The Abattoir of Dreams

Author: Mark Tilbury

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781912175017

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

View: 3670

The past is never far away. Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children's Home. Now an adult, Michael wakes up in hospital from a coma suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life. Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison. With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand. But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him. Can Michael ever escape the past? Will he ever discover the truth about Becky's murder? And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer? The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.


Author: Christopher Leppek,Emanuel Isler

Publisher: Dark Moon Books

ISBN: 9780985029074

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 2260

For more than 70 years the Exeter Packing House, with its foreboding red brick structure, clock tower and blackened smokestack, has stood alone in ominous silence amidst the industrial squalor of Derbytown -- its empty and decayed interior hiding a horrific past with a deadly secret that's patiently awaiting the light of day. But famed architect Alex Cantrell has a vision. His ambitious dream is to transform the aged slaughterhouse (abattoir) into a thing of beauty - the most elegant, well-designed and appointed lofts the city has ever seen. The vision becomes a quest as he decides to go all in - foregoing his partnership in a leading architectural firm, leveraging his life savings, and risking everything (including his vast reputation) -- to meet this ultimate challenge. Soon, residents begin to move into the building, renamed the Exeter Lofts, anxious to begin their new lives in this one-of-a-kind abode. However, despite his best intentions, Cantrell's dream will soon unleash unspeakable horror, resulting in an unforgettable nightmare. One by one, the residents begin to experience oddities - strange animal-like smells that come and go, clocks and timing devices that suddenly stop and start, the industrial whine of gears and chains in the dead of night, the sound of knives being sharpened, and fanning clouds of warm blood appearing on ceilings. Worse, the building's very structure is somehow bringing the resident's deepest, darkest fears to the surface. Over it all, a hidden presence is lurking somewhere within the abattoir's walls -- sensing, listening, watching. Is it a haunting? Is it the residual negative energy that dates back to the building's original purpose as a slaughterhouse? Is it a manifestation of pure evil? Or is it something much, much worse. . . ?


The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, And Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

Author: Gail A. Eisnitz

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615920080

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

View: 389

Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact that unprecedented changes in the meatpacking industry over the last twenty-five years — particularly industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation — have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time ever that workers have spoken publicly about what’s really taking place behind the closed doors of America’s slaughterhouses. In this new paperback edition, author Gail A. Eisnitz brings the story up to date since the book’s original publication. She describes the ongoing efforts by the Humane Farming Association to improve conditions in the meatpacking industry, media exposés that have prompted reforms resulting in multimillion dollar appropriations by Congress to try to enforce federal inspection laws, and a favorable decision by the Supreme Court to block construction of what was slated to be one of the largest hog factory farms in the country. Nonetheless, Eisnitz makes it clear that abuses continue and much work still needs to be done.

The Cause

Author: Roderick Vincent

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782797629

Category: Fiction

Page: 330

View: 5387

The second American Revolution will be a fire lit from an internal spark. The year is 2022. America is on the verge of economic and social collapse. The U.S. government has made individual freedom its enemy. African American hacker Isse Corvus enters a black-ops training camp. Hyper-intelligent, bold, and ambitious, Corvus discovers the leaders are revolutionaries seeking to return the U.S. back to its Constitutional roots. Soon the camp fractures. Who is traitor? Who is patriot? With no place to hide, Corvus learns that if he doesn’t join “The Cause” and help them hack the NSA’s servers, it could mean his life. If he joins, he becomes part of a conspiracy to overthrow America’s financial elite and uncover NSA secrets. What happens when the NSA and martial law meets revolution? Turning patriotism into dangerous disruption (similar to the movements of Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous, and WikiLeaks), “The Cause” embroils Corvus in a deadly game with the NSA. A novel of juxtaposition, The Cause also tells the tale of the ruthless, manipulative, and opportunistic NSA Director, General Titus Montgomery. The President has told Montgomery that rule of law must be maintained at all costs. --- George Orwell wrote about the fully evolved totalitarian state in 1984. Here is a futuristic “pre-Orwellian” novel where the shape of a totalitarian state is still forming. Set inside a conspiracy to overthrow America’s financial oligarchy, a conspiracy that’s up against the dense web of the NSA’s new, more ruthless surveillance system, The Cause is a dystopian technothriller taking many topical issues to the next logical level. Although this is NSA fiction, many of the technologies and NSA codenames used throughout the novel are in existence today. In this way, the reader is placed on the fringe of our world by taking a step farther into the future to ask the question, “How far away are we?” With crackling prose, the narrative in this technothriller brims with details about the NSA and takes us through the web of conspiracy from the perspective of a unique hacker character not yet seen in the genre. Robotic warfare, drones, quantum computers, Anonymous, the NSA, along with a cast of conniving characters, this novel takes you on a manifest journey on how a new revolution could be born. If you liked books like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, 1984 and The Hunger Games you will love The Cause. Scroll up, click buy and start reading this thoughtful, fast-paced technothriller today.

