1692 Salem, Demon hunter Thomas Stoughton and his men are hunting the King of all Demons, "Jarius." They find him possessing the body of 87 year old Mary Bigalow. She is hunted down and killed and the demon is captured. But not before a curse is put on Stoughton that his male descendants and those of his men would be cursed and hunted for eternity. Jarius was placed in a box that was sealed with a crucifix and hid inside Stoughton's very own fireplace. With the intentions of the demon never being released again. But in 2007, the house is sold to the Millers. After learning that their new home may be haunted, they decide to bring out the Ouija board to contact the spirits that reside in their new house. But the only spirit that they can channel is that of Jarius. He leads them to his prison cell within the fireplace and before too long the demon is let loose to bring havoc to the world of the living. And to hunt down and kill the last living male descendants of the men who captured him over 300 years earlier. Stoughton's very own ancestors, FBI agent Peter Stoughton and his older brother John, who is a Catholic priest and performs exorcisms for the church, are on the case to help solve the killings that are being committed in the Boston area. They think that they are chasing a serial killer, but in fact the demon is leading them to their very own graves. The demon is leaving clues that take the brothers from the Lizzy Borden House to The Joshua Ward House and through numerous crime scenes. The brothers have to put the pieces of this puzzle together to solve the case before the killer strikes again. But how do you fight a 16th century demon in a 20th century world. Especially when you don't even know that he is coming after you?
The spine-tingling, bone-chilling novel of supernatural suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Horns—now an AMC original series starring Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ashleigh Cummings.
"A masterwork of horror."— Time
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. The journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special—something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds, Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all—or die trying.
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.
I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?
But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .
A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
Auto accidents. Mysterious fires. Cultists. Mythological figures. Poisoned lands. What's real and what isn't? Is danger spreading from sinister Dubbs House? These bloody tales and events come alive under the watchful eye of Albion-born doctor Kathryn Cross, a former victim of the town-turned-survivor. Her staunch skepticism may be the only thing keeping her sane as she unravels a potential conspiracy seeded within the town. Old Sheriff Callfield has secrets of his own. Follow the doctor, the townspeople of Silver Hollow and all who pass through it as they journey into the depths of the town and its evil infestation. Can they unravel its secrets before the manifestation spreads?
One soul. One pact with the Devil. One chance at love.
Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake. As she awaits her fate, a strange, handsome man visits her cell. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality, but what he offers is not a normal life. To survive Elizabeth must become Death itself.
Elizabeth must ease the passing of all those who die, appearing at the point of death and using her compassion to guide them over the threshold. She accepts and, for 500 years, whirls from one death to the next, never stopping to think of the life she never lived. Until one day, everything changes. She – Death – falls in love.
Desperate to escape the terms of her deal, she summons the man who saved her. He agrees to release her on one condition: that she gives him five lives. These five lives she must take herself, each one more difficult and painful than the last.
Their marriage has disintegrated over a miscommunication, and the wife is willing to sacrifice anything for the restoration of her face. Even if it means putting her husband in harm's way.
A dark drama with supernatural elements.
This story is part of Not a Violent Bone & Other Stories collection.
To catch a serial killer...Jack Shane will need all of his wits...and one silver bullet. Jack Shane should be dead. Five years after losing his family, his job, and nearly his life hunting the elusive "Pentagram Killer," a copycat strikes. The Chicago Police Department enlists the retired detective's help, but Jack quickly discovers this killer may not be human. Crippled by PTSD and racing against a contract assassin, can Jack stop the werewolf hunting the streets of Chicago?
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