Category Archives: Mystery/thriller

Basil Copper’s The Black Death

Ever since reading author Basil Copper’s The Great White Space (1974) and Necropolis (1980), both of which were recently reprinted by Valancourt Books, I’ve been binge-reading the works of Basil Copper.  I’ve read two of his short story collections so … Continue reading

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Basil Copper’s “Necropolis” and “Into the Silence”

Thanks to a busy workload over the past few months, I’m way behind in my blogging on a variety of topics!  I thought I’d start catching up first on my backlog of weird fiction, as I’ve been reading an immense … Continue reading

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Ted Kosmatka’s Prophet of Bones

Sometimes a book comes out with an idea so compelling and intriguing and yet so simple that I wonder to myself why someone didn’t think of it ages ago!  Such is the case when I first learned about Ted Kosmatka’s … Continue reading

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J.B. Priestley’s Benighted

Valancourt Books, traditionally specializing in fiction of Edwardian era and older, has recently started printing new editions of excellent but forgotten 20th century novels.  I, of course, have written introductions for a number of the books of John Blackburn (Bury … Continue reading

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The Club Dumas, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

For reasons that I never quite understand, some books that I purchase end up sitting on my shelf, unread, for months or even years.  Typically, when I come back to read them, I end up mentally kicking myself for avoiding … Continue reading

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A. Merritt’s Seven Footprints to Satan

Abraham Grace Merritt (1884-1943) was an author with an vivid and bizarre imagination!  Among his surreal fiction stories one can find a hive-like race of metal, electrically powered geometric shapes (The Metal Monster, 1920), a colossal stone face dripping tears … Continue reading

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Richard Marsh’s The Complete Adventures of Judith Lee

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the work of Richard Marsh (1857-1915), who was an incredibly successful author of mystery, horror, and generally weird fiction in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.  Marsh was famous in his own … Continue reading

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“The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The War of the Worlds”, by Manly and Wade Wellman

These days, there are countless “mashups” in fiction, in which two or more disparate genres, characters or series are brought together or into conflict.  We’ve seen werewolves versus vampires, such as in the Underworld series of films; we’ve also seen … Continue reading

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Marie Corelli’s Vendetta

Marie Corelli (1855-1924) is another of those curious set of authors whose work was stunningly successful during their lifetime but is virtually unknown today. This neglect is often independent of the quality of the writing: Richard Marsh, another Victorian/Edwardian era … Continue reading

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Richard Marsh’s The Goddess: A Demon (Valancourt edition)

With the release of the Valancourt edition of Richard Marsh’s The Goddess: A Demon, I thought I’d repost my earlier review of the book, with some modifications specific to this edition. I’ve read a lot of the books of Richard … Continue reading

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