The entity living inside Callan's soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she's sixteen, it's ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another.
Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except...it's not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died.
Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they'd lied about everything. Even who they really were.
Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan's trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn't an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim.
In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with.
One with a taste for destroying her life.
The World Fantasy Award Finalist: “It’s Clive Barker crossed with Tanith Lee set to a Siouxsie and the Banshees beat, and I loved every second of it.” —Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson Award–winning author of Experimental Film Welcome to a world of monsters, ghosts, and witches, both seductive and terrifying. In the first collection of short fiction from the author of the Necromancer Chronicles, reality shifts and shimmers with potent magic. More than twenty works, including two poems, feature characters who will steal your heart just as easily as your soul. In “Wrack,” a fisherman becomes so enchanted by a mermaid that the call of the waves becomes impossible to resist. When a killer comes to “Dogtown,” he learns that his bark isn’t worse than the bites of the locals. A dying artist returns to Ireland, where the faerie she has always loved tempts her with eternal life, as long as she leaves her humanity on the shore like so much “Flotsam.” And in “Smoke & Mirrors,” the circus comes to a town strangely bereft of ghosts, thanks to a demonic being conducting a train to the netherworld. With prose that is “gently pulling, promising beautifully cold oblivion in smothering darkness,” Amanda Downum transports you to sweltering southern swamps and the labyrinthine streets of Old World cities, proving without a doubt that “she’s one of the very best dark fantastical writers working today” (Bracken MacLeod, author of Closing Costs). “Ethereal, atmospheric, and mysterious.” —Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award–winning author of Machine “These stories range from the melancholic to the downright chilling, and deftly evoke both the truly strange and the very human.” —Liz Bourke, author and reviewer for Tor.com and Locus
"Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars—Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen- eyed,sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."
The complete Robert E. Howard's Conan in a new omnibus edition that includes:
The Frost Giant's Daughter
The Tower of The Elephant
The God in The Bowl
Rogues in The House
Queen of The Black Coast
The Vale of Lost Women
Shadows in The Moonlight
A Witch Shall Be Born
Shadows in Zamboula
Xuthal Of the Dusk
The Devil in Iron
The People of The Black Circle
The Black Stranger
The Pool of The Black One
Jewels of Gwahlur
Beyond the Black River
The Phoenix on the Sword
The Scarlet Citadel
The Hour of the Dragon
Synopsis, Drafts and Unfinished Stories
The Hyborian Age
In an island realm surrounded by darkness, a battle between order and chaos brews . . . The world is young, dark, and rough. But the bright light of civilization illuminates the highly advanced Island Nation of Athlan, a country of order, balance, and progress. However, the world is changing, and what is solid becomes fractured. Amidst this epic era of devolution, the never-ending cosmic battle for control of earth has centered on Athlan. While celestial forces gather, wielding power unimagined, the Marfach Gardai, human defenders of Athlan, ready themselves for the final conflict with the lethal, mindless Armies of the Night. Athlanians, great and small, men and women, will die in bloody droves, incapable of understanding or escaping their fate as Great Athlan destroys itself. Witnessing the battle for her planet, Mother Earth joins the fray with a small but extremely potent cadre of once-women who defend the earth with their lives. In the end, everyone will become a pawn on the empyrean board of life and death, and the game is in doubt . . .
The Warrior stands as the last surviving leader of Athlan, while feral gangs prowl and the valiant few fight to hold back the forces of destruction . . . The Island Nation of Athlan, once ruled by the legendary Council of Four—the Priest, the Warrior, the Poet and the Scientor, each marked with symbols etched into their skin by forces unknown—continues to self-destruct on a physical plane, as well as a moral one. Of the Four, only the Warrior, Kon-r Sighur, has survived, and Athlanean society is tearing itself apart as certain death stalks all of them. The stellar Angeals, Cath and Dorchada, power brokers of the competing Celestial Travelers, have unleashed their players, willing and unwilling, on the dangerous gameboard called Athlan, under the blood-red skies of the tortured planet. The fight for control of the earth is heating up. Implacable foes advance across the burning face of the doomed Island, and all converge, by design or by chance, on the last bastion of hope—the Ban Castlean—the White Castle of the Gardai . . .
“A gripping thriller . . . I was on the edge of my seat! . . . my heart was pounding!” —Amazon reviewer, five stars
“The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blade Runner. A powerful tale of control, love and family in a brave new world where nothing is as it seems.” —M. Sean Coleman, author of The Cuckoo Wood
Her future is about to change. So is her past . . . In the English seaside town of Brighton, Robyn Lockhart has a boyfriend named Vincent, a frail, sickly sister, and a mother who keeps a lock on one of the cupboards. These things she knows. Other things are much foggier, and it’s not because of the drugs or alcohol. For example, Tiffany—the tattooed bartender she befriends after an ugly fight with Vincent. She seems familiar, and she appears to know Robyn. Is this the start of a new relationship or a continuation of one? While Robyn connects with Tiffany, a vicious storm hits the city, punctuated by a deafening roar in the middle of the night. The next day, the source of the sound is revealed: a battered ship has run aground on the beach across from Tiffany’s apartment. Authorities arrive quickly. The gawking crowds are forcefully driven away as a noxious gas fills the air. Oddly enough, news outlets make no mention of the event. For Robyn, the mystery surrounding the beached vessel is as disturbing as the question of her sanity. As she tries to sort out what is real and why she’s unable to remember certain details, Robyn will discover to the truth about herself, her family, and the place she’s always called home.
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Internationally acclaimed S.E. Smith presents a new action-packed story full of mischief and adventure. Brimming with her signature humor, vivid landscapes, and beloved characters, this book is sure to be another fan favorite!
Main Content: 118 (5x8) pages, 30,828 words
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