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The new book in the groundbreaking series that reveals the origins of "The Lovecraft Squad”—a super-secret worldwide organization dedicated to battling the eldritch monstrosities given form in H. P. Lovecraft’s fevered imagination. In April 1936, Lovecraft’s novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth was first published. Written five years earlier, but oddly rejected by every magazine it was ever submitted to, it accurately described a series of events that actually happened in February 1928, when federal government agents raided the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth and attempted to eradicate a deviant race of ichthyoid creatures which had been interbreeding with the human population for decades, if not centuries.

There was no way that the reclusive pulp writer could have known so much about a case where the details had been withheld for fear of creating a panic among the public. Following these startling revelations, the F.B.I. went back and investigated more closely into the stories that Lovecraft was publishing as “fiction.” Incredibly, it soon began to emerge that the events in Innsmouth were not a solitary event—and the monstrosities the author described really did exist.

To combat these cosmic horrors, the Human Protection League (H.P.L.) was established to investigate and combat these otherworldly invaders. Down through the decades since, the only defense that has stood between humanity and these creatures of chaos are the agents of the H.P.L.—or, as they are sometimes known to those few who are aware of their existence: The Lovecraft Squad.

With Lon Cheney and Boris Karloff among its characters, this sweeping and stylish love letter to the golden age of horror cinema tells the wonderful, tragic story of Maddy Ulm. It takes readers through her rise from the complicated shadows of Berlin’s first experiments with expressionist cinema to the glamorous deserts of Hollywood. For Maddy has a secret. A secret that has given her incredible insight into the soul of horror. A secret that has a terrible price as well.

A young girl awakens in a hastily dug grave—vague memories of blood and fever, her mother performing a mysterious ceremony before the world went away. Germany has lost the first great war and Europe has lost millions more to the Spanish Flu epidemic. But Maddy has not only survived, she has changed. No longer does she eat, sleep, or age. No longer can she die. After taking up with a pair of street performers, she shocks and fascinates the crowds with her ability to survive outrageous traumas. But at a studio in Berlin, Maddy discovers her true calling: film.

With her intimate knowledge of fear, death, and realms beyond the living, she practically invents the modern horror genre on the spot. Before long, she travels to California and insinuates herself in Hollywood as the genius secretly behind The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, and Frankenstein. And yet she must remain in the shadows—a chilling apparition suspended eternally between worlds.

Clever, tragic, and thoroughly entertaining, Only the Dead Know Burbank introduces readers to one of the most unique, unforgettable characters in fiction.

The most spine-tingling suspense stories from the colonial era—including Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, and H. P. Lovecraft—are presented anew to the contemporary reader. This stunning anthology of classic colonial suspense fiction plunges deep into the native soil from which American horror literature first sprang. While European writers of the Gothic and bizarre evoked ruined castles and crumbling abbeys, their American counterparts looked back to the Colonial era’s stifling religion and its dark and threatening woods.

Today the best-known tale of Colonial horror is Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” although Irving’s story is probably best-known today from various movie versions it has inspired. Colonial horror tales of other prominent American authors—Nathaniel Hawthorne and James Fenimore Cooper among them—are overshadowed by their bestsellers and are difficult to find in modern libraries. Many other pioneers of American horror fiction are presented afresh in this breathtaking volume for today’s reading public.

Some will have heard the names of Increase and Cotton Mather in association with the Salem witch trials, but will not have sought out their contemporary accounts of what were viewed as supernatural events. By bringing these writers to the attention of the contemporary reader, the book will help bring their names—and their work—back from the dead.

Featuring stories by Cotton Mather, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, H. P. Lovecraft, and many more. 

Occult societies, murder, brothels, London, and a young debauched Victorian on the loose… From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Douglas Clegg comes "...a cross between the Marquis de Sade and Charles Dickens...Scintillatingly brilliant."* 

"Readers will find themselves enthralled by the early life and lessons of young Justin Gravesend...There is a richness to the prose in this book reminiscent of 'The Confessions of an Opium Eater' penned so long ago. Side by side, they might have been written by contemporaries, and that is the magic of Clegg's prose in this volume." -- FeoAmante.com Reviews. 

A short and very disturbing novel (or novella), 140 pages in print. 

"...A terrific prequel to the Harrow House novels as readers obtain an intriguing look at Gravesend through his late nineteenth century journal and a scholarly introduction to Necromancy...Together these segments give this strong 'coming of age' horror tale a deep Victorian Era feel. Fans of the series will treasure this brilliant work, while newcomers will go chasing after the rest of the series." -- The Best Reviews. 

