By Graham Masterton
Why won't you glance within the replicate at nighttime? What are you frightened of? your individual face? Or the concept that you simply could see whatever greater than your personal face, whatever darkish and poor and strange...
Award-winning horror author Graham Masterton brings you a set of fourteen tales as fourteen mirrors reflecting unbelievable secrets and techniques and unknown cruelties. glance heavily, and notice the tempting face of the woman who refuses to die. glance nearer nonetheless, and notice the greed-filled face of the fellow who craves the main negative meal of all, and the ashen-grey faces of the lads who lower back domestic lengthy once they have been buried and, when you dare, the heart-stopping face of the mother or father of the woods.
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