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Archive for April 11th, 2009

Mark Samuels – Glyphotech

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Mark Samuels – Glyphotech (PS Showcase #4: September 2008) £10.00 [$15.00]


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Cover Artist: Jason Van Hollander

Ramsey Campbell – Introduction

Glyphotech
Sentinels
Patient 704
Shallaballah
Ghorla
Cesare Thodol: Some Lines Written on a Wall
The Cannibal Kings of Horror
Destination Nihil by Edmund Bertrand
The Vanishing Point
Regina vs. Zoskia
A Gentleman from Mexico

Blurb:

The fourth in our series of PS Showcase mini-collections of short stories from some of genre fiction’s best up-and-coming writers.

In the introduction to this collection Ramsey Campbell states that the two modern masters of urban weirdness are Thomas Ligotti and Mark Samuels. Inside this book you will find weird things indeed, not least the likes of:

The fungus-riddled mannequin in the lunatic asylum
The reconstruction company that works with life and death
The legal nightmare where the sane are guilty
A horror writing convention taken over by black magic cannibals
The Punch and Judy show broadcast live after death
The strange fate of the reincarnation of H.P. Lovecraft

Black Book of Horror, Best New Horror‘s 17, 18 and 19, Summer Chills and now a bootleg Word document – it’s like i’ve been collecting Glyphotech in installments. Anyway, yesterdays unforgettable encounter with the beyond cantankerous horror legend Edmund Bertrand in The Cannibal Kings Of Horror has reminded me that i’ve been meaning to splash out on Glyphotech ever since I read the ghoulish Death Lines for the noughties, Sentinels, way back in the previous Best New Horror, so some other poor sod will be due more Postal Order fun and games shortly! Delighted to see that the collection reprints an original from the admirably sociopath Mr. Bertrand and am looking forward to a return match with Regina vs. Zoskia from Charles’ first Black Book as the final, terrible revelation made a deeply unpleasant impression at the time.

As with previous PS Showcase editions, the print run is limited to 300 copies: order direct from P.S. Publishing.

Mr. Samuels reads an extract from his Lovecraft lives! chiller, A Gentleman From Mexico, HERE

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Peter Underwood – Thirteen Famous Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Peter Underwood (ed.) – Thirteen Famous Ghost Stories (J. M. Dent Everyman’s Library, 1977)


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Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
A. J. Alan – The Dream
E. F. Benson – Caterpillars
Algernon Blackwood – Secret Worship
Charles Dickens – The Signalman
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
M. R. James – Martin’s Close
Rudyard Kipling – They
Lord Lytton – The Haunted and the Haunters
Arthur Machen – Change
E. Nesbit – John Charrington’s Wedding
Vincent O’Sullivan – When I Was Dead
Edith Wharton – Afterward

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Richard Dalby – The Virago Book of Ghost Stories 2

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Richard Dalby – The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century: Volume 2 (Virago, 1991)

Richard Dalby – Preface
Sara Maitland – Introduction

A. S. Byatt – The July Ghost
Mary Butts – With and Without Buttons
Celia Fremlin – Don’t Tell Cissie
Margaret Irwin – The Book
Rebecca West – The Grey Men
Daphne du Maurier – The Pool
Ann Bridge – The Station Road
Penelope Lively – Black Dog
E. Nesbit – No. 17
Pamela Sewell – Prelude
D. K. Broster – The Pestering
Jean Rhys – I Used to Live Here Once
Clotilde Graves – A Spirit Elopement
Eleanor Smith – Whittington’s Cat
Ruth Rendell – The Haunting of Shawley Rectory
Margery Lawrence – Mare Amore
Antonia Fraser – Who’s Been Sitting in My Car?
Elizabeth Fancett – The Ghosts of Calagou
Edith Wharton – Afterward
Mary Williams – The Thingummajig
Mary Elizabeth Counselman – The House of Shadows
Richmal Crompton – Rosalind
Dorothy K. Haynes – Redundant
A. L. Barker – The Dream of Fair Women
Rosemary Pardoe – The Chauffeur
Joan Aiken – The Traitor
Elinor Mordaunt – The Landlady

Thanks to paisleycravat of Vault for posting the contents!

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Richard Dalby – Virago Book Of Ghost Stories 2006

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Richard Dalby (ed.) – The Virago Book Of Ghost Stories (Virago, 2006)


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Cover illustration: Tina Mansuwan at CIA

Inside cover blurb:
Bringing together vintage tales from the outstandingly successful Virago anthologies The Virago Book of Ghost Storied (Volumes I and II) and Victorian Ghost Stories, comes this chilling new omnibus.
Lost loves, past enmities and unwanted memories mingle with the inexplicable as unquiet souls return to repay kindnesses, settle scores and haunt the imagination.
Featuring some of the finest writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these stories gather to haunt and horrify — an irresistible read for those with a taste for being spooked.

