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Anthony Boucher – The Compleat Werewolf

Posted by demonik on November 19, 2009

Anthony Boucher – The Compleat Werewolf & Other Tales Of Science Fiction (Sphere, 1971: Originally W. H. Allen, 1970)

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The Compleat Werewolf
The Pink Caterpillar
Q.U.R
ROBINC
Snulbug
Mr. Lupsecu
They Bite
Expedition
We Print The Truth
The Ghost of Me

Blurb:

A splendid collection of short stories that include amongst their subjects…

Werewolves
Demons
Dopplegangers
Androids
Aliens

And other delights for the reader who dares to dabble in the rich world of Anthony Boucher’s imagination.

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Basil Copper – Here Be Daemons

Posted by demonik on June 6, 2009

Basil Copper – Here Be Daemons (Sphere, 1978)

 

Old Mrs. Cartwright
The Knocker At The Portico
The Way The World Died
The Second Passenger
The Treasure Of Our Lady
Justice At The Crossroads
Mrs. Van Donk
The Trodes
The Great Vore

Black Magic novella The Great Vore is arguably the stand-out of this, Copper’s fifth collection. Revenge At The Crossroads sees a stranger fall foul of superstitious villagers when they mistake him for a vampire. The Second Passenger, and a murderer is pursued by the rotting corpse of his victim – hardly original, but one of the best stories of its kind.

Thanks to H. P. Saucecraft for providing the cover scan

See also Here Be Daemons thread on Vault Of Evil

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Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 4

Posted by demonik on June 5, 2009

Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 4 (Sphere, 1985)

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Blurb:

In volume IV of Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, five more marrow-curdling excursions beyond the pale:

THE BODY POLITIC
What happens when we lose control of our own hands? Murder, murder and more murder.

THE INHUMAN CONDITION
The knots were tied by a master, to bind monsters. Not that Karney knew that when he started to untie them …

REVELATIONS
Twenty-five years ago the Motel became known as The Slaughterhouse of Love. Tonight’s guests are about to find out why.

DOWN, SATAN!
Gregorius spent his fortune building a Hell on Earth. But every Hell needs its Fallen Angel …

THE AGE OF DESIRE
The aphrodisiac worked beyond its makers’ wildest dreams. Now their guinea-pig’s in heat… and Death is just another one night stand.

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Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 3

Posted by demonik on June 5, 2009

Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 3 (Sphere, 1984)

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Blurb:

Another five stories to take you to the brink, in the third volume of Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood ….

Son Of Celluloid:
There’s something haunting the old cinema. Something that gives you a taste of stardom … then sucks out your eyes!

Rawhead Rex:
The ultimate monster is on the loose, with a hunger that won’t be satisfied this side of Hell.

Confessions Of A Pornographer’s Shroud
When the Porn Kings tortured Ronnie Glass to death they didn’t believe in Resurrection. They do now.

Scapegoats:
Four lost people on a lost island, with the dead calling from the sea…

Human Remains:
Gavin was a whore, happy to sell his body for hard cash. Until he met the creature that wanted to own his flesh forever.

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Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 2

Posted by demonik on June 5, 2009

Clive Barker – Books Of Blood Volume 2 (Sphere, 1984)

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Cover illustration by Clive Barker

Blurb:

In the second volume of Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, five more tales of mind-shaking terror ….

DREAD
One man’s obsession with fear drives his victims one step beyond sanity, to unspeakable slaughter.

HELL’S EVENT
The race is on. And the Devil will take the hindmost

JACQUELINE ESS: HER WILL AND TESTAMENT
A story of sex and power, and the bloodbath that awaits us at the limits of desire…

THE SKINS OF THE FATHERS
Once, they had fattened a human child, these monsters from beneath the desert. Now they want him back…

NEW MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE
History is about to repeat itself in Poe’s notorious street, as old horrors return to shed new blood!

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