THe Hosue War is the story of the battle for control of the most powerful of the ruling Houses in the Essalieyan Empire -- House Terafin. But it is also the tale of Jewel Markess. Rescued from her precarious existence as an orphan in the slums of the capital city, Averalaan, by Rath -- a recluse whose family is powerful within House Terafin -- Jewel is gathering together children less fortunate than herself, creating her own den. But now times are truly desperate within Averalaan's hundred holdings. Street children are disappearing, theft and violence are increasing, and even Jewel's den is finding it hard to make ends meet. They've been living on their own for some time, but Rath is still their mentor and continues to sell items they find in the ancient undercity hidden beneath the streets of Averalaan. Then suddenly, Rath orders them to avoid the undercity. Yet Rath himself refuses to heed the warnings of Jewel's seer dreams. Instead, he allies with the mages of the Order of Knowledge in a secret war against demonic foes, knowing he'll be targeted for death -- or worse. In a last attempt to protect Jewel and her den-kin, he provides a note of introduction to the head of House Terafin -- Rath's sister, whom he'd sworn never to contact. For only withing the well-guarded Terafin manse will the den stand any chance of escaping the unnatural forces reaching out to claim them.... From the Paperback edition.
[Rechy’s] tone rings absolutely true, is absolutely his own. . . . He tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life he conveys. . . . This is a most humbling and liberating achievement.” James Baldwin When John Rechy’s explosive first novel appeared in 1963, it marked a radical departure in fiction, and gave voice to a subculture that had never before been revealed with such acuity. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. Nevertheless, the book became an international bestseller, and fifty years later, it has become a classic. Bold and inventive in style, Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling youngman” and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world, as he moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter. Now including never-seen original marked galley pages and an interview with the author, Rechy’s portrait of the edges of America has lost none of its power to move and exhilarate.
An American photographer in Paris is unwittingly drawn into a nightmarish terror plot when one of his daguerreotypes puts both his life and his adopted city in gravest peril There is a Paris that no tourist ever sees—a shadowy secret world of intrigue, betrayal, and murder. The son of a recently deceased CIA agent, photographer and American expatriate Jason Anthony Grant knows the dark side of the City of Light all too well. When an imitation daguerreotype he created for fun falls into the wrong hands, Jay finds himself a target, accused of fraud. Only by recovering the entire series of photographic fakes can he hope to avoid prosecution. But suddenly, other parties have become interested in his work: former Cold War operatives and Company spooks, French intelligence agents and cutthroat murderers with shady, unrevealed allegiances. They all want Jay for themselves, and not all of them want him alive. He discovers he’s become an unwitting pawn in a chilling conspiracy that could destroy the beautiful city he loves—a city that has now become a dark and dangerous maze with treacherous turns and too many dead ends. A breakneck-paced thriller brimming with intrigue, murder, espionage, terrorism, and relentless Hitchcockian surprise and suspense, David Downie’s Paris City of Night introduces readers to a Paris they’ve never imagined and a hero they will never forget.
From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of… Dean Koontz's City of the Night They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created—and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios—once Frankenstein—can stop the engineered killers he’s set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time “monster” and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison. Deucalion’ s centuries-old history began as Victor’s first and failed attempt to build the perfect human–and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first Deucalion must destroy a monstrosity not even Victor’ s malignant mind could have imagined—an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind’ s collective nightmare with one purpose: to replace us. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.
Vampires may think they are the ultimate predators. . .but they're wrong. Forty years ago, Katrina Templair forfeited her human life and became an Odonata, a creature that preys on vampires. Her world is black and white. Odonata are good. Vampires are bad. Humans. . .who cares about humans? But everything changes when she rescues a human. Abbey Marquez believes Katrina can enjoy more than the bloodlust that comes from killing vampires. The opportunity to prove Abbey's theory arises in the form of a vampire gang who takes the term "tourist trap" a little too literally. Katrina will not allow humans to be bartered as food, but defeating the gang means facing her own inner demons and four decades worth of nightmares. 77,284 Words
Release on 2009-07 | by Dean Ray Koontz,Edward Gorman
Author: Dean Ray Koontz,Edward Gorman
When Victor's latest creations, an army of engineered killers set loose in modern-day New Orleans, begin to exceed his expectations and exhibit logistical and analytical skills, he plans to eliminate the entire race, a plan that backfires into humankind's ultimate nightmare.
These poems are written in the classical tradition of rhymed, metrical verse, but their subject matter is very modern. The poet explores a strange, internal world of powerful imagery drawn from everyday life, myth, and the subconscious. The poems have images reminiscent of the paintings of Beksinski, H.R. Giger and Hieronymous Bosch, and are in the literary tradition of William Blake. Futuristic, horrific and dream-like visions are subtly controlled by formal technique.
Introduced by Edwin Morgan. In this haunting poem from the latter part of the nineteenth century, Scots-born writer James Thomson anticipated the modern age’s nightmare vision of the city as a place of loneliness, alienation and spiritual despair. In contrast to the late Victorian confidence all around him, Thomson dared to face the possibility that the universe was utterly indifferent to human affairs. The strange and dark images in The City of Dreadful Night have become a landmark of modern literature, for the tomb-like streets and empty squares in this memorable poem preceded T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land, and the darker visions of expressionism and surrealism by over forty-five years. Published in instalments in 1874 and then in book form in 1880, The City of Dreadful Night has long been unavailable as a complete text. This exciting new edition is introduced and annotated by Edwin Morgan, long an admirer of Thomson’s work, and a leading modern poet in his own right.
This long poem written by Scottish author James Thomson is a notable literary accomplishment on several levels. It offers a no-holds-barred account of the seedy underbelly of London's nightlife in the late nineteenth century that stands in sharp contrast to the more popular vision that was advanced in many other Victorian-era novels and poems. On another level, the poem is an eloquent description of the despair one can fall into after losing one's faith -- whether in a higher power, in oneself, or in the inherent goodness of humanity. "The City of Dreadful Night" is a must-read for fans of traditional verse.