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Archive for December, 2008

Thinking Man’s Crumpet #2

Posted by demonik on December 24, 2008

Thanks to Caroline who is keeping us up to date with developments at TTMC enterprises:

I suspect Vaulters might be interested in this though – we have a particularly sexy line-up for issue 2!

Line up for the forthcoming Issue 2.

Submissions for issue two are now closed, although you may submit at any time for consideration in further issues.

The line up is as follows:

The fiction and verse –
BAD INTENTIONS by Anna Stephens.
HALLUCINATION by Roswell Ivory.
2AM by Sharon Washington.
DELICIOUS by Sam Crosby

Non fiction –
Interview with CHARLES BLACK by Caroline Callaghan.

Men’s section –
WE ARE THREE by Tim Jeffreys

While there is the possibility of last minute additions, the above are the definite inclusions to date.

Issue 2 is due out in January 2009, and details of how to obtain a copy will be posted here in the near future.


Coral and Caroline

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Justin Marriott – Paperback Fanatic 8

Posted by demonik on December 16, 2008

It’s out!

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic #8 (December, 2008)


  • Fanatical Thoughts
  • Eaten Alive! The Fanatic continues it’s study of New English Library’s pulp horrors of the 1970’s
  • The Ivy League Vampire. Paperback covers produced by the legendary comics creator Jim Steranko
  • Men’s Adventure starring Sas Malko
  • Terry Harknett: A Fistful of Pulps
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Paperbacks Time Forgot
  • Fanatical Mail

I’ve just been handed this by an ashen-faced postman so you’ll not be getting a word of sense out of me for at least the rest of the day and possibly never again! Here’s the cover and contents for the time being. You’ll find all the ordering details at Paperback Fanatic.

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Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

‘Non-fiction’ although sometimes it’s very hard to tell …

Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – The Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper (Robinson, 1999: new edition, 2008)


Maxim Jakubowski – Introduction
Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Introduction to the First Edition

Undisputed Facts

A Complete Chronology of the Whitechapel Murders
Just the Facts

Key Texts

Witness Statements
Autopsy Reports
The “Ripper Letters”
Police Views
Disputed Texts

Current Views

William Beadle – The Real Jack the Ripper
Mark Daniel – How Jack the Ripper Saved the Whitechapel Murderer
Stewart P Evans – My Life and Jack the Ripper New
Martin Fido – David Cohen and the Polish Jew Theory
Paul Harrison – Catch Me When You Can
Shirley Harrison – The Diary of Jack the Ripper
Bruce Paley – The Facts Speak For Themselves
Euan Macpherson – The Case of William Bury New
Gary Rowlands – The Mad Doctor
M J Trow – The Way to Hell
James Tully – Was James Kelly “Jack the Ripper”?
Peter Turnbull – Jack the Ripper: Man or Myth
Nick Warren, FRCS – The Great Conspiracy
Derek Raymond – Jack the Ripper, a Novelist’s Speculation New
Trevor Marriott – Carl Feigenbaum: aka Jack the Ripper New
Colin Wilson – A Lifetime in Ripperology
Barry Forshaw – Patricia Cornwell Names the Ripper New

Further Evidence

Other Suspects
Other Victims?
Weather Report


Uncredited cover artwork for 1999 edition.

These articles appeared in the 1st edition but were deemed surplus to requirements for the 2008 version.

