...This was the way it always started. First he would see them and the air would thicken. Then the image of them bound. Then came the screaming and the Red Room would appear with the glittering, new meathook waiting just for them. And there in the Red Room he could play for as long as he wanted...
This volume also contains the short stories 'The Filmmakers' & 'Writer's Block'.
Graphic and gruesome, Hamilton's novel explores voyeurism, sexual predators, child abuse, murder, torture - things I wasn't expecting in a horror novel from Australia. It's not that they don't have horror novels Down Under. It's just that this one is so lean and mean. Spare Key is actually only 170 pages - there are two short stories, The Filmmakers and Writer's Block included (nasty little stories they are as well). But Spare Key is the eye-opener. Think if Edward Lee had a child who grew up Down Under and you might get the general idea of just how horrifying this book is - sexually explicit and violent with an ending I really didn't see coming. --Fatally Yours, September 16th, 2009
But don't be fooled. Hamilton sets out to shock and disgust, making this material limited to a tailored horror audience. The violent sexual nature of many events throughout these stories may see readers placing Spare Key in the "too nasty" basket. So what realm of disgusting and shocking are we talking here? Probably somewhere between Stephen King's darker moments and Bret Easton Ellis's least shocking, and I'm not surprised to find these two authors on Hamilton's list of influences. --[As if!], July 1st, 2009
R. Frederick Hamilton is a young writer going at it hard and heavy in a competitive market. There's a lot of promise in this, his first book. Mark the name down, Hamilton is going to be a voice to be reckoned with in the coming years. --Scary Minds, January 15th, 2010
Опыты, или Наставления нравственные и политические
«Опыты, или Наставления нравственные и политические», представляющие собой художественные эссе на различные темы. Стиль Опытов лаконичен и назидателен, изобилует учеными примерами и блестящими метафорами. Бэкон называл свои опыты «отрывочными размышлениями» о честолюбии, приближенных и друзьях, о любви, богатстве, о занятиях наукой, о почестях и славе, о превратностях вещей и других аспектах человеческой жизни. В них можно найти холодный расчет, к которому не примешаны эмоции или непрактичный идеализм, советы тем, кто делает карьеру.
опыты: II, III, V, VI, IX, XI–XV, XVIII–XX, XXII–XXV, XXVIII, XXIX, XXXI, XXXIII–XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLI, XLVII, XLVIII, L, LI, LV, LVI, LVIII) — З. Е. Александрова;
опыты: I, IV, VII, VIII, Х, XVI, XVII, XXI, XXVI, XXVII, XXX, XXXII, XXXVII, XL, XLII–XLVI, XLIX, LII–LIV, LVII) — Е. С. Лагутин.
Примечания: А. Л. Субботин.
Высечена на скале Бехистун (Бисутун) около г. Керманшаха на высоте 152 м над уровнем земли. Над надписью – огромный барельеф: перед царем Дарием стоят 9 царей и вождей кланов со связанными руками и петлей на шее. Десятого царь попирает ногами. В надписи 414 строк в 5-ти столбцах. Она высечена на трех языках (эламском, вавилонском, древнеперсидском).
Richard Gale, a college football star, travels to Mexico to prove himself after failing in every business opportunity that his wealthy father had handed him. When he arrives at an Arizona border town, a chance meeting with an old friend launches him into an adventure to save a young Spanish beauty from a ruthless Mexican bandit.Within the mystical beauty of the desert landscape, this extraordinary novel touches on many complexities of humanity, including honor, lust, vengeance, and love. And in this western classic, Zane Grey captures the grandeur of the true Old West as only he can.
There had long been a feud between the gentiles and the Mormons in Utah, a feud that Jane Withersteen, daughter of a prominent Mormon leader, chooses to ignore. When Elder Tull discovers that the woman he meant to make one of his wives has offered hospitality to an outsider, he vows vengeance. But Tull underestimates Jane’s courage and the determination of the riders of the beautiful—and dangerous—plains of the old west.
Glenn Killbourne and his fiancée, Carley Burch, find the lure of the mountains and the canyons of Arizona a strange test of their love in a tale that the reader will follow breathlessly, with keen satisfaction, from the very start to the dramatic close.
“They say I fell among thieves….I’ve fallen among saints as well.”
John Hare lies dying in the desert until he is discovered and saved by the kind and generous rancher, August Naab. As Hare is nursed back to health on Naab’s ranch, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to Naab’s adopted daughter, Mescal. But Mescal is being relentlessly pursued by Holderness, a man who is not to be trusted. Hare is soon drawn into a web of adventure and intrigue over land, water, and the heart of a beautiful woman, all set against the sweeping backdrop of the Wild West.
The story of a terrible gunfighter with a strange history and Columbine Bellounds, a lost child brought up by a stern old rancher who expects her to marry his rascally son out of gratitude.
This is an earlier Zane Grey work (1921 copyright) but it is well worth the reading. I would highly recommend it for the younger generation, boys or girls. I found the book very enjoyable. If you want to read a western about shootouts, and that sort of thing, then this is not your book. But for a good, descriptive drama, that grabs you and makes the pages turn, then this is the book for you. Rancher Bill Belllounds had brought up Columbine as though she were his daughter. Out of affection for her foster father, Columbine had agreed to marry Bills son, Jack-a drunkard, gambler, coward, and thief. But the man she really loved was cowboy Wilson Moore, and he was everything Belllounds son should have been. Then the strange, clairvoyant little man they called Hell-Bent Wade came to work at the ranch. You can believe me when I say somethin will happen, he declared prophetically. Columbine isn't going to marry Jack Belllounds. I loved to read the dialogue, Zane Greys books may be a little dated to the time period when he wrote them, but its still a good book.
In this classic and timeless Western novel, hero Vaughn Steele, a formidable Texas Ranger, will face a tough assignment that comes from within: revenge. In the good old days, Texas was a huge wide place full of frontiersmen, ranchers, farmers, cowpokes, shiftless no-accounts, happy shooters, drunks, rascals, and politicians; Texas had it all. In those days, the mighty Texas Rangers were outnumbered a thousand to one. And the situation was even worse in the county of Pecos, where the law seemed all but helpless. But all of that will forever change when a Texas Ranger, Vaughn Steele, decides that enough is enough.
As the Revolutionary war draws to an end, the violence on the frontier only accelerates. The infamous Girty brothers incite Indians to a number to massacres, but when the Village of Peace, a Christian utopian settlement is destroyed, the settlers know they will have to hunt him down.
Lewis Wetzel, known to the Indians as the Death Wind, undertakes this mission of revenge. The stakes increase when he learns of a planned attack on Fort Henry, and must single-handedly turn the tide in this bloody boarder war.
Французская новелла эпохи Возрождения
В издание вошли новеллы из анонимных сборников «Сто новых новелл», «Некоторые из прекрасных историй…» и произведения наиболее выдающихся новеллистов XVI века: Филиппа де Виньёля, Никола де Труа, Бонавантюра Деперье, Маргариты Наваррской, Жака Ивера и др.