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Posts Tagged ‘Basil Copper’

Stephen Jones – Mammoth Book of Vampires: New Edition

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of VampiresNew Edition (Robinson, 2004)

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Introduction: The Children of the Night – Stephen Jones

Clive Barker – Human Remains –
Brian Lumley – Necros
Brian M. Stableford – The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady

Michael Marshall Smith – A Place To Stay
Ramsey Campbell – The Brood
Nancy Kilpatrick – Root Cause
Robert Bloch – Hungarian Rhapsody
Christopher Fowler – The Legend Of Dracula Reconsidered As A Prime-Time TV Special
Richard Christian Matheson – Vampire
Hugh B. Cave – Stragella
David J. Schow – A Week in the Unlife
Frances Garfield – The House at Evening

Simon Clark – Vampyrrhic Outcast
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Labyrinth
Karl Edward Wagner – Beyond Any Measure
Basil Copper – Doctor Porthos

Paul McAuley – Straight To Hell
Dennis Etchison – It Only Comes Out at Night
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – Investigating Jericho
Peter Tremayne – Dracula’s Chair
Sydney J. Bounds – A Taste For Blood
Melanie Tem – The Better Half
John Burke – The Devil’s Tritone
Manly Wade Wellman – Chastel
Howard Waldrop – Der Untergang des Abendlandesmenschen

Tanith Lee – Red As Blood
Tina Rath – A Trick Of The Dark

Graham Masterton – Laird of Dunain
F. Paul Wilson – Midnight Mass
Nancy Holder – Blood Gothic
Les Daniels – Yellow Fog
Steve Rasnic Tem – Vintage Domestic

Neil Gaiman – Fifteen Cards From A Vampire Tarot
Harlan Ellison – Try A Dull Knife
Kim Newman – Andy Warhol’s Dracula

The replaced stories are:
F. Marion Crawford – For the Blood Is the Life
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
M. R. James – An Episode of Cathedral History
E. F. Benson – The Room in the Tower
Kim Newman – Red Reign
Neil Gaiman – Vampire Sestina [Verse]

See also: Mammoth Book Of Vampires (original edition)

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Stephen Jones – Mammoth Book of Zombies

Posted by demonik on June 29, 2008

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Zombies (Robinson, Oct 1993)

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Introduction: The Dead That Walk – Stephen Jones

Clive Barker – Sex, Death and Starshine
Ramsey Campbell – Rising Generation
Manly Wade Wellman -The Song of the Slaves
R. Chetwynd-Hayes -The Ghouls
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Karl Edward Wagner – Sticks
Charles L. Grant – Quietly Now
Basil Copper – The Grey House
M. R. James – A Warning to the Curious
Nicholas Royle -The Crucian Pit
Brian Lumley -The Disapproval of Jeremy Cleave
H. P. Lovecraft – Herbert West: Reanimator
Lisa Tuttle – Treading the Maze
David Riley – Out of Corruption
Graham Masterton – The Taking of Mr. Bill
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Schalken the Painter
David Sutton – Clinically Dead
Les Daniels – They’re Coming for You
Hugh B. Cave – Mission to Margal
Michael Marshall Smith – Later
Peter Tremayne – Marbh Bheo
Dennis Etchison – The Blood Kiss
Christopher Fowler – Night After Night of the Living Dead
Robert Bloch – The Dead Don’t Die!
Kim Newman – Patricia’s Profession
Joe R. Lansdale – On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks

thanks to H. P. Saucecraft & Allthingshorror for providing cover scans.

see also Vault’s Mammoth Book Of  Zombies thread.

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Stephen Jones – Mammoth Book of Monsters

Posted by demonik on June 28, 2008

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Monsters (Robinson, 2007)

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David J. Schow – Visitation
Ramsey Campbell – Down There
Scott Edleman – The Man He Had Been Before
Dennis Etchison – Calling All Monsters
R. Chetwynd Hayes – The Shadmock
Christopher Fowler – The Spider Kiss
Nancy Holder – Cafe Endless:Spring Rain
Thomas Ligotti – The Medusa
Gemma Files – In the Poor Girl Taken by Surprise
Sydney J. Bounds – Downmarket
Robert E. Howard – The Horror from the Mound
Jay Lake – Fat Man
Brian Lumley – The Thin People
Tanith Lee – The Hill
Joe R. Lansdale – Godzilla’s Twelve Step Program
Karl Edward Wagner – .220 Swift
Robert Silverberg – Our Lady of the Sauropods
Basil Copper – The Flabby Men
Robert Holdstock – The Silvering
Michael Marshall Smith – Someone Else’s Problem
Clive Barker – Rawhead Rex
Kim Newman – The Chill Clutch of the Unseen

