In SNOW, the Shevvingtons bring Dolly to live with them when they realize Christina is too strong for them to control. Sweet, trusting Dolly appears to be lost in a snowstorm, but Christina knows the truth. Dolly is lost inside the house, and that's much worse.In FIRE, the final book in the series, Christina finally finds the evidence she needs to expose the Shevvingtons. Can she do it before everything goes up in flames?
The Art of H.P. Lovecraft's the Cthulhu Mythos
Pat Harrigan - 2006
In these pages are glimpses of the most terrible beings ever to exist, whose very names are spoken of in whispers, if at all: Mighty Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth the Crawling Chaos Nyarlathotep and He Who Shall Not Be Named. Strange and alien races swarm here: the Fungi From Yuggoth, the star-headed Elder Things, the slithering Formless Spawn and awful chthonians. The Art of H.P. Lovecraft's The Cthulhu Mythos contains hundreds of full-color pieces of art, from fan favorites such as Patrick McEnvoy, Michael Komarck, Jean Tay, Thomas Denmark, John Gravato, Aaron Acevedo, James Ryman, Felicia Cano, Linda Bergkvist and dozens more. Once you see these blasphemous visions, you will never forget them.
Nocturnals Volume One: Black Planet And Other Stories
Dan Brereton - 2006
An outcast, Doc Horror is forced to live by the dark of night, and there he finds compatriots who must also shun the light of day. Polychrome, The Gunwitch, Starfish, Firelion, Komodo, and The Raccoon join Doc in his mission to save this planet - and they don't care how many monsters stand in their way! The first of three hardcovers reprinting the entire critically acclaimed Nocturnals storyline, dramatically oversized to show off every ghastly, spectral detail! Each volume contains the addition of new story material- all in preparation for the relaunch of the series on the Nocturnals' 13th anniversary in 2007! Volume 1 contains the original six issue Bravura mini-series Black Planet, the Witching Hour story arc from Dark Horse Presents, an all-new crime noir story of Doc Horror and the Raccoon entitled Clean Hands, and a lengthy afterword by Dan Brereton about the origins of the Nocturnals.
Kealan Patrick Burke - 2006
But there are a couple of obstacles in his way. First, there are the kids next door who insist on racing their dirt bikes through his yard. And then there's his eccentric neighbor Zach, who comes looking for Larry's help, to verify that Zach isn't losing his mind.Because there is something in his house that couldn't possibly be real...Something terrifying...
The Horror Film: An Introduction
Rick Worland - 2006
In doing so, it outlines and investigates important issues in the production, consumption, and cultural interpretation of the genre. An ideal text for perennially popular courses on the horror film genre. Examines the ways in which horror movies have been produced, received, and interpreted by filmmakers, audiences, and critics, from the 1920s to the present. Provides a short historical introduction of the horror film as an orientation to the field. Analyses a wide variety of major works in the genre, including Frankenstein, Cat People, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
World of Hurt
Brian Hodge - 2006
It's not a secret that he shares with many people. Especially these last six years, ever since the comforting lie of tunnels and white lights crumbled away to leave him with the memory of what he really found on the other side of death not Hell, but something worse: a Heaven unlike anything he'd ever been taught to expect. Now, as Heaven seeks to reclaim him, Andrei awakens to the hidden truths of this world and the next, caught between two unequal sides waging a clandestine war for the soul of the world, in which everything he's ever taken for granted about good and evil has just been turned upside down. When death is no escape, what do you do? Andrei has a fierce need to know, as the clock runs out on the most excruciating moral choice of his life.
30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead
Jeffrey J. Mariotte - 2006
But that was before the violent confrontation with the terrifying creature that had once been his former partner and friend turned his world upside down. Now Gray is looking for some answers, and finding only more questions, all of which seem to lead straight to the backwater town of Barrow, Alaska--a place that has seen its own share of horror. Andy Gray has no idea what he's gotten himself into--and he's about to find out just how dangerous the stuff of legend can actually be....
