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Within the fourteen tales right here we discover our proportion of ghosts and werewolves and vampires, of monsters, of individuals trapped in (and out of) time and space—but this stuff don't continually take the anticipated shape. Our writers nonetheless discover lands that experience no longer but been settled . . . Our writers understand that terra incognita nonetheless might lie throughout a sea or in a few uncharted woodland; yet in addition they be aware of that it may be as shut because the different finish of city; or within the related apartment or construction the place you currently sit down studying. it may be locked on your personal brain, and with a rusty corroded lock simply watching for a bit strain to make it snap open.

Today's writers are extra well-known than the writers of Poe's time with the methods of attaining terra incognita, and they're longing for your organization . . .

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