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Richard Bachman – The Long Walk

Posted by demonik on April 8, 2012

Richard Bachman – The Long Walk    (NEL, Sept. 1989)

Cover: Gerald Grace

In the America of the not-too-distant future, authority wears a uniform and stands above the law.

The nation’s top sports event is a 450-mile marathon walk, a gruelling road race for the fittest young men in the land, a terror trek where a single wrong slip is probably the last.

Victory means fortune and fame. There’s only one winner and there are no losers.

Tomorrow’s world is a place where failure is against the rules.

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Phil Smith – The Incredible Melting Man

Posted by demonik on July 14, 2009

Phil Smith – The Incredible Melting Man (Nel, 1978)

Incredible Melting Man


Three astronauts had returned safely from the Mars landing. Two were dead and Steve West was on the run.

On the run from the quarantine hospital which had been treating him … from the authorities who had to conceal his escape at all costs … from his friend Ted Nelson … and from the dreadful organism which had taken possession of his flesh, turning him into a fiendish nightmare but leaving his mind intact to cringe from the murderous horror he had become.

“What unearthly offspring would grow from the jelly that was once his friend?”

An outrageous rip off of The First Man In Space via Quatermass. Steve West, the “jelly” in question, brutally destroys a nurse and flees the hospital so that he can turn to sludge in peace. Since his exposure to whatever radiation it was that has poisoned his cells, he’s developed a taste for human flesh and blood (unfortunate for him but very rewarding for us) and roams the woods killing people and leaving pools of mucous everywhere.

Naturally, General Parry over at Houston doesn’t want a word of this to come out as “Nothing must interfere with the next phase of the programme”, so Dr. Nelson is ordered to find his friend and return him to the Hospital without anybody finding out that the psycho-killer is not only a blob of slime but … their astronaut.

Joe Petagno

Joe Petagno

Thanks to Steve Goodwin for the cover scan (1978 edition: above)

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A. V. Sellwood – Children Of The Damned

Posted by demonik on May 23, 2009

A. V. Sellwood – Children Of The Damned (Four Square, 1963)

Children Of The Damned

Children Of The Damned

Where did they come from …. who gave them human form …. These strange children with their fantastic powers?

Of additional epic appeal to Vault’s black magic paperbacks corps due to the author’s collaberation with Peter Haining on the latter’s first published book, the much loved Devil Worship In Britain (Corgi, 1963).

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Christopher Hodder-Williams – Panic O’Clock

Posted by demonik on May 20, 2009

Christopher Hodder-Williams – Panic  O’Clock (New English Library, 1973)

Lucinda Cowell

Lucinda Cowell


Diana Keeling is a woman who faces the world with practised equanimity, acting out the role of wife and mother on her neat estate to perfection. Then one day a cryptic, desperately urgent telephone call from her husband breaks the tenuous bubble of normality and the panic has begun…
Like lemmings the victims hurtle to their deaths; the situation is one which today belongs to science fiction, but a madness, a topple into darkness could bring a situation of panic such as this into reality tomorrow.

Christopher Hodder Williams is an accomplished writer who cleverly blends fact and fantasy into a book which is compulsively readable-and very frightening.

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Larry Miller – Inseminoid

Posted by demonik on May 16, 2009

Larry Miller – Inseminoid (Nel, 1981)




Man had landed on the planet before: a fruitless, expensive fiasco of an expedition. Then, fifty years later a smaller but disastrous landing had left two men horribly and unexplainedly dead.

Now a third attempt had so far found nothing but a silent, lifeless world. Until they broke open the underground chamber and discovered in the most vile way imaginable that the planet was not quite dead. That a sleeping life had been waiting for millennia, needing only a chance to breed before escaping to spread like a foul, devouring disease into the lifeblood of the universe.
And to breed it needed the bodies of those who had disturbed it.

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