Nick Antosca - 2006
His journey will take him from the halls of privilege into the heart of the forest fire threatening his childhood home. On deserted streets lined with perfect houses, Danfield must confront an American dream corroded by unspeakable acts of cruelty.
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #1
Ben Templesmith - 2006
Things are awakening in the city. Things that have a nasty habit of leaving mutilated bodies in their wake and it all reeks of demons and dark gods up to no good. Owing a favor to his lazy ghost cop buddy Trotsky, Wormwood, the gentleman corpse and his oddball entourage are brought in to investigate the case (or at least hopefully not stuff it up too much.)
Barry MoserShirley Jackson - 2006
Featuring classic stories by such timeless authors as Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, and H.G. Wells, this spellbinding collection also includes modern masterpieces by contemporary legends like Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ray Bradbury. Celebrated artist Barry Moser's twenty unforgettable engravings capture all the suspense and horror in these brilliant stories, making this a deluxe illustrated edition that readers of all ages will want to return to again and again...if they dare!
Horror: The Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear
James Marriott - 2006
With feature spreads on related themes appearing throughout—from vampires, ghosts, and comedy horror, to the occult, giallo, cannibalism, and serial killers—this book offers a superb introduction for beginners as well as something new for the die-hard horror fan. Each section has a detailed introduction looking at the development of the genre, followed by an A-Z review listing of key films, with feature spreads on dominant themes.
Hellspawn: The Ashley Wood Collection
Ashley Wood - 2006
The collection features Hellspawn issues #1-10, a cover gallery, a new never-before-seen cover from Ashley himself, as well as tons of behind the scenes extras! Plus: great writing from fan favorites Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Niles.
Aegri Somnia: The 2006 Apex Digest featured writer anthology
Jason SizemoreMari Adkins - 2006
It means, literally, "A sick man's dream." When you present a theme such as "aegri somnia" to a group of twisted horror writers, well, you should expect disturbing results. Read this book, and you'll have twelve names to listen for while spying the police scanner. You'll find yourself wanting to buy more locks for the windows, for the doors. If there are twelve people like this hiding in the masses, then there's got to be more...Contains fiction from Scott Nicholson, Cherie Priest, Christopher Rowe, Steven Savile, Lavie Tidhar, Jennifer Pelland, Eugie Foster, Nancy Fulda, Mari Adkins, Angeline Hawkes, Rhonda Eudaly, and Bryn Sparks. [this book is currently out of print]
Dick Briefer's Frankenstein
Dick Briefer - 2006
Briefer created a bizarre, twisted version of the classic Frankenstein that is legend among comic book aficionados. This large format book lovingly reproduces a monstrous number of stories from the original 1940s and '50s comic books. The stories are fascinatingly supplemented by an insightful introduction with rare photos of the artist, original art, letters from Dick Briefer, drawings by Alex Toth inspired by Briefer's Frankenstein, and much more! As with the entire line of Yoe Books, the reproduction techniques employed strive to preserve the look and feel of expensive vintage comics. Painstakingly remastered, enjoy the closest possible recreation of reading these comics when first released."Collects selected stories Prize Comics' Frankenstein by Dick Briefer.
The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy
Paul Kane - 2006
Beginning with the unconventional sources of Clive Barker's inspiration, the book follows Barker from his pre?Hellraiser cinematic experience through the filming of the horror classic. It examines various themes (such as the undermining of the traditional family unit and the malleability of the flesh) found throughout the film series and the ways in which the representation of these themes changes from film to film. The religious aspects of the films are also discussed. Characters central to the franchise?and the mythos?are examined in detail. Included is a foreword by actor Doug Bradley, who portrayed the infamous Pinhead.
