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Why All the Skulls Are Grinning by Joe Pawlowski

Why All the Skulls Are GrinningJoe Pawlowski

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Ever wonder why skulls are always grinning? Could it be because they see through the folly of our human condition?

Do they see the shaken teenage girl, lost and abandoned at the gateway to another realm? Or the man driven mad by isolation who believes he built an automaton to lead him back to open skies? What about the car salesman whose girlfriend winds up a sacrificial offering to a rock god’s dark deity?

The nine stories contained in Why the Skulls Are Always Grinning look into these tortured lives and many others, including:

• The wannabe-conman who thinks he has a hot one on his hook: a wealthy widow primed for a fleecing. But is this his golden ticket or a death trap?

• The escaped convict racing toward freedom finds a cabin in the woods that offers sanctuary. But what he’s unprepared for is what comes through the door after him.

• The pair of brother farmers and their common-law wife who watch as a new kind of storm rolls in, unlike anything they have ever seen before. What drops from the clouds is not rain but a monstrous swarm of insects that threatens their very lives. And in the heart of the flurry: something not of this world.

Why are the skulls always grinning? Because sometimes you have to smile to keep from shrieking.

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Shatterday: Stories by Harlan Ellison

Shatterday: StoriesHarlan Ellison

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“One of the great . . . American short-story writers” exposes the darkness of the human heart in these speculative tales of terror and tragedy (George R. R. Martin).

A five-year-old boy never ages, living as an immortal in a past that no longer exists while the world encroaches upon his innocence, in the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning “Jeffty Is Five.”

An alien attack leaves Earth on the brink of Armageddon, as humans find themselves unable to resist the sexual allure of their invaders in “How’s the Night Life on Cissalda?”

In the Nebula Award–nominated “Shatterday” (subsequently adapted into the pilot episode of the second Twilight Zone series), a man fights for his life against a relentless enemy who knows his darkest secrets–his own doppelganger.

In these and other thought-provoking stories, legendary author Harlan Ellison dissects the primal fears and inherent frailties common to all people and gives voice to the thoughts and feelings human beings bury deep within their souls. Unflinching and unapologetic, Ellison depicts men and women in all their ugliness and beauty, and humanity in all its fury and glory.

Stories include “Introduction: Mortal Dreads,” “Jeffty Is Five,” “How’s the Night Life on Cissalda?,” “Flop Sweat,” “Would You Do it For a Penny?” (written in collaboration with Haskell Barkin), “The Man Who Was Heavily Into Revenge,” “Shoppe Keeper,” “All the Lies That Are My Life,” “Django,” “Count the Clock That Tells the Time,” “In the Fourth Year of the War,” “Alive and Well on a Friendless Voyage,” “All the Birds Come Home to Roost,” “Opium,” “The Other Eye of Polyphemus,” “The Executioner of the Malformed Children,” and “Shatterday.”

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Savage Species (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Jonathan Janz

Savage Species (Fiction Without Frontiers)Jonathan Janz

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"Jonathan Janz does several things immaculately well in Savage Species, primarily crafting high-octane action sequences and creating antagonists that you can easily hate in the span of only a few short paragraphs…Overall, Savage Species delivered the goods." – High Fever Books

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, Emma (the girl of his dreams), and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of a sprawling new state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a hundred years, and the three young people–as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the Algonquin Falls grand opening–are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth.

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The Spirit Hollows by P.R. Brewer

The Spirit HollowsP.R. Brewer

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An inventor and an assistant undertaker against all the spirits in the Hollows.

Quinn dreams of leaving his dreary job at his mother’s funeral home for a life of adventure. His half-sister Zora plans to prove what a brilliant scientist she is–and settle a secret grudge. Together, they set out to fight the spirits that have roamed the Hollows ever since the Great Wakening.

As Zora and Quinn hunt by night in the graveyards and forests of what was once Old Appalachia, they clash with one another and compete against a mysterious rival. But when a shadowy cult and an ancient, otherworldly enemy start trying to murder them, the young spirit-hunters must scramble to uncover the hidden past of the Hollows and dig up long-buried family skeletons.

If Zora and Quinn fail, they’ll find worse things waiting for them in the dark.

A spooky steampunk Young Adult novel for fans of Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, and Neil Gaiman.

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