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Child of God
by Cormac McCarthy Details
In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
False Memory
by Dean Koontz Details
Martie, who has been accompanying her newly agoraphobic friend to therapy sessions, is now experiencing horrific images of mutilating her beloved husband, Dusty. Meanwhile, Dusty is trying to help his suicidal half-brother, who falls into a puzzling trance whenever he hears a certain name.
by Robert Bloch Details
Mary Crane believes she has found shelter from the storm when she checks into the Bates Motel, but the knife-wielding owner, Norman Bates, soon rips her peace of mind to shreds and the nightmare begins.
Shutter Island
by Dennis Lehane Details
It's 1954, and U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Shutter Island's Ashecliffe Hospital. He'd been gunning for an assignment on the island for reasons of his own -- but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. (Film title: Shutter Island)
The Devil in Silver
by Victor LaValle Details
Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, the inmates try to kill the monster that's stalking them. But can the Devil die?
The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson Details
The four visitors at Hill House - some there for knowledge, others for adventure - are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
The Hollow City
by Dan Wells Details
Paranoid schizophrenic Michael Shipman has hallucinations and complex horror fantasies that are complicated by his discovery of what may or may not be real monsters.
The Night Crew
by John Sandford Details
As Anna Batory and her TV camera crew patrol the nocturnal streets of Los Angeles , the night turns deadly. Following the filming of a drugged teen's suicide and the mysterious death of her cameraman, Anna realizes that she is the next target of a psychotic killer.
The Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris Details
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, tracks down a serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill, who preys exclusively on overweight women. He flays the victims' bodies and deposits the remains in rivers. The only clues are provided by another sociopathic killer, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, who practices cannibalism.
by Joyce Oates Details
Meet Quentin P. He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother. He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist. He is a thoroughly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother. He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves a bold and brilliant triumph-a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of truth.
Updated 04/29/2014

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