The High Place
By James Branch Cabell
In the sulphurous The High Place, the amoral hero Florian enters the sleeping-beauty story and (unlike Jurgen with Helen) does not draw back at the sight of excessive beauty. Complications ensue: Beauty is realistically diminished during pregnancy, the first-born child is forfeit to Satan under the pact that guaranteed Florain's success, and an irascible saint is eager to call down holy fire on transgressors. Florian treads close to damnation and is saved only when Satan and the angel Michael conspire to let recent events become, again, a dream: he has a rare second chance and learns better.
Halcyon Drift: Hooded Swan 1
By Brian Stableford
In a galactic culture that extends from quasi-Utopian worlds like New Alexandria to vermin-infested slums like Old Earth, starship pilots have become the great romantic heroes of the day. When Star-Pilot Grainger is rescued from a shipwreck, he finds himself pressed into reluctant service to fly the Hooded Swan, the prototype of a new kind of interstellar ship. He's also picked up an alien parasite that's determined to share his brain. Under these dire circumstances, can Grainger possibly stay out of trouble? Not a chance!
By Glenda Larke
The Eight Stabilities are islands of order surrounded by corrupting, lethal chaos-and the chaos is encroaching.All Keris Kaylen ever wanted was to be a mapmaker like her father. Instead, she finds herself on the run into the realm of Carasma, the Unmaker Lord of Chaos. When her path crosses that of the traitorous aristocrat, Davron Storre, she's way out of her depth, with no idea that the magic map she's inherited might make a difference to the world...
The Holy Terror
By H.G. Wells
When Cook's newborn baby entered the world, he had nothing but hope for its future. However, it was immediately clear that this was no ordinary child - it's murderous screams seemed a dark portent. As it grew, things only got worse, and the child's mother began to despair. The new parents hoped their child would grow out of it, but soon came to realise that its inauspicious beginnings were only a sign of things to come.
Half a Sky
By R. A. Lafferty
A constellation of persons or events will have precedent. It will not appear out of nothing; it's a converging of previous trails and persons. Before one set of adventures, there was always another set; and before those, still another set, back to the beginning of the world.We pass from one set to another now, from the Green-Flame adventure to the Half-Sky adventure. We are still in the middle of the nineteenth century, that most unreal of centuries, looking for reality under stodgy and ridiculous surface.
Heart of Gold
By Sharon Shinn
A SCIENTIST BY NATURE - he used his rational powers of observation to examine more closely the privileges he was born to enjoy - and the people he was raised to despise.A REBEL AT HEART - she followed her fiercest passions in the struggle to overthrow a legacy of hate - one that had poisoned her family for generations.ON A PLANET DIVIDED - between rich and poor, strong and weak, intellect and feeling, only one thing could bring these two opposites together: a strictly forbidden desire.For justice. For equality.FOR EACH OTHER...
House of Many Changes
By Van Reed, Denis Hughes
When creation which is contrary to all the accepted laws of Nature springs directly from Genius in the grip of Evil the results may well take a form so terrible as to be beyond human understanding. When Philip Grayling did what he did he turned his back on the beauty of Right, choosing instead the Paths of Darkness. He perished through the medium of his own foolhardiness, but even in death his genius survived, an ally of Evil. To his sister, Veronique, to his friend, McGrath, and to his partner, Harman, he left a heritage of such awful malignancy that all three were engulfed in a sea of unspeakable peril.
By Ray Barry, Denis Hughes
Partly, it was Gina's curiosity that started the trouble. If she had never gone to Morgan Tors to search for the fabulous puppets she might not have broken the seal of Thaa-an. But the damage was done and the full force of elemental evil unleashed. Gina found herself plunged into an adventure such as no mortal being would choose of their own free will...
Harlan Ellison's Watching
By Harlan Ellison
Everybody's entitled to his own opinion, right?WRONG!!He or she is entitled to an informed opinion-so if you don't like being argued with, if you don't like a total stranger telling you that your opinion is stupid, and you're fulla crap, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!Because this guy never learned how to lie, and he is either adored or printed on hate posters in Cheney's office, Ku Klux Klan dens, schlock producers¿ bathrooms, and those idiot sites on the internet that truckle to ultra-maroons.
By Fritz Leiber
A must-read story collection from Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fritz Leiber.Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even "lost" manuscripts discovered amongst the author's personal papers, Horrible Imaginings includes two Nebula Award finalists: "Horrible Imaginings," and "Answering Service," as well as the stories "The Automatic Pistol," "Crazy Annaoj," "The Hound," "Alice and the Allergy," "Skinny's Wonderful," "Scream Wolf," "Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum," "When Brahma Wakes," "The Glove," "The Girl With the Hungry Eyes," "While Set Fled," "Diary in the Snow," and "The Ghost Light."
The House in November
By Keith Laumer
Invasion! At first the U.S. army - what was left of it - thought it was battling a communist invasion. The truth was much worse. It wasn't until Jeff Mallory awoke one morning to find that all his fellow townsfolk had become sleep walking zombies, and that a tower had been erected in the center of town, a tower that seemed to stretch to the stars, that the horrible truth began to unravel. Earth had been invaded - not by a race of alien conquerers, but by a disease. A disease with a brain...
