Night of Delusions
By Keith Laumer
It starts out as a weird but seemingly understandable assignment, bodyguarding a mad politician whose keepers have decided to let him "escape" as a sort of reality therapy. But to understand the Senator, Florin must enter the Machine, an reality will never be the same. From now on he's a Knight of Delusions.
Nine Hundred Grandmothers
By R. A. Lafferty
Lafferty's Nine Hundred Grandmothers collects the following stories:Nine Hundred GrandmothersLand of the Great HorsesGinny Wrapped in the SunThe Six Fingers of TimeFrog on the MountainAll the PeoplePrimary Education of the CamiroiSlow Tuesday NightSnufflesThus We Frustrate CharlemagneName of the SnakeNarrow ValleyPolity and Custom of the CamiroiIn Our BlockHog-Belly HoneySeven Day TerrorThe Hole on the CornerWhat's the Name of that TownThrough Other EyesOne at a TimeGuesting Time
Not To Mention Camels
By R. A. Lafferty
Three memorable creatures world jump in a meta-cosmic universe that orbits with nightmarish landscapes that thrive on anti-matter, anti-space, and anti-time. What mind and body searing challenges await the Pilger, Pilgrim, and Polder, who are really one man?
By A. Bertram Chandler
The Iralians were humanoid and techically free citizens of the Galactic Empire. But as slaves they were prized above all others, for they had the unique capacity to transmit acquired knowledge through heredity. And so when the space mercenary Wanderer was hired by GLASS (Galactic League for the Abolition and Supression of Slavery) to take a cargo of Iralians home it was going to be a simple task!For one thing, they'd be hunted by interstellar slavers for their priceless passengers.For another, the Iralians themselves had other ideas which included mutiny and high treason.And for the third and worst, they were too close to the Horsehead Nebula, whose capacity for warping time, space and the dimensions was a permanent Red Alert for all spacecraft.
The Nevermore Affair
By Kate Wilhelm
OPERATION VANISHED: The plane is down somewhere off the North Carolina coast. No sign of wreckage or of survivors can be spotted. A group of this country's leading biochemists (including the brilliant, beautiful Dr. Stella Thayer) were aboard the flight. Consequently, sabotage cannot be ruled out as a cause of the disaster.That is the official report...The top-secret settlement - a fully functioning subterranean colony - is hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It is equipped with all the essentials for basic, long-term existence. Its inhabitants are a group of this country's leading biochemists (including the brilliant, beautiful Dr. Stella Thayler), and it will soon become the scene of the most bizarre, the most world-shaking scientific experiment in history - Project Nevermore...
No Flame But Mine
By Tanith Lee
Searching for the beautiful witch Jemhara, the magician Thryfe at last finds her in the reinvented town of Kandexa, where a strange and passionate wooing begins. From this union a son is born - golden-skinned, red-haired, blue-eyed - and thus the Lionwolf returns to the world of men.Unaware of this birth, his original mother the goddess Saftri has begun her own search for her lost love Athluan . . . while elsewhere the black and shining ones, the Children of Chillel, seek to establish claims on the ice-locked planet. Beyond, over, under all, the evil god Zzth rages and plans the ruin of these separate and immortal lives.Strafed by the tumult of such conflicting powers, the be-wintered realm of mortals can only wait to learn its destiny.
News from Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest
By William Morris
News from Nowhere describes the encounter between a visitor from the nineteenth century, William Guest, and a decentralized and humane socialist future. Set over a century after a revolutionary upheaval in 1952, these 'Chapters from a Utopian Romance' recount his journey across London and up the Thames to Kelmscott Manor, Morris's own country house in Oxfordshire.
The Night Land
By William Hope Hodgson
Telling the story of a dying Earth, The Night Land begins with a man from the 17th century who, mourning the death of his true love, is given a vision through the eyes his future incarnation. In that distant time Earth is only dimly lit by the remaining glow of the dead Sun. The last millions of the human race cluster together inside the Last Redoubt, a huge metal pyramid, and are set upon by mysterious forces from the dark outside. Leaving the protection of their refuge means certain death, but our narrator makes mind contact with a survivor in a forgotten Lesser Redoubt. He must journey alone through the evil darkness to find her, knowing that she is the reincarnation of his past precious love.
