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Random House Worlds


A host of horror and fantasy's top authors captures the spirit of supreme supernatural storyteller H. P. Lovecraft with eighteen chilling contemporary tales that would have made the master proud. "The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson: In a tangled wilderness, unearthly lights lead the way to a world no human was meant to see. "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite: Two dabblers in black magic encounter a maestro of evil enchantment. "On the Slab" by Harlan Ellison: The corpse of a one-eyed giant brings untold fortune-and unspeakable fear-to whoever possesses it. "Pickman's Modem" by Lawrence Watt-Evans: Horror is a keystroke away when an ancient evil lurks in modern technology. PLUS FOURTEEN MORE BLOOD-CURDLING STORIES "Shaft Number 247" by Basil Copper "The Adder" by Fred Chappell "Fat Face" by Michael Shea "The Big Fish" by Kim Newman "I Had Vacantly Crumpled It into My Pocket . . . But by God, Eliot, It Was a Photograph from Life!" by Joanna Russ "H.P.L." by Gahan Wilson "The Unthinkable" by Bruce Sterling "Black Man with a Horn" by T. E. D. Klein "Love's Eldritch Ichor" by Esther M. Friesner "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti "The Shadow on the Doorstep" by James P. Blaylock "Lord of the Land" by Gene Wolfe "The Faces at Pine Dunes" by Ramsey Campbell "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" by Roger Zelazny

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"The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists."-Brandon Sanderson

"Complex characters, magic that is tech and vice versa, a world bound by warring trade dynasties: Bennett will leave you in awe once you remember to breathe!"-Tamora Pierce

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself-the first in a dazzling new series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett.

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne's docks, is nothing her unique abilities can't handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia's been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic-the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience-have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact's secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there's nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving-and at stopping the deadly transformation that's under way-Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact's power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

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In this highly atmospheric thriller from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Violence, a young woman hopes to reinvent herself at an isolated artists' colony . . . only to be drawn into its dark, twisted past.

Sarah Carpenter is starting over.

She's on the run-leaving behind her unsupportive, narcissistic ex-boyfriend and alcoholic, abusive mother-and headed for a new beginning at Tranquil Falls, a secluded artists' colony on the grounds of a closed hotel. There, with no cell signal or internet to distract her, she hopes to rediscover her love for pottery and put the broken pieces of her life back together.

But when Sarah uncovers the body of a young woman while digging a hole for a pit kiln, things start to fall apart. Her fellow artists begin to act in troubling ways. The eccentric fiber artist knits an endless scarf. The musician plays the same carousel song over and over until his fingers bleed. The calligrapher grins with ink-stained teeth. Not to mention the haunting dreams Sarah has night after night.

When she discovers glass shards in her clay, Sarah wonders if someone is out to get her-or if she's losing her grip on reality out here in the wilds, where the pounding of the waterfall never, ever fades. As she investigates the beautiful valley and the crumbling resort looming over them all, she unearths a chilling past that refuses to remain buried . . .

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The jaw-dropping conclusion to the acclaimed Founders Trilogy, from the Hugo-nominated author of Foundryside and Shorefall

"It's so rare to love every single book in a trilogy, to admire the aim, precision, and storytelling stamina this much."-The New York Times Book Review

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, The Quill to Live

Sancia, Clef, and Berenice have gone up against long odds in the past. But the war they're fighting now is one even they can't win.

This time, they're not facing robber-baron elites or even an immortal hierophant, but an entity whose intelligence is spread over half the globe-one that uses the magic of scriving to control not just objects but human minds.

To fight it, they've used scriving technology to transform themselves and their allies into an army-a society-unlike anything humanity has seen before. With its strength at their backs, they've freed a handful of their enemy's hosts from servitude, and even defeated some of its fearsome, reality-altering dreadnoughts.

Yet despite their efforts, their enemy marches on. Implacable. Unstoppable.

Now, as their opponent closes in on its true prize-an ancient doorway, long buried, that leads to the chambers at the center of creation itself-Sancia and her friends glimpse a last opportunity to stop this unbeatable foe. To do so, they'll have to unlock the centuries-old mystery of scriving's origins, embark on a desperate mission into the heart of their enemy's power, and pull off the most daring heist they've ever attempted.

But their adversary might have a spy in their ranks-and a last trick up its sleeve.

And to have a chance at victory, Sancia, Clef, and Berenice will have to make a sacrifice beyond anything that's come before.