Horror!: 333 Films to Scare You to Death
James Marriott - 2006
Packed with images of the most terrifying scenes in cinema history, this definitive volume traces the genre decade by decade, providing a witty and informative critique of more than 200 movies from all over the world. A team of seasoned, top horror experts leads the way with authority, humor, and encyclopedic knowledge, making this a superb guide for both die-hard and new horror fans.
Shadows in the Mist
Brian Moreland - 2006
Now, he is determined to tell his tale. His grandson, Sean, is given the task of carrying his message. But Sean's personal quest will pull him into a deadly race against those who wish to bury the truth forever and those who wish to use it to unleash hell on earth.
Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, 2 Vols
S.T. Joshi - 2006
These figures have gained iconic status and continue to hold sway over popular culture and the modern imagination. This book offers extended entries on 24 of the most enduring and significant figures of horror and the supernatural, including The Sea Creature, The Witch, The Alien, The Vampire, The Werewolf, The Sorcerer, The Ghost, The Siren, The Mummy, The Devil, and The Zombie. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and discusses the topic's essential features and lasting influence, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. Entries cite sources for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Entries include illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and excerpts from key texts.Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, with many of the most central figures appearing over and over again across time and cultures. These figures have starred in the world's most widely read literary works, most popular films, and most captivating television series. Because of their popularity and influence, they have attained iconic status and a special place in the popular imagination. This book overviews 24 of the most significant icons of horror and the supernatural.
The Thirteenth Demon, Altar of the Spiral Eye
Bruce Hennigan - 2006
But just as he starts to make progress in his slow journey to recovery, tragedy strikes again, taking everything in his new life that he has come to love and rely on. Filled with rage and a thirst for revenge, he searches the countryside for the entity responsible--an entity called only the Thirteenth Demon. His quest brings him to Lakeside, Louisiana, and a small country church where evil is in control and strange writing on the walls, blood-soaked floors, and red-eyed spiders have appeared in the sanctuary. As he faces the final confrontation with an evil presence that has pursued him all of his life, he must choose between helping the people he loves or destroying the thirteenth demon.
Dennis Detwiller - 2006
The Wild Talents game system-the One-Roll Engine made famous by such games as Reign, Godlike and Monsters and Other Childish Things-is fast-paced yet detailed, with an emphasis on the dangers of heroism and the importance of willpower and motivations. The rules for creating superpowers from scratch offer tremendous flexibility, with enough simplicity to make it easy to play and enough depth to suit any gamer, and make the game eminently easy to customize. Wild Talents includes an in-depth alternate version of modern history, which builds on the acclaimed setting of the World War II game Godlike and extends it to the present day and to Talent-influenced events that reach into the depths of government secrecy and beyond the stars. Kenneth Hite's analysis of superhero campaign worlds guides you through the construction of wholly unique superhero settings, worlds whose history fits perfectly your vision for your setting and style of play. Wild Talents (Second Edition) is a full-color hardcover book which includes: Complete rules for creating characters, creating new powers, and running the game. Guidelines for building alternate superheroic histories that fit your characters and style of play. An extensive history of a World Gone Mad, from the first appearance of Talents in World War II to the present day, more and more warped by human beings who have superhuman powers.
