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Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

A 'Campfire Chiller' is a ghost story or tale of the supernatural which is shared around the campfire. This collection ... has been compiled specifically for campers and those with a high tolerance for the bizarre.

Most people think of ghosts as rare, elusive creatures that are more or less inaccessible to the average Joe. Sure, we read about them, watch TV shows about them and tell stories about them, but we'll probably never run into one, right? Author Mark Alan Morris has studied paranormal phenomena for a number of years, and has documented many cases of ghostly activity. Mr. Morris works as a writing consultant and graphic artist for a major airline. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and their dog.

A time-warp, historical, love story, and ghost novel full of local color, set in a small town in Franklin County, Virginia, known by all as the "moonshining capital" of the world, this story was written by the widow of the author of the authoritative legal history on the subject, T. K. Greer, Esq., and his "The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935."

Through the eyes, and keys, of a young realtor new to town, times past and hidden secrets come to light. A love story set in layers of history, this novel is chock-full of fun and answers. 

In many ways, twentieth-century America was the land of superheroes and science fiction. From Superman and Batman to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, these pop-culture juggernauts, with their "powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men," thrilled readers and audiences—and simultaneously embodied a host of our dreams and fears about modern life and the onrushing future.

But that's just scratching the surface, says Jeffrey Kripal. Delving deeply into the work of major figures in the field—from Jack Kirby’s cosmic superhero sagas and Philip K. Dick’s futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore’s sex magic and Whitley Strieber’s communion with visitors—Kripal shows how creators turned to science fiction to convey the reality of the inexplicable and the paranormal they experienced in their lives. 

From New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones comes a novel that is equal parts psychological horror and cutting social commentary on identity politics and the American Indian experience. Fans of Jordan Peele and Tommy Orange will love this story as it follows the lives of four American Indian men and their families, all haunted by a disturbing, deadly event that took place in their youth. Years later, they find themselves tracked by an entity bent on revenge, totally helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

Eleven-year-old Jacie Addison is stuck in grief over her mother’s death, stuck at horse camp with her worst enemy, stuck with anger that her father is going to remarry, stuck with a stepmother she doesn’t want, and then stuck on a Virginia farm where she encounters a ghost who is stuck on earth.