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Stephen King – ‘Salem’s Lot (NEL, Feb 1977)

Posted by demonik on April 14, 2014

Stephen King – ‘Salem’s Lot   (NEL, Feb 1977)

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Blurb

‘If’ novels were awarded certificates like films, this one would get a triple- ‘H” for horror. Philip Steele,THE SUN

Almost overnight, the population of ‘Salem’s Lot has gone from 1319 to nothing. At least, to nothing human.

Thousands of miles from the small New England town of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people still share the secrets of those clap­board houses and tree-lined streets. One is an eleven-year-old boy who never speaks. Only his eyes betray the grotesque events he has witnessed. The other is a man with recurring nightmares of a placid little township trans­formed into a tableau of unrelenting horror, a man who know s that soon he and the boy must return to Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on there.

By the author of the great best-seller, CARRIE, and the forthcoming master­piece, THE SHINING.

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Louis Cooper – In Memory of Sarah Bailey

Posted by demonik on June 4, 2009

Louis Cooper – In Memory of Sarah Bailey (New English Library, 1977)

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Blurb:

The white, ghastly face staring from the garden was unmistakably Sarah Bailey’s. And Sarah had been killed a month ago.

When Keith Sharwood tried to exorcise what he believed to be a ghost he found himself up against the one thing in the world of the supernatural that could truly terrify him — for Sarah carried the mark of the vampire.

Keith knew what it was to be cursed with the mark, and he had been desperately trying to forget the nightmare of his own experiences. But now it seemed that his only hope of destroying the power that had brought Sarah back from the dead was to fight fire with fire.

Thanks to Steve Goodwin for the cover scan and blurb.

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McNally & Florescu – In Search Of Dracula

Posted by demonik on May 28, 2009

Raymond T. McNally & Radu Florescu – In Search Of Dracula: A True History Of Dracula And Vampire Legends (Nel-Mentor, 1975)

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Back cover blurb

” — there are such things as vampires; some of us have evidence that they exist.” So wrote Bram Stoker in his now famous horror novel Dracula. This was the first work of fiction to pick up on the centuries-old legends of vampires and transform that incarnate Prince of Evil, Count Dracula, into a ‘hero’ of novels, plays and particularly, films.
The two researchers, McNally and Florescu, have delved through the layers of legend and myth to the origins of the legend, to Vlad Dracul, a 15th century nobleman of Wallachia, nicknamed ‘the Impaler because of his delight in impaling his enemies, alive, on wooden stakes.
The authors trace the intertwined reality and myth to the twentieth century cult, revealing much that is fascinating, much that is truly horrific.

The source for many horror novels (notably Peter Tremayne’s Dracula Unborn), this is a well regarded study of Vlad the Impaler, the ‘real’ Dracula, which includes translations of several 15th Century documents and purports to tell the story of Vlad the Impaler. Also includes a 16 page photo spread and handy checklist of Countess Bathory, Stoker and Dracula in film and literature.

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Robert Lory – The Drums Of Dracula

Posted by demonik on May 23, 2009

Robert Lory – The Drums Of Dracula (NEL, Feb. 1976)

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Robert Lory - The Drums Of Dracula

Blurb:

Jenny Harmon, Professor Harmon’s young niece, is staying in Jamaica to study the mysterious and infamous cult of voodoo. But her investigations anger the hostile followers of the forbidden religion. She is kidnapped — and a ransom note is delivered to her uncle demanding $500,000 or she will die screaming!

Only a power of greater evil than those of the voodoo witchdoctors and their terrible zombie slaves can save young Jenny. Dr Harmon is forced once again to turn to Count Dracula for aid — the most dreaded creature of the night, the greatest vampire of all, whom Dr Harmon has resurrected through his great knowledge.

A violent battle for supremacy is played out against the throbbing of voodoo drums and the dark Caribbean night.

Review by Franklin Marsh:

We’re off to Jamaica for some voodoo in this one. Sound ridiculous? It is but Lory somehow keeps it compelling. Just like the Hammer Draculas you wish the Count had more …er…page time. Lory is on top form whenever the Lord of the Vampires is around. He’s used sparingly though but to very good effect. Our heroine Jenny arrives on the island, upsets the locals within minutes, changes into a skimpy bathing costume, is caught by the voodooists and chained up naked. You can’t ask for much more than this. Lory deflects accusations of sexism by having Cam captured and chained up naked too. At last – equality in exploitation! Tops for atmosphere and zips along faster than you can query any plot holes. Dracula may be on the side of the good guys but he still exudes evil given a chance.


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Raymond T. McNally – A Clutch of Vampires

Posted by demonik on September 21, 2007

Raymond T. McNally (ed.) – A Clutch of Vampires (NEL, 1974)

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Introduction – Raymond T. McNally

Phlegon of Tralles – Philinnion
Philostratus – Menippus And Apollonius
Jan Jacob Maria de Groot – A Chinese Vampire
Walter Map – Vampire In A Knight’s Household
William Of Newburgh – Two Twelfth Century Vampires
Henry More – Sixteenth Century Vampire In Silisia
Erasmus Franciscus – Seventeenth-Century Vampire In An Austrian Province
Augustin Calmet – An Eighteenth-Century Look At Vampires
Letter by an Austrian Imperial Army Officer – Hungarian Antidote Against Vampires
John Polidori – The Vampyre
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Augustus Hare – Croglin Grange Vampire
New york World – Vampires In And Near Newport, Rhode Island
William Seabrook – Vampire From Brooklyn, N.Y.
Montague Summers – Vampires In Modern Greece
W. R. S. Ralston – A Russian Vampire
Madame Blavatsky – Another Russian Vampire
Ion Creanga & The Institute of Folklore, Bucharest – Five Romanian Vampires
Lawrence Durrell – Vampire In Venice
Robert Bloch – The Living Dead
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Drifting Snow
Richard Matheson – Drink My Red Blood
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Montague Summers – are Vampires Less Frequent Today?
Raymond T. McNally – A Contemporary Romanian Vampire

An unusual collection spanning fact, “fact”, folklore and out and out fiction, with many of the stories familiar from Peter Haining’s The Midnight People rubbing shoulders with Henry More, Augustin Calmet, Montague Summers and Philostratus.

It concludes with McNally telling us of his recent visit to Romania and an episode he witnessed at the funeral of a young girl who’d died by her own hand …

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