The Troublesome Amputee
John Edward Lawson - 2006
Arnzen: Welcome to one of the meatiest collections of grizzly, grotey, bizarro poetry you'll come across. In other words, "the good stuff." The stuff you like to read. The guilty pleasure stuff that's hard to come by. Not the stuff you used to read from your lovers or childhood heroes, or the stuff you were made to read by your teachers or parents. The stuff you genuinely like to spend time with, musing and mulling and mashing. The stuff that makes you guffaw with laughter and want to read out loud to other unsuspecting people... What they're saying about The Troublesome Amputee: "Lawson's poetry inspires, sings, dissects, and screams, reflecting his unique insight to a world willing to indulge in self-amputation: harming itself in unexplained ways. Whimsical, strange, and unflinchingly true, Lawson's work is always entertaining. Like coming home to unanswered screams, Lawson's poems weave words into unforgettable songs of sweet darkness." -Linda Addison, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes "I'm a big fan of John Edward Lawson's work, and The Troublesome Amputee is by far his best poetry collection to date. It's sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes deadly serious, but always morbid (often really morbid) and thought-provoking. Any horror fan-even those who aren't into poetry-should check this one out." -Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and Casket for Sale (Only Used Once) "With this blistering salvo of poetic gutshots Lawson has proven himself Bizarro's true bard, its mad laureate. Switching from dark whimsy to retina-blast shock to political outrage without missing a beat, The Troublesome Amputee is a powerful collection of pitch-black verse." -Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Angel Dust Apocalypse and Skullcrack City
Tatters of the King: Hastur's Gaze Gains Brief Focus upon the Earth
Tim Wiseman - 2006
London is the capital of an empire covering a quarter of the globe and governing one quarter of the human race. The people busy themselves with concerns of politics and government, finance and production, work and recreation. How fragile things are. What ignorance there is. There are those who engage in different pursuits who would see an inhuman power come to Earth such that it would make mundane activity seem like a last twitch before dying. Over this winter its taint emerges: the sensitive and the weak feel it first. Few know the source, but some welcome it unconsciously finding in it an enexamined thrill. Artists work is strangely influenced, and they mine this vein of creativity. Many exhibitions this season feature similar images: a social gathering gripped by repressed panic; a lake or marsh cloaked in mist; a presence just off-canvas. New fiction and theatrical releases offer scenes of upheaval and confusion that never reach a climax. Seances and mediumistic exhibitions bring untoward results and end in disruption. Others feel new lines of communication opening; some claim God is talking to them. All feel the lure of the stars. TATTERS OF THE KING is a Call of Cthulhu campaign suitable for four to six investigators: ideally one should be a psychoanalyst or alienist and published in this field, and one or more of the others should be involved in the creative arts. It is convenient if the investigators live in or near London, but one or all can be foreign-based if they are prepared to travel to Britain to address events. Detailed advice on options for involving the player characters is provided.
D20 Dark Matter (d20 Modern Supplement)
Wolfgang Baur - 2006
d20 Dark•Matter is a 160-page d20 Modern® supplement that updates the original Dark•Matter Campaign Setting (created for the Alternity® Science Fiction Roleplaying Game), making it fully compatible with the d20 Modern rules. It also includes some new content.d20 Dark•Matter presents a world where devious organizations scheme for world domination, otherworldly forces infiltrate our power structures, and creatures from our nightmares lurk in the shadows. Working for a clandestine organization called the Hoffmann Institute, heroes explore hidden mysteries while eluding forces — both human and alien — that scheme to control the truth.AUTHOR INFORMATIONWOLFGANG BAUR began his gaming career writing articles for Dungeon® and Dragon® magazines and eventually joined the magazine staff as an editor. He later worked as a game designer for TSR, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. In 1998, he left Wizards to work at Microsoft. He currently freelances for Wizards and other RPG publishing companies.MONTE COOK worked at TSR, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. as a game designer before leaving to found his own game company, Malhavoc Press. He co-designed the 3rd-Edition Dungeons & Dragons® game and wrote the Dungeon Master’s Guide™. He also writes a regular Dungeon Master advice column in Dungeon magazine.
Voices: New Media Fiction
Mur Lafferty - 2006
Experimenting from putting short-short fiction to novellas over their podcasts, these writers were the first to test the new medium for storytelling. Some wrote specifically for podcasts, some read previously published fiction, and some read entirely new stories. Some listeners asked if they could get just the stories in audio form, and that request brought about this podiobook. Cory Doctorow tells us a story about a post-apocalyptic government run by sysadmins and James Patrick Kelly narrates a story of a strange reconciliation. We've collected 18 stories for you, the first short fiction to go out over podcast, and look forward to bringing you more.
