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  • Writer's pictureColin Durrant

Vintage Horror Covers

I LOVE HORROR, books movies and well… that’s about it really or else it could start getting a little weird. I grew up reading the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker, finding myself drawn into the morbidity and darkness of the characters. But, even as a child, too young to be reading horror, I touched a little on HP Lovecraft and Dennis Wheatley and Pan Books of Horror, glimpsing hellish imagery of fangs, claws, mouths agape in silent screams and strange, surreal artwok that inspired both wonder and fear, sneaking of to those forbidden areas of my local library when my parents’ backs were turned.

The Devil Rides Out was published in 1934 story written by Dennis Wheatley. As with most of his stories, if focusses on the occult and black magic. The Duke de Richailu, Rex van Ryn, Simon Aaron and Richard Eaton are some the key chracaters and appear in a series of novels by the author. The book was made into a film by Hammer Film Productions in 1968. I love the Hammer House of Horror productions. Christopher Lee, Peter Cousion, Vincent Price. Can’t beat it.

“...age-old evil, tireless and vigilant, cloaked from the masses by modern skepticism, yet still a potent force stalking the dark ways of the night.”

A Hound of Tindalos is a fictional creature created by Frank Belknap Long and later incorporated into the Cthulhu Mythos when it was codified by August Derleth. They first appeared in Long's short story "The Hounds of Tindalos", first published in the March 1929 issue of Weird Tales Lovecraft mentions the creatures in his short story "The Whisper in Darkness" (1931).

The Woman Next Door I think was first published in 1981. Terrance Michael Wright is known as a writer of horror fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry. He has written over 25 novels, novellas, and short stories over the last 40 years.

Christine Bennet has everything: beauty, a loving husband, a new home of her own -- everything but the use of her legs...

KILLER JELLY FISH ATTACK ENGLAND. The story focuses on an actor, the journalist he's having an affair with, and his estranged cheating wife as they're all affected by the jellyfish invasion. They begin by attacking those in the water offshore before starting to move inland, in rivers and ponds, before slowly creeping on land. First published 1984.

Ghost Story is a horror novel by American writer Peter Straub. It was published on January 1, 1979. The book was adapted into a film by the same name in 1981, minus the novel's fifth protagonist character, Lewis Benedikt.

The novel was a milestone in Straub's career. His earlier books had achieved a limited amount of critical and commercial success, but Ghost Story became a national bestseller and solidified the author's reputation.

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