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The Last Mile THE LAST MILE

All Dan wanted was to be a good husband and father, to provide for his wife and daughter, to keep them fed, warm, and safe. But then the malevolent godlike beings called the Masters arrived, and their darkness spread across the world, reshaping it into a twisted realm of savagery and madness. In exchange for his family's protection, Dan now serves one of these alien gods, obtaining human sacrifices to feed his Master's eternal hunger.

Like so many people since the world changed, Alice has had to do unspeakable things to survive. Unfortunately for her, she's Dan's choice for his next sacrifice. Now Dan drives along the shattered remnants of an old-world highway, headed for his Master's lair, Alice bound hand and foot in the backseat of his car. Dan may not like what he's become, but he'll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones. Alice doesn't intend to relinquish her life so easily, though, and she plans to escape, no matter the cost.

But in the World After, everything—animals, plants, even the land itself—has become a predator, and the journey to the Master's lair is an almost guaranteed suicide run. But Dan won't give up, and he won't stop fighting. Not until he makes it through the Last Mile.

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A STRANGE AND SAVAGE GARDEN

Welcome home. Forever.

Lauren left her hometown of Trinity Falls years ago, with no intention of ever going back. Something bad happened to her in the woods there, so bad that she erased it from her memory—mostly. But now she’s returning for her father’s funeral. Returning to a place where robed men and women circle the town in an endless loop, tirelessly chanting, and where a primeval beast watches from behind the trees, hungering for more than flesh. Hungering for her.

In Trinity Falls Lauren’s grandmother Madelyn reigns supreme. Lauren escaped her once, but Madelyn won’t let her get away again. This time Madelyn intends to see it through to the bitter, bloody end. No matter what.

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GraphicAudio GraphicAudio Nekropolis Adaptations

All three Nekropolis books as well as three Nekropolis short stories have been adapted by GraphicAudio as full-cast dramatizations, complete with music and sound effects. GraphicAudio: It’s a movie in your mind!

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Night Terrors

It’s Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy.

When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world. So, alas, can your nightmares.

And who’s there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality? Meet the Shadow Watch.

Pray you never need them.

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DEEP LIKE THE RIVER DEEP LIKE THE RIVER

In a world where zombies battle the living, which is more terrifying?

It was supposed to be fun. A chance to get away. An opportunity for two sisters to bond and — more importantly — for one sister to heal. And it was a small river, calm, slow-moving. Perfect for a leisurely canoe trip on a beautiful summer day.

But then they hear a baby crying on the shore, seemingly abandoned and overheated. Alie and Carin have to take her with them, right? They can’t just leave here there.

So a simple canoe trip becomes a rescue mission. But there’s something on the shore, hidden by the trees. Something that’s following them every step of the way — watching, waiting …

Around every bend, the river becomes stranger and more dangerous, until Alie isn’t sure what’s real and what isn’t. But no matter what the river throws at her, Alie’s determined to get the baby to safety. She’s already lost one child. She won’t lose another.

No matter what.

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Blurbs for DEEP LIKE THE RIVER:

"I don’t know if I’ve ever read a story quite like Tim Waggoner’s DEEP LIKE THE RIVER. With its high emotional and metaphysical content and weird, surrealistic imagery, it reads a bit like Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows” with Kafka collaborating and Carl Jung offering occasional advice. Or maybe it’s an adventure story that’s taken a sudden turn into The Twilight Zone. However you characterize Waggoner’s approach, the result is a fine piece of writing exploring the mysteries of a mind struggling with the guilt, pain, and terror of grief."
— Steve Rasnic Tem, author of Blood Kin

"A descent into the madness of a ruined psyche, 'Deep Like the River' puts Waggoner's talent for the eerie, desolate, and unpredictable in the spotlight. A must-read for those who like their horror tinged with desperation and guilt."
— Ronald Malfi, author of Cradle Lake

"Waggoner is a divine force in contemporary writing. Every new book of his I read takes me down dark and unruly passageways that bristles my fur and rattles my chains in ways that Ididn’t think possible. He's as much a stylist as he is a storyteller. DEEP LIKE THE RIVER is certain to usher you into the realm of the dynamically Begotten." –
— D. Harlan Wilson, author of Peckinpah: an Ultraviolent Romance

"Waggoner's new work is a new high water mark for him. Its chilling waters will take you into dark places...and weirdly enough you'll have a great time. Recommended. Wear a life jacket."
— John Shirley author of Doyle After Death

"The river down which the protagonist of Tim Waggoner's strange, startling novella canoes with her sister flows from southern Ohio to the heart of a very personal darkness. What begins as an exercise in sisterly bonding travels into something more surreal and sinister, as the landscape around Alie and her sister, Carin, reflects and refracts their innermost memories and fears. The river in these pages might be called the Little Clearwater, but as the sisters learn, it is tributary to streams with names such as Styx and Acheron. With Deep Like the River, Tim Waggoner fixes his gaze on the winding course of human pain and misery, charting the flow of sin and sadness from one generation to the next, and does not look away. It's fine, powerful work."
— John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

 

 

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THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

In a world where zombies battle the living, which is more terrifying?