City of Boys


Author: Beth Nugent

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307800679

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3046

Set in New York City, middle America, the beaches of Florida and rural highways, suburban kitchens, and cross-country trains, the ten stories of City of Boys evoke a haunting landscape at once familiar and strange. A small-town girl flees her domineering mother and falls into an obsessive love affair with an older woman in New York City. A sixteen-year-old envies her cousin's sex appeal while avoiding the attentions of her middle-aged uncle. A brother tries to protect his sister by convincing her never to leave their apartment, but his control is threatened when he takes a new job. And there is more, in this stunning debut by a masterful new voice in American literature. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Revelation Room

Author: Mark Tilbury

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781912175246

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

View: 6784

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers.


A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America

Author: Stephen G. Bloom

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156013369

Category: History

Page: 362

View: 7537

A fascinating portrait of cultural conflict in action visits a small Iowa community where Lubavitcher Jews opened a successful slaughterhouse and found themselves in conflict with Gentile neighbors. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Lying with the Dead

Author: Michael Mewshaw

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 159051355X

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 685

In this novel, Greek tragedy meets a dysfunctional family from Maryland, revealing how time and place matter little when it comes to the implacable logic of the darkest human emotions. A family matriarch—half Medea, half Clytemnestra—calls home her three children, who take turns narrating the story. Quinn, the wonder boy who has become a successful actor in London, must fly in from England, putting a new love interest and a career-boosting role in a BBC production of the Oresteia on hold. Maury, whose life is defined by his Asperger's and a terrible crime committed when he was a teenager, rides in on a bus from his quiet, impoverished life out west. Candy, the eldest at fifty-five and the only one still a devout Catholic, is already in Maryland, where she takes care of her mother and dreams of retiring to North Carolina with her boyfriend. Once the family is reassembled in the childhood home, the pieces of a dark puzzle come together over brilliant and witty exchanges. Mewshaw invites us into the heart of a family dynamic, exploding prejudices about love, religion, and murder. From the Trade Paperback edition.

South Beach

The Novel

Author: Brian Antoni

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9781555848422

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 704

“Decadence has never seemed so sweet and innocent as it does in Brian Antoni’s lost world of deco and disco in premillennial Miami” (Jay McInerney). This second novel by the acclaimed author of Paradise Overdose, is a “candy-colored and warmhearted . . . story of one man’s moral and sexual flowering” (The New York Times Book Review). At the ripe old age of twenty-nine, globe-trotting, trust fund–endowed Gabriel Tucker is horrified to learn that all that’s left of his inheritance is a crumbling Miami Beach apartment building named the Venus De Milo Arms. Alone, penniless, and lacking any sort of useful skills, he heads to Miami to reconstruct his life. His new neighbors are an unlikely mix of tenants: an elderly Holocaust survivor, a lip-synching drag queen, a cynical two-bit gossip columnist, and a rebellious young performance artist who Gabriel starts to fall for. Quickly he is thrust into the outrageous world of South Beach, where temptations abound and quick fortunes, mountains of drugs, nonstop sex, and beautiful women (and men) for sale (or rent) are the order of the day. He becomes a ringside witness to the excesses and intrigues of Italian fashion empires, Cuban refugee supermodels, rapacious German developers, old-fashioned crooked politicians, and a cast of colorful characters that would make Caligula blush. South Beach’s debauched and seductive glow makes for an unlikely place to start over. But it is here, among the faded art deco buildings and eclectic residents, that Gabriel will find a home—and a love—that he never expected. “[Antoni] mischievously and triumphantly combines explicit sexual encounters with keen, hilarious social commentary and genuine compassion to create a love letter to a crazy place and a sweet tale of friendship, succor, and love.”—Booklist

Audrey (cow)

Author: Dan Bar-el

Publisher: Tundra Books

ISBN: 1770496041

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6313

Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot's War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on--and certain death. Cleverly written as an oral account, this unique illustrated tale of an animal on the run, told "to camera", uses over thirty narrative voices, including six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a very silly rooster. Full of heart and humor, Audrey (cow) is ultimately a very human story about life and death, friendship, and holding on to one's dreams--based more or less on a true story. From the Hardcover edition.

