Uncanny Tales of Cosmic Horror and Unspeakable Terror
An ideal introduction to the work of HP Lovecraft (1890–1937), whose stories combine fantasy, science fiction and horror, this selection presents ten of his finest tales, including The Call of Cthulhu, The Rats in the Walls and The Shadow Out of Time.
Timeless Adventures from the Father of Science Fiction
Along with the novels The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man, this collection presents ten shorter stories, including tales of fantasy, the uncanny and the macabre as well as science fiction. Off-mint.
Great Expectations and Hard Times
The Nonesuch Dickens
The story of Pip, whose childhood encounter with the convict Magwitch brings him the curse of money and the 'great expectations' that end in disillusion, is accompanied by Hard Times, with its vision of the industrial city and Mr Gradgrind’s insistence on ‘nothing but fact’. Slightly off-mint.
Die of Shame
Five people and a therapist meet every Monday evening to talk about addiction, then one of them is killed. It’s clear that a group member is responsible, but DI Nicola Tanner’s investigation hits a wall – the strict confidentiality of the circle and suspects inured to denial and deception.
Ten long years after a murder and a suicide shocked the village of Elvet, new evidence comes to light that proves the innocence of the woman accused of the murder. The killer is still at large, and Vera Stanhope must reopen the investigation and jog villagers’ painful memories. Off-mint.
The Janissary Tree
Istanbul 1836: ten years after the Janissaries, the Sultan’s elite guard, had been disbanded and slaughtered, men from the New Guard go missing; while in the palace, a young concubine has been murdered. These first, mysterious cases for Yashim, the eunuch detective, are read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged. 4 CDs: 4hrs
The Snake Stone
A Yashim the Eunuch Mystery
In 1838, Maximilien Lefèvre, a French archaeologist, arrives in Istanbul to excavate a Byzantine treasure, but rumours about his real motives abound and Yashim is hired to investigate him. Then Lefèvre’s mutilated body is discovered, and in his second case, Yashim himself becomes the suspect. Read by Andrew Sachs. Abridged.
In a collection of short stories described by James Crawford as ‘a tribute to two of our nation’s greatest assets – our crime writing and our built heritage’, twelve of Scotland’s top crime writers, among them Lin Anderson, Val McDermid , Gordon Brown and Ann Cleeves, weave plots of murder and mystery around structures including a 5,000-year-old burial cairn, Bothwell Castle and the Forth Bridge.
DCI Karen Pirie happens to be nearby when a body is unearthed along with someone’s long-buried inheritance in the Highlands. At first, the victim is assumed to belong to the distant past; then new evidence suggests otherwise. Nothing is as it seems and Karen is called in to unravel the mystery.
Now We Are Dead
Inspired by his mugging-up on Winnie the Pooh for Celebrity Mastermind, Stuart McBride describes his book as ‘the story of what happens to Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel after she was caught being Very, Very Naughty in In the Cold Dark Ground’. Now, the man she was accused of fitting up is freed and back on the streets of Aberdeen – but Roberta knows he is guilty.
Death Descends On Saturn Villa
While Sidney Grice, a Personal Detective in 1880s London, is away, his goddaughter March Middleton accepts an invitation from a long-lost uncle to visit Saturn Villa and then – apparently – murders him. Grice must return to Gower Street, rescue March and unravel the baffling mystery.
This most famous of vampire stories follows the gripping adventures of Jonathan Harker, whose meeting with Count Dracula in Transylvania leads to carnage in England, as Jonathan's fiancée Mina and her friend Lucy are pursued by the terrifying creature. This edition is from the Collector's Library series which presents some of the greatest works of literature, complete and unabridged, each with either a short introduction or an afterword by a literary scholar. The pocket-sized hardbacks are bound in maroon linen, with gilt-edged pages and silk markers.
The Pharmacist's Wife
When Alexander Palmer opened his pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, Rebecca, his new wife, looked forward to a prosperous and genteel future. Instead, Alexander’s infidelities, sexual desires, greed and his invention – heroin – leads them both into a world of dark passions and addiction.