Blurb:

Monsterrific stories by top names in horror writing

Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Ghouls . . . these and many other Creatures of the Night are featured in this bumper collection of stories by such authors as Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Tanith Lee, Michael Marshall Smith, Kim Newman, Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Tuttle, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper and many others. Here you’ll discover creatures both unnatural and man made, as the walking dead rise from their graves, immortal bloodsuckers seek human nourishment, deformed monstrosities pursue their victims across the countryside, and the ugliest of nightmares is revealed to have a soul. Drawn from the pages of legend and literature, these stories feature Things that slither, stagger, swoop, stomp and scamper. So bolt the doors, lock the windows and shiver in the shadows, because no-one is safe when the Monsters are loose .

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The Burley Observer: Vault Newsdesk

Posted by demonik on June 26, 2008

Boring Site news: a double dose of Castor oil for yers!

READING IS FUN!

Reading is fun!

illustration: Chrissie Demant

1. The Burley Observer.

As any ‘news’ items were fast swamped under a tidal wave of anthology posts with the inevitable result that nobody got to suffer them, I figured it would be best to give them a stand-alone section, hence The Burley Observer. Events, new & forthcoming publications, works in progress, etc. Little, if anything, that’s not already appeared on here, but the ‘site’ seems to attract a slightly different audience to the board and perhaps it will become a useful promo tool. Items already added include Paperback Fanatic 7, 3rd Black Book Of Horror, The Thinking Mans Crumpet, Pantechnicon 7, details of the BFS meeting at Ye Olde Cock Inn, Fleet Street on Sat. 19th July, One Eyed Grey 5, Basil Copper: A Life in Books, Peter Normanton’s Mammoth Best Horror Comics, Robert Tinnell & Adrian Salmon’s delightful graphic novel The Faceless and Paul Gravett’s Mammoth Best Crime Comics.

If you’ve not already spontaneously combusted with excitement, those of you who’d like details of your own current & forthcoming books, magazines, WIP’s and what have you to be included, email me and we’ll see what we can come up with. This service, I should point out with as much tact as I am capable, is primarily, but not exclusively for regular contributors to the Vault of Evil forum and the friends and supporters of same. Leaving a solitary post or two on here or the board of the dreaded “Great site! I am the webmaster of blah, blah, blah and my great book/ site/ limerick will be the ultimate work on blah blah f**king blah ” variety is hardly in keeping with the spirit of whatever it is Vault is about, so I thank you in advance for reserving such for your MySp*ce and Face-Ache hourly bulletins.

2. New English Library

Hopefully of more interest: I’ve been working on the NEL section of the site on-off for a few months now, trying to select the best reviews by a variety of desperadoes from both this and the dead suddenlaunch board. It’s nowhere near ready to go ‘live’ yet and with Justin’s NEL horror overview set to continue in the next Paperback Fanatic, I’ll continue to keep it private until …. well, Halloween is always good for a launch and that leaves plenty of time to mess it up!

Thanks, as ever, for your kind support.

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Richard Dalby – Twelve Gothic Tales

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Richard Dalby (ed.) – Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford, 1998)

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Richard Dalby – Introduction

Charles R. Maturin – Lexlip castle
Mary W. Shelley – The Dream
Edgar Allan Poe – Metzengerstein
Sabine Baring-Gould – Master Sacristan Eberhart
J. Sheridan Le fanu – Dickon the Devil
Bram Stoker – The Secret of the Growing Gold
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
Stephen Hall – By One, By Two, and By Three
L.A.G. Strong – The Buckrose Ring
Basil Copper – The Knocker at the Portico
Gerald Durrell – The Entrance

Blurb:

In this anthology we see a dozen fine examples of Gothic literature, spanning over one hundred and fifty years–from Mary Shelley and Charles Maturin’s classic fiction up to an unexpected master of the macabre, Gerald Durrell. All of the tales feature sinister settings such as castles and ancient houses, along with protagonists who are haunted by the tyranny of the past and physically or else spiritually incarcerated by their circumstances. Designed to provide an overview of the genre, and offering a balance of classic and more unusual stories, this is a book that will appeal to both the newcomer and dedicated collector of Gothic fiction.

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Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Life In Books

Posted by demonik on June 19, 2008

Stephen Jones (ed.) – Basil Copper: A Life In Books (PS Publishing, Feb. 2008)

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Stephen Jones – Introduction: Recollections Of Basil Copper
Basil Copper – Foreword
Richard Dalby – Basil Copper, Crime Writer And Master Of The Macabre
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. A. Macabre And Supernatural Novels
Basil Copper – Remembering August Derleth And Arkham House
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. B. Macabre And Supernatural Collections
Basil Copper – The Game’s Afoot! August Derleth And Solar Pons
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. C. The ‘Solar Pons’ Series
Basil Copper – August Derleth: A Giant Remembered
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. D. The ‘Mike Faraday’ Series
Basil Copper – Rap Sheet
Basil Copper – Diamonds Are For Never
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. E. Other Books
Basil Copper – In The Footsteps Of Dracula
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. F. Non-Fiction
Basil Copper – The Curse
Basil Copper – Professor Mahmoud
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. G. Short Stories And Novellas
Basil Copper – Peter Haining: A Tribute
Basil Copper – The Black Coffin
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. H. Media Adaptations
Basil Copper – Count Magnus
Stephen Jones – Basil Copper: A Working Bibliography. I. Unpublished Works
Basil Copper – Darkness, Mist And Shadow: The Landscape Of Fear

Illustrations by Randy Broeker and Les Edwards

“the basil copper book is a model in bibliography, and the articles are a fascinating read. my only minor quibble is that the proofing suddenly goes to pot on the short stories, which i found most bizarre. but it only stood out as the rest of the text was immaculate, i guess. mr c’s screenplay is a cracker, btw, and really should have been made. i’d recommend anyone who, like me, has only ever read his macabre stuff to look out for the hardboiled novels; on the strength of the short story included in this volume, i certainly intend to!”

– pulphack on Vault of Evil

After the excitement and excesses of the launch, maybe it’s time to turn our attention to the book – and what a splendid effort by all concerned. First impressions (i’ve barely dipped into it yet) are pulphack’s “model in bibliography”-cum- big Basil scrapbook with several photo’s of the great man in action taken at various stages of his career and much fine illustrative work. Some of it – like the Peter Haining tribute – is snippet-size, but Stephen Jones’ biblio is an all-encompassing thing which speaks of several hours devoted study.

As with the event, it’s a celebratory thing that will have you wishing your own favourite authors had studies like this devoted to them. Be warned, i’m planning to return to A Life In Books when i’ve given it a super-scrutiny, but now that pesky perve The Handyman beckons ….

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Stephen Jones – Summer Chills

Posted by demonik on June 12, 2008

Stephen Jones (ed) – Summer Chills (Carol & Graf, 2007)

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(cover: Les Edwards)

Stephen Jones – Introduction: Holidays in Hell
Ramsey Campbell – Seeing the World
Christopher Fowler – The Threads
Nancy Holder – Little Dedo
Dennis Etchison – The Dark Country
Roberta Lannes – The Anguish of Departure
Basil Copper – The Cave
Scott Edelman – Survival of the Fittest
Elizabeth Massie – Landlock
Kim Newman – Richard Riddle, Boy Detective, in “The Case of the French Spy”
Karl Edward Wagner – In the Pines
Mark Samuels – A Gentleman from Mexico
Joel Lane – The City of Love
D. Lynn Smith – TheCharnel House
Glen Hirshberg – Millwell
Sarah Pinborough – The Bohemian of the Arbat
Robert Silverberg – Not Our Brother
Brian Lumley – The Sun, the Sea and the Silent Scream
Michael Marshall Smith – Being Right
Clive Barker – In the Hills, the Cities
Harlan Ellison – Incognita, Inc.

Thanks to Alan Frackelton for providing the contents and cover scan!

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Peter Haining – Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories

Posted by demonik on June 3, 2008

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (Robinson, 2007)

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Cover: Joe Roberts

Elizabeth Albright & Ray Bradbury – The Haunted House

Peter Haining – Foreword: I Live In A Haunted House

Haunted Places: Stories Of Fact And Fiction

E. Bulwer Lytton – The Haunted and the Haunters
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House
Algernon Blackwood – A Case of Eavesdropping
Virginia Woolf – A Haunted House
H. Russell Wakefield – Ghost Hunt
William F. Nolan – Dark Winner

Avenging Spirits: Tales Of Dangerous Elementals

Charlotte Riddell – The Old House in Vauxhall Walk
Ralph Adams Cram – No. 252 rue M. Le Prince
Mary Eleanor Freeman – The Southwest Chamber
W. W. Jacobs – The Toll-House
L. P. Hartley – Feet Foremost
Ian Watson – Happy Hour

Shadowy Corners: Accounts Of Restless Spirits

W. F. Harvey – The Ankardyne Pew
Louisa Baldwin – The Real and the Counterfeit
Richard Hughes – A Night at a Cottage…
Thorp McClusky – The Considerate Hosts
Basil Copper – The Grey House
Fay Weldon – Watching Me, Watching You

Phantom Lovers: Sex And The Supernatural

Richard Dehan – A Spirit Elopement
Herbert de Hamel – The House of Dust
A. E. Coppard – The Kisstruck Bogie
Norah Lofts – Mr. Edward
Robert Bloch – House of the Hatchet
Ramsey Campbell – Napier Court

Little Terrors: Ghosts And Children

M. R. James – Lost Hearts
Ellen Glasgow – The Shadowy Third
Hugh Walpole – A Little Ghost
Nigel Kneale – The Patter of Tiny Feet
Penelope Lively – Uninvited Ghosts

Psychic Phenomena: Signs From The Other Side

Arthur Conan Doyle – Playing with Fire
William Hope Hodgson – The Whistling Room
E. F. Benson – Bagnell Terrace
Joan Aiken – The Companion
James Herbert – Ghost Hunter
Ruth Rendell – Computer Séance

Houses Of Horror: Terror Visions Of The Stars

Gaston Leroux – In Letters of Fire
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
McKnight Malmar – The Storm
A.M. Burrage – The Waxwork
H.G. Wells – The Inexperienced Ghost
E.M. Delafield – Sophy Mason Comes Back
Stephen King – The Boogeyman

Peter Haining – Appendix: Haunted House Novels – A Listing

Expanded and with great new stories, this is the biggest and best anthology of ghostly hauntings ever. Over 40 tales of visitation by the undead – from vengeful and violent spirits, set on causing harm to innocent people tucked up in their homes, to rarer and more kindly ghosts, returning from the grave to reach out across the other side. Yet others entertain desires of a more sinister bent, including the erotic. This new edition includes a selection of favourite haunted house tales chosen by famous screen stars Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Plus a top ranking list of contributors that includes Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Ruth Rendell, and James Herbert – all brought together by an anthologist who himself lives in a haunted house.

Something unspeakable lurks in a Connecticut apartment closet, in Stephen King’s ‘The Boogeyman’; An Irish castle holds something truly horrifying in wait, in ‘The Whistling Room’ by William Hope Hodgson; The lecherous old ghost of a Georgian country house eyes up his latest tenant, in Norah Lofts’ ‘Mr Edward’; An ancient mansion on a shelf of rock previously occupied by a doomed castle, in ‘In Letters of Fire’ by Gaston Le Roux; The hunter is hunted in James Herbert’s tale of nineteenth-century country mansion, ‘The Ghost Hunter’;

Psychic phenomena and poltergeists, avenging spirits and phantom lovers – curl up and read on, but never imagine you are safe from a visit…

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Stephen Jones – Mammoth Book of Monsters

Posted by demonik on June 3, 2008

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Monsters (Robinson, 2007)

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David J. Schow – Visitation
Ramsey Campbell – Down There
Scott Edleman – The Man He Had Been Before
Dennis Etchison – Calling All Monsters
R. Chetwynd Hayes – The Shadmock
Christopher Fowler – The Spider Kiss
Nancy Holder – Cafe Endless:Spring Rain
Thomas Ligotti – The Medusa
Gemma Files – In the Poor Girl Taken by Surprise
Sydney J. Bounds – Downmarket
Robert E. Howard – The Horror from the Mound
Jay Lake – Fat Man
Brian Lumley – The Thin People
Tanith Lee – The Hill
Joe R. Lansdale – Godzilla’s Twelve Step Program
Karl Edward Wagner – .220 Swift
Robert Silverberg – Our Lady of the Sauropods
Basil Copper – The Flabby Men
Robert Holdstock – The Silvering
Michael Marshall Smith – Someone Else’s Problem
Clive Barker – Rawhead Rex
Kim Newman – The Chill Clutch of the Unseen

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Basil Copper ‘A Life in books’ launch this saturday

Posted by demonik on February 21, 2008

sorry it’s such short notice. it’s looking like there will be a decent vault presence at this. i’m the guy rat-tail hair, wild staring eyes and broken arm and you are very welcome to say hi and get me incredibly drunk! see olde cock tavern thread on vault site for latest news/ arrangements for night so you’ll know how best to avoid us.
and thanks to Mark Samuels for tipping us off and typing this out!

BASIL COPPER BOOK LAUNCH

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Hosted by the British Fantasy Society and PS Publishing, the bio/bibliography BASIL COPPER: A LIFE IN BOOKS Compiled and Edited by Stephen Jones will be launched on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at THE UPSTAIRS BAR, YE OLDE COCK TAVERN, 22 FLEET STREET, LONDON EC4Y 1AA from 6:00pm onwards.

Among those signing copies will be BASIL COPPER, editor/co-designer STEPHEN JONES, artists RANDY BROECKER and LES EDWARDS, co-designer MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH and publisher PETER CROWTHER. Special Guests (subject to commitment) include legendary anthology editors HUGH LAMB, MICHEL PARRY and DAVID A. SUTTON.

Basil Copper became a full-time writer in 1970. His first story in the horror field, ‘The Spider’, was published in 1964 in THE FIFTH PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, since when his short fiction has appeared in numerous collections and anthologies, and been extensively adapted for radio and television. Along with two non-fiction studies of the vampire and werewolf legends, his other books include the novels THE GREAT WHITE SPACE, THE CURSE OF THE FLEERS, NECROPOLIS, THE BLACK DEATH and THE HOUSE OF THE WOLF. Copper has also written more than fifty hardboiled thrillers about Los Angeles private detective Mike Faraday, and has continued the adventures of August Derleth’s Sherlock Holmes-like consulting detective Solar Pons in several volumes of short stories and the novel SOLAR PONS VERSUS THE DEVIL’S CLAW.

Concluding three years’ extensive research, multiple award-winning editor and writer Stephen Jones was given unprecedented and unrestricted access to the books and papers of renowned British macabre and crime writer Basil Copper.

The result is BASIL COPPER: A LIFE IN BOOKS, a unique and in-depth study of the author and his works. Not only does this volume contain the most comprehensive Working Bibliography ever compiled of Basil Copper’s productive output – including Macabre and Supernatural Novels and Collections, the “Solar Pons” series, the “Mike Faraday” series, Short Fiction and Novellas, Media Adaptations, Unpublished Works and much more, enhanced with commentary by the author himself – but it also features several rare and obscure articles covering everything from Arkham House creator August Derleth to a brief history of Count Dracula.

There are also a number of short stories, most of them original to this volume, ranging from his very first published work back in 1938 to a brand-new “Mike Faraday” detective adventure, along with a complete television script based on M.R. James’ classic horror story ‘Count Magnus’.

With an in-depth look at the author’s life and career by acclaimed ghost story editor Richard Dalby, and Basil Copper’s inspirational Guest of Honour speech from the 1977 British Fantasy Convention, BASIL COPPER: A LIFE IN BOOKS is illustrated with numerous cover reproductions, artwork and unique personal photographs.

If you cannot make it to the signing, but still want to PRE-PURCHASE a personally-signed copy (or copies) please contact PS Publishing for details of how to place your order. Dealer’s enquiries welcome – trade discounts available.

ISBN 978-1-905834-98-3 (Jacketed hardcover) £25.00 / $50.00 (approx.) ISBN 978-1-905834-97-6 (Hardcover) £15.00 / $30.00 (approx.) 280pp

BFS BONUS!!! On the night, a number of specially-priced copies of the PS hardcover anthology DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHT will be available on a first-come basis. Edited by STEPHEN JONES, this third volume in the acclaimed new “Not at Night” series features work by BASIL COPPER, PAUL McAULEY, MARK SAMUELS, JAY RUSSELL, RANDY BROECKER, LES EDWARDS and many others (including Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Charles L. Grant and Hugh B. Cave).

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