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Martin Noble – Bloodbath At The House Of Death

Posted by demonik on February 29, 2008

Martin Noble – Bloodbath At The House Of Death (Star, 1984)

bloodbath at the house of death

There is a curse on Headstone Manor – and a team of top scientists have arrived to investigate the phenomenon. But they will shortly be engulfed in a deluge of terror. For tonight is the Night of Blood – ringed in rhesus negative on the calendar of fear. The night when the Sinister Man will lead the locals in a ceremony to herald the return of THE MASTER. Can you take the Bloodbath? Or will you too die laughing?

Thanks to Franklin Marsh of Vault of Evil for the cover scan!


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The Gordons – Experiment In Terror

Posted by demonik on February 29, 2008

The Gordons – Experiment In Terror (Corgi, 1962)

Experiment In Terror

As she got into the car, a strong, gloved hand slipped about her neck. A man’s voice said: “I’m not going to harm you. I just want to talk. Just sit where you are, but don’t try anything. I’ve got a gun on you – and they say I’ve got a trigger temper when I’m crossed.”

She tried to see his face in the rear-view mirror, but it was dark in the garage with the doors closed.

“What do you want?” she asked, her throat dry.

“You, Miss Sherwood. You.”

Experiment In Terror is now filmed, starring Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. A Geoffrey-Kate production for Columbia Pictures. Produced and directed by Blake Edwards.  

The work of Mildred Gordon and the splendidly named Gordon Gorden. Originally published by MacDonald as Operation Terror the previous year.

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Delos W. Lovelace – King Kong

Posted by demonik on February 29, 2008

Delos W. Lovelace – King Kong (Gollancz, 2005: originally Grosset & Dunlop, 1932)


King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World!

King Kong, the world-famous story of a beauty and a beast, conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, is one of the best-loved films of all time. The original novelization by Delos W. Lovelace is an enduring classic of fantasy fiction, taking us from the seething jungles of Skull Island, a land forgotten by time and civilisation, to the skyscrapers of teeming New York City.

King Kong: taller than a 5-storey building, able to crush an aeroplane with his bare hand, ruler of a lost empire of prehistoric monsters .. .

King Kong: the giant killer ape who falls in love with a blonde waif and makes her the prisoner of his strange passion .. .

King Kong: the giant ape who inspires terror and awe as he is caught in a tragic love story of gargantuan proportions .. .

King Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World: a story you will never forget!

It will have to wait its turn, but I was pleased to find this in the Spitalfields Crypt charity shop today, ‘specially as I was unaware of its existence. Lovelace’s novelisation of the original King Kong, given a welcome reissue to tie in with the Peter Jackson remake. There’s an afterword by Stephen Jones: The Eighth Wonder Of The World.

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