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Toutes les séries de Bentley Little

9 livres
4 lecteurs

♦ Textes réunis par Alain DORÉMIEUX.

♦ En creusant dans son jardin, un enfant découvre la bête innommable assoiffée d'amour.

Une star rencontre l'horreur imprévisible en la personne de la présidente de son fan-club.

Une institutrice s'aperçoit que ses élèves sont des monstres acharnés à sa perte.

Entrez dans cet hôpital jeunes et bien portants pour en ressortir vieillis, au bord de la tombe.

Goûtez l'extase sexuelle sans limites, le plaisir par tous les pores, l'orgasme perpétuel qui vous mène à la folie.

Un panorama du fantastique de terreur moderne en seize nouvelles signées des plus grands noms du genre :

J.-P. Andrevon, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Charles L. Grant, K, W. Jeter, Stephen King, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Robert McCammon, Lisa Tuttle, Daniel Walther, etc.

♦ Sommaire :

1 - Alain DORÉMIEUX, Préface en forme d'abécédaire, Préface

2 - Robert McCAMMON, Un été à guêpes (Yellowjacket summer)

3 - Alan RYAN, Sable et sang (Sand)

4 - Stephen KING, Laissez venir à moi les petits enfants (Suffer the Little Children)

5 - Richard MATHESON, Talents cachés (Buried Talents)

6 - Lisa TUTTLE, La Tombe de Jamie (Jamie's Grave)

7 - Steve Rasnic TEM, Cerveau de pierre (Stone head)

8 - Fritz LEIBER, Le Noir a son charme (Black has its charms)

9 - Jean-Pierre ANDREVON, Une enfant perdue

10 - Richard Christian MATHESON, Stimulations (Arousal)

11 - Charles L. GRANT, Ellen, en son temps (Ellen, in her time)

12 - Henry SLESAR, Prez (Prez)

13 - Ramsey CAMPBELL, Le Compagnon (The companion)

14 - Daniel WALTHER, Les Longs couteaux de la nuit

15 - Dennis ETCHISON, Nous sommes les morts (On call)

16 - Steve Rasnic TEM, La Démolition (The battering)

17 - K. W. JETER, La Première fois (The first time)

18 - Jean-Daniel BRÈQUE & Alain DORÉMIEUX, Dictionnaire des auteurs

Tous les livres de Bentley Little

This anthology brings together the best of today's horror writers in one spine-tingling collection. All of these stories are guaranteed to terrify !

So lock the door. Turn on the lights. Don't answer the phone. Open the book... if you dare...

Cathy was six when the man next door killed his wife and himself. She heard the screams. She saw the blood and the bodies. Now, 20 years later, the house is no longer vacant. Someone new has moved in. Something terrible is happening to the neighbors. And Cathy has a secret of her own...

Jason Handford has a real gift for writing letters that get results-from complaints to love letters to editorials. Then he's offered a job to do it for a living. It consumes his time, his mind, and eventually, his soul. Jason really should have stuck with freelance.

Something really strange is happening to Dion, the new boy in school. Odd-girl-out Penelope understands completely. Something is happening to her too. They were made for each other. And together, they're going to raise hell.

Steve Nye's quiet life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his mother. His father attacked her and has been committed to an asylum. The doctor says he?s suffering from dementia. But Steve's father seems so calm, clear-eyed, and lucid when he whispers, ?I killed her?. Is it simply symptom of his father's delusion and madness?

If only Steve were so lucky?

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Américain moyen, fraîchement sorti d'une université moyenne, en ménage avec une Américaine moyenne, Bob Jones travaille comme cadre moyen dans une entreprise de taille moyenne. Il a tout pour être moyennement heureux, si ce n'est que ses collègues de bureau semblent le rejeter. Bientôt, il finit par comprendre qu'en fait le regard des autres ne s'arrête pas sur lui, mais le traverse, comme s'il n'existait pas. Dès lors à quoi bon travailler pour une entreprise qui l'ignore ? Frustré, il se déguise en clown pour aller assassiner son patron. Personne ne s'aperçoit même de sa présence.

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Vous n'oserez plus jamais regarder dans votre boîte aux lettres !

Pour les habitants d'une petite ville isolée comme Willis, en Arizona, l'arrivée du courrier est l'un des points forts de la journée. Autrefois on l'attendait avec une impatience mélée de curiosité.

Mais maintenant il y a le nouveau facteur.

Tout à coup les factures se perdent, des lettres embarrassantes arrivent là où il ne faut pas, de noirs secrets sont soudain livrés à la connaissance de tous et des gens commencent à mourir.

