FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong — Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements. An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move. Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes. A young woman from the trailer park. And her very smelly cat. Together, they will decide the future of mankind. Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop’s dumpster on a hot summer day.
ASYLUM by William Seabrook — This dramatic memoir recounts an eight-month stay at a Westchester mental hospital in the early 1930s. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer (the first to use the word “zombie” in an English text), voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for treatment of acute alcoholism. His sincere, self-critical appraisal of his experiences offers a highly interesting look at addiction and treatment in the days before Alcoholics Anonymous and other modern programs. This edition of the soul-baring narrative features a new graphic novel-style introduction by Joe Ollmann, who also created the cover art.
SEIZE THE NIGHT: NEW TALES OF VAMPIRIC TERROR edited by Christopher Golden — Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new, blood-curdling stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, the anthology is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.
YOU’RE A VAMPIRE — THAT SUCKS!: A SURVIVAL GUIDE by “Count” Domerick Dicce — Being bitten by and turned into a vampire isn’t the glitz and glamor that Hollywood makes it out to be. In fact, one out of five newly turned vampires will succumb to a slew of easily avoidable and common pitfalls within their first few months as a nightwalker—tempting garlic-laced Italian food, silver jewelry, and anything with an SPF below 1,000 will have to go. As an answer to this tragic loss of undead life, this is the definitive how-to guide that just might save your pale, ice-cold skin. This helpful tome will cover everything from Vampire 101 — such as hunting, feeding, and getting used to your new powers — to Vampire Graduate Studies — such as coffin selection, the ghoulish world of vampiric social hierarchy, and the universal Laws of the Vampire.
THE MADNESS OF CTHULHU edited by S.T. Joshi — Sixteen stories inspired by the 20th century’s great master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and his acknowledged masterpiece, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, in which an expedition to the desolation of Antarctica discovers evidence of an ancient ruin built by horrific creatures at first thought long-dead, until death strikes the group. All but two of the stories are original to this edition, and those reprints are long-lost works by science fiction masters Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Silverberg. Others include John Shirley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Melanie Tem and Harry Turtledove.
HOW ZOMBIES CONQUERED POPULAR CULTURE: THE MULTIFARIOUS WALKING DEAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY by Kyle William Bishop — Since the early 2000s, popular culture has experienced a “Zombie Renaissance,” beginning in film and expanding into books, television, video games, theatre productions, phone apps, collectibles and toys. Zombies have become allegorical figures embodying cultural anxieties, but they also serve as models for concepts in economics, political theory, neuroscience, psychology, computer science and astronomy. They are powerful, multifarious metaphors representing fears of contagion and doom but also isolation and abandonment, as well as troubling aspects of human cruelty, public spectacle and abusive relationships. This critical examination of the 21st-century zombie phenomenon explores how and why the public imagination has been overrun by the undead horde.
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