Melvyn Fairclough – In Quest Of Jack The Ripper
Sue & Andy Parlour – The Jack The Ripper Whitechapel Murders
Simon Whitechapel – Guts ‘n Roses: The Coming Apocalypse Of the Ripper Millennium
A. P. Wolf – Jack The Myth

i’ve got a very real loathing of the whole Ripper industry, in particular those seriously disturbing ghouls who enhance the Mary Kelly photo to emphasise the extent of her mutilation and post the results on, but I read the first edition cover to cover and thought it was great. Now it looks like it’s time for a rematch as there’s a new edition and, but for a very few exceptions, i can no longer remember which articles did it for me back in 1999 and why? Simon Whitechapel’s piece on the occult symbolism of it all (dropped from the 2008) certainly stayed in my mind as it totally bamboozled me, but, far more my type of thing, M. J. Trow’s The Way To Hell builds up a strong case against philanthropist Frederick Charrington – only to dismantle it at the last when he admits the whole piece has been a conceit to demonstrate how easy it is to invent your own Ripper suspect. And then there’s the Barbours who seem to think Dr. Barnado had more to do with it than you might think ….

Thanks to Sam and Georgie Askew at Constable & Robinson!

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David Stuart Davies – The Casebook Of Sexton Blake

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

Also due – and eagerly awaited! – from Wordsworth in 2009:

David Stuart Davies (ed.) – The Casebook Of Sexton Blake

The Casebook Of Sexton Blake

The Casebook Of Sexton Blake

Derek of Wordsworth editions tells us:

“The selection that we’re going for is:
THE SLAVE MARKET by Cecil Hayter (1907).
A FOOTBALL MYSTERY by W. J. Lomax (1907).
THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD by Ernest Sempill/Michael Storm (1908).
THE LAW OF THE SEA by William Murray Graydon (1912).
A CASE OF ARSON by Robert Murray Graydon (1917).
THE BLACK EAGLE by G. H. Teed (1923).”

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Rosemary Gray – Scottish Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

Rosemary Gray (ed.) – Scottish Ghost Stories
We have to hand it to Wordsworth editions – they’re playing a blinder with their budget ‘Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural’ series and they have the prestigious Vault Publisher of the Year sewn up without us even bothering to vote on it (although we love Robinson too)!  Here’s one  to look forward to early in  2009 !

Rosemary Gray - Scottish Ghost Stories

Rosemary Gray - Scottish Ghost Stories

Due for Publishing February 2009 – ISBN 9781840221688
The Glen Mutchkin Railway – Professor Aytoun
Summer Weather – John Buchan
The Oasis in the Snow – John Buchan
No Man’s Land – John Buchan
The Far Islands – John Buchan
The Wetcher by the Threshold – John Buchan
The Outgoing of the Tide – John Buchan
Skull Skerry – John Buchan
A Cry Across the Black Water – S.R. Crockett
‘The Heather Lintie’ – S.R. Crockett
The Story of Euphemia Hewit – James Hogg
The Mysterious Bride – James Hogg
‘Mary Burnet’ – James Hogg
The Brownie of the Black Haggs – James Hogg
Ticonderoga – Andrew Lang
The Haunted and the Haunters – Lord Lytton
The Old Nurse’s Story – George MacDonald
The Haunted Major – Robert Marshall
Old Lady Mary – Margaret Oliphant
A Little Pilgrim – Margaret Oliphant
The Open Door – Margaret Oliphant
The Library Window – Margaret Oliphant
The Portrait – Margaret Oliphant
The Tapestried Chamber – Sir Walter Scott
Wandering Willie’s Tale – Sir Walter Scott
My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror – Sir Walter Scott
Ticonderoga: A Legend of the West Highlands – Robert Louis Stevenson
Markheim – Robert Louis Stevenson
Thrawn Janet – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Body-Snatcher – Robert Louis Stevenson
Olalla – Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ghost of Craig-Aulnaic – Anonymous
The Doomed Rider – Anonymous
The Weird of the Three Arrows – Anonymous
The Laird of Balmachie’s Wife – Anonymous
Michael Scott – Anonymous
The Haunted Ships – Anonymous
Glamis Castle – Local Records

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Filthy Creations forum

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

Filthy Creations magazine has now cut loose from Vault of Evil and set up it’s own forum at  The Workshop Of Filthy Creations. The emphasis is mostly on original horror/ sf  fiction so why not send yours along to them?

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