The Unforgotten

A Novel

Author: Laura Powell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501181238

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 3068

“A smart and gripping debut that saves its best for last.” —Chris Cleave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Little Bee “[A] thoroughly satisfying and suspenseful debut…the final twist in the murder plot will catch many readers unaware, as will the surprising emotional heft of the narrative, which traces the damage wrought by secrets and good intentions gone awry.” —Publishers Weekly For fans of Louise Penny and Tana French, this “unsettling…compelling” (Glamour) thriller explores the devastating repercussions of a long-ago crime as it delves into forbidden relationships, the emotional bond between mothers and daughters, and the dark consequences of harboring secrets. It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the slightly ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings London’s press corps flooding into the village, many of whom find lodging at the Hotel Eden. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and strangely aloof Mr. Gallagher—and he, fully twice her age, seems equally transfixed by her. The unlikely relationship that blooms between Betty and Mr. Gallagher is as overlaid with longing and desire as it is with impropriety and even menace. And as the shocking death toll rises, both Betty and Mr. Gallagher are forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives—and the life of an innocent man—forever. The revelations in Powell’s haunting debut will give you chills, and her unforgettable heroine will break your heart.

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)

ISBN: 1594634718

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 276

View: 4799

Explores attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

The Secret Life of Cows

Author: Rosamund Young

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525557326

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 6325

"Within a day of receiving this book, I had consumed it... Absorbing, moving, and compulsively readable."—Lydia Davis In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, Rosamund Young distills a lifetime of organic farming wisdom, describing the surprising personalities of her cows and other animals At her famous Kite's Nest Farm in Worcestershire, England, the cows (as well as sheep, hens, and pigs) all roam free. They make their own choices about rearing, grazing, and housing. Left to be themselves, the cows exhibit temperaments and interests as diverse as our own. "Fat Hat" prefers men to women; "Chippy Minton" refuses to sleep with muddy legs and always reports to the barn for grooming before bed; "Jake" has a thing for sniffing the carbon monoxide fumes of the Land Rover exhaust pipe; and "Gemima" greets all humans with an angry shake of the head and is fiercely independent. An organic farmer for decades, Young has an unaffected and homely voice. Her prose brims with genuine devotion to the wellbeing of animals. Most of us never apprehend the various inner lives animals possess, least of all those that we might eat. But Young has spent countless hours observing how these creatures love, play games, and form life-long friendships. She imparts hard-won wisdom about the both moral and real-world benefits of organic farming. (If preserving the dignity of animals isn't a good enough reason for you, consider how badly factory farming stunts the growth of animals, producing unhealthy and tasteless food.) This gorgeously-illustrated book, which includes an original introduction by the legendary British playwright Alan Bennett, is the summation of a life's work, and a delightful and moving tribute to the deep richness of animal sentience.

Slaughterhouse Stories

The Abattoir Collection

Author: Melanie McCurdie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780995152564


Page: N.A

View: 1114

She sits, staring at her entwined fingers, their ruby lacquered fingertips wriggled against each other in her lap. It's all that she can think about; I've been here before. In another life and in another mindset, but I've been in this exact place before. Things change, they say. It can't last forever. Hell is full and it cuts like glass that the daemons are among us. Have I truly come to a point in my life where all my troubles could be bought away by the uttering of a name and the pulling of a trigger? The voices. They came back with a vengeance, screaming at me day and night their horrible, beautiful plans, like a million hands tearing at my brain. When the shrill ringing of the telephone broke into my dream. I hoped that it was a dream. A handsome courier delivered an elegantly designed invitation, then a concrete pen full of rules and fragrant with the scent of human animals. People. Biological sacks of emotion and flesh. I couldn't help it. Have you ever wondered what fear tastes like? Like afraid for your life because this time it might be the end of it kind of fear? If not, count yourself among the lucky ones. I don't know why I'm even trying. My call has gone unanswered. Now, the desert sky is so still as I drive as fast as the engine will carry me away from everything that I've ever known. Because I loved you, this is how I punish myself. The Abattoir Collection contains a gruesome assortment of erotic fiction, horror Hood as well as an excerpt from the upcoming novella The Beautiful Bones

Bright's Passage

A Novel

Author: Josh Ritter

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812981847

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 3546

World War I veteran Henry Bright grieves over the death of his young wife while he struggles to care for their new infant and travels a fire-stricken landscape accompanied by a guardian angel and a cantankerous goat.

