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Archive for July, 2010

Stephen Jones & Dave Carson – H.P. Lovecraft’s Book Of Horror

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2010

Stephen Jones & Dave Carson (eds.) – H.P. Lovecraft’s Book Of Horror (Robinson, 1994)

Bruce Pennington

H. P. Lovecraft – Supernatural Horror In Literature

Charles Dickens – The Signalman
E. Bulwer-Lytton – The House and the Brain
R L Stevenson – The Bodysnatcher
Hanns Heinz Ewers – The Spider
Theophile Gautier – The Foot of the Mummy
Guy De Maupassant – The Horla
Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher
Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
F Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
Robert W Chambers – The Yellow Sign
Mary Wilkins Freeman – The Shadows on the Wall
Ralph Adams Cram – The Dead Valley
Irwin S Cobb – Fishhead
Edward Lucas White – Lukundoo
Clark Ashton Smith – The Double Shadow
Rudyard Kipling – The Mark of the Beast
E F Benson – Negotium Perambulans
Hugh Walpole – Mrs Lunt
William Hope Hodgson – The Hog
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
M R James – Count Magnus


Stephen Jones – Lovecraft and the ‘Literature of Cosmic Fear’

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Roger Pile (ed.) – Filthy Creations #6

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2010

Roger Pile (ed.) – Filthy Creations #6 (July 2010)

Rog Pile

Robert Mammone – The Devil At Your Heels
Penni McClaren Walker – Easy Money
D F Lewis – The Fat Shrike
Colin Leslie – Bad Manners
D F Lewis – Rage
Charles Black – Grey
Franklin Marsh – There’s a Riot Going On
James Stanger – Crocodile Tears
Stephen Bacon – A Solace Of Winter Rain
Craig Herbertson – The Death Tableau (Part 1)
David A Riley – Sendings (Part 1)
Rog Pile – Night Tide

Editor/ DTP stuff/ illustrations -Rog Pile
Consultative Editor – Coral King

Contact: The Workshop Of Filthy Creation (Forum)

Order: paypal

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interzone books – July 2010 update

Posted by demonik on July 22, 2010

We are delighted to report that the nomadic interzone books has now taken up permanent residence at TYPE – as distinguished by sign of the twin typewriters – in East London. The address and details:

interzone books @ Type
138 Bethnal Green Road,
London
E2 6DG.

Open every Thursday to Sunday inclusive, hours of business 7.30-18.00.

interzone books is now only selling at Type and via the website.

Along with the wall of pulp there is also a coffee bar and a section devoted to one-off pieces of lighting and furniture.

See also the interzone books thread on the Vault forum

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Allyson Bird & Joel Lane – Never Again

Posted by demonik on July 22, 2010

Allyson Bird & Joel Lane (eds.) – Never Again (Gray Friar Press, September 2010)

cover by Daniele Serra

Nina Allen – Feet of Clay
R.J. Krijnen-Kemp – Volk
Lisa Tuttle – In the Arcade
John Howard – A Flowering Wound
Tony Richards – Sense
Alison Littlewood – In On The Tide
R.B. Russell – Decision
Mat Joiner – South of Autumn
Rosanne Rabinowitz – Survivor’s Guilt
Rhys Hughes – Rediffusion
Simon Kurt Unsworth – A Place For Feeding
Joe R. Lansdale – The Night They Missed the Horror Show
Kaaron Warren – Ghost Jail
Steve Duffy – The Torturer
Gary McMahon – Methods of Confinement
Rob Shearman – Damned If You Don’t
Carole Johnstone – Machine
Stephen Volk – After the Ape
David Sutton – Zulu’s War
Thana Niveau – Death of Dreams
Andrew Hook – Beyond Each Blue Horizon
Ramsey Campbell – The Depths
Simon Bestwick – Malachi

From Press Release:

Never Again is an attempt to voice the collective revulsion of writers in the weird fiction genre against political attitudes that stifle compassion and deny our collective human inheritance. The imagination is crucial to an understanding both of human diversity and of common ground. Weird fiction is often stigmatised as a reactionary and ignorant genre – we know better. The anthology will be published by Gray Friar Press in September 2010, and edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.