*"...Like reading a cross between the Marquis DeSade and Charles Dickens.. [Clegg's] prose is scintillatingly brilliant in parts and I was sucked right into this squalid tale of black magic. ...the book is worth this little gem of horror literature..." - Alternative Reality Webzine. 

"Justin Gravesend's story is one of perversity and debauchery and his embracing of it. Clegg does not back away from the more unsavory elements, yet keeps the language of the time (presumably the late 1800s), so that sometimes it felt as if I were reading something from Boccaccio or the like. 'The Necromancer' is never anything less than compelling, and I finished this relatively short tale in two sittings." - Craig's Book Club Reviews. 

The man who created Harrow had a secret history. 

In The Necromancer, Douglas Clegg explores the story of Justin Gravesend's youth and his induction into the organization known as the Chymera Magick. 

From a Welsh village to the back alleys of London, university student Justin meets his destiny in the underworld known as The Pandemonium. 


Books by Douglas Clegg


Afterlife 
Goat Dance 
Purity 
Dark of the Eye 
The Words 
Wild Things 
The Children's Hour 
The Criminally Insane Series: 
Bad Karma 
Red Angel 
Night Cage 
The Harrow Series: 
Nightmare House 
Mischief 
The Infinite 
The Abandoned 
The Hour Before Dark 
You Come When I Call You 
Naomi 
The Nightmare Chronicles 
The Machinery of Night 
Isis 
The Necromancer 

Praise for Douglas Clegg's fiction


"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." 
-- Bentley Little, author of The Policy 

"Clegg delivers!" 
-- John Saul, bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth. 

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction." 
-- Peter Straub 
author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl and the New York Times Bestseller Black House (with Stephen King) 

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby." 
-- Dean Koontz 

"Clegg is one of the best!" 
-- Richard Laymon 

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!" 
-- Robert R. McCammon 
author of The Queen of Bedlam and Speaks The Nightbird. 

From “master of cosmic horror” (Library Journal) Mary SanGiovanni, comes the latest terrifying novel featuring occult specialist Kathy Ryan . . .

A mind is a terrible thing to destroy . . .

Kathy has been hired to assess the threat of patient Henry Banks, an inmate at the
Connecticut-Newlyn Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the same hospital where her brother is housed. Her employers believe that Henry has the ability to open doors to other dimensions with his mind—making him one of the most dangerous men in modern history. Because unbeknownst to Kathy, her clients are affiliated with certain government organizations that investigate people like Henry—and the potential to weaponize such abilities.

What Kathy comes to understand in interviewing Henry, and in her unavoidable run-ins with her brother, is that Henry can indeed use his mind to create “Tulpas”—worlds, people, and creatures so vivid they come to actual life. But now they want life outside of Henry. And they'll stop at nothing to complete their emancipation. It's up to Kathy—with her brother's help—to stop them, and if possible, to save Henry before the Tulpas take him over—and everything else around him.

Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni

“SanGiovanni evokes a Lovecraftian sensibility in this action-filled story. . . . Scary, suspenseful, smart, and gory, the novel is also beautifully set and described.”
—Library Journal on Savage Woods

“A feast of both visceral and existential horror.” —F. Paul Wilson on Thrall

“Filled to the brim with mounting terror.” —Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower

“A fast-building, high-tension ride.” —James A. Moore on The Hollower

Meet the Malcolms. They've just moved in to a home they can't afford, they're trying to climb a social ladder that they don't belong on, and both are chasing careers that are just out of their grasp. They want a child, but every time they try, every attempt they make, fails. 

Charles Malcolm, successful bestselling writer of cutting-edge, timely pop-science books finds himself staring at the blank screen. Unable to top himself yet again, he descends into writer's block, and finds himself taking long walks through Boston's historic cemeteries, his dog at his side. 

Janet Malcolm finds herself chasing partnership at a high-powered law firm while facing her latest medical results -- she can't have children. Desperate, Janet will try anything to have a baby.

Charles watches as his wife seems to change before his eyes, spending more time with the mysterious and alluring couple next door. Then, one day a miracle occurs--Janet is pregnant. Charles is elated. Why wouldn't he be? But...was it a miracle? 

Charles realizes that he can't remember certain periods of time, and has horrifying glimpses of memories--cult members, blood, and some...thing, from the deep ocean, risen, hungry, red-eyed. As his new infant son grows ever larger, he begins to suspect that the boy may not have been conceived naturally. 

As Janet slips into madness, Charles begins to doubt everything in his life, from the people around him, from his next door neighbors, to his own wife, and finally—to his infant son.