Final Account

Author: Peter Robinson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061828157

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 723

There's more than blood and bone beneath the skin ... The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horriblyjust yards away from his terrified wife and daughter, murdered by men who clearly enjoyed their work. The crime scene is one that could chill the blood of even the most seasoned police officer. But the strange revelations about an ordinary accountant's extraordinary secret life are what truly set Chief Inspector Alan Banks off -- as lies breed further deceptions and blood begets blood, unleashing a policeman's dark passions ... and a violent rage that, when freed, might be impossible to control.

Slices of Flesh

Author: Stan Swanson

Publisher: Dark Moon Books

ISBN: 9780985029098

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

View: 6810

Do you like your horror in small bite-sized chunks? If so, then SLICES OF FLESH from Dark Moon Books will activate your taste buds like zombies drawn to fresh brains. These flash fiction stories oozed from the brains of some of the best horror writers from around the world and will fit perfectly into your daily diet of "scary." SLICES OF FLESH includes the following short horror tales: Acceptance (Reesa Brown), Air Baby (Stephen Volk), All Paths Lead to Psychopath (Sephera Giron), Althea's Mistake (Jennifer Word), Angst (Fran Friel), The Bastard Called Hope (Jennifer Brozek), Big Bite (Rick Hautala), Blame the Neighbours (Kaaron Warren), Bloody (Lorelei Shannon), Blue (J. R. Parks), Bones, Bones (James S. Dorr), Bones Lie Quietly Now (Nate Kenyon), Breathe (Brad C. Hodson), Burial Ground (Simon Clark), Carb Friendly (David C. Hayes), Chains of Love (Del Howison), The Collector (Jacob Ruby), Costumes (J. F. Palma), Cur (Shelly Towne), Cutter (David Dunwoody), Dear Jimmy (D.L. Snell), Demon (Michael O'Neal), Devoured (Jeremy C. Shipp), Dryad (Laura Benedict), Dwindling (Kevin McClintock), Etched Deep (David Niall Wilson), Every Time a Bell Rings (Araminta Star Matthews), Ex Voto (Graham Masterton), Extinction (Janice Gable Bashman), Fallen Leaves (Michelle Mellon), fambly (Jeremy M. Zoss), For Worse (Steve Voelker), Chomps (Sierra Christman), The Fourth Wall (Jack Nealy), Fresh Air (Lon Prater), Grampa's Lucky Coin (Peter Timony), Heart Throb (Linda Addison), Hoodies (Paul Kane), How to Make a Monster (Adrian Ludens), I Am Not Afraid (Stan Swanson), I Am Not Going to Be That Guy (Lance Shoeman), If You Go Out in the Woods Tonight (Nancy Holder), In the Fullness of the Moon (Nancy Kilpatrick), Intertwining Tales (Timothy P. Remp), Into the Death Zone (Tim Lebbon), It's Just Business (Matthew Warner), Jumping In (Aaron Polson), Just One of the Gang (William F. Nolan), Kelly Wants to be Free (Wayne Simmons), Laid Down (Ramsey Campbell), Last Call (M. R. Sellars), Love Disappears (J. W. Schnarr), Magnum Opus (Lori Michelle), Monster (Max Booth III), MRM (Connie Corcoran-Wilson), Nothing (Douglas Smith), Overtime at the Beheading Factory (Tom Cardamone), Paper or Plastic (Roy Robbins), Perishables (Amy Grech), Picnic (R. B. Payne), Polaroids (Jack Ketchum), Predator and Prey (Fred Wiehe), The Prisoner of Andersonville (Eric J. Guignard), Puddles (Bryan Hall), The Real Deal (Anne C. Petty), Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears (Richard Thomas), The Rush (Lisa Morton), Sabbatical in the Methlands (Joe McKinney), The Shadow of a Doubt (C. W. LaSart), She. Her. You. (Kevin James Breaux), Snuffbox (Erin Eveland), Soul Of The Dog (Lee F. Jordan), Spit (Jeremy Wagner), Spot (Charles Gramlich), Stab (Lawrence Watt-Evans), Striped Pajamas (Marge Simon), Sumpahump (JG Faherty), Swallow (Simon Strantzas), Then, Just A Dream (Lawrence Santoro), Things Fall Apart (Christopher DiLeo), Today, I'm Marshall Mason (Charlie Fish), Touch (Marie O'Regan), Under Dale (Susan Palwick), Vade in Pacem (Monica J. O'Rourke), Van Helsing: His True Story (Jason V Brock), Wetback (David Tallerman), What I've Gots in My Pocketses (Chantal Boudreau), When The Dead Rise (Sandy DeLuca), Who Is Screaming (Stewart Carrick) and The Wrath of Benjo (Edward M. Erdelac).


Or, The Children's Crusade, a Duty-dance with Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 0385333846

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

View: 7430

Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present