Harrowing The Dragon
By Patricia A. McKillip
A fantasist without equal, Patricia A. McKillip has created worlds of intricate beauty and unforgettably nuanced characters. For many years, she's drawn readers into her spell, spinning modern-day fables with a grace rarely seen.Now she presents a book of short stories, full of beautiful dragons, rueful princesses, and handsome bards, and written in the gorgeous - and often surprisingly funny - prose she's known for. This is her world, wrapped up in the finery of fairy tales
The Hard Way Up
By A. Bertram Chandler
A selection of John Grimes short stories including:With Good IntentionsThe SubtracterThe Tin MessiahThe Sleeping BeautyThe Wandering BuoyThe Mountain MoversWhat You Know
The House of the Wolfings
By William Morris
The tale tells that in times long past there was a dwelling of men beside a great wood. Before it lay a plain, not very great, but which was, as it were, an isle in the sea of woodland, since even when you stood on the flat ground, you could see trees everywhere in the offing, though as for hills, you could scarce say that there were any; only swellings-up of the earth here and there, like the upheavings of the water that one sees at whiles going on amidst the eddies of a swift but deep stream.The tale of the House of the Wolfings in its struggles against the legionaries of Rome then advancing into Northern Germany.
The House on the Borderland
By William Hope Hodgson
A manuscript is found: filled with small, precise writing and smelling of pit-water, it tells the story of an old recluse and his strange home - and its even stranger, jade-green double, seen by the recluse on an otherworldly plain where gigantic gods and monsters roam.Soon his more earthly home is no less terrible than his bizarre vision, as swine-like creatures boil from a cavern beneath the ground and besiege it. But a still greater horror will face the recluse - more inexorable, merciless and awful than any creature that can be fought or killed.
Here in Cold Hell
By Tanith Lee
Killed by the power of the god Zezeth, his true father, Lionwolf has been cast into a bleak and icy hell lit just by a cold blue sun. Here he and others of the living dead must wage endless combat and war, to appease the whim of a deathly King whose face is made of stone. But when Lionwolf encounters the King's wife, she is none other than the beautiful, god-fashioned Chillel, his own former lover - and nemesis.As Lionwolf struggles in the toils of Hell, elsewhere in the hell-cold ice-age of the mortal earth, men and women work out their own destinies. An empire has fallen. Ru Karismi, Capital of the Kings, has been abandoned to the poisons of the White Death. Reivers cross the lands of the Jafn and the Ruk, preying wherever they wish. Against this unsettled backdrop, Jemhara the sorceress determines to save the Magician Thryfe from a dire self-inflicted punishment, and Saphay, now a goddess of the far north, seeks to lead her people to a new world. Yet Seseth's violent hadred shadows all - and from the depths of an ice-locked sea his other terrifying son, the mountainous whale-leviathan Brightshade, is once more rising for vengeance...
The Hamelin Plague
By A. Bertram Chandler
It began with a few small items in the newspapers - dead dogs and cats, a mutilated child, a series of unexplained fires. Then suddenly it exploded into a full sized catastrophe.Huge mutants - half rat, half man - began to take over the world, stealing children for slaves and destroying their populations.Only a few people escaped, among them Tim Barrett, his wife Jane, and a handful of survivors. Alone on the high seas in a small ship, they set off to find the island where Dr. Theodore Piper had been experimenting with a sonic death ray.They knew Dr. Piper was their only hope for personal and world survival - if he was still alive... if the King Rats hadn't forced him to serve their evil purpose... and if he could find a way to stop the spreading horror of invasion.
Highways In Hiding
By George O. Smith
It was infinitely worse when everyone in the world insisted it couldn't have happened the way he knew it had. In a world where ESP and telepathy were normal, it was difficult to keep secrets. But Steve's search for his missing sweetheart brought him to the threshold of one of the greatest secrets of all time. And it was obvious that somebody would stop at nothing to keep him from uncovering it.What were the oddly sinister symbols along otherwise ordinary roads? What was behind the spreading plague called Mekstrom's Disease? Why were there "blank" spots where telepathy didn't work? Who was the elusive enemy with powers even beyond those ESP had bestowed on mankind?And, most important of all . . . could Steve find that enemy before they made him vanish too?And then it came to him that what he really wanted was to possess a body of Mekstrom Flesh, to be a physical superman. . .
A Honeymoon in Space
By George C. Griffith
Imagine a honeymoon in a place no one else has ever been to - a honeymoon in the universe...Lenox Redgrave is a charming English Lord who had designed an amazing ride, never seen before - a space ship that can travel beyond the atmosphere of the Earth. But, he needs one more thing to be happy. He wants to marry a girl he met before. The girl, Zaidie Rettrick, is about to get married to someone else, due to an arranged marriage. So, he finds her and kidnaps her in order to save her from the marriage. Then, he marries her.For their honeymoon, he takes her on a voyage through the solar system. On this journey they meet a lot of alien cultures and many different creatures.
The Hell Fruit
By John Russell Fearn, Laurence F. Rose
A space opera in which an interplanetary criminal reminiscent of Charteris' character, The Saint, foils a plot to flood Earth with an addictive Venusian fruit.