Peu à peu la peur et la suspicion s'installent. C'est désormais dans la terreur que l'on guette le courrier.

Et si derrière son air amical et son sourire immuable, le nouveau facteur était tout simplement... l'incarnation du mal ?

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Randall est une petite localité de l'Arizona. Un paradis paisible au sein d'un nature sauvage et magnifique. Jusqu'au jour où toutes les églises de la ville sont profanées, deux fermiers tués et le pasteur porté disparu avec toute sa famille.

Cela fait beaucoup pour le shérif Jim Weldon qui ne dispose pour seul indice que du rêve d'un enfant.

De leur côté, Gordon et Marina Lewis s'inquiètent: Marina est enceinte, or une épidémie de naissances prématurées semble toucher la ville. Et de mystérieuses petites créatures hantent désormais tous les recoins obscurs de Randall, des êtres maléfiques, assoiffés de sang...

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Las du smog, des embouteillages et des yuppies, Barry Welch, auteur de romans d'épouvante, et sa femme Maureen, comptable, ont décidé de quitter la Californie pour s'installer au calme. En découvrant Bonita Vista, dans l'Utah, ils savent qu'ils ont trouvé l'endroit idéal : panorama à couper le souffle, maison ravissante avec, en prime, la sécurité d'une résidence " fermée ". Fini les bandes et la violence urbaine ! Seule condition à leur intégration : ils doivent devenir membres de l'association des copropriétaires qui, à la fois omniprésente et mystérieuse, paraît tout droit sortie d'une imagination malade. Ne serait-ce pas elle qui empoisonne les chats et les chiens des habitants de la ville voisine ? Alerté, le shérif ne semble pas vouloir intervenir : serait-il lui aussi à la solde de l'association ? Big Brother n'est pas loin. Et si encore les victimes se limitaient aux animaux familiers... Les domaines protégés, réservés à une clientèle triée sur le volet et gérés par de toutes-puissantes associations de copropriétaires fleurissent aux Etats-Unis. Ils ont inspiré à Bentley Little, l'auteur de: L'Ignoré (Presses de la Cité, 2001), les éléments fantasticohorrifiques de ce succulent roman.

Here's one good reason for staying home from school...

Something strange is happening at Tyler High. The laid-back principal has become unusually strict. The janitors no longer work nights because of what they hear. The students are frightened by what they see. And things are happening on school grounds that defy rational explanation. But there is an explanation. It's just nothing that anyone can begin to believe...or hope to survive.

Now comes the hottest horror yet from the Bram Stoker Award winner... They're four strangers with one thing in common-a mysterious train chokingthe sky with black smoke, charging trackless across the American night...and carrying an unstoppable evil raised from the depths of historythat will bring each of their worst fears to life

"The shrine. How does it operate? Do you just pray to it or do you have to bring it something or what?"

In this unsettling novella by Bentley Little, many strange occurrences unsettle the inhabitants of William Tell Circle:

For Helen, a knock on the door brings an unexpected visitor along with lavish gifts, and it seems all her wishes have been granted...but at what cost?

For young Frank and his friends, a fabled neighborhood shrine may answer their prayers for a girlfriend, just as their older brothers hope the same source will grant them money. But the older boys' improvised ritual turns into something horrible...

For Gil Marotta, a rescue mission to the shrine leads him into a chilling confrontation with the local witch...

The Circle tells the story of a normally quiet community, plunged into the kind of surreal nightmare only Bentley Little can deliver...

He's been hailed by Dean Koontz for his "rock-'em, jolt-'em, shock-'em contemporary terror fiction." Now Little presents a 32-story collection that could only have come from an author with "a deft touch for the terrifying" (Publishers Weekly).

From the Bram Stoker Award-winning "horror poet laureate" (Stephen King)

When Gary's girlfriend Joan vanishes, calls to her parents' home yield only dead air. Her school records are gone. There is no longer any evidence that she even existed. Most disturbing of all is what Gary does find: a warning and a tantalizing clue, leading to a mysterious backward cult known as the Homesteaders. Now Gary may be the next to disappear.

The Perry family's new house is perfect-except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

Five complete strangers from across America are about to come together and open the door to a place of evil that they all call home. Inexplicably, four men and one woman are having heart-stopping nightmares revolving around the dark and forbidding houses where each of them were born. When recent terrifying events occur, they are each drawn to their identical childhood homes, only to confront a sinister supernatural presence which has pursued them all their lives, and is now closer than ever to capturing their souls...

Everything is about to change...

When Ross Lowry moves into his cousin's guest house in the small community of Magdalena, Arizona, he expects nothing more than breathing room and a brief respite from his economic woes.

