The Small Hand


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847653170
Category: Fiction
Page: 167
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Late one summer evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house, and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand creeping into his own, 'as if a child had taken hold of it'. At first he is merely puzzled by the odd incident but then begins to suffer attacks of fear and panic, and is visited by nightmares. He is determined to learn more 'about the house and its once-magnificent, now overgrown garden but when he does so, he receives further, increasingly sinister, visits from the small hand.

Der Zauber der ersten Seite

Roman
Author: Laurence Cossé
Publisher: Limes Verlag
ISBN: 3641128870
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Die Bücher, die Liebe und andere Geheimnisse ... Wer kann Menschen, die gute Romane wollen, als Bedrohung empfinden?, fragt sich Kommissar Heffner ungläubig, als drei harmlose Menschen angegriffen werden, die einem geheimen Komitee angehören, das besondere Bücher auswählt. Auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit taucht Heffner ein in die geheimnisvolle Welt der Bücher und derer, die sie lieben. Menschen, die dem Zauber der ersten Seite immer wieder erliegen und daran glauben, dass Bücher Leben verändern, Schicksale steuern und die Liebe wecken können ...

Dolly

A Ghost Story
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847657834
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
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The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying consequences for everyone.

Gothic Music

The Sounds of the Uncanny
Author: Isabella van Elferen
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 0708325181
Category: Music
Page: 229
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Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny traces sonic Gothic from the echoing footsteps in Gothic novels to the dark soundscapes of Goth club nights. This broad perspective importantly widens the scope of Gothic music from Goth subculture to literature, film, television and video games. This book also provides the musical and theoretical definition of Gothic music that lacks in current scholarship. Whether voicing the spectral beings of early cinema, announcing virtual terrors in video games, or intensifying the nocturnal rituals of Goth, Gothic music represents the sounds of the uncanny.

The Travelling Bag

And Other Ghostly Stories
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782834567
Category: Fiction
Page: 140
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From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. In the title story, on a murky evening in a club off St James, a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building. A lonely boy makes a friend in 'Boy Number 21', but years later is forced to question the very nature of that friendship. 'Alice Baker' tells the story of a mysterious new office worker who is accompanied by a lingering smell of decay. And in 'The Front Room', a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and afterwards. This edition also includes the chilling 'Printer's Devil Court' in which three medical students make an unholy pact whose consequences will pursue one of them to the grave - and perhaps beyond. This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically creepy and surprising tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave you wide-awake long into the night.

The Design of Everyday Things

Psychologie und Design der alltäglichen Dinge
Author: Norman Don
Publisher: Vahlen
ISBN: 3800648105
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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Apple, Audi, Braun oder Samsung machen es vor: Gutes Design ist heute eine kritische Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produkte. Dieser Klassiker beschreibt die fundamentalen Prinzipien, um Dinge des täglichen Gebrauchs umzuwandeln in unterhaltsame und zufriedenstellende Produkte. Don Norman fordert ein Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Technologie mit dem Ziel, dass Designer und Produktentwickler die Bedürfnisse, Fähigkeiten und Handlungsweisen der Nutzer in den Vordergrund stellen und Designs an diesen angepasst werden. The Design of Everyday Things ist eine informative und spannende Einführung für Designer, Marketer, Produktentwickler und für alle an gutem Design interessierten Menschen. Zum Autor Don Norman ist emeritierter Professor für Kognitionswissenschaften. Er lehrte an der University of California in San Diego und der Northwest University in Illinois. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre leitete Don Norman die Advanced Technology Group bei Apple. Dort prägte er den Begriff der User Experience, um über die reine Benutzbarkeit hinaus eine ganzheitliche Erfahrung der Anwender im Umgang mit Technik in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Norman ist Mitbegründer der Beratungsfirma Nielsen Norman Group und hat unter anderem Autohersteller von BMW bis Toyota beraten. „Keiner kommt an Don Norman vorbei, wenn es um Fragen zu einem Design geht, das sich am Menschen orientiert.“ Brand Eins 7/2013 „Design ist einer der wichtigsten Wettbewerbsvorteile. Dieses Buch macht Spaß zu lesen und ist von größter Bedeutung.” Tom Peters, Co-Autor von „Auf der Suche nach Spitzenleistungen“

The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women


Author: Marie O'Regan
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780330251
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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25 chilling short stories by outstanding female writers. Women have always written exceptional stories of horror and the supernatural. This anthology aims to showcase the very best of these, from Amelia B. Edwards's 'The Phantom Coach', published in 1864, through past luminaries such as Edith Wharton and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, to modern talents including Muriel Gray, Sarah Pinborough and Lilith Saintcrow. From tales of ghostly children to visitations by departed loved ones, and from heart-rending stories to the profoundly unsettling depiction of extreme malevolence, what each of these stories has in common is the effect of a slight chilling of the skin, a feeling of something not quite present, but nevertheless there. If anything, this showcase anthology proves that sometimes the female of the species can also be the most terrifying . . .

The Man in the Picture

A Ghost Story
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651534
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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A mysterious depiction of masked revellers at the Venice carnival hangs in the college rooms of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge. On this cold winter's night, its eerie secret is revealed by the ageing don. The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it. To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty ...

