THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE
SPECTRAL PRESS PRESENTS: SPECTRAL VISIONS II
THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE
BY John L. Probert
“Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago . . . or did he . . .?”
The police in Bristol have been confronted by a series of the most perplexingly elaborate deaths they’ve ever encountered in all their years of murder enquiries. The only thing which connects them is their seemingly random nature and their sheer outrageousness. As Detective Inspector Longdon and his assistant Sergeant Jenny Newham (with the help of pathologist Dr. Richard Patterson) race against time to find the murderer, they eventually realise that the link which connects the killings is even more bizarre than any of them dared to think…
John L. Probert’s latest work is an affectionate, bloodily gruesome and blackly comic tribute and homage to the films of the late actor and horror icon Vincent Price. It’s also a reminder of the Golden Age of horror films of the 60s & 70s, late-night cinema showings and TV horror double bills. Included in the hardback edition is an Appendix, THE NINE FILMS OF DR. VALENTINE, featuring mini-reviews and reminiscences by the author of all the films referenced in the story.
“A fond tribute to Phibesian ghastliness and cinematic theatres of blood. Great fun, and well worth the Price of admission!” – Stephen Volk
“The spirit of Dr Phibes lives on in Probert’s gruesomely comic revenge romp.” – Christopher Fowler
The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine is the second in the new Spectral Visions line of longer works from Spectral Press. The first, Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny, sold out at the publishers very quickly and garnered universal critical praise from readers, reviewers and bloggers alike. John Probert’s novella is set to both maintain the standards set by the British Fantasy Award-nominated Spectral Press and to follow the first novella in flying off the shelves.
John L. Probert is the author of five short story collections, including the award-winning The Faculty of Terror and its follow-up The Catacombs of Fear (both from Gray Friar Press), Coffin Nails (Ash-Tree Press), Against the Darkness (Screaming Dreams) and Wicked Delights (Atomic Fez). Atomic Fez are also publishing his first novel, The House That Death Built, which continues the adventures of his supernatural detective characters Mr Henderson & Miss Jephcott, who first appeared in Against the Darkness. He lives with fellow horror author Thana Niveau in the east wing of a Victorian gothic mansion that they feel should be haunted. Sadly, so far they have yet to see a ghost, but that might be because what goes inside the house is already scary enough. He posts regular movie reviews at his House of Mortal Cinema which can be found at www.johnlprobert.blogspot.co.uk. News of his latest writing projects and an index of all his published work so far can be found at www.johnlprobert.com.
The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, by John L. Probert, wraparound cover by JD Busch. 123pgs (approx). Available in a signed and numbered hardback limited to 100copies worldwide, with full-colour covers, coloured endpapers and silk ribbon bookmarker. It will be available in September 2012.
The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine
Appendix: The Nine Films of Dr. Valentine
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