Tim Gaines was the town pariah. Mocked and teased continuously since he was in the sixth grade, he approaches his senior year of high school with a sense of cautious trepidation. Years before, when he was in the sixth grade, a group of boys led by Scott Bradfield-a popular, well-liked kid from well-to-do parents-spread a vicious rumor that he was a devil-worshipper. The rumor stuck, and is believed by most of the students and even a few of the teachers and administrators. It's a rumor Tim can't beat, and one he sometimes feels he's brought on to himself due to his love of horror novels and movies. Now Tim has become friends with a loose-knit group of kids who have also become social outcasts thanks to other rumors spread about them by the student elite. With their mutual support, Tim has begun to come out of his shell. He's going out with them, being invited to parties, and even begins to have a romantic interest in a girl, something he never thought would happen to him in high school. But all that will change when Scott Bradfield and his friends set their sights on Tim again. Only this time, they need his help. Like most of the student body of Spring Valley High School, they sincerely believe Tim Gaines is a devil-worshipper. And they believe he has a dark power. Now they want to use him and that power for their own sinister plight... ...To bring back the dead homeless man they'd kidnapped and brutally beaten to a pulp in the guesthouse that resides on the Bradfield residence. They want him brought back not because they're scared of getting caught for his murder, but so they can savagely beat and murder him again... ...and again...
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Since 1968, the name of motion picture director George Romero has been synonymous with the living dead. His landmark film Night of the Living Dead formed the paradigm of modern zombie cinema; often cited as a metaphor for America during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, the film used the tenets of the drive-in horror movie genre to engage the sociophobics of late–1960s culture. Subsequently Romero has created five more zombie films, and other directors, including Tom Savini and Zack Snyder, have remade Romero’s movies. This survey of those remakes examines ways in which the sociocultural contexts of different time periods are reflected by changes to the narrative (and the zombies) of Romero’s original versions.
BACK FROM THE DEAD is the first book in The Stars Came Back series. It is a space western, the story of regular folks just trying stay alive, seeking work to earn money for repairs to get to the next job, with no shortage of action and adventure along the way. It is military sci-fi, featuring a company of mercenaries, spaceship combat, mortar and rifle combat, spear-and-shield battle, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And it is a philosophical investigation, pondering everything from the lessons of Achilles to how one stops a bar fight with earplugs.
“An elegiac yet exuberant new memoir” (The New York Times Book Review)—Bill Walton’s New York Times bestselling memoir about his recovery from debilitating physical injury and how lessons from John Wooden at UCLA (and the music of the Grateful Dead) have inspired his darkest hours. In February 2008, Bill Walton suffered a spinal collapse so devastating he was unable to get up. It was the culmination of a lifetime of injury. Although Walton had played fourteen seasons in the NBA, he actually missed more games than he played during those years due to injury. From the time of his spinal collapse until his eventual recovery, he spent most of three years flat on the ground. The pain was excruciating, and he thought seriously about killing himself. But he survived, and Back from the Dead is the story of his injury and recovery, set in the context of his amazing athletic career. Walton grew up in southern California in the 1950s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of the 1960s. Although Walton identified strongly with the counterculture, especially in music, the greatest influence on him outside his family was Coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, precise mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. The two men would speak every day for forty-three years until Wooden’s death at age ninety-nine. John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice. In this “frequently stirring memoir…Walton’s love for life and the people and things in it—including his college coach, John Wooden—is infectious. You can’t stop reading, or rooting for the man” (Publishers Weekly). Back from the Dead shares his dramatic story, including his basketball and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds, and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions. “[Walton] scores another basket—a deeply personal one.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Back from the Dead by Nathan Wright Winston Roy Martin sits alone in a jail cell, wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. As he awaits the hanging that is sure to come, he is plotting his escape and freedom. But these things come with a price, and it is up to Winston to pay his debts. As he struggles to take his next step, he encounters many new faces, but whom can he trust? One wrong move can mean the difference between seeing another day and the end of the road as Winston knows it.
Growing up as a freak of nature is what Delbert Simpson was called by the town’s people. Delbert’s face was horribly disfigured and one shoulder was higher than the other and his brain never fully developed beyond that of an eight year old. Delbert had no girlfriend or any kind of friends, so he was a loner and the only time he felt safe to be out in public was after midnight when everyone in town was asleep. That way he knew he wouldn’t have to listen to their humiliating remarks. Then one windy night as Delbert was doing his nightly walk, a truck full of teenagers pulled up alongside of him and started taunting him and throwing trash at him. Delbert mumbled in a low tone of voice, “Leave me alone.” The teenagers just laughed and stopped the vehicle. They jumped out of the back of the bed of the truck and started pushing him and calling him names. Delbert started to cry just like a little boy would for his mommy. That just made the teenagers taunt him even more until poor Delbert fell to the ground in a fetal position trying his best to protect himself, and wondering why these teenagers would want to harm him.
"Back from the Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit" is a celebration of life, its different seasons, and the struggle to overcome. It is an anthology consisting of fifty poems; some poems are images of personal struggles, others visualize the celebration of love, and a few are odes to great leaders and historical reflections. The single message this book intends to transfer to the reader is that a sense of self-love and appreciation does a world of good. Throughout the book, references are made to Africa with the sole intention of encouraging people, Africans on the continent and across the Diaspora, to reflect on their rich identity, take responsibility for their self-concept, and to be proud of their heritage in order to inject a greater sense of self-worth and responsibility in their daily lives.
