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Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

"Days passed. The birds told her stories of the outside world, and often assured her that she was kind and gentle. Rapunzel never believed them. She knew that she was born wicked and was better off isolated from the world, even if her heart yearned to join it."

The Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie & B.K. Evenson

"She saw herself claw his chest bloody and then claw deeper and push her hands in through his flesh and tear out his heart, then slowly begin to eat it. It was rubbery and hard to chew, like poorly cooked calamari."

Heidi Hawthorne is a radio DJ in Salem. As a recovering drug addict, she's doing her best to keep her life going on the straight and narrow. One day, she receives a wooden box with a strange symbol on it. Inside the box is a blank record from a band called The Lords. Heidi and her fellow DJs decide to play the record for a segment called "Smash or Trash". What Heidi doesn't know is that playing that record will be her complete undoing.

Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

"Four thousand, three hundred and seventeen stiches, his father had told him once. All the King's horses and all the King's men had put Henry Franks back together again."

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

"To be honest, I find the country to be much more frightening. Up here, you never know what you're going to get, so it's nearly impossible to prepare the way you can in the city. Mysterious sounds in the woods at night. Strange lights in the sky. And no one can hear you scream."

Neil Cady is an expert on all things ghosts. He watches Ghostly Investigations, knows how to capture spirits on film, and can create a Ouija board out of poster board and a sharpie. While spending the summer in Hedston, Neil hears of Graylock Hall and cannot wait to explore this abandoned asylum. Graylock Hall has been closed for years since the mysterious drowning of three patients. Neil doesn't expect much out of the experience until a ghost follows him home.

2012 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot has arrived!

Horror Writers' Association released the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards final ballot on February 23, 2013. The titles and authors are up for Superior Works for the year 2012. I cannot wait to get started on reading through the nominees! For my fellow horror lovers, here are some of the titles we've got in our collection along with the categories they are nominated for.

Dead Inside, Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse

"(Dead Inside, Do Not Enter) is part of an ongoing, collaborative, experimental storytelling project called Lost Zombies. Our goal is to create a fictional world where zombies exist and document that world in a range of media, including print and film. Portions of the contents of this book were created by people from around the globe."

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

With the holidays upon us, it's been quite a challenge to get my reading in. Luckily, I've had a couple great reads to help me escape the stress that comes with the holidays.

Bram Stoker Award Winners

Every year, the Horror Writer's Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards. The criteria is based on superior works rather than the most popular titles. The 2011 Bram Stoker Award winners were announced in March of this year and we are now starting to get titles in our catalog. The 2011 Novel winner, Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney, I'm particularly looking forward to reading as it's based in our very own Houston, Texas.

Listed below are some of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award winners I plan on checking out and hopefully you will too!

Breed by Chase Novak

Breed by Chase Novak is a twisted tale about a couple willing to do whatever it takes to conceive. Alex and Leslie Twisden have everything; money, great jobs, expensive house, perfect marriage, and love. The one thing missing in their fairytale life is children. They've tried just about everything and still cannot conceive. After a meeting with an infertility therapy group, Alex and Leslie get a tip from a fellow couple who've just conceived. They are told to visit a doctor in Slovenia and they will conceive, guaranteed. Alex and Leslie travel to Slovenia and meet with Dr. Kis.

Halloween Tips for Tricks & Treats!

Halloween is right around the corner and if you are anything like me, you're probably already started decorating the house. I've found some great books to help create and celebrate Halloween for all horror lovers. With budgets as tight as they are, I am able to go all out for my favorite holiday without breaking the bank.

Take a peek at all the titles listed below. They are guaranteed to give you lots of great ideas for haunting your home and entertaining guests. Halloween is a great time to channel your inner child and I encourage you all to do so. I know I will!

These are great for creating a frightening atmosphere in and around your home:

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