*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Three very different forms of horror writing have arrived, perfect for anyone who thinks Halloween is over too soon. Something Nasty In The Woodshed (Bonfiglioli) has a very unheroic hero, Tales Of Horror And The Supernatural Volume 2 (Machen) features a selection of chilling tales and Dracula (Stoker) has Something Very Nasty In The Coffin.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Our latest book update is in keeping with the spirit of our latest window display (Halloween), with 16 collections of horror stories assembled by Alfred Hitchcock. These are a mixture of ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s’ titles, but both share a predilection for dubious puns (The Best of Fiends, Slay Ride, Coffin Break and Murder Racquet being just a few examples).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: An update for Horror fans this time, with works by Charles Beaumont (Shadow Play and The Edge, both 1st UK PB), E F Benson (The Horror Horn, 1st UK PB), Algernon Blackwood (Dance Of Death), H P Lovecraft alone (The Lurking Fear, 1st UK PB, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth) and with August Derleth (The Lurker At The Threshold and The Shuttered Room) and Bram Stoker (Dracula’s Guest and The Lair Of The White Worm). All of these authors have strong claims to being a Master of the Macabre: Charles Beaumont wrote many Twilight Zone stories, E F Benson was a wide ranging and versatile author (he also wrote Mapp & Lucia) while the other four authors need no supporting evidence.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A small, overdue, restocking of the Horror subsection, with two H P Lovecraft classics, three Dennis Wheatley shockers and Stephen King’s masterly overview of the Horror genre in Danse Macabre. Lovecraft’s only full-length novel, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is joined by a collection of six of his shorter stories in The Shadow Over Innsmouth. From Dennis Wheatley we have three of his most famous novels: The Devil Rides Out, To the Devil – A Daughter and The Haunting Of Toby Jugg.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: As the title suggests, our publisher of note this time is Belmont, founded in 1960, later subsumed into Tower Comics and hence becoming Belmont Tower. In the two decades of its existence it embraced Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror with a mix of well-known and aspiring authors. We have three Belmont double features (where could they have got that idea from?), Doomsman/Thief Of Thoth (Harlan Ellison/Lin Carter), an unusual combination of Doomsman/Telepower (Harlan Ellison/Lee Hoffman) and A Lamp For Medusa/The Players Of Hell (William Tenn/Dave Van Arnam). Harlan Ellison is also represented by From The Land Of Fear, while Dave Van Arnam’s solo work is Wizard Of Storms. In addition we have The Warriors of Terra (John Faucette), Doomstar (Edmond Hamilton), The Alien (Raymond F Jones) and After Some Tomorrow (Mack Reynolds), all designed to tempt you to the bookshelves.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Robert Bloch’s eponymous title sums it all up: a selection of horror anthologies to entertain and terrify you in equal measure. As well as that, we have Tales of Terror & Suspense (Ed. Stewart Benedict), 4th Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories (Ed. Christine Bernard), Weird Shadows From Beyond (Ed John Carnell), Arthur Conan Doyle’s Ring Of Thoth, Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Of Mystery And Imagination, and the very vintage Pan Tales Of The Supernatural. Great late night reading! Full details of grades and prices, as always, in our catalogue.
