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Stephen Laws – Spectre

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2014

Stephen Laws – Spectre  (NEL, 1994, originally Souvenir, 1986)

Jon Blake

They’d called themselves the Byker Chapter ….

They were inseparable:  six boys and one girl who’d grown up together in the back streets of Newcastle. Now the terraces are long gone, but Richard Eden has his memories – and one special photograph. All that is left of their joy – and betrayal …

Suddenly, impossibly, one by one the images begin to fade, as if his friends had never existed.

Something is stalking the Chapter – closing in for the kill. With each hideous death, another image fades from the photograph. Some spectre from the past, some horror they have unwittingly released, is out there on the darkened streets.Hunting them down.
They can run, but this time there is nowhere they can hide .. .


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Charles L. Grant – In A Dark Dream

Posted by demonik on January 18, 2012

Charles L. Grant – In A Dark Dream   (NEL, 1990: originally TOR, 1989)


`Something bad coming. Something bad … ‘

She huddled, shivering and sobbing against her father.

`Something bad..’

The nightmare she could barely explain.

New England summer. School’s out and the small town waiting for the arrival of the summer people, the cottage owners. The months of swimming in the lake, cookouts, woodsmoke and summer love. The carefree time.

But something bad coming. Something twisted and vile, prefigured in dark, tormented dreams. Evil, tracking and sniffing its way towards them, slithering out of imagination into reality.

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Ghidalia & Elwood – The Venus Factor

Posted by demonik on December 1, 2009

Vic Ghidalia and Roger Elwood (eds.) – The Venus Factor (Nel, 1976. Originally USA, McFadden, 1972: Manor, 1973, 1977)

Cynthia Asquith – “God Grante That She Lye Stille”
Gertrude Atherton – The Foghorn
Agatha Christie – The Last Séance (The Woman Who Stole a Ghost)
Miriam Allen deFord – Against Authority
Zenna Henderson – J-Line to Nowhere
Anne McCaffrey – The Ship Who Disappeared
Rose Sharon [Judith Merril] – The Lady Was a Tramp
C. L. Moore – The Dark Land


A medium evokes a vision so real it threatens her very existence …

A dying woman is snatched into another time dimension ….

A long dead spirit fights to inhabit a living body ….

These are but a few of the chilling and gripping ideas contained in The Venus Factor, an anthology of science fiction stories written about women by some of the top women SF writers.

i’ve had enough arguments for one year, so i’ll leave you to decide for yourselves whether or not the Christie, Asquith and Atherton stories actually constitute “science fiction” ….

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New English Library Gift Pack 1980

Posted by demonik on June 2, 2009

New English Library Gift Pack (1980)

Nel Gift Pack!

Nel Gift Pack!

No I ♥ NEL badge. No Knuckle Girl pin up. No signed photo of The Slime Beast. Not even an empty bottle of Seagrams 100 Pipers. Sadly, you only get what it says on the box.

Thanks to Jerrylad!

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John Farris – The Uninvited

Posted by demonik on June 2, 2009

John Farris – The Uninvited (New English Library, 1984)


Suddenly the man was there, frozen in the pale beam of her headlights. The high white banks of piled snow channelled the car on to him with a sickening, shuddering inevitability. But in the seemingly flash-lit split second of still certainty before impact, two facts registered.

The man was naked. Naked and horribly familiar. She was staring at the stripped, perfect body of her former fiance Ned.

Except that he was dead already. Had been tragically killed in a car crash a full year ago.

At once there came the shock of the impact. An impact that did not wake her from her nightmare, that, instead, drove her and her family deeper into a waking trance of terror.

‘… one of the giants of contemporary psychological horror. The evil in THE UNINVITED is utterly convincing’ – Peter Straub

First Nel edition, 1984

First Nel edition, 1984

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