Preface – Richard Dalby

Charlotte Bronte – Napoleon And The Spectre
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Old Nurse’s Story
Amelia B. Edwards – The Story Of Salome
Mrs Henry Wood – Reality Or Delusion?
Charlotte Riddell – The Old House In Vauxhall Walk
Margaret Oliphant – The Open Door
Ella D’Arcy – The Villa Lucienne
Mary E. Wilkins (Freeman) – The Vacant Lot
E. Nesbit – The Violet Car
Edith Wharton -The Eyes
May Sinclair – The Token
Richmal Crompton – Rosalind
Margery H. Lawrence – The Haunted Saucepan
Margaret Irwin – The Book
F. M. Mayor – Miss De Mannering Of Asham
Ann Bridge – The Station Road
Stella Gibbons – Roaring Tower
Elizabeth Bowen – The Happy Autumn Fields
Rosemary Timperley – The Mistress in Black
Celia Fremlin – Don’t Tell Cissie
Antonia Fraser – Who’s Been Sitting In My Car
Ruth Rendell – The Haunting Of Shawley Rectory
A. S. Byatt – The July Ghost
A. L. Barker – The Dream Of Fair Women
Penelope Lively – Black Dog
Rosemary Pardoe – The Chauffeur
Lisa St. Aubin De Teran – Diamond Jim
Angela Carter – Ashputtle
Elizabeth Fancett – The Ghost Of Calagou
Joan Aikin – The Traitor
Dorothy K. Haynes – Redundant

Notes on the authors

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John Llewellyn Probert – The Faculty Of Terror

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

John Llewellyn Probert – The Faculty Of Terror (Gray Friar, 2006)

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Zach McCain

Paul Finch – Introduction
Foreword: An Author’s Warning To The Curious

Prologue
Overtime
Faculty Interlude No. 1
Asphyx In Glass
Faculty Interlude No. 2
A Family Affair
Faculty Interlude No. 3
Set In Stone
Faculty Interlude No. 4
The States Of The Art
Faculty Interlude No. 5
The Kreutzenberg Sonata
Finale

Extras:
About The Author
Interview With The Author: conducted by Gary McMahon
Story Notes

Blurb:
Take a Diploma in Fear….

Four secretaries working a late shift in a deserted office block….
A young man who sees the ghost of his dead father in wet glass….
The British underworld boss who will do anything to restore his tortured wife’s good looks…
The old cottage in the Wye Valley whose walls are soaked with blood…
An art gallery where patrons become part of the paintings….
A shop where you can buy anything your heart desires, but at a terrible price….

When music graduate Paul Dearden accepts an invitation to dinner at his old university the last thing he expects is an evening of the macabre. Over the finest food and drink he learns that the institution has a history steeped in blood. Paul cannot believe that the tales he is told by his dining companions are true, even though none of them are as cruel or as terrifying as the story he needs to tell.

In the tradition of classic British anthology horror films like The House that Dripped Blood, AsylumFrom Beyond the Grave, John Llewellyn Probert’s The Faculty of Terror offers six tales of terror linked by a framework story, the climax of which will earn all who survive it a first class degree in spine tingling horror! and

“It’s time for terror”!

The Faculty Of Terror attracted keen attention on Vault Mk I, but me being such a slowcoach, I only just snapped it up along with The Catacombs Of Fear as part of the Right Hon. John Probert funpack from Gray Friars Press. These are the first Gray Friars books i’ve seen and I have to say, they’re a very attractive proposition. The covers, by Zach McCain and Gary Fry respectively, strike exactly the right note – put me in mind of the montage on the back of Jack Oleck’s Tales From The Crypt novelisation.

see also the Faculty Of Terror thread on the Vault Forum

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‘Sapper’ – Bulldog Drummond

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

‘Sapper’ (Herman Cyril McNeille) – Bulldog Drummond: The Carl Peterson Quartet (Wordsworth Editions, 2007)

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Nesta Jennings Campbell, Shades Of Night

Blurb:

‘Demobilised officer, finding peace incredibly tedious would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; but crime, of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential.’

Bulldog Drummond was the original daredevil adventurer who, with his various friends, made it their mission to fight all enemies of Britain in the uncertain years following the First World War. Fearless, resourceful and debonair, Drummond could easily have been the father of James Bond. In the first four novels of the series, Bulldog Drummond, The Black Gang, The Third Round, The Final Count, all of which are contained within this volume, Hugh Drummond finds himself pitting his wits again Carl Peterson, a criminal genius with an insatiable passion for power and world domination. He has the great facility of disguise and his chameleon appearances are one of the joys of these thrilling tales. Peterson’s constant companion is the sinister but beautiful Irma.