David is trapped in a nightmarish version of his hometown, pursued by crimson-eyed demons and insane cannibals, with no idea how he got there. At every turn he’s taunted by a mysterious youth named Simon who knows far more than he lets on.

David’s sister, Kate, fights for survival in a word decimated by flesh-eating zombies—and her brother’s one of them. She’s determined to put a bullet in David’s brain to set him free.

Nicholas Kemp is a human monster, a born killer. But in a world ruled by the living dead, he’s no longer the most feared predator, and he’ll do whatever it takes to become that again. He plans to start by killing Kate.

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IN THE SILENCE OF THE NIGHT IN THE SILENCE OF THE NIGHT

Losing her unborn child and becoming a recent divorcee has left Merilee alone and unneeded. That is, until she meets a couple of unusual teenagers with dark obsidian eyes. Can they help her find the exit out of her hell?

This short story is available as an ebook for only 99 cents.

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Bone Whispers: A Collection of Short Fiction

Visit a field where living corpses grow from the ground like pumpkins.

Sail across a sea of blood on a raft made from human skin.

Flee from a crazed mob determined to tear you limb from limb for the crime of realizing that you are God.

From Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Tim Waggoner comes Bone Whispers, a new collection of distorted realities and surreal nightmares. With an introduction by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Michael A. Arnzen.

Collecting eighteen tales of mind-bending horror, including “Some Dark Hope,” “Skull Cathedral” and “The Great Ocean of Truth.”

Come, listen to Bone Whispers.

You’ll never be the same.

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Beneath the Bones

Beneath the Bones
(new edition of novel formerly titled Cross County)

When Joanne Talon was a child, she disappeared for six days. She returned without any memory of where she'd been and what happened to her during that time. Not long after that, four people were viciously murdered without apparent motive by Carl "the Cutter" Coulter. Carl cut their throats and then carved a bizarre symbol—a triangle bisected by a bolt of lightning—into their abdomens.

Now Joanne is Sheriff of Cross County, Ohio, and Carl Coulter is dead, executed for his crimes eight years ago. But the killings begin again: throats slashed, Carl's signature symbol carved into the victims' stomachs. Joanne, with the help of reporter Dale Ramsey, must discover who's copying Carl's crimes and why. To make matters worse, the murders have drawn the attention of the sinister Cross family, who've ruled the county that bears their name for the last two centuries. The Crosses have their own reasons for wanting the murders stopped. Their land holds secrets . . . ancient, dark, and buried deep.

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The Harmony Society

Reality and nightmare. Past and present. Sanity and madness. For Nathan Bennett, there is no longer any difference between them - not since the Harmony Society came into his life. Now, as his world begins to collapse around him, Nathan must travel the strange and dangerous roads of the Nightway in search of the Dark Angel - a being of great power that the Harmony Society desperately wished to control. But even if Nathan reaches the Angel first, what waits for him at the end of his long, dark road: salvation...damnation... Or both?


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The Men Upstairs

The Men Upstairs

He finds her crying in the lobby of a movie theater and takes her home to his apartment, a strange, beautiful woman with no last name, a mysterious past, and a powerful sexual allure. He wants her, and she wants him. There's only one problem: the Men Upstairs. She used to belong to them—and they'll do anything to get her back. "Waggoner delivers a tale of cosmic and body horror at its most disturbing. The Men Upstairs is a fascinating study of the ancient tension between repulsion and desire." – Laird Barron, author of Occultation.

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The Nekropolis Archives

This volume collects all three novels in the Nekropolis sequence: Nekropolis, Dead Streets, and Dark War, as well as three short stories featuring zombie detective Matt Richter.

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Ghost Town

Ghost Town

WELCOME TO EXETER, THE “MOST HAUNTED TOWN IN AMERICA,” thanks to a deadly flood that unleashed an army of ghosts decades ago. And when ghost trackers Amber, Drew, and Trevor attend a conference during Exeter’s spookiest week of the year, the ghouls grow restless. First, an innocent bookstore worker is mysteriously killed, setting off a string of strange deaths that point to a shadowy spirit known as the Dark Lady.