The Weird Writings of Robert E. Howard: Volume 1
Robert E. Howard - 2006
Howard’s writings from the original run of WEIRD TALES Magazine. All the stories & illustrations. All the verse. Plus letters to the editor. Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text. Interior Artists: Doak = Hugh Rankin using a different style Joseph Doolin H. R. Hammond Wyatt Nelson G. O. Olnick Hugh Rankin Curtis C. Senf Jayem Wilcox "Introduction" by Neil and Leigh Mechem "Spear and Fang" "In the Forest of Villefère" "Wolfshead" "The Lost Race" "The Song of the Bats" (poem) Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. May 1927, "Your last three issues . . ." "The Ride of the Falume" (poem) "The Riders of Babylon" (poem) "The Dream Snake" "The Hyena" "Remembrance" (poem) "Sea Curse" Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. April 1928, "Mr. Lovecraft’s latest story . . ." "The Gates of Nineveh" (poem) "Red Shadows" (Soloman Kane) "The Harp of Alfred" (poem) "Easter Island" (poem) "Skulls in the Stars" (Soloman Kane) "Crete" (poem) "Moon Mockery" (poem) "Rattle of Bones" (Soloman Kane) "Forbidden Magic" (poem) "The Shadow Kingdom" (King Kull) "The Moor Ghost" (poem) "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune" (King Kull)"Skull-Face" (Part 1 of 3)Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. October 1929, "I have just been reading . . ." "Skull-Face" (Part 2 of 3) "Skull-Face" (Part 3 of 3) "Dead Man's Hate" (poem) "The Fearsome Touch of Death" "A Song out of Midian" (poem) Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. March 1930, "Thirsty Blades is fine . . ." "Shadows on the Road" (poem) "The Moon of Skulls" (Part 1 of 2) (Soloman Kane) "The Moon of Skulls" (Part 2 of 2) (Soloman Kane)"The Hills of the Dead" (Soloman Kane) "Black Chant Imperial" (poem) "Kings of the Night" (Bran Mak Morn & King Kull) "The Song of a Mad Minstrel" (poem) "The Children of the Night" Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. December 1930, "I was particularly fascinated . . ." "The Footfalls Within" (Soloman Kane) "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" "The Black Stone" "The Dark Man" (Bran Mak Morn) "The Thing on the Roof" "The Last Day" (poem) Letter to WEIRD TALES, ca. February 1932, "Congratulations on the appearance . . ." "The Horror from the Mound" "Wings in the Night" (Soloman Kane) "Arkham" (poem) "An Open Window" (poem) "Worms of the Earth"(Bran Mak Morn)"The Phoenix on the Sword" (Conan) "The Scarlet Citadel"(Conan) "The Tower of the Elephant"(Conan) "Autumn" (poem) "Moonlight on a Skull" (poem) "Black Colossus"(Conan) "The Man on the Ground" "The Slithering Shadow"(Conan) "The Pool of the Black One" (Conan) "Old Garfield's Heart" "Rogues in the House" (Conan) "The Valley of the Worm" "Shadows in the Moonlight"(Conan) "Queen of the Black Coast"(Conan) "The Haunter of the Ring"
The Secret of Crickley Hall
James Herbert - 2006
Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them...Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge - the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them...if it a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it's always open again in morning The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert's finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the reader through to the ultimate revelation one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.
The Monster of Frankenstein
Dick Briefer - 2006
One of the most legendary titles of the era was Dick Briefer’s MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN, the first continuing series to feature a creature of darkness in a starring role. Veteran comics pro Briefer pulled out all the stops to create a truly great version of the Frankenstein Monster. Now, over a half-century later, these timeless, hard-hitting tales are collected for the first time in a big bonanza volume to delight monster lovers and comics fans alike. Combining bold visual flair and inventiveness with impressive storytelling abilities, Dick Briefer here claims his rightful place with such great writer/artists as Chester Gould (DICK TRACY) and Jack Cole (PLASTIC MAN).