It will be a mixture of original stories and reprints from Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Tuttle and Joe R. Lansdale amongst others. Never Again is a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting awareness of these issues among readers and writers of weird fiction. The editors, authors/artist and publisher will receive no fees for this work. Any profits made from sales will be donated to anti-racist or human rights organizations, e.g. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

PREORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

UK, £10 + £2 P&P
USA, $18 + $6 P&P (airmail)

Gray Friar Press

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David A. Riley interview & Other news

Posted by demonik on July 9, 2010

dear reader

Beyond, debut issue April/May 1995: Cover: Martin McKenna

a very infrequent proper blog-type post/ news update. E. London has been hit by a devastating vintage horror & supernatural anthology famine hence lengthy silences. been amusing myself with hamlyn nasties and giant preying mantis extravaganzas to keep my hand in. also, the Vault forum is still as hugely popular with everyone as ever and we’ve a tasty interview with David A. Riley who’ll tell you all about ‘The Curse of Beyond‘!

what else? Paperback Fanatic 15 is out now, we understand that The Seventh Black Book Of Horror is on the horizon (plan is to have publication coincide with FantasyCon whenever that is), Wordsworth continue to expand on their exquisite Mystery & The Supernatural series and we hope to have some EXCITING NEWS about Interzone books very shortly!

finally, a thank you to whoever it was kindly *ahem* ‘voted’ for Vault in the BFS awards. in all honesty, we had enough grief over all that nonsense last year, hence immediate quiet withdrawal from field. but the thought was much appreciated by the core guys.

love,
demonik/ gloomy sundae

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Paperback Fanatic #15

Posted by demonik on July 7, 2010

News from Justin’s trash morgue bolt-hole, aka Fanatic HQ

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic #15 (July, 2010)

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Issue 15
Is back from the printers and will be posted by Wednesday at the latest, so UK subscribers should have their new issue by next weekend. Overseas subscribers should allow 10 days for air-mail. Any problems, please do let me know.

Two new one-off publications from The Fanatic
I plan to issue two specials, both of which will be printed strictly to demand so I require you to lodge your interest. This means I can work out if demand makes them financially viable, and then to work out a final price/format etc. Details of the planned publications are below, but if you are interested I need an e-mail from you for each publication. Respond to this mail and place either “NEL” or “Pennington” in the subject. Responses required by the end of July. If you want both, I require two separate mails.

By responding you are not 100% committing to purchasing the publications, but you are saying “If the price is right, the content looks good and my finances haven’t drastically changed by the time of publication, I have every intention of paying for one.” As a ball park, I would expect both publications to be in the region of 90 pages, A5, perfect-bound (i.e. with a spine), 50% full colour, and costing in the region of £7 post-paid in the UK, and $15 international. (I’m hoping I can offer them cheaper, or include more colour for the same price- it all comes down to demand)

Bruce Pennington Special
Giant interview with the master fantasy artist, covering every aspect of his career The stories behind his iconic covers for Stranger in a Strange Land and Dune. Rare documents and photos supplied by the artist. A checklist of every single one of his paperback covers. At least 150 reproductions of his art and covers, with most in colour.

The Visual Guide to New English Library
A lavishly illustrated guide to the legendary publishing company. Key genres in the 1970s paperback industry are given a chapter each.
Including – horror, science fiction, sleaze, historical adventure, crime, youth cults, slavers and the MEWS imprint. Each chapter contains an overview of the genre, notable titles and authors.
Full checklists including pseudonyms and artists.
At least 150 reproductions of covers, with many in colour.

I appreciate your ongoing support.

Justin

The new issue literally dropped through the door as i was formatting the above. Presented in a wraparound of Kane covers, this typically eclectic issue features an overview of Guy N. Smith’s extracurricular horror work for Hamlyn, Arrow, Pitakus, Grafton & Co: an interview with Warren Murphy, co-author of not very laid back mens adventure series The Destroyer: Rob Matthews on Fu Manchu in Pyramid (Stephen Sennitt also devotes his now regular column to Rohmer). Holger Haase on ‘Paul Kenyon’s sexy spy series The Baroness: Justin’s overview of Karl E. Wagner’s immortal acid goth sword & sorcery legend (who i never really got on with!); plus the usual lively exchange of information and opinion in the mighty Fanatic Thoughts. seems to me #15 boasts the most color pages yet?

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‘C.J. T.’ – THE BEST TERRIBLE TALES

Posted by demonik on July 6, 2010

‘C.J. T.’ (ed.)  – THE BEST TERRIBLE TALES. (Gibbings, London, 1891: Reeves, London, 1912)

Originally published by Gibbings of London in 1891 with the editor given as ‘CJT’, the Reeves editions of 1912 retitle each volume The Best Terrible Tales Of … and lack even this helpful attribution. None of the authors are credited, but i’ve tried to identify the most likely suspects. For the curious, Hugh Lamb exhumed The Mountain Of Spirits and The Golden Bracelet for Tales from A Gaslit Graveyard (W. H. Allen, 1979: Coronet, 1980)

TERRIBLE TALES From The GERMAN. (Gibbings, London, 1891: Reeves, London, 1912)

Anon – The Crystal Dagger.
Anon – A Strange Bride. (aka ‘The Death-Bride’)
Anon – The Host of “The Sun.”
Baron De La Motte Fouque -The Crazy Half-Heller.
Anon – The Goldsmith of the Rue Nicaise.