A VAMPIRE NOVEL BY BRAM STOKER NOMINATED AUTHOR, BILLIE SUE MOSIMAN, author of more than 50 books.
Rise of the Legend is Book Two in the Vampire Nation Chronicles, but can be read as a standalone novel.
From Booklist (Review for Malachi's Moon the paperback novel now titled RISE OF THE LEGEND)
Malachi is the child of a vampire (his mother) and a human (his father). Though mortal, he possesses many of the powers of vampires; and one vampire, Balthazar, is convinced that he is a threat to the most dangerous kind of vampires, the Predators. Balthazar haunts Malachi's dreams and, when Malachi reaches his teens, begins to send assassins after him. Malachi fears for his family's safety and decides to leave home for a while. Meanwhile, in Thailand, imprisoned vampire Charles Upton is planning to escape and wreak havoc on the vampire world by gathering the Predators together to destroy the other two kinds of vampires, the Naturals, who live as humans, and the sickly Cravens. When Upton and Balthazar team up to achieve their respective goals, Mentor, a powerful vampire who tries to keep order among the vampire groups, realizes that both vampire and human worlds could be thrown into chaos and sets out to stop them. Well-drawn characters and a complex plot put this a cut above the usual vampire fare. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
As a very young child, Malachi was lost in a nightmare, held captive by the will of the terrifying Master of the Predator vampires and marked for a destiny he would not remember when he awoke. He faced many dangers, but none more deadly was the mortal made vampire, Charles Upton, imprisoned for long years by Mentor in a monastery in Thailand. Upton is intent on destroying Malachi and bent on seizing control of all vampires.Malachi must stop him or lose his very soul.
"Billie Sue Mosiman's novels are edge-of-the-seat all the way!" Ed Gorman, award winning author of BAD MOON RISING
Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by Academy Award-winning director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written,” to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

Haunted Castles

Haunted Castles is the definitive, complete collection of Ray Russell's masterful Gothic horror stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of  "Sardonicus," "Sanguinarius," and "Sagittarius." The characters that sprawl through Haunted Castles are frightful to the core: the heartless monster holding two lovers in limbo; the beautiful dame journeying down a damned road toward depravity (with the help of an evil gypsy); the man who must wear his fatal crimes on his face in the form of an awful smile. Engrossing, grotesque, perverted, and completely entrancing, Russell's Gothic tales are the best kind of dreadful.
A haunted boy. A school of secrets. A fraternity of darkness. New York Times bestselling and Bram Stoker award-winning author Douglas Clegg blends gothic horror with supernatural thriller in the second spine-tingling book of the Harrow series. 

Harrow has waited for years…

The mansion looms above the Hudson River, just outside the town of Watch Point, New York. Converted into a school for boys, its evil has remained dormant for many years. But when a boy named Jim Hook enters Harrow Academy, all hell breaks loose -- and his worst nightmare may just come true! 

"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." 
— Bentley Little, bestselling author of The Influence 

"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep 
paramedics on standby." — Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of Phantoms 


The Harrow Series:

Harrow is a place of infinite hauntings -- and horror. 

Book #1, Nightmare House - set at Harrow in the 1920s, the grandson of its creator has come to claim his deadly inheritance and explore the terrifying mystery within the ancient stones and passages of the house.#2, Mischief - Boys will be boys -- and a dark fraternity of misfits seek out Jim Hook, the new student at Harrow Academy -- but something more terrifying is hunting Jim, as well.#3, The Infinite - A handful of psychic investigators are called in to document the horrors of Harrow -- but little do they know that the house is more than simply a haunted place -- it is the soul of evil itself.#4, The Abandoned -- In the village of Watch Point, New York, in the bucolic Hudson Valley, something toxic and horrifying has leaked from the old boarded-up mansion called Harrow. Throughout the town, people who sleep awaken with blood-lust in their hearts -- and hatchets in their fists. A rampage of mayhem, murder and madness begins -- and only those brave enough to enter Harrow may find a way to stop the terror.


Harrow Prequels 

Necromancer - set in the 1800s, this is the story of the young Justin Gravesend and his initiation into a terrifying mystery cult.
Isis - set right at the end of the 1800s, the story of the young Iris Villiers when she discovers the terrible price that must be paid to speak with the dead.Praise for Douglas Clegg's Fiction

"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series. 

"Clegg delivers!" 
— John Saul, bestselling author of Faces of Fear and The Devil's Labyrinth. 

"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction." 
— Peter Straub 
author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl and the NY Times Bestseller Black House (with Stephen King) 

"Clegg is one of the best!" 
— Richard Laymon 

"Douglas Clegg is a weaver of nightmares!" 
— Robert R. McCammon

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