Cliff Cardin - 2006
Patterson is a young psychic who desperately tries to prevent the death of Jenny Beckem, a top producing real estate agent.From the first vision to the final dramatic resolution, the novel follows the actions of two detectives who attempt to use glimpses of the future to stop a killer. Unfortunately, their advantage is quickly neutralized when a reporter breaks the story, placing young Patterson at risk, transforming him from the hunter into the hunted. Will this change of events seal Jenny’s fate? Can Patterson regain his advantage? For now, Patterson can only watch, as events move swiftly toward a heart-stopping final confrontation that even a psychic could not foresee.
The Lost District
Joel Lane - 2006
The decaying industrial backdrop of England's midlands provides a working class context that is both uniquely English, but universally accessible.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Stories for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe
Andrew Delbanco - 2006
Unabridged and fully illustrated, it’s the perfect collection to establish a life-long love of literature. Edgar Allan Poe’s brooding tales of murder, madness, and revenge still grab today’s readers. Here are five of his finest, presented and fully annotated by Andrew Delbanco, a much-honored professor of humanities at Columbia University whom Time magazine called “America's Best Social Critic.” And throughout, chilling and evocative illustrations by renowned artist Gerard Dubois enhance the stories—among them a devilish, skull-like face to accompany “Masque of the Red Death” and an appropriately foreboding view of the House of Usher. The collection includes “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Oval Portrait”—and as always features an author biography, introductions to every story, and definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary.
Richard Matheson - 2006
This omnibus collection of Matheson's vampire tales/screenplays contains all of Matheson's vampire material. Of special interest is the novel and screenplay for I am Legend. Matheson was also the first author to write a screenplay for Dracula based on the Bram Stoker novel, which is included in this book.
The Red Hand and The White People
Arthur Machen - 2006
"But I remember when I was five or six I heard them talking about me when they thought I was not noticing. They were saying how queer I was a year or two before and how the nurse had called my mother to come and listen to me talking all to myself and I was saying words that nobody could understand. I was speaking the Xu language, but I only remember very few of the words, as it was about the little white faces that used to look at me when I was lying in my cradle." From The White People
Caballistics, Inc.: Going Underground
Gordon Rennie - 2006
In the 21st century, however, it has outlived its usefulness and its funding is scrapped. Enter reclusive millionaire rock star Ethan Kostabi, who has bought up its employees and constructed a brand new outfit - Caballistics, Inc.
The Summer I Died
Ryan C. Thomas - 2006
When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they're going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. So much pain. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures, two friends-- So much blood. --suddenly thrust in the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their life against a sadistic killer. A killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. So much death. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death!
Hook House and Other Horrors
Sherry Decker - 2006
Housekeeper, Mrs. Soule never ages, but fades in and out of shadows and appears in mirrors when she’s not there. The stairwells, the storeroom, a third floor bedroom, all reveal murder and suicide for those with The Gift…the ability to see ghosts. Entering the grand door of Hook House is easy…leaving it is deadly. ExcerptBarefoot, I tiptoed to my door. Light from a bright moon fell through the stairwell window, shoving the darkness into corners. I was startled by the sight of Great-Grandfather Hook and by the sight of wall sconces, the storage room door, and the newel post directly through him as he passed by. Fear chased shivers up my spine, but determined to discover where he came from or where he went, I followed. His head and shoulders looked solid, as if I could touch him, but from the waist down he was diaphanous. Below his knees there was only the sound of leather slippers on the hardwood floor. On the second level, he paused and gazed toward the landing below. His shoulders slumped as if in resignation. Then, in an instant he was gone and I was alone … until behind me the footsteps began again. He came toward me from the far end of the hall. I backed up and around the newel post with my heart hammering in my throat. Again, he halted on the top step and then again, he faded. I spotted his twisted body on the landing below and realized, decades ago he died on those stairs.__
Troy Stoops - 2006
A father. A brother or sister. Have you ever wondered if they're still watching?Robert Lieber lost his mother to cancer when he was five years old. Now his mother's age when she died, Robert has just been diagnosed with the same disease. And he's suddenly haunted by a recurring dream of a woman, white as light, shuffling out of a strange church. Right before she vanishes into the shimmering air. But Robert can't shake the feeling that these aren't exactly dreams, nor are they memories. Someone is placing these images into his head. And then he has a vision of a little girl riding on a stagecoach. Into a frontier town. Where her parents are ruthlessly cut down on the steps of an inn, shrieks of 'Witch!' rising into the desert air. The girl stands in the center of the town now, facing a mob. The mud streets begin to bubble up. The buildings rattle and tremble and then begin to tear apart. The men who slaughtered her parents start to moan in pain, fire caught in their throats. When the screaming starts, Robert wakes with the sure knowledge that the little girl was his mother and she's calling to him from another time, another place, another dimension . . . We called them witches. They lived for hundreds of years. They controlled the elements, gravity, time itself. They were here long before us . . . Robert's mother is one of them . . . and she's trying to reach him . . . Does Robert Lieber have cancer? Or is he changing?
