When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Maguire, Gregory 406 pp. $14.00
Beneath a Mountain Moon|
Nail biters take note! The winding plot of this occult fiction turns sharply on a generations-old battle between two powerful families in the small Southern town of Whiskey Springs. There the inhabitants are being manipulated by a dark force that's driving its victims to the local funeral parlor! When young Elizabeyta Belladonna comes to town to investigate her grandmother's suspicious death, she happens unsuspectingly on a hornet's nest of evil intent.
RavenWolf, Silver 360 pp. $15.95
Magical secrets found in an ancient grimoire ... an insanely vengeful and ambitious Cardinal ... fierce magical storms that take America hostage ... sounds like another case for the Committee! As the Cardinal plunders the Vatican's secret magic library to evoke demonic forces against the United States, the Committee joins forces with a Wiccan Priestess to counter the Cardinal's attack.
Buckland, Raymond 336 pp. $5.99
The Cold War is back in this suspense thriller where international aggressors use psychokinesis, astral projection and other psychic means to circumvent the U.S. intelligence network. When two routine satellite launches are inexplicably aborted, "The Committee" --made up of a writer, a psychic housewife and two parapsychologists -- is called in. They piece together a sinister occult plot against the United States and embark on a supernatural adventure of a lifetime.
Buckland, Raymond 320 pp. $4.99
Dream Warrior: Book One of the Dream Warrior Trilogy|
Sold as a child to the grotesque and sinister master thief Grimmel, Corri Farblood was forced into thievery at a young age. At eighteen, she's the best thief in the city of Hadliden -- but she also possesses an ability to travel the astral plane, called "dream-flying". Journey with Corri as she battles against time and her enemies to solve the mystery of her heritage and to confront a fate that will test her powers and courage to the limit.
Conway, D.J. 320 pp. $14.95
The Holographic Dollhouse|
Bookstore owner Rian McGuire searches for answers to her true identity when she discovers that an heirloom dollhouse can provide her with vital direction -- through the fascinating phenomenon of time travel! Here is an excellent introduction to magic, myth, elementals, past lives, time travel, out-of-body experience and more. Discover for yourself how the paranormal influences the most ordinary of lives both in and out of The Holographic Dollhouse!
Lawrence, Charlotte 464 pp. $6.99
Authentic magical techniques and teachings of the Hebrew Qabalah weave the suspenseful story of the spiritual evolution of Malak, an Adept of the White School of Magick. Malak lives on Enya, the lower astral plane of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Malak's arch-rival, Dethen, plots a coup to destroy the White School completely and begin a reign of terror on Enya -- with the hope of destroying the Tree of Life and the world -- and a colossal battle ensues between Good and Evil.
Heeley, D.A. 256 pp. $12.95
When the new owner of a mansion unknowingly releases a cruel and uncontrollable entity, it renews its malicious and murderous rampage. Called on to investigate the strange phenomena are three women and four men -- each with their own occult talents. As their investigation proceeds, the group members enter into a world of mystery and horror as they encounter astral battles, spirit possession -- even death.
Tyson, Donald 272 pp. $4.99
The Rag Bone Man|
A chilling tale of the subtle ways psychic phenomena can invade anyone's life! A young woman with unknown psychic powers begins a terrifying journey into the arcane to discover the identity of the dreams. A melange of magickal ingredients -- amulets, tarot, past lives, elemental beings, near-death experiences, shapeshifting and modern magickal ritual -- creates a simmering blend of occult mystery and suspense.
Lawrence, Charlotte 336 pp. $4.99
Visions of Murder|
Set in a scenic Oregon resort town surrounded by vast natural beauty, this suspense novel delves into the real problems of the Southwest's black market of stolen Indian artifacts. Visions of Murder mixes fact-based psychic experiences with lively archaeological dialogue in a plot that unravels the high toll this black market exacts in lives, knowledge, and money. Elements of the occult, romance and murder simmer hotly in the bubbling cauldron of mystery.
McClain, Florence Wagner 336 pp. $5.99
Walker Between the Worlds|
Alan Kolkey, a telepath and scientific genius whose macho exterior hides sensitive human attributes, must face lessons he'd rather not when he meets his match and love interest Dawn LaSarde. Unruly drug gangs, sexual desire and an earthbound comet named Kali are some of the distractions Alan encounters in the escape from his real fears. Follow our superhero as he puts his psychic powers to work to save his friends and himself in a battle that makes saving the world seem easy!
DesRochers, Diane 448 pp. $6.99