The Drummond books are exciting page-turning adventures for grown up boys and girls.

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Montague Summers – Victorian Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Montague Summers (ed.) – Victorian Ghost Stories (Fortune, 1933)

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Sutherland Menzies – Hugues, the Werewolf
J.S. Le Fanu – The Dream
J.S. Le Fanu – A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family
J.S. Le Fanu – The Dead Sexton
Catherine Crowe – The Italian’s Story
Catherine Crowe – Round the Fire
Anon – The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Lemon – The Ghost Detective
Thomas Hood – The Shadow of a Shade
Anon – The Dead Man of Varley Grange
Anon – The Ghost of the Bank of England
Katherine Tynan – The Picture on the Wall
E. & H. Heron – The Story of Medhams Lea
F.G. Loring – The Tomb of Sarah

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John Llewellyn Probert – The Catacombs of Fear

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Something nasty is lurking below the offices of Gray Friar Press …..

John Llewellyn Probert – The Catacombs of Fear (Gray Friar, 2009)


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Introduction

Prologue
The Neighbourhood Watch
Catacombs Interlude No. 1
At First Sight
Catacombs Interlude No.2
The Markovski Quartet
Catacombs Interlude No.3
Mors Gratia Artis
Catacombs Interlude No.4
A Dance to the Music of Insanity
Finale

Strolling Shadowy Corridors: A Guided Tour of The Catacombs of Fear

Blurb:

House of God or House of Horrors?

The dinner party gate-crashed by the undead…

The beautiful girl whose looks are maintained by acts of violence…

The crippled ballerina desperate for new legs…

The television producer who discovers that murder improves his ratings…

The hideous deaths in an old country house that lead to something far worse…

The Reverend Patrick Clements arrives at Chilminster Cathedral to take up his new post, only to find his introductory tour taking rather longer than anticipated. As the sun sets and the evening draws on Patrick meets staff and parishioners, and learns far more of the macabre history of the community he is destined to become a part of than any mortal man should hear. But these stories are only the beginning of what has been planned for him.

John Llewellyn Probert’s follow up to his award-winning The Faculty of Terror provides five macabre tales bound together by a framework story, the climax of which will take its readers into the very depths of hell.

And back again.

Perhaps.

see also the Catacombs Of Fear thread on the Vault Forum

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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6 (Raven, 1995)

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Luis Rey

Stephen Jones – Introduction:  Horror in 1994

Lawrence Watt-Evans – Dead Babies
Harlan Ellison – Sensible City
Terry Lamsley – Blade and Bone
Norman Partridge – Harvest
Charles L. Grant – Sometimes, in the Rain
Richard Christian Matheson – Ménage à Trois
Joel Lane – Like Shattered Stone
Douglas E. Winter – Black Sun
M. John Harrison – Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring
Ian R. MacLeod – The Dead Orchards
Elizabeth Massie – What Happened When Mosby Paulson Had Her Painting Reproduced on the Cover of the Phone Book
Ramsey Campbell – The Alternative
Karl Edward Wagner – In the Middle of a Snow Dream
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation of Dr Stein
Garry Kilworth – Wayang Kulit
Robert Bloch – The Scent of Vinegar
Nicholas Royle – The Homecoming
Geoffrey A. Landis – The Singular Habits of Wasps
Michael Marshall Smith – To Receive Is Better
Brian Hodge – The Alchemy of the Throat
Kim Newman – Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright…
Esther M. Friesner – Lovers

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology 1994

Best New Horror 6 thread at Vault Of Evil

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Sheridan Le Fanu – Uncle Silas

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Sheridan Le Fanu – Uncle Silas (Wordsworth Editions, 2009)

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Introduction by Kathryn White

“I thought I saw a human face, about the most terrible my fancy could have called up, looking fixedly into the room. The face gazed towards the bed, and in the imperfect light looked like a livid mask, with chalky eyes.’

Master of the ghost story genre M.R. James commented that the, ‘final terrific murder-scene and escape can hardly be forgotten’ by those who have read Uncle Silas.

Neither does the opening disappoint. As the November winds wail in ivied chimneys we are drawn into a Victorian Gothic atmosphere of menacing, sombre gloom and ebony shadows. Sheridan Le Fanu leaves us in no doubt that we are in for a feast of exciting drama, luring us into the intensely claustrophobic world of the nineteenth century sensational novel.

Le Fanu is amongst the top-notch exponents of the creepy, the criminal and the oppressive. In this tale of the orphaned teenage heiress Maud Ruthyn, fearing for her life at the hands of her sinister uncle, he has created a rattling good plot with the depth of a social novel and the power of high romance.

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