Struwwelpeter and Other Disturbing Tales for Human Beings: A Blab! Storybook
Bob Staake - 2006
Mesmerized as a child by the nightmarish prose and haunting images contained in the book, noted author/illustrator Bob Staake (MAD magazine, Cartoon Network, even Hallmark Cards) gives a 21st century spin to these 14 stories-each more politically incorrect than the next. The nastiest things happen to children who disobey the wishes of their parents: thumb suckers have their digits cut off, the pyro-fascinated are set ablaze and, of course, picky eaters rot away and die prematurely. In other words, precisely the type of bedtime stories you'll want to read to a six-year-old, provided it's not your six-year-old.Gorgeously designed and illustrated, Staake's Struwwelpeter is sure to spark as many "oooo's" and "ahhhh's" as it does nightmares.This is a new Blab! storybook, a series of graphic novels showcasing artists from Monte Beauchamp's annual BLAB! anthology, presented in a faux-children's book format, though aimed squarely at adults and young adults.
Richard Matheson - 2006
Television executives asked him to shorten the series into 7 hours. Later, after Matheson had written three hours of the miniseries the two parted company. Matheson's vision could not be condensed without destroying the essence of the plot and characters. This is that original outline, in narrative form, appearing here in publication for the first time.The story follows Robert Allright as he explores both his own demons and those of psychics past, as he struggles to decipher his father's dying wish to explore an archeological dig in Arizona. His only clue is a mystifying crystal that his father believes is the key to a great discovery.
John Shirley - 2006
At the behest of an extraordinary supernatural agent -- and in exchange for the life of his best friend -- down-and-out and amoral occultist John Constantine must venture deep into underground shadows to investigate this cataclysmic occurrence. But unbeknownst to Constantine, something beyond his worst nightmares awaits below -- the deadly and phantasmagorical realm of the Sunless . . . a terrifying world where the Gloomlord rules over all with a sadistic and merciless hand, and Tonsell-by-the-Stream was only his first target on the surface world. . . .