Necroscope®: The Möbius Murders
By Brian Lumley
Harry Keough, aka the Necroscope, has always considered himself a master of the Mobius Continuum - a dimension existing parallel to all space and time and his personal instantaneous gateway to anywhere in the multiverse. But this is hardly overweening conceit on Harry's part, for to his knowledge he is not unique; two other intelligences, with powers similar to his, do indeed exist. One such is the long-dead August Ferdinand Mobius himself, the German astronomer, mathematician, and discoverer of the eponymous Mobius Strip which led him to explore, posthumously, his previously conjectural Continuum; and the other is Harry's son, who has not only inherited his father's mathematical skill but also the metaphysical talent by means of which the Necroscope converses with dead people in their graves! Picture Harry's confusion, then, on returning home via the Mobius Continuum from an adventure in Las Vegas, as he witnesses however briefly a flailing figure hurtling conscious but uncontrolled through the endless midnight of the Continuum. Who could this be - how can it be? - that a helpless, silently protesting other is rushing meteor-like across the Continuum's Stygian vault? Moreover, if he hasn't arrived here voluntarily, then what vile murderer has sent his victim on this monstrous journey to the end of life itself? For Harry is sure that this is neither his son's nor Professor Mobius' doing. Who and where is he, this Mobius murderer? It is a mystery that only the Necroscope can ever hope to solve - but at what risk to his own life?
Necroscope®: The Plague-Bearer
By Brian Lumley
Harry Keogh is moving on. Though the search for his missing wife and child continues, his heart now lies in Edinburgh with Bonnie Jean-a beautiful Scottish werewolf whose friendly pack and flourishing pub have given him a place he can almost call home.But from the rocky heights of Sicily, the diabolical Francezci brothers plot the wolf-pack's destruction; and down in the terrible Pit beneath Le Manse Madonie, an ancient evil schemes.The vampires conspire. They reach a decision. They choose a vector. Mafia thug Mike Milazzo is no good to anyone, anytime, anywhere . . . which makes him perfect. Disposable.The brothers infect him with a deadly poison-an engineered plague that even a werewolf could never survive-and they offer him a terrible bargain: successfully contaminate the wolf-pack, and receive the antidote. Fail, and die!Mike has everything to lose. So does Harry Keogh. But the Necroscope lost everything once before, and he isn't about to do it again...
The Nations of the Night
By Oliver Johnson
In this, the second book of the epic trilogy begun in The Forging of the Shadows, the once-glorious city of Thrull has become a place of death and despair. Seven years before, Lord Faran Groton, High Priest of the God of Darkness, overthrew Thrull and set loose his army of vampires to plague the city, waiting for the day the sun would rise no more...But the God of Light has his champions as well. A motley trio of survivors searches for the three ancient artifacts which can defeat the darkness. Traveling far beyond their own lands, they will encounter nightmares and disasters before facing their most dangerous enemies -- the Dark-born Nations of the Night!
Nightshades: Thirteen Journeys into Shadow
By Tanith Lee
White-skinned, black-haired Sovaz is beautiful and wayward, yet seemingly soulless - as if vampirised by some unknown force. Wife of a very wealthy but older husband, she is the prize ornament of his treasure collection, yet she is toying with a naive young American lover. And while the faces of this doomed trio converge, somewhere outside the glowing casements a creature of darkness prepares to feed...Here are a novel and twelve short stories encompassing all the richness and variety of Tanith Lee's unique talent.This fascinating and disturbing collection casts a new and chilling light on that ancient mythical creature, the mermaid... pinpoints the ultimate peril of mankind's fascination with the domestic cat... sucks us into the pulsing horror of bricks and mortar with a life of their own... investigates the dark and marvellous legends of tree spirits, and the tantalising allure of other carnal obsessions.
