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Sax Rohmer – Brood of the Witch Queen

Posted by demonik on June 25, 2009

Sax Rohmer – Brood of the Witch Queen [# 41]    (Sphere 1976)


What was Anthony Ferrara doing in a darkened room with a fire burning on a hot summer night? What are the ‘unholy’ things he brought back from a holiday in Egypt? Above all, who is he? Ferrara’s friend Robert Cairn begins to suspect the answers – but the power which confronts him is more terrifying than he could ever have imagined. Long forgotten evil has come out of the darkness.  The smell of it, the chill of it, hang menacingly in the air.

Thanks to Nightreader for the cover scan and blurb.

Brood of the Witch Queen is Volume 41 in the Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult

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Guy N. Smith – The Camp

Posted by demonik on June 18, 2009

Guy N. Smith – The Camp (Sphere, 1989)

Les Edwards

Les Edwards

Hi De Hi! meets James Herbert’s The Fog as blissfully unsuspecting holiday campers are used as guinea pigs for the new C551 drug and take to butchering one another in their chalets.

“A bit far fetched, even by GNS standards. A holiday camp becomes the site of bizarre mind control experiments”  concludes Vault’s tame GNS authority, funkdooby.

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Owen West – The Funhouse

Posted by demonik on June 15, 2009

Owen West [Dean R. Koontz] – The Funhouse (Sphere, 1981)



For twenty-five years it grew in the shadows—tonight it waits for Amy in …  THE FUNHOUSE

A novel by Owen West based on a screenplay by Larry Block

Tonight Amy and her friends are spending the night at the carnival. And whilst they enjoy all the fun of the fair they will visit the funhouse, a place for gondola rides, gory delights and midnight terror.

But there is unspeakable Evil waiting for Amy in the dark labyrinths of the funhouse, a secret Evil that began twenty-five years ago, when a lonely woman destroyed her monstrous offspring, and a violently disturbed man vowed to exact his terrible revenge.

Now it’s Amy’s turn to keep her date with horror  as she enters the funhouse – for A CARNIVAL OF TERROR!

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Marc Alexander – Haunted Houses You May Visit

Posted by demonik on June 15, 2009

Marc Alexander – Haunted Houses You May Visit: A Ghostly Guide To Britain’s Haunted Stately Homes (Sphere, 1982)



Spectral figures, screaming skulls, gliding monks and white ladies – phantom harbingers of doom, avengers of past misdeeds and innocent victims … the whole spectrum of supernatural phenomenon is contained within the precincts of Britain’s stately homes.

Sandford Orcas in Dorset with its fourteen ghosts, including the stinking man, the wicked priest and the screamer … Glamis Castle with its white lady and bloody history … the four Royal ghosts of Windsor …

HAUNTED HOUSES YOU MAY VISIT details the ghostly manifestations in historic houses open to the public – we can’t guarantee that you’ll see a ghost, but at least you’ll know where to look!

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Guy Lyon Playfair – This House Is Haunted

Posted by demonik on June 15, 2009

Guy Lyon Playfair – This House Is Haunted (Sphere, 1981)





In 1977 life as the Harpers had known it came rapidly to an end. For their Enfield home was visited by a wilfully destructive poltergeist. Chairs were thrown and bricks hurled at visitors to the house. Bedclothes were removed, cutlery and metal fittings bent and twisted, writing mysteriously appeared on the walls and even the Harpers’ teenage daughter achieved the amazing feat of levitation. And through this ordeal Mrs Harper and her family, though often frightened and worried, were firmly rationale as mediums, ghost-hunters and the Press invaded their home.

One year later the family were experts on psychic-phenomena. For the ghost was captured on tape and film by Maurice Grosse of the Society for Psychical Research and writer Guy Lyon Playfair. More compellingly vivid than any fiction, this extraordinary story was happening here in Britain, persuading even the most case-hardened sceptic to believe that THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED

“an extraordinary book of dedicated documentation” – Daily Express

“Gripping account of astonishing paranormal activities … backed by some impressive photographs” – Now!

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