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Archive for September, 2007

Dave Stern – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Posted by demonik on September 25, 2007

Dave Stern – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Pocket, June 2001)

Tomb Raider

Based on the screenplay written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman and Simon West.

The Power

An ancient relic called the All Seeing Eye that grants the owner the ultimate power in the universe. A power so immense that those who possess it could rule the world.

The Illuminati

A secret brotherhood hell-bent on finding the All Seeing Eye and taking over the world. A sinister band of men who will stop at nothing to fulfill their diabolical plot.

The hero

Lara Croft! The greatest tomb-raiding high-flying adventurer of all time, who just happens to hold the key to finding the All Seeing Eye

Through the living jungles of Cambodia to the frozen wastelands of Siberia, Lara Croft takes you on her greatest adventure.

The clock is ticking and time is running out …


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William Pattrick – Duel

Posted by demonik on September 10, 2007

William Pattrick (ed) – Duel: Horror Stories Of The Road (W. H. Allen, 1987: Star, 1987)


William Pattrick – Introduction

William Le Quex – The Car With The Green Lights
E. F. Benson – The Dust-Cloud
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – How It Happened
Archie Binns – The Last Trip
Elizabeth Bowen – The Demon Lover
H. R. Wakefield – Jay Walkers
Betsy Emmons – The Ghost Of The Model T
Ken Batten – The Ghost Car
L. T.C. Rolt – New Corner
William F. Nolan – “Just Like Wild Bob”
Charles Beaumont – Autosuggestion
Richard Matheson – Duel
Jack Finney – Second Chance
Stephen King – Trucks
Roald Dahl – The Hitch-Hiker

First published as a short story in “Playboy” magazine, adapted by the screen by the author, Richard Matheson, and made into a film directed by a young man with a great future – Stephen Spielberg. Long out of print, it is published here for the first time in an anthology.

This unique collection also features the work of some of the finest horror writers of all time ….

“William Pattrick” is a pseudonym of Peter Haining.

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Gaston LeRoux – The Phantom Of The Opera

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

 Gaston LeRoux – The Phantom Of The Opera (W. H. Allen, 1985)

 Phantom Of The Opera

The story of the Phantom of the Opera, a half-crazed musician hiding in the labyrinth of the famous Paris Opera House and creating a number of strange and mysterious events to further the career of a beautiful young singer, is today regarded as one of the most famous of all horror stories: widely mentioned in the same breath as Frankenstein and Dracula. Yet the fame of this novel, first written by the French journalist turned novelist Gaston Leroux, in 1911, is based almost entirely on the various film versions which have been made over the years. Remarkable performances by two actors, Lon Chaney and Claude Rains, helped to make the Phantom an immortal figure. The original book, however, has been largely ignored, rarely in print, and the first edition (in either French or English) is now a collector’s item.

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the story, this new edition of the book is appearing complete with a Foreword by leading horror expert Peter Haining. In this extensive essay, he traces the history of the Phantom of the Opera — its basis in fact, the poor reception of the novel, but its astonishing success in the cinema. He also describes the larger-than-life character of Gaston Leroux and notes how the figure of the Phantom has become so familiar that it is even used by the media when describing terrible theatre tragedies. The book is also enlivened by some sketches and illustrations.

This edition of the classic horror story also has a special Appendix in which the Phantom is linked with that great detective of the same period — Sherlock Holmes. The speculation concerning these two makes this volume a must for all Sherlockians.

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Peter Saxon – Corruption

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Peter Saxon – Corruption (Sphere, 1968)


Where will the bodies turn up next?

A brilliant surgeon becomes a multiple killer … to preserve the beauty of the woman he loves.

Himself responsible for the accident which disfigures her, Sir John Rowan performs a brilliant operation to restore Lynn’s horribly scarred face.

But the effects are short lived.

Spurred by his infatuation for her, he is forced to repeat in secret the dangerous but vital operation on Lynn’s face.

And each time he operates, a woman is found murdered … and disfigured.

Thanks to Andy (nightreader) of Vault for yet another brilliant scan.

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