This collection of classic horror stories is sure to give you goose bumps, raise the hair on the back of your neck, and put some fright in your night. Includes Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch, Coin of the Realm by Charles L. Grant, Something Had to be Done by David Drake, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury, Calling Card by Ramsey Campbell, The Words of Guru by C.M. Kornbluth, and Passengers by Robert Silverberg.
"I enjoyed this collection greatly."
Award-winning narrator Mike Vendetti takes us to Salem, Massachusetts, where cemetery caretaker Old Masson must deal with a teeming colony of abnormally large rats that are cutting into his grave-robbing profits; the subterranean rodents drag away newly buried corpses from holes gnawed into the coffins. Apart from the flesh-eating animals, Masson eventually comes face to face with a burrowing zombie-like creature.
The House of Kralitz has thrived for hundreds of years while hiding a dark secret in the family vaults. A curse was laid upon the Kralitz line, and today the present head of the household will learn its true horror.
This collection of classic horror tales is as remarkable for its literary value as for its scream factor. You'll hear stories by the masters of the genre, past and present.
"What's there is good, but it's not all there..."
Beneath the rolling seas and deadly atmosphere of Venus are the Keeps - fully enclosed cities that house descendants of the survivors who first harbored atomic energy to escape a dying earth. In massive superstructures built beneath the Venusian seas, a complex feudal society devoted simply to decadence has evolved. Presiding over that society are Immortals - genetic throwbacks to the mutant atomic survivors.
In this story, World War II veteran Edward Bond, is a fighter pilot recuperating from a plane crash. Suddenly his life takes a strange turn into weirdness. He steps through a portal into a world of magic and swordplay that is terrible but somehow hauntingly familiar. He meets a giant wolf, a red witch, and something called the "need-fire." In this strange Dark World, Bond finds himself opposed to the dread lord Ganelon and his terrible army of werewolves, wizards, and witches.
"Good Book, Bad Narration"
A grave robber glances at a coffin he's recently unearthed and opened, and, enraged, he witnesses his prized corpse being drawn out the chewed end of the coffin into a subterranean burrow by the graveyard rats. Without thinking, he dives in after it and, crawling through the underground maze, pursues the corpse only to discover he is being pursued by the gargantuan rats and something far more ominous...the undead.
This story branches off into two tracks. The first begins thousands of years ago, when an alien ship from a doomed world, seeking a planet to colonize, crashes on earth. There is only one survivor, and it becomes his mission to find an intelligence on Earth - or in Earth's future - equal to his own. To do this, he puts himself into a suspended animation and makes jumps forward in history, at each stop looking for the most intelligent human of that time.
"good and easy listen"
This is a lost world fantasy story with elements of science and science fiction. It was first published in 1946. In this revised edition, nothing has been done to change the plot or characters. However, there are times in the story where it dates itself. These areas have been respectfully updated in this revised edition. A few spelling and grammatical errors have also been corrected. The story itself remains true to the original.
"INCHOATE MENTAL PATTERN"
The guy with the most heads when he dies wins. After you collect everything you want what is left to want? A "status" society, a trustworthy criminal in a world without material want, is Roger Bellamy happy? Has he triumphed? Happiness is "the exercise of vital powers, through lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope"
Journey 3,000 years into the future, where Tyrell has lived 20 centuries and is now worshipped as a god. He and Herina, his love, were born immortal and have lived together for 300 years. Each century that passes, Tyrell must undergo a mental birthing cycle that washes away most of his memories. And each time, Herina fears he will forget her. Her fears soon turn to other matters, however, after Tyrell begins exhibiting changes no one could have expected!
"Classic Religious Science Fiction"