Printer's Devil Court


Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782831142
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Ideally spooky Halloween reading... A chilling ghost story by the author of The Woman in Black. One murky November evening after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer's Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics. They call on Hugh to witness an event both extraordinary and terrifying. Years later, Hugh has occasion to return to his student digs and the familiar surroundings resurrect peculiar and unpleasant memories of these unnatural events, the true horror of which only slowly becomes apparent.

... trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen

Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager
Author: Viktor E. Frankl
Publisher: Kösel-Verlag
ISBN: 3641059038
Category: Psychology
Page: 192
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Mehrere Jahre musste der österreichische Psychologe Viktor E. Frankl in deutschen Konzentrationslagern verbringen. Doch trotz all des Leids, das er dort sah und erlebte, kam er zu dem Schluss, dass es selbst an Orten der größten Unmenschlichkeit möglich ist, einen Sinn im Leben zu sehen. Seine Erinnerungen, die er in diesem Buch festhielt und die über Jahrzehnte Millionen von Menschen bewegten, sollen weder Mitleid erregen noch Anklage erheben. Sie sollen Kraft zum Leben geben.

Grace Livingston Hill Collection Number 6


Author: Isabella Alden
Publisher: Barbour Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781577487265
Category: Fiction
Page: 503
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Every woman longs to find a man who will be undyingly faithful in his love for her. Best-selling author Grace Livingston Hill and her aunt, Isabella Alden, knew how to pen the classic hero in their beloved stories of faith and love. Meet heroes to be admired in these four complete novels. Feel the confusion of Cyril, The Best Man, as a secret service mission turns into a marriage of convenience. Accompany John on his search for The Love Gift and thrill to his unexpected find. Sympathize with Paul's pain as The Witness to too much tragedy. And journey with John, posing as a tramp in order to research others' behavior, as he discovers the truth about himself in As in a Mirror.

Die Frau in Schwarz

Roman
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426412489
Category: Fiction
Page: 216
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Der junge Anwalt Arthur Kipps reist in eine gottverlassene Gegend, um den Nachlass einer verstorbenen Klientin zu ordnen. In dem Haus mitten im Moor stößt er auf lang gehütete Geheimnisse und begegnet immer wieder einer mysteriösen Frau in Schwarz. Als er dann auch noch geheimnisvolle Stimmen hört, ahnt er, dass er einem grauenvollen Geschehen auf der Spur ist...

Der Seele schwarzer Grund

Kriminalroman
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 342641662X
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
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Ein Kind ist verschwunden, der Kidnapper läuft seit Monaten frei herum – Simon Serrailler und sein Ermittlerteam sind kurz davor, alle Hoffnung zu begraben. Da plötzlich kommt dramatische Bewegung in den Fall, den Simon allein und höchstpersönlich verfolgen wird. Denn der Stachel des Misserfolgs sitzt tief ... »Eine hervorragende Schriftstellerin, die äußerste Beklemmung ganz nebenbei zwischen den Zeilen entstehen lässt.« Focus online »Längst auf Augenhöhe mit Ruth Rendell oder Elizabeth George.« Buchkultur Susan Hills Serrailler- Serie – ein Muss für Leser anspruchsvoller psychologischer Spannung.

A Killer Collection


Author: Ellery Adams
Publisher: Beyond The Page
ISBN: 1940846404
Category: Fiction
Page: 126
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The first book in the terrific Antiques & Collectibles series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams. In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder. Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector’s Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn’t covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she’s trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she’s certain the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn’t expect to find is a dead body. George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist’s nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap. As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses. “A very likable amateur sleuth . . . I’ll be happy to follow Molly on her future investigations.” —The Romance Readers Connection This is a fully revised edition of a book originally published under the name J. B. Stanley.

Der Menschen dunkles Sehnen

Kriminalroman
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426416611
Category: Fiction
Page: 560
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Im englischen Städtchen Lafferton schien die Welt bislang noch in Ordnung. Jeder kennt jeden und die Menschen führen ein beschauliches Leben. Doch innerhalb weniger Tage verschwinden nach und nach Menschen, junge, alte, Frauen, Männer, und ganz langsam kriecht das Böse in die heimeligen Gässchen. Könnte nicht fast jeder der Täter sein – bis hin zum rätselhaft-schöngeistigen Polizeichef Simon Serrailler? Die junge Kommissarin Freya Graffham macht sich beharrlich auf die Suche, denn sie glaubt nicht, dass all diese Menschen freiwillig gegangen sind. Bis sie entdecken muss, was all diejenigen verbindet, die niemals mehr zurückkehren werden ...

The Distracted Preacher and Other Tales


Author: Thomas Hardy
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141922028
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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The darkly passionate short stories of Thomas Hardy are compelling explorations of love, social class, superstition and legend. This collection contains many of his finest and most representative, and includes 'The Withered Arm', an eerie depiction of arcane witchcraft in nineteenth-century England; 'Barbara of the House of Grebe', in which a beautiful man's tragic disfigurement by fire is savagely exploited by his rival; 'The Son's Veto', showing the cruelty of an educated youth towards his ignorant but tender mother; and 'The Distracted Preacher', the story of one man's conflict between heartfelt love and his own sense of moral and civic duty. By turns moving and poetic, and surprisingly modern and brutally macabre, these eloquent tales may be numbered among the greatest creations of Hardy's genius.