The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries Volume I (Large Print)
Karen Koehler - 2006
SINS OF THE FATHER It began with blood, death and a cryptic missive to the police carved with eerieprecision into the flesh of a victim's body. What it became was a deadly game ofcat-and-mouse between an elusive nightstalker and the determined hunters set tohis trail. Paranormal investigator January Blackburn knew instinctively that theywere dealing with no ordinary killer-and that the stalker's reign of terror on thevelvety night streets of Chicago had only just begun. As death followed unspeakabledeath, Blackburn became ever more enmeshed in an investigation that would testthe very limits of her psychic skills, while Scarletti, her new and frustratinglyeccentric partner, worked at testing the farthest limits of her patience But despitehis contemptuous nature, Dorian Scarletti had knowledge of an underworld beyondmortal understanding, knowledge gleamed over centuries during which he'dmastered his own fantastic powers. And unless he and Blackburn worked togetherto find the key to the killer's twisted logic, the ancient force of chaos which hadbeen loosened on their world would continue to consume the city one unsuspectingsoul at a time... THE HYDE EFFECT A body slashed to pieces. A handful of wolf hairs. A murderer who possessesanimal savagery as well as cunning human intelligence. These are Blackburn andScarletti's only clues to the latest wholesale slaughter going on in the busyindustrial backstreets of Boston by night. Their investigation of theincreasinglyviolent crimes leads them to Dante's, a downtown nightclub that caters towerewolves, and its owner, the ever-enigmatic Legion. But Legion and his peopleare crying innocent even as the rest of the city cries wolf. And as the bodies beginto pile up and the city slides into a state of mass panic, Blackburn and Scarlettifind themselves infiltrating an underworld full of beasts and men, where it'sdifficult to tell one from the other.
Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Horror Fiction
Don D'Ammassa - 2006
This work offers information of various writers, including favorites such as C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien, Stephen King, R L Stine and Bram Stoker. It also includes entries on popular works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and more.
Brandon Massey - 2006
From Gold Pen Award-winner and master storyteller Brandon Massey come fourteen darker-than-night tales of sheer terror that will make your blood run cold...A man driving home from a Halloween costume party suddenly comes face to face with an evil that's all too real...An elderly woman, obsessed with obituaries, finds herself intimately connected with the dead in the most unlikely of ways...A lifelong racist is plunged into his ultimate nightmare...An unfaithful husband discovers to his horror that his attractive new neighbor has in mind seduction of the wickedest kind....Prepare to be petrified by this chilling collection, certain to send you spiraling into a dark realm of imagination where the once-familiar becomes menacingly twisted...
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection
Ellen DatlowGlen Hirshberg - 2006
Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.Isabel Allende Laird Barron Elizabeth Bear Andrew Bonia Chaz Brenchley Tom Brennan Jack Cady Jennifer Chang Robert Coover Albert E. Cowdrey Kelly Everding Jeffrey Ford Theodora Goss Elizabeth Hand Joe Hill Glen Hirshberg Pentti Holappa Dave Hutchinson China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer Sarah Monette Ralph Robert Moore Adam L.G. Nevill Kim Newman Reggie Oliver Chuck Palahniuk Stacey Richter Barbara Roden Deborah Roggie Jay Russell Geoff Ryman Mark Samuels Willa Schneberg Nisi Shawl Delia Sherman Bruce Sterling Howard Waldrop Daniel Wallace Marley Youmans
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach
Jason Morningstar - 2006
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach is a dark comedy of manners, lampooning academia and asking players to answer a difficult question - are you willing to swallow a soul-eating telepathic insect bent on destroying human civilization?No?Even if it will get you tenure?A horrible and amusing role-playing game for 3-8 players.
Mental House: The Roman Opening
MENT - 2006
He has walked this earth before; he has traveled through his dreams. His dreams cause concern.but strangely, they speak the truth. Roman Phoenix has the ability to see what many cannot. In his dreams, he travels into the truth-a truth that cannot be detected by the human eye. One autumn night no different from any other, he completes his nightly ritual and falls asleep. When he wakes, the dreams leave him troubled once again. He recites the demonic tales to the only person who is actually interested: an old friend of the family. But what makes this man so interested in the young boy's dreams? Although these dreams are significantly different, through Roman's eyes, a connection is made.Mental House: The Roman Opening captures the essence of Roman, a child having to balance two dimensions: his world, living with a mental health disability, and the treacherous spiritual world. I can't wait to see it on the big screen! -Laura E. Johnson, author of A Soldier Never CriesMent has truly embraced the art of storytelling. Mental House: The Roman Opening is a must read! -Jennifer Jones, New York City playwright