But something is not right in the desert.

After a raucous party on New Year's Eve, the luck of the attendees undergoes an immediate U-turn. The rich and successful suddenly find themselves facing catastrophic failure while the less well-off are unexpectedly flush with good fortune.

This is only the beginning...

Soon the citizens of Magdalena are experiencing unnatural desires.

Next their children begin to disappear and freakish creatures emerge from the surrounding wilderness.

The community is unraveling at a frightening pace.

But these are merely the early warning signs of a showdown with a powerful force of darkness that could obliterate the world forever, and only Ross Lowry sees the danger that lurks ahead...

Unemployed, divorced, and living in a new state, Hunt Jackson would be considered a risk by most insurance companies. Lucky for him, he's found one that will give him a policy. All he has to do is sign on the dotted line-and note a minor provision: they require a pound of flesh for their investment. No backing out. No joke. No running away.

Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.

Springerville is famous for the legend of the Mongolian Monster. Of course nobody really believes it. It’s just a good campfire story, something to attract gullible tourists ­ until an excavation team unearths the figurine of a screaming woman, the jawbone of a deformed animal, and a child’s toy. How odd that they were buried together. Odd, too, is the foul odor lingering in the air, the strange noises at night, and the man’s face found hanging from a tree. Now the locals are locking their doors. Because after sundown, campfire stories can seem very, very real.

In a small Arizona town, a man counts his blessings: a loving wife, two teenage daughters, and a job that allows him to work at home. Then "The Store" announces plans to open a local outlet, which will surely finish off the small downtown shops. His concerns grow when "The Store's" builders ignore all the town's zoning laws during its construction. Then dead animals are found on "The Store's" grounds. Inside, customers are hounded by obnoxious sales people, and strange products appear on the shelves. Before long the town's remaining small shop owners disappear, and "The Store" spreads its influence to the city council and the police force, taking over the town! It's up to one man to confront "The Store's" mysterious owner and to save his community, his family, and his life!

In "The Summoning", a dusty Arizona town suddenly finds its population shrinking as a vampire starts feeding at night

Gregory Tomasov has returned with his family to the quaint Arizona community of his youth. In McGuane, the air is clean, the land is unspoiled. Nothing much has changed. Except now, no one goes out after dark. And no one told Gregory that he shouldn't have moved into the old abandoned farm on the edge of town. Once upon a time something bad happened there. Something that's now buried in its walls. Something now reborn in the nightmares of Gregory's young son. Something about to be unleashed. What happened once is going to happen again in...The Town. You can't go home again.

In Beverly Hills a businessman slaughters his entire family and leaves behind a video of the massacre and a cryptic message: "this is where it begins." Sure enough, it is only the beginning. Children everywhere are either being killed or are disappearing. Social worker Carrie Daniels wants to know why. God help her when she finds out.

It begins in a small Southwestern town. Then it spreads. Across the country a series of strange deaths have overtaken the living. And a stranger compulsion has overtaken the dead.

In a travesty of life they drift with bizarre purpose toward an unknown destination. The walkers have become an obsession for investigator miles Huerdeen. His father is one of them.

Now, lured into the shadow of the restless dead, Miles is a step closer to a secret as old as time...to a reality as dark as hell. For Miles is following them into the deep end of an unfathomable nightmare.

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, new Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Kelly Link, Kim Newman, Corey Marks, Eric Schaller, M. Shayne Bell, Helga M. Novak, Terry Dowling, Michael Libling, Zoran Zivkovic, Bentley Little, Carlton Mellick III, Brian Hodge, Conrad Williams, Tom Disch, Melissa Hardy, Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle, Tracina Jackson-Adams, Karen Joy Fowler, Jackie Bartley, Peter Dickerman, Ramsey Campbell, Adam Roberts, Robert Phillips, Jay Russell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Margaret Lloyd, Stephen Gallagher, Robin McKinley, Haruki Murakami, Theodora Goss, Kathy Koja, Lucy Taylor, Elizabeth Hand, Kevin Brickmeier, Sharon McCartney, Susan Power, Don Tumasonis, Nan Fry.

Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Jim Parker, editor of UC Brea's newspaper, did not want to come back to school this semester. He should have listened to himself. Because Something Evil has invaded the California campus once praised for its high honors. Now violent death is crowding out pep rallies for space on the front page...and leaving streaks of bloody ink in its wake. Faith Pullen was wary of taking the job at the library. She should have listened to herself. Because Something Evil is lurking in the stacks - and setting its sights on the entire campus. N one knows who started this bloody epidemic, but a terrifying question remains in the minds of all: Who in the hell can stop it??

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