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‘Alfred Hitchcock’ – This One Will Kill You

Posted by demonik on October 19, 2011

‘Alfred Hitchcock’ (ed.) – This One Will Kill You   (NEL 1972: originally Dell, 1969)

Jonathan Craig – Six Skinny Coffins
Richard Deming – Clock Is Cuckoo
Jack Ritchie – Plan 19
James Holding – Misopedist
John Lutz – Fair shake
Henry Slesar – Item
Ed Lacy – Curtain Speech
Richard Hardwick – His Brother’s Caper
Robert Edmond Alter – Shunned House
C.B. Gilford – Don’t Call It Murder
Michael Brett – Comfort, In A Land Of Strangers
Hal Ellson – Where Credit Is Due
Fletcher Flora – Variations On An Episode
Robert Colby – Voice In The Night

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Alfred Hitchcock – The Graveyard Man

Posted by demonik on August 16, 2010

Alfred Hitchcock – The Graveyard Man (NEL, October 1968)

hitch graveyardman


Josh Kirby

C. B. Gilford – The Cemetery Man
Clark Howard – Spook House
W. Sherwood Harman – Poltergeist
Robert Bloch – A Killing In The Market
C. B. Gilford – Never Marry A Witch
Avram Davidson – A Shot From The Dark Night
Henry Slesar – Murder Delayed
Lawrence Treat – Shoot A Friendly Bullet
William Link & Richard Levinson – The Man In The Lobby
Robert Edmon Alter – The Shunned House

“Some of the best and most eerie story material in the world can be found in the locale where I am pictured on the cover.’
So writes Alfred Hitchcock, King of Chills and Master of the Macabre, in the introduction to this latest unholy collection of tales.
And he backs up his claim by presenting herein for your delectation stories by such literary ghouls as

Robert Bloch
Avram Davidson
Lawrence Treat
Henry Slesar
and many more.
We suggest you check on your nerves before ven­turing into this domain of death.

At 96 pages all in, minimalist even by NEL standards and doubtless much of the material is more crime than horror-supernatural orientated, though where there are titles like The Cemetery Man and Poltergeist there is hope. i’ve heard only good things about Carney Kill author Robert Edmon Alter’s haunted house story and Clark Howard wrote the occasional horror short including the ghoulish The Keeper Of The Crypt, which enlivened a summer of love issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Columbo co-creators Link & Levinson contributed a minor ‘when seafood attacks’ effort to Fred Pickersgill’s And Graves Give Up Their Dead. Bloch’s is only one of three stories i didn’t write up from his Fear & Trembling collection, meaning it was either too complex or routine for me to desecrate.

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interzone books @ Type

Posted by demonik on July 25, 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,
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.

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David Garner – This Fell Sergeant

Posted by demonik on October 16, 2009


Lucinda Cowell

David Garner – This Fell Sergeant (NEL 1974)


Gordon Summers ran a very respectable security form – or so it seemed. In reality he was the toughest hood in London. Intelligent, capable and highly sexed he manipulated people as he pleased – his price for betrayal was death. And Summers liked to kill. But his organization had one weak link, his slow-witted brother Maurice. And because Maurice made one small, very stupid mistake, Summers was able to do all the killing he liked – only this time it was in order to save his own skin.

Ok, so This Fell Sergeant isn’t strictly horror fiction either, but it’s been the cause of much excitement since friend H. P. Saucecraft first introduced it to on the Vault forum, and that due in no small part to Lucinda Cowell’s striking (not to mention a little daring!) artwork. We like Lucinda’s stuff!

Thanks to H. P. Saucecraft for posting the cover and Franklin ‘Master of the Macabre’ Marsh for saving me the job of transcribing the blurb!

see also the This Fell Sergeant thread on the Vault Forum. Now includes Vault roving reporter Franklin Marsh’s exclusive interview with Lucinda Cowell!

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Michael Slade – Ripper

Posted by demonik on June 14, 2009

Michael Slade – Ripper (New English Library, 1995)

Chris Moore

Chris Moore


Who would slash the body to shreds, then rip the face off America’s foremost feminist – and hang her out to die?
Who would take a pair of twin hookers on a terror trip that made death seem innocent and sweet?
Who would turn a secluded island gathering of bright and beautiful people into a carnival of carnage?
What grim and grisly figure stood, dripping knife in hand, at the end of the most horrifying trail of death and deception Detectives Robert DeClercq and Zinc Chandler ever followed/

A lot of people were dying to find out …

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