China's party-run courts have one of the highest conviction rates in the world, with forced confessions remaining a central feature. Despite recent prohibitions on evidence obtained through coercion or torture, forced confessions continue to undermine the Chinese judicial system. Recounting some harrowing cases of wrongful conviction, acclaimed legal scholar and novelist He Jiahong analyzes many problems in China's justice system. In one such case, Teng Xingshan was convicted in 1988 and later executed for murdering his mistress, but almost six years later it was discovered that the supposed victim, Shi Xiaorong, was still alive. In 2005, Teng's children submitted a complaint to the Hunan High People's Court, which then issued a revised judgment. In another case, She Xianglin was convicted of murdering his wife in 1994 and was sentenced to death, but this sentence was later commuted to fifteen years' imprisonment. In 2005, She's wife, presumed dead for over eleven years, "returned to life"; She was released from prison two weeks later, retried and found not guilty. With riveting examples, the author surveys the organization and procedure of criminal investigation, the lawyering system for criminal defense, the public prosecution system, trial proceedings, as well as criminal punishments and appeals. In doing so, He highlights the frequent causes of wrongful convictions: investigators working from forced confessions to evidence; improperly tight deadlines for solving criminal cases; prejudicial collection of evidence; misinterpretation of scientific evidence; continued use of torture to extract confessions; bowing to public opinion; nominal checks among the police, prosecutors and the courts; the dysfunction of courtroom trials; unlawfully extended custody with tunnel vision; and reduced sentencing in cases of doubt. The author also provides updated information about recent changes and reforms as well as the many continuing challenges of the criminal justice system i
When a decadent, ageing rock star, MacMahon, starts receiving threatening letters from ‘Leah’, whose death he witnessed fifteen years ago, he hires Youselli, a moonlighting tough city cop, to uncover the sender’s identity. The letters contain information only the original Leah could have known. As Youselli starts to investigate the case, he enters a world of drugs, parties, a shady characters and starts to wonder, is Leah really dead after all. . . ? ‘Youselli quickly realizes that finding the answer is not just a race to save MacMahon's life but also to save his own soul’ New York Times Praise for Chris Petit: ‘Ambitious, darkly atmospheric’ The Times ‘Ferocious invention marks this novel out as special’ The Edge ‘Puts Petit in the first rank’ Metro
Bahamas, 1971, and Ernst Hess, missing presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country... Back from the Dead pitches us and the gang - Harry, Cordell, Colette and Joyce - back into a desperate fight to the death, which moves from the Bahamas to Florida, and from Germany to the South of France, as their worst fear comes back to haunt them. Whip-smart, action packed and darkly funny, the second part of Peter Leonard's glorious two-hander packs some serious punch.
After witnessing the murder of a classmate by local bullies, Julia is threatened to keep the act secret and fears telling the truth to the police, but things become more complicated when she receives a ominous note from the dead boy. Original.
Christians are not above fear, guilt, and grief. Whenever we are faced with fear and grief, we can sometimes take matters into our own hands and use man’s knowledge and wisdom to control things. When this occurs, we can find ourselves leaning on our own understanding and not on faith. Tom Nottingham allows the fear of losing his business to become his priority, resulting in the neglect of his family. Following a dreadful accident where his family dies, he is weighed down by grief and guilt until it consumes his energy. He goes deep into his grief, slips into a self-made cocoon of depression, loses touch with his emotions, and is no longer stirred by anything. He becomes like a dead man walking. When Robert Montgomery, a Good Samaritan, comes into the situation, it is a challenge for him to breach Tom’s cocoon. Through some divinely appointed circumstances, Robert receives wisdom regarding how to break through to Tom. Along with a cast of characters all working to help Tom, God is enabled to do an incredible work of healing as he did with King Nebuchadnezzar!
What if...this morning, when you opened your newspaper, went online, turned on the TV, the headline startled your memories back to childhood fears: MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN CREATURE FOUND... ALIVE! What if Mary Shelley's, FRANKENSTEIN, was really a true story? BACK FROM THE DEAD: the true sequel to Frankenstein is an assemblage of psychological drama, horror, romance, and science-fiction. The story follows the account by Sergio Carerra, the scientist who revives the thought-to-be mythical creature from a two-hundred year arctic freeze and, with help from his psychologist wife, Sophia, brings him into the family of man. The fantastical story the creature tells is at odds with his gothic sojourns to the 1790's through dreams and reveries; they reveal a unique perspective on Shelley' original story, why he survived, and what happened to his mate. Present-day society takes to this formidable beast, so different than his movie counterpart, in a wholly modern way. And his feelings and reactions to his unwanted resurrection give him hope where none existed before. But now that he's back, there are others interested in him for reasons not so apparent, and they will do anything to get what they want. Finally, after 200 years, we are about to learn the truth.
Church management expert, Keucher, focuses in very practical terms on how to bring the right spirit, approach, and tactics to the work of bringing a congregation back from the edge of the abyss.
Having been expelled from his previous position of Proctor-General of Necromunda Hive City, Erik Bane's life has fallen apart at the seams. When a desperate girl enters the settlement, fleeing from a deadly underhive gang called the Razorheads, she opens old wounds and Bane steps up to regain his lost pride.
A vicious killer is murdering the key people involved in the making of the movie Nine Lives, Two Men, the true story of the battle between New York City detective Denny Delaney and the terrorist bomber Felix the Cat.
The Pan Book of Horror Stories ran for 30 volumes between 1959 and 1989, entertaining and terrifying thousands of readers in equal measure. In this tribute to the classic horror series, award-winning editor and historian Johnny Mains has commissioned new pieces from some of Pan's most respected authors, printed here alongside selected stories from the original volumes. Originally launched in a limited hardback edition at the 2010 World Horror Convention in Brighton, in 2011 it won the Best Anthology prize at the British Fantasy Awards. Now in paperback, BACK FROM THE DEAD returns with a new lease of life to thrill and inspire a new generation.