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The enchanting tale of mischief and myth-inspired by West African folklore-that became a fantasy classic, from the award-winning author of The Blue, Beautiful World

Paama is a marvelous cook who's had the bad fortune to marry Ansige. He was the least eligible bachelor in his village: self-centered, foolish, and food-obsessed. Paama has had enough of this miserable life with her gluttonous husband, and so leaves him to return to her old life with her family.

But Paama does not know that this is the beginning of a remarkable adventure. Because the Undying Ones are watching her. These spirits observe the follies of mortal life . . . and sometimes meddle and make mischief.

One of these beings presents her with a magical artifact known as the Chaos Stick, which he says is "great for stirring things up." As Paama gets to know the powers of this marvelous gift, she learns that the Chaos Stick was stolen from a rival spirit, who decides to stir up some trouble of his own.

But mastering this magical artifact is only the beginning of Paama's quest. Although Paama has been granted great power by the Undying Ones, her real journey is to find the magic that lies within herself.

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As first contact transforms Earth, a team of gifted visionaries races to create a new future in this wondrous science fiction novel from the award-winning author of The Best of All Possible Worlds.

"A complex story of first contact from a unique perspective that is warm, engaging, and wildly original."-Martha Wells, New York Times bestselling author of The Murderbot Diaries


The world is changing, and humanity must change with it. Rising seas and soaring temperatures have radically transformed the face of Earth. Meanwhile, Earth is being observed from afar by other civilizations . . . and now they are ready to make contact.

Vying to prepare humanity for first contact are a group of dreamers and changemakers, including Peter Hendrix, the genius inventor behind the most advanced VR tech; Charyssa, a beloved celebrity icon with a passion for humanitarian work; and Kanoa, a member of a global council of young people drafted to reimagine the relationship between humankind and alien societies.

And they may have an unexpected secret weapon: Owen, a pop megastar whose ability to connect with his adoring fans is more than charisma. His hidden talent could be the key to uniting Earth as it looks toward the stars.

But Owen's abilities are so unique that no one can control him and so seductive that he cannot help but use them. Can he transcend his human limitations and find the freedom he has always dreamed of? Or is he doomed to become the dictator of his nightmares?

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How far would you go to be free? Three generations of women forge a new path through an America torn by a mysterious wave of violence in this "chilling [and] dizzyingly effective" (The New York Times Book Review) novel of revenge, liberation, and triumph.

"A compulsively readable fusion of domestic thriller and modern horror."-Kameron Hurley, author of The Light Brigade

"A novel that defines this era."-Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians


They call it The Violence: a strange epidemic that causes the infected to experience sudden bursts of animalistic rage, with no provocation and no memory of their crimes. While it tears the nation apart, one woman sees something unlikely in the chaos-an opportunity.

Chelsea Martin has been a prisoner in her own home for too long. Her controlling husband has manipulated her for years, cutting her off from all support. Her narcissistic mother is no help, and her teen daughter is realizing she might be falling into the same trap when her once adoring boyfriend shows a dark side.

But when the Violence erupts, Chelsea creates a plan to liberate herself and her daughters once and for all.

What follows is a shocking and thrilling journey as three generations of women navigate a world in which they are finally empowered to fight back. Somewhere along the journey from her magazine-ready Tampa home to the professional wrestling ring, Chelsea becomes her own liberator, an avatar of revenge and hope, and a new heroine for a new world.

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The search for a notorious serial killer takes a therapist on a nightmarish quest to an alternate world to find the sinister secret behind his crimes, in a dark fantasy inspired by Caribbean urban myth, from the award-winning author of The Blue, Beautiful World.

Dr. Miranda Ecuovo works as a forensic therapist, helping traumatized witnesses recover their memories so that they can testify about the crimes they observed. Her most famous case resulted in the conviction of the serial killer Walther Gray, a pathologist's assistant known as the Butcher of the City.

One day Miranda is seized by Chance, one of the spirits known as the Undying, and transported to a fantastical dreamlike world. There she is greeted by an Angel and presented with an unusual mission: Help catch the rogue Undying who was the true mastermind behind the Butcher's crimes.

Now Miranda and Chance must stop the murderer before he kills again. Together they will race through a surreal otherworld of magical labyrinths and wondrous spirits-but also into the maze of Miranda's own memories when they retrace her original investigation.

As Miranda draws closer to the truth, she finds herself confronted by even bigger questions than the killer's identity. How could his victims' deaths be forgotten so easily? And what can she do to create a world where the vulnerable can be safe and have their lives treated as precious?

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