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Penny Dreadful Presents ... The Haunted Hotel

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"The startling contrast between the corpse-like pallor of her complexion and the overpowering life and light, the glittering metallic brightness in her large black eyes, held him literally spell-bound."

The ghost of Lord Montberry haunts the Palace Hotel in Venice --- or does it? Montberry's beautiful-yet-terrifying wife, the Countess Narona, and her erstwhile brother are the center of the terror that fills the Palace Hotel. Are their malefactions at the root of the haunting -- or is there something darker, something much more unknowable at work?

The Countess writes a ghost story in the form of a play which is in effect a confession of a murder by herself and her husband. The story, which might be fiction or may very well be the truth, tells a grisly tale of a body decapitated and disposed of by acid

Wilkie Collins's little known horror-ghost story of 1878 recalls his two prior triumphs 'The Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone' with its use of detective procedures and mystery-genre plot twists that made those two earlier novels so popular with Victorian readers.


The Stardust Hotel

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Wheezy Tweet doesn't have an easy life. She lives in a foster home run by the tyrannical Mrs. Bodely; she suffers from multiple disabilities; and despite her many medications, she still sees monsters everywhere. To make matters worse, Wheezy's new boyfriend is turning into a dangerous were-crab, and her grandfather has been stolen and replaced with an endless nothing-along with much of the United States. Now it's up to Wheezy to stop them from taking the entire earth. Small and powerless she might be, but she has a cockroach named Forn Hall to mentor her, a few alien friends at the Stardust Hotel to assist her, and a boundless sense of optimism to keep her going when everything seems hopeless. Can Wheezy Tweet save the universe ... again? Author Bio Ralph Bourne taught special education for twenty-seven years. He has written several musical plays, including Calliope and Moses Leads the Children. He is also the author of Don't Believe It, Martha and The Unfortunate Crack in the Universe, another Wheezy Tweet adventure.


Creative Haven Geometric Star Designs Coloring Book

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Escape to a galaxy of mesmerizing patterns: stars within stars, interlacing stars, polyhedra-like configurations, and other exciting designs. Thirty-one full-page illustrations to colour offer challenging opportunities to create dazzling symmetrical effects. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colourists, Geometric Star Designs and other Creative Haven® adult colouring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.


Japanese Love Hotels

RRP $573.99

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P Drawing on theories of place, consumption and identity, Sarah Chaplin details the evolution of the love hotel in urban Japan since the 1950s. Love hotels emerged in the late 1950s following a ban of licensed prostitution, then were extremely popular in the 1970s, were then legislated against in the 1980s and are now perceived as ???leisure???, ???fashion??? or ???boutique??? hotels. /P P Representing a timely opportunity to capture and evaluate the dying manifestations of an important era in Japanese social and cultural history, this book provides a critical account of the love hotel as a unique typology. It considers its spatial, aesthetic, semiotic, and locational denotations and connotations, which results in a richly nuanced cultural reading. /P P The love hotel is presented as a key indicator of social and cultural change in post-war Japan, and as such this book will be of interest to a wide and international readership including students of Japanese culture, society and architecture. /P



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