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Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017. Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts.. First Edition. Laminated Boards. New/No Jacket Issued. Illus. by Jim Pitts. 6" x 9". Horror.

$27.77

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017. Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts.. First Edition. Laminated Boards. New/No Jacket Issued. Illus. by Jim Pitts. 6" x 9". Horror.

$27.77

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2017. Brand new copy in fine condition. Contains fourteen of Irvin S. Cobb's darker stories: Fishhead, The Escape of Mr Trimm, The Gallowsmith, Mr Lobel's Apoplexy, The Unbroken Chain, The Second Coming of the First Husband, Masterpiece, January Thaw, Cabbages and Kings, We Can'y All Be Thoroughbreds, Queer Creek, Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker, Balm of Gilead, Faith, Hope, and Charity. It also includes an introduction and a bibliography, plus a frontispiece specially drawn for the edition by the artist Jim Pitts.. First Edition. Laminated Boards. New/No Jacket Issued. Illus. by Jim Pitts. 6" x 9". Horror.

$27.77

Tough Guys

By Adrian Cole

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2016. Fine, as new copy. In stock now, straight from the publisher. Adrian’s latest collection, Tough Guys, contains three previously unpublished novellas and a short. Based on the title theme, these four works are completely different in subject matter and tone. There is, of course, A Nick Nightmare story herein, ‘Wait for the Ricochet’, in which the gumshoe is entrusted to convey a message about “The Malleus Tenebrarum”, a book that names the properties and powers of dark and light, to the Mechanic, one Oil-Gun Eddy... His adversary is the sinister Lucien de Sangreville, plus assorted non-human denizens of the murky lower levels, and his sidekick the sword-wielding business-woman Ariadne Carnadine. In contrast, in ‘If You Don’t Eat Your Meat’ the reader enters a post-apocalyptic world where the very unsavoury Ryan relates his story of rival families and cannibalism. It is gruesome and unflinching horror. In ‘A Smell of Burning’ a hospital patient finds he is having out-of-the-body experiences. On his astral journeys he visits a man recalling his abused childhood and this leads to a shocking revelation... Finally, ‘Not If You Want to Live’ explores the fate of Razorjack, who is a Redeemer, a dead man used by a shady organisation to bring back others from death. An intriguing and engrossing story of love