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: You may have noticed that the vehicles used by a certain large broadband and entertainment supplier have been given names that include ‘Van’: those spotted so far include Van Helsing, Van Morrison, Vangelis and Marlon Vando (although we think that one’s cheating). We, however content ourselves in horror with just one van, Herbert Van Thal, who edited a vast number of superb Pan horror collections. We have added five more spine-chilling copies including the original collection, The Pan Book Of Horror Stories, its reincarnation as The First Pan Book Of Horror Stories, as well as the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Pan Book Of Horror Stories.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’ve added a selection of helpful books to assist your navigation through the maze of Science Fiction and Horror fiction. Kingsley Amis’ classic review of Science Fiction, New Maps Of Hell is present as well as the Jon Pertwee Book Of Monsters, Monsters Galore (a hideously illustrated guide to witches, warlocks, vampires, ghouls, werewolves and other creatures), Terror By Night (the gruesome truth behind the legends of the monstrous undead) and Lovecraft’s Book (Richard Lupoff), which tells the astounding story of H P Lovecraft and his Nazi connection.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: COWER PUNY MORTALS FOR I AM THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS! Well, strictly speaking, today’s tome is Prince Of Darkness, an anthology of evil edited by Gerald Verner. Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes, and this book will let you face Halloween or any other occult occasion with sang froid rather than your blood running cold. Featuring works by Algernon Blackwood, John Buchan, Margaret Irwin, F G Loring, Cotton Mather (who chronicled the Salem witch trials), Sax Rohmer, Saki, Dorothy L Sayers, Montague Summers and Gerald Verner himself (who also wrote as Donald Stuart) the book covers Witchcults, Satanism, Sorcery and Lycanthropy. This is a very rare edition from 1960 in VG grade at £70.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: As we approach the dread day of All Hallows Eve, we release a rare horror title, The Orgy Of Bubastis. As any fule kno Bubastis (now called Zagazig) is a city in Egypt that was a centre for the worship of the cat-headed goddess of the home, Bast. Many mummified cats have been found within the ancient city. Taking a lax approach to archaelogical and theological accuracy, Derek Hyde-Chambers’ story has a small group of actors reviving the worship of Bast with terrifying results. Featuring the worst example of feline taxidermy ever on the cover, this is the first UK edition of the book in paperback, in FN grade; a rarity at £55.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: During the 1970’s interest in Dracula was rekindled by a newly discovered link between Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker and a plethora of films, notably with Christopher Lee as the Count. Fitting right in to the milieu was the Return Of Dracula series by Robert Lory (officially joining our shelves for the first time, although he also wrote many Expeditor books under the house name of Paul Edwards), featuring the adventures of a (metaphorically) defanged, resurrected Count Dracula. A sliver of stake close to his heart, implanted by a telekinetic paralysed criminologist (who else?), prevented any evil-doing. Today we release the first six of the nine novel series: Dracula Returns, Dracula’s Brothers, Dracula’s Gold, The Drums Of Dracula, The Hand Of Dracula and The Witching Of Dracula. Something to really get your teeth into!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Taking advantage of the extra space on the bookshelves, we have added more than thirty horror titles, many of them anthologies. Authors/editors include Lady Cynthia Asquith, Algernon Blackwood, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, John Burke, R Chetwynd-Hayes (Unbidden), Peter Haining (notably Dr Caligari’s Black Book), Edward D Hoch, Harry Ludlam, Eric Frank Russell (Dark Tides), Kurt Singer and Herbert Van Thal. There are also two listed under No Author, presumably because they are so bloodcurdling that no-one was prepared to admit to them. So as the nights draw in, what better way to spend a long dark evening than enjoying a spine-chilling tale or two?
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Not content with directing some of the most effectively terrifying films, Alfred Hitchcock lent his name to compilations of tales of chilling death in several collections often revealing a penchant for appalling puns. We have a number of books from each of ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents..’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s ..’ series of anthologies, as well as his ‘My Favourites In Suspense 1’. Featuring renowned authors such as Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, John Burke, Ruth Chatterton, Jonathan Craig, Roald Dahl, August Derleth, Hal Ellson, Brett Halliday, Edward D Hoch, James Holding, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber and Arthur Porges and numerous others, you’re guaranteed a spine-tingling time reading these.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the 1970’s Dennis Wheatley (author of To The Devil A Daughter and many more books in a similar vein) assembled a collection of books to act as a guided tour of the worlds of magic and mayhem. We have five books from this Library Of Occult: The Necromancers by R H Benson, The Gap In The Curtain by John Buchan, Down There by J K Huysmans, Voodoo by Alfred Metraux (a factual account, allegedly) and Harry Price Ghost-Hunter by Paul Tabori (a biography). Covering Ghosts, Necromancy, Prescience, Satanism and Voodoo these represent a good start for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of the occult (!).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Two mouth-wateringly rare Hammer Horror books join our shelves today, featuring John Burke’s gruesomely spine-chilling novelisations of classic Hammer films. The elusive Hammer Horror Omnibus features a double double bill: The Curse Of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Gorgon and The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb. The Second Hammer Horror Film Omnibus is even more elusive, but by a spooky twist of fate we have two on offer. This book also features tales from four films: Dracula – Prince Of Darkness, Rasputin – The Mad Monk, The Reptile and finally The Plague Of The Zombies. All are 1st UK PB editions; truly horror to make you drool. Prices reflect their rarity: the first Omnibus is VG at £75; both seconds are GD also at £75 each.