With a paranormal revolution ensuing, the team must stop the twisted bloodbath. But a past horror involving the death of a former teammate has them spinning faster than a specter in a storm, especially when they learn that it’s his ghost who awakened the Dark Lady. Now, with their lives on the line and the entire town at stake, the three must decide whether to trust the spirit of their old friend or to finally put a stake through his heart.

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Ghost Trackers
with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of SyFy's Ghost Hunters

For fifteen years, Amber, Drew, and Trevor have barely been able to recall—let alone explain—what happened the terrifying night they decided to explore the old, abandoned Lowry House. According to local legend, the house was cursed by a dark past and inhabited by evil. It burst into flames on the night of their visit, leaving the friends traumatized and nearly dead with only vague memories of the frightening events they had witnessed inside. Now, on the eve of their high school reunion, they have gathered to reopen their investigation and figure out, once and for all, what took place that fateful night . . . before the supernatural entity they escaped threatens to overtake them again.


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Dark War

Dark War
Published by Angry Robot Books

Meet Matt Richter. Zombie. PI.

From his arrival at Nekropolis, Matt has found himself embroiled in disputes with the city's vampire lords, shapeshifters, golems and other monstrosities.

Nothing has prepared him for the Dark War.

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Dead Streets
Published by Angry Robot Books

The return of Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie.

Matt Richter is going to pieces — literally!

You've got to keep your head to survive in the teeming undead city known as Nekropolis. It's a pity Matt couldn't manage that. Now everyone wants a piece of him.

Zombie detective Matt Richter and his glamorous she-vampire companion Devona are back on the case, with another wild and wonderful investigation.

Release date: March 3, 2011

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    Nekropolis
    Published by Angry Robot Books

    His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. And in this first case, Richter must help a delectable half-vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it’s used to destroy Nekropolis itself. That is, if he can survive the myriad horrors that infest the city.

    Nekropolis is the first of a trio of urban fantasies. Originally published as a limited run novella, the expanded Nekropolis is the definitive version of the series opener.

    Release date: August 1, 2009 (UK), Feb. 1, 2010 (US/Canada)

     

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    broken shadows
    Published by Darkside Digital

    Fissures appear in the darkness. Shadows break, collapse, and crumble away to nothing, revealing that they are far more than the mere absence of light. Shadows are our friends.

    Shadows protect us.

    Because what lies behind the darkness is so much worse . . .

    Fourteen stories by the author of Like Death, Pandora Drive, and Darkness Wakes.

    The following formats are available:

    • PDF
    • MOBI (for Kindle & MobiPocket)
    • EPUB

    Release date: January 2010

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    Hardcover: 336 pages
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0786950382
    ISBN-13: 978-0786950386

    CROSS COUNTY
    Published by Wizards of the Coast Discoveries

    When Joanne Talon was a child, she disappeared for six days. She returned without any memory of where she'd been and what happened to her during that time. Not long after that, four people were viciously murdered without apparent motive by Carl "the Cutter" Coulter. Carl cut their throats and then carved a bizarre symbol -- a triangle bisected by a bolt of lightning -- into their abdomens.

    Now Joanne is Sheriff of Cross County, Ohio, and Carl Coulter is dead, executed for his crimes eight years ago. But the killings begin again: throats slashed, Carl's signature symbol carved into the victims' stomachs. Joanne, with the help of reporter Dale Ramsey, must discover who's copying Carl's crimes and why. To make matters worse, the murders have drawn the attention of the sinister Cross family, who've ruled the county that bears their name for the last two centuries. The Crosses have their own reasons for wanting the murders stopped. Their land holds secrets . . . ancient, dark, and buried deep.

    And the Crosses intend to make sure they stay that way.

    Release date: September 2, 2008

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    Thrillers 2
    Published by Cemetery Dance
    Edited by Robert Morrish

    Featuring: Gemma Files, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Tim Waggoner, and R. Patrick Gates

    This volume marks the long-overdue return of a dark fiction series that debuted in 1993. After a fourteen year hiatus, Thrillers is revived with a star-studded second volume.

    Within these pages, you'll find terror, suspense, and mystery that range from quietly menacing to shockingly graphic, wildly fantastic to grimly realistic. It's all here, with one universal ingredient: a well-told story.

