By Jack Ketchum
From award-winning writer and storyteller Jack Ketchum comes nineteen bleak tales of loss and ache. this is often the author's latest assortment, and contains his Bram Stoker Award-winning novella "Closing Time." additionally integrated: "Returns," "Damned in case you Do," "Station Two," "Elusive," "Papa," "The Fountain," "Do you like Your Wife?," "At domestic with the VCR," "Those Rockports Won't Get You Into Heaven," "Olivia: A Monologue," "Brave Girl," "Honor System," "Lighten Up," "Hotline," "Monster," "Consensual," "Seascape," and "Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk." "Though Stoker-winner Ketchum is healthier recognized for his novels of hardcore horror (Off Season, etc.), the nineteen tales during this assortment display his ability at crafting brief and sophisticated temper items approximately daily people who locate themselves wrestling with overpowering feelings that sometimes open them to macabre experience." -Publisher's Weekly
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My name is Victor Frankenstein. I did introduce myself. ” Jamie shook his head, and Frankenstein grunted. “I suspected as much. ” He laughed, a huge sound like a clap of thunder. “There is only a certain amount I am permitted to tell you,” he continued. “I’m taking you to a safe place. ” asked Jamie. No reply. “I asked you a question,” he repeated, his voice rising. ” Frankenstein turned his enormous head and looked at Jamie. “I heard you,” he said. ” Jamie recoiled, and then the image of the blood on the bedroom windowsill crashed into his head, and he remembered.
The heavy stock of the weapon crashed across the girl’s chin, and she instantly stopped moving, as though she had been turned off. The soldier who had been facing Matt lowered his gun and turned to his colleagues. ” he yelled. The woman in the biohazard suit had knelt down next to her partner and was examining the wound. She looked up at the sound of the soldier’s voice. “It’s bad,” she replied. ” “Bag the subject,” the soldier said. ” “There isn’t time. ” “He’ll get it. ” The woman stared at the soldier for a fraction of second, then let go of her colleague and laid the white stretcher flat on the lawn.
Shut up, Lynne,” Greg Browning replied automatically, but his voice was low, and for once he didn’t sound angry. He sounds scared, thought Matt, and crouched down beside the girl. Despite the damage to her face, she was beautiful, her skin so pale it was almost translucent, her lips a dark, inviting red. Behind him his father was muttering to himself, looking from the sky to the ground and back again, searching for an explanation for why this girl had fallen into their garden. Matt placed his hand on the cool skin of her neck, checking for a pulse, knowing he wouldn’t find one.
Closing Time and Other Stories by Jack Ketchum