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Finalist in the 2019-20 Australian Shadows Awards. Given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


New Zealand, 1862: love meets Lovecraft at the end of the earth.  


He’s been sent to investigate the wreck of a mysterious expedition ship off the wild coast of New Zealand. But the locals are strange, and the explorers driven insane. There’s one hope he still holds dear, a long-hoped-for reunion with the final survivor, yet that connection proves the most twisted and troubling of all.


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WELCOME, DREAMER…


On the wild coast of New Zealand, hearts twist and minds break like storms of the great dark ocean. As technology and lies drive the world mad, this is where freedom begins. 


Project Tempest is a mystery horror series set at the end of the earth. It's about being truly human amid the war between knowledge and madness. You can read the stories in any order.

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About the author

C. J. Halbard lives in Wellington, New Zealand, in a wooden house surrounded by hills and sky.

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Publisher
Man on Fire
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Published on
Feb 11, 2020
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Pages
70
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ISBN
9780473512095
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Horror
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This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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You haven't read anything until you have read “Norman's Revenge” yet. Psycho touched on the subject of love and betrayal that resulted in murder, Bates Motel was too delicate. Norman is sitting on the bed watching his mother get undressed. No, Norman's Revenge goes much deeper than that. In Norman's Revenge Norman and his mother actually have sex. This is a story of lust, love, betrayal murder and revenge.

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Norman grows up wanting to be left alone. He's quiet and soft spoken. Quite the opposite of his loud mouthed, demanding mother. Norman's little brother Nick is also quiet and minds his own business.

After a series of incidents to Norman beyond Norman's control Norman lets people know he’s not a pushover anymore. Enough is enough. Now is the time for Norman to prove he is not what his mother turned out to be or tried to turn him into. Now is the time for Norman to get revenge on everybody and anybody who hurt, used and abused him, including his beloved mother.

Vlads Disciples is a book about a cult that worships Vlad the Impaler and believes in the vampiric legends surrounding him. This cult believes that by ritualistically sacrificing people and drinking their blood on the first night of the full moon, they will achieve immortality. After sacrificing their victims, the cult revels in the night with BDSM practices as they were recruited by the leader of their cult, the mayor of Boston, from various BDSM clubs around the state. The book culminates in this group sacrificing two of their own to achieve immortality and having a party at which their leader reveals the new identities that he has set up for each of them around the globe. However, unknown to the leader, a member of his elite inner circle lost his submissive the day before in a car accident. Disillusioned and let down when he realizes that they are not immortal, the man confronts the leader at a party he throws for the cult two days after they all achieved their immortality, only to find out that the leader knew all along that they were still mortal and had poisoned everyone at the party. Feeling betrayed, the man shoots and kills the leader before turning the gun on himself. The police, responding to the calls of shots fired, find everyone dead and a letter in the pocket of the man who had gone to confront the leader, confessing the entire story. Odd-numbered chapters in the book detail the sacrifices that this cult makes and their BDSM revelations. Even numbered chapters detail the police investigation and other goings-on in the story.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z is back with “the Bigfoot thriller you didn’t know you needed in your life, and one of the greatest horror novels I’ve ever read” (Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Recursion).
 
As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now. The journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing—and too earth-shattering in its implications—to be forgotten. In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and, inevitably, of savagery and death.

Yet it is also far more than that.

Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us—and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.

Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it—and like none you’ve ever read before.

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