There's anything that awaits you at the highway forward, lurking within the darkness on the intersection among the right here and the Hereafter.
It's on the crossroads of this life and the subsequent, the place the forces of the dwelling and the useless converge in a terrifying position often called Death's Realm. And it's right here the place armies from each side of the veil salary a permanent conflict within the fight for control.
This is a quantity containing 16 tales of these wars through award-winning smooth masters of the horror and speculative fiction genres.
DEATH'S REALM FEATURES:
"OMNISCOPIC" by way of Rhoads Brazos - Mankind has perpetually sought facts of life past loss of life. This terrifying Lovecraftian stories proves that usually the secrets and techniques of the universe are higher left undiscovered.
"SOME different DAY" via John F.D. Taff - Following the demise of his mom, a boy is going to nice lengths to take care of a courting along with his grief-stricken father, regardless of the associated fee to all of mankind.
"HAUNTER" via Hank Schwaeble - Matthew has came upon love back after a sad loss, however the nightmares of the previous threaten his new truth and appear decided to copy themselves.
"BURIAL SUIT" by way of John C. Foster - An ex-con embarks on a perilous trip to make sure his useless father's soul unearths secure passage to eternity, risking his personal within the process.
"NINE" by means of Aaron Polson - An anthropologist's obsession with a misplaced civilization turns into unusually intertwined with the weird habit of her younger sons.
"PENUMBRA" through Jay Caselberg - Newly useless, a tender guy is set to arrive around the veil to the girl he left at the back of, refusing to allow demise stand within the approach in their precise love.
"FOXHOLE" by means of JG Faherty - because the in simple terms survivors of an army unit engaged in a jungle conflict, squaddies and formative years acquaintances cease at not anything to guard one another from the unseen enemy that pursues them.
"DROWNING" by way of Gregory L. Norris - Edgard miraculously escaped demise while he survived the sinking of substantial. Having made a brand new lifestyles for himself in the US, a terrifying strength threatens to pull him again to the darkish and icy waters of the North Atlantic.
"THE WEIGHT" by way of Jane Brooks - Experiencing debilitating soreness that has her on the fringe of realization, a girl struggles with the occasions of her prior that allows you to stay alive.
"HARDER YOU FALL" by means of Brian Fatah Steele - the power to speak to the useless has supplied Madeline a lavish way of life. Now, needing whatever extra, she needs to have the opportunity to flee the impression of her darkish mentor.
"MIRRORWORLD" through Martin Rose - All Jude wanted used to be the signature of a Satanist on divorce papers. What he acquired as an alternative used to be an premature demise and a tortured hereafter, because of a few harmful black magic.
"MARCH HAYS" via Matthew Pegg - while WWII leaves him wounded, Sam reveals himself in a well-known position, the place friendly thoughts of his adolescence are darkened via a terrifying specter.
"HIGH ART" via Karen Runge and Simon Dewar - Raymond resides the lifestyles he consistently dreamed of now that his spouse is out of the image. yet he fast starts to query even if divorce might were much less painful.
"A PIRATE'S RANSOM" through Jay O'Shea - Somali pirates find a disabled, deserted freighter adrift within the hot waters of the Arabian Sea, but it really is mysteriously lined in ice. They quickly discover they need to have allow this chance cross them by.
"TO contact THE DEAD" by way of Paul Michael Anderson - whilst our possessions are all that stay of our life, destiny psychics from the People's background venture are hired to catalog the strength we've left in the back of, with scary consequences.
"YOU purely DIE ONCE" by way of Stephen Graham Jones - There aren't any pearly gates or angels on excessive to welcome the lifeless into the afterlife. as a substitute there's in basic terms mysterious rooms, filthy shadows and terrifying beings.
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