No Dawn and No Horizon
By John Glasby, A.J. Merak
All the known planets had been conquered and colonized. Pluto was the last - as far as man could go into space. Beyond the frozen planet lay an immeasurable gulf of light years which no man could cross in a single lifetime. But one man kept trying to find the answer.
The New Satellite
By John Russell Fearn, Vargo Statten
The mysterious disintegration of the planet Mercury presaged mutational changes in the solar system. Next, the Moon followed Mercury into oblivion, bombarding Earth with giant meteors and causing more earthquakes. Then a giant metal globe that had apparently been buried inside the Moon took up an orbit of the Earth. The new satellite is an alien spaceship carrying the survivors of a super scientific race forced to abandon their own world to emigrate to our solar system. The aliens seeded the then primeval Earth with life cultures in their own image, and then placed themselves in suspended animation whilst evolution took place. They have awakened to assist humanity to avert the mutational danger now facing the remaining planets...
By Robert Sheckley
In "Gray Flannel Armor," a man named Hanley finds perfection in a rigidly regular structure of social interaction-including for romance-and devises a system that the whole of humanity adopts.The eleven other stories in this collection are "Gray Flannel Armor," "The Leech," "Watchbird," "A Wind Is Rising," "Morning After," "The Native Problem," "Feeding Time," "Paradise II," "Double Indemnity," "Holdout," "Dawn Invader," and "The Language of Love."
By Ray Garton
Night Life, a brilliant sequel to the classic novel of vampires reimagined Live Girls.When Ray Garton's Live Girls was published in 1987, it changed the face of vampire fiction. The gritty, urban story of Davey Owen's dark seduction and reluctant transformation into a creature of the undead has become a classic of the genre.In Night Life, nearly two decades after battling the vampires of the Midnight Club in New York City, Davey is a marked man. He lives a quiet life in Los Angeles with the love of his life, Casey Thorne. The vampires he did not destroy back then have been hunting him ever since, eager to take their revenge-and now they have found him. For what he did to them, they are determined to make him pay with his last drop of blood. With the help of old friends and new allies, Davey and Casey must face the bloodthirsty nightmare of their past. This time, they may not have a future.
By Ray Garton
Medical research? Genetic experiments? No one knows exactly what goes on inside the sprawling BioGenTech building on the edge of town. But after an enormous explosion at the facility, people in town start turning up dead...and in pieces.Something is loose in Hope Valley. Something big...and fast...and hungry. It has a lot of legs, a nasty disposition and a big appetite. This is one spider you can't step on.
The New Neighbor
By Ray Garton
The Pritchard family is quite content in their home on Deerfield Avenue . . . until Lorelle Dupree moves in across the street. The new neighbor is astonishingly beautiful . . . friendly . . . and seductive. Each member of the Pritchard family surrenders to her advances and Lorelle's influence changes them in shocking ways. Soon everyone on Deerfield is changing. And then the killings start. The new neighbor is not interested in borrowing a cup of sugar or using your weed-whacker. She's more interested in your soul.
By Paul DiFilippo
With twenty tales, a bold lack of restraint, and amazing stylistic diversity, Di Filippo makes strange bedfellows of a range of characters-from Jayne Mansfield to Pythagoras to Disney "imagineers" to the Virgin Mary-fit together inside a bountiful collection of surprises, humor, and the very, very strange.
The Negative Ones
By John E. Muller, Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
Henderson was a brilliant nuclear physicist until the night he staggered home a pathetic wreck of his former self, raving wildly about flying saucers and a strange being named Ravan. No scientific nation could afford to lose a genius of Henderson's capacity and Parnell Scott, an experimental psychiatrist, was given the job of restoring Henderson's sanity. Scott gradually infiltrated Henderson's apparent fantasy and found himself involved in research that produced frightening results.According to ancient legends there had once lived a strange, tyrannical ruler named Ravan, who had possessed a vimana or 'flying car'. Bur Henderson knew nothing of the legends!Parnell Scott worked desperately against time, sinister foreign agents intent on keeping Henderson insane, and something as old as human history yet as new as tomorrow and more dangerous than nuclear energy.