TERRIBLE TALES From THE ITALIAN. (Gibbings, London, 1891: Reeves, London, 1912)

Anon – The Bridal Wreath
Anon – Domenico Matteo
Anon – The Betrothed.
Anon – The Story of the Lady Erminia.
Anon – The Brigands.
Anon – The Village Priest.
Anon – Eurispe.
Anon – Lanucci.
Anon – The Lovers.
Anon – The Unlucky Fortune.

TERRIBLE TALES From THE FRENCH (Gibbings, London, 1891: Reeves, London, 1912)

Erckmann-Chatrian – The Mysterious Sketch.
Anon – The Weaver of Steinbach.
Anon – The Lyons Courier.
Erckmann-Chatrian – The Cabalist.
Erckmann-Chatrian – The Citizen’s Watch.
Anon – A Scene in the Desert.
Erckmann-Chatrian – Cousin Elof’s Dream.
Anon – A Legend of Marseilles
Erckmann-Chatrian – The White and the Black
Anon – Lex Talionis.

TERRIBLE TALES From THE SPANISH. (Gibbings, London, 1891: Reeves, London, 1912)

Anon – The Golden Bracelet.
Anon – The Mirror of Friends.
Anon – The Green Eyes.
Anon – Jose Maria.
Anon – The Passion Flower.
Anon – The Thirteenth.
Anon – The Effect of being Unde­ceived.
Anon –  The White Doe.
G. Bequer – Maese Perez, the Organist.
Anon – Dorido and Clorinia.
Anon – The Moonbeam.
Anon – The Mountain of Spirits.


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21st Zardoz Paperbook & Pulp Fair: Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Posted by demonik on July 6, 2010

21st Zardoz Paperbook & Pulp Fair: Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Zardoz Pulp Fair 2010

i really can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween – which almost certainly means i’ll miss it again. hopefully, some of you will have better luck!

Sunday 31st October 2010
Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ. Nearest station: Victoria.
10 am – 4pm
Dealer Tables: £50 each
Admission: £3

further details: www.zardozbooks.co.uk

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M. J. Trow – A Brief History Of Vampires

Posted by demonik on July 6, 2010

M. J. Trow – A Brief History Of Vampires (Robinson, July 2010)

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Blurb:
Vampire culture is everywhere: in the bookshops, on TV, in nightclubs, and in the cinemas. With the success of the Twilight saga and True Blood, the lore of the undead is a global phenomenon. But where does the legend of the Vampire come from, and why does it have such a perennial appeal? Historian and vampire aficionado M. J. Trow goes in search of the origins of this blood craze a long way from the shopping malls, to the story of the fifteenth century Hungarian warrior prince, Vlad of Wallachia, who was famed for his brutality in war as well as his passion for excruciating torture. Vlad would later become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the film Nosferatu.

Trow’s fascinating search uncovers the forgotten story of Vlad and charts his legacy throughout history up to the present day. He shows that the legend and lore of vampirism has evolved over centuries and still has a powerful hold on our imaginations.

Press Release Robinson
From Vlad the Impaler to Edward Cullen, M.J. Trow goes in search of the allure of the vampire.

A Brief History of Vampires

By M.J. Trow
Published by Robinson
July 8th 2010 Paperback, £8.99

A must-have book for all vampire fans, A Brief History of Vampires charts the phenomenal craze of ‘popular vampires’ such as Nosferatu and Count Dracula to screen vampires such as those played by Bela Lugosi and Robert Pattinson. With the current global vampire craze taking the book, film and TV charts by storms with the Twilight saga and True Blood, this book begs the question: why do we love to be frightened?

Within a society which has become increasingly desensitised to horror, M.J. Trow charts the vampire’s global phenomenon and seeks its terrifying origins. A long way from the billboard we learn the story of Vlad ‘The Impaler’ of Wallachia. a ruler infamous for his brutality in war as well as his passion for ‘impaling’ his victims, and who later became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s infamous Dracula.

In order to uncover the fascinating, forgotten story of ‘The Impaler’, Trow looks into the history, legend and lore of his legacy. Compellingly and historically, he shows how the legend of the vampire has evolved over centuries and explains how it still has such an intense hold on modern day imagination.

About the Author
M. Trow studied history at university, after which he has spent years teaching. He is also an established crime writer and biographer, with a reputation as a scholar who peels away myths to reveal the true history behind them. Originally from Rhondda, South Wales, he now lives on the Isle of White.

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