    T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S

    • Gemma Files:
    "Pen Umbra"
    "Author's Notes"

    • Tim Waggoner:
    "The Faces That We Meet"
    "Long Way Home"
    "Darker Than Winter"
    "Author's Notes"
    • R. Patrick Gates:
    "Midnight Popeye"
    "K.D.'s Wish"
    "The Tell-Tale Nose"
    "Author's Notes"

    • Caitlín R. Kiernan:
    "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles"
    "Houses Under the Sea"
    "Author's Notes"

    The formula for the Thrillers series is deceptively simple: we invite four of the genre's most popular authors to each contribute 20,000 words of original, never-before-been-published fiction. We add insightful Afterwords by each author, along with striking illustrations by a brilliant artist. The end result is a wonderful showcase for the finest of today's short fiction.

    Available in two states:
    Limited edition of 750 signed copies ($40)
    Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)

    Darkness Wakes
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    DARKNESS WAKES
    Published by Leisure Books

    In the small town of Ptolemy, darkness is a living thing. A powerful thing. Its home is in the shadows of a bizarre, hidden club named Penumbra, where it is worshipped by followers who need the pleasure it gives them. They are addicted to it. They live for it. And they kill for it.

    When Aaron was first introduced to Penumbra, he thought it was just a secret club where members could indulge their kinkier fantasies. Bit by bit, as he learned the club's true purpose, he began to change in subtle, horrible ways. Now it's time for Aaron to prepare his first human sacrifice to the waiting darkness. It's too late for him to back out now, but murder is the least of Penumbra's sins. The true terror is still to come when . . . Darkness Wakes.

    Release date: December 2006

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    Pandora Drive
    Published by Leisure Books

    Damara Ruschmann was a child when her ability to manifest dreams and fantasies as three-dimensional, living-breathing reality first made itself known — with tragic results. After that terrible night, Damara withdrew from the world, becoming a recluse so that her power could never hurt anyone ever again. For twelve years, she’s managed to keep her power under control, but now it’s beginning to leak out, affecting all those around her. Like a wildfire, Damara’s power soon rages out of control, and the hidden fantasies of her friends and neighbors begin to take on a terrible — and deadly — life of their own . . . on Pandora Drive.

    Release date: April 2006

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    Like Death

     

    Like Death
    Published by Apex Book Company

    Scott Raymond is a man haunted by his past and terrorized in the present. As a young boy, he witnessed the brutal murder of his family, but there is so much of the gruesome tragedy that he simply cannot remember — including the identity of the killer or why Scott alone was spared. The memories won't come, but the trauma won't go away.

    Scott is an adult now, still emotionally scarred but learning to deal with it. He has come to Ash Creek to write about a different mystery, a six-year-old girl named Miranda who has disappeared in broad daylight one year ago. Here, Scott meets another girl named Miranda, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the one who's missing — but this one's a teenager. She will draw Scott into the bizarre hidden world known as Shadow. A world where nightmares are very real . . . and very deadly.


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    Named one of the
    best novels of 2005
    by Horror Reader

    Published by Leisure Books
    ISBN 0843954981
    Price $6.99
    Release date: January 2005
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    Necropolis
    Published by Five Star Press

    Centuries ago, when Earth's Darkfolk -- vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures -- were threatened by humanity, they departed our planet's dimension and journeyed to a shadowy realm, where they built the great city of Necropolis. Matthew Adrion is an Earth cop who came through a portal to Necropolis on a case, died, and was resurrected as a zombie. Unable to return home, he works as a private investigator on the very mean streets of this shadowy, dark city.

    Price $25.95
    Release date: 2004
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    The Harmony Society
    Published by Prime Books

    Reality and nightmare. Past and present. Sanity and madness. For Nathan Bennett, there is no longer any difference between them – not since the Harmony Society came into his life.

    ISBN 0-7869-3385-2
    Price $17.95
    Release date: July 2003
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    All Too Surreal
    Published by Prime Books

    A collection of eighteen horror and dark fantasy stories from one of the genre's rising stars.

    ISBN 1894815068
    Price $15.00
    Release date: February 2002
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    Dying For It
    Published by Foggy Windows Books

    Justin & Liana Mallory are husband and wife. They`re also private investigators. Fortunately enough for them, both work and play go together quite naturally, as nothing gets them quite as excited as working on a case. However, when Wyatt Trower, an old flame of Liana`s asks for help, jealousy rears its ugly head, right up until he turns up dead in an alley. Now it`s up to Liana and Justin to find out just what kind of `big score` Wyatt was working on when he died. Soon the team of Mallory & Mallory find themselves wrapped up in a web of lies, blackmail, and voyeur videos. And someone else wants them to stop nosing into the whole sordid affair - and will stop at nothing including more killing to keep the scandal under wraps. It will take all of their undercover skills to track down the killer, stay safe, and solve the crime.

    ISBN 1930947054
    Price $12.95
    Release date: March 2001
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