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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Tinnell’

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!

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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Robert Tinnell & Adrian Salmon – The Faceless

Posted by demonik on June 19, 2008

The Faceless – Robert Tinnell and Adrian Salmon (Image, 2005)


He’s Willing To Go To Hell … So You Won’t Have To …


By day, Terry Sharp is a hard-living, skirt-chasing, celebrated director of classic horror films. But by night, the horror turns real – Terry has discovered a shadowy group of Satanists hell-bent on taking control of the British government. This knowledge has made him a marked man. Black magic or bullets – the Faceless conspirators don’t particularly care which – as long as the end result is Terry’s death.

Too bad for them, Terry Sharp isn’t ready to die just yet – not without taking a whole lot of bad guys with him.

That’s just the blurb!

Meet Terry sharp, celebrated director of The Return of Frankenstein and other Midwich horror masterpieces. Unknown to his colleagues, our granite-chinned friend leads a double life, triple if you include his penchant for bedding beautiful women within two or three frames of meeting them. Away from the studio is where Sharp’s real work begins: combating the shadowy Satanic Organisation, the Faceless, who are intent on overthrowing the British Government!

This is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read to the end (twice!), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As mentioned, there’s plenty of The Saint about it, tons of Hammer references and a smidgeon of Wheatley’s hysterical “the Commies are Satanists!” pot-boilers. I’ll not be the first to comment that it’s beautifully drawn, but the script is top notch too: very economic with not a word out of place. And Terry’s sidekick Elspeth is a bit of a looker, of that you can be sure.

The one criticism I could make, and even that’s not unique to me, is that while it’s a blinding introduction to Terry’s adventures, just as the story’s hotting up, you’re left in mid-air awaiting the continuation in the next book when you just know our hero will start upping the body count, especially now that he’s got revenge on his mind!

Check out the trailer and other goodies here !

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