Mr Hands

Mr Hands

Gary A Braunbeck

Gary A Braunbeck

It's a quiet night at The Hangman's Tavern just outside Cedar Hill, Ohio—that is until a disheveled stranger shows up and begins to tell the patrons a story, one that begins: "His full name was Ronald James Williamson, and he killed his first child when he was still a child himself..." The stranger's tale includes a little girl named Sarah Thompson, her mother Lucy, and how a tragedy would, in a way, bring all three of them together and result in the birth of a creature of myth, a Golem of vengeance, called Mr. Hands. Here for the first time is the author's preferred text of the third novel in the Cedar Hill Series, including new and expanded scenes. Also included is Braunbeck's International Horror Guild Award-winning novella, Kiss of the Mudman.
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Prodigal Blues

Prodigal Blues

Gary A Braunbeck

Gary A Braunbeck

From award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck comes Prodigal Blues, his first foray into non-supernatural horror.After he finds himself stranded at a truck stop in Missouri, Mark Sieber gets one of the biggest shocks of his life when he recognizes the face of a little girl on a Missing poster as belonging to the same little girl he saw only a few minutes before. Looking around for some sign of her, he comes back to his table in the restaurant to find the little sitting there, waiting for him."I'm sorry, mister," is all she seems capable of saying.As the police and media begin to converge on the truck stop, Mark retreats back to his hotel room to call his wife and let her know what's going on, only to be taken hostage by the same people who released the little girl. But his abductors are little more than children themselves.Ranging in ages from 12 to 19, Mark's abductors are in the process of escaping from a sadistic pedophile known to them only as "Grendel" a man whose practices include torture and mutilation specifically, mutilation of the face.Mark's abductors have all been mutilated by Grendel who may be very close behind them and need someone with a "normal face" to help them carry out their plan for justice and returning home.For the next few days, Mark will come to understand not only the inhuman horror that these children have suffered, but how they eventually learned to fight back and how they discovered that Grendel and his practices are at the center of a very complex network catering to those who tastes run toward the molestation and mutilation of children.Prodigal Blues is perhaps Braunbeck's most suspenseful and emotionally powerful work to date; a story of suffering, depravity, redemption, and in the end the individual's compassion for his or her fellow human beings that can lead some people to finding reserves of courage and determination they never thought they possessed.Terrifying, suspenseful, sometimes surprisingly funny, and ultimately moving, Prodigal Blues is quintessential Braunbeck.
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In Silent Graves

In Silent Graves

Gary A Braunbeck

Gary A Braunbeck

One moment, Robert Londrigan is a rising-star newscaster, devoted husband, and expectant father; the next, he's a widower in a morgue, staring at gaping holes in his daughter's body where surgeons have harvested every useful scrap of her organs and tissue. The rock-bottom falls out from under his life when a disfigured man knocks Robert out and steals what's left of her tiny corpse out from under his nose, and leaves a gruesome surprise waiting for him back home. Robert's search for the disfigured man leads him through a rapidly-fragmenting reality into a chiaroscuro world and the discovery that neither his wife nor his daughter are who he thought they were. Gary A. Braunbeck's work has earned seven Bram Stoker Awards, an International Horror Guild Award, three Shocker Awards, a Black Quill Award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination.
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Halfway Down the Stairs

Halfway Down the Stairs

Gary A Braunbeck

Gary A Braunbeck

Climb halfway down the stairs with Bram Stoker Award-Winning author Gary A. Braunbeck, into worlds that occupy the spaces between "here" and "there," where office workers become little more than scrolls of code and an ordinary man discovers that he has to help reassemble the missing face of God; from battle-scarred veterans who have to protect their village from encroaching spirits to a college experiment that may bring about the end of days, all of these stories feature Braunbeck's trademark element: an unblinking eye for emotional detail that elevates the subject matter of each piece into the realm of the genuinely literary. The stories span Braunbeck's thirty-year career from some of the very first tales of Cedar Hill to all-new stories, including the never-before-published author's preferred version of the controversial "The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women."
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