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A Scattering of Jades
by Alexander C. Irvine
In 1835, an attempted human sacrifice goes awry, sparking a fire that consumes much of Manhattan and destroys journalist Archie Prescott's home and family. Stephen Bishop, a slave exploring a Kentucky cave system, discovers a peculiar Aztec mummy that seems, sometimes, to move. A complex conspiracy involving Aaron Burr, P.T. Barnum, Tammany Hall, Irish gangsters, and a traveling medicine man will bring together Archie, Stephen, an accursed girl who may be Archie's daughter, and ferocious Aztec deities in the underworld of Mammoth Cave, in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of the earth.
Darker Angels
by S. P. Somtow
This tale is set in a slightly altered nineteenth-century U.S. in which zombies, werewolves and other were-creatures, and possession by evil spirits are as real as Abraham Lincoln or Walt Whitman (who are major characters). The plot involves a multiple-viewpoint narrative and the concept of wandering souls and those who can see and wish to control such entities.
The Cleansing
by John D. Harvey
Every 100 years the violent American Indian wolf god Wanata comes to earth to make humanity accountable for its abuses against nature. When strange events unfold in Alaska, journalist Savannah Channing is sent to investigate the story of a rampaging wolf pack systemically destroying entire villages. By the time she arrives, the devastation has begun to spread into a holocaust of horrifying proportions that tests the mettle of the U.S. and Canadian military. Inexorably Savannah and Wanata converge in a spine-chilling conclusion.
The Mummy's Ransom
by Fred Hunter
A controversial exhibit of Chinchorro mummies is about to open in Chicago. The mummies - dating from 2000 to 7000 BC - are incredibly fragile, making their transportation and display very risky. When it is reported that a mummy is moving around the exhibit at night, Chicago Police Detective Jeremy Ransom is assigned to find out what's going on.
The Terror
by Dan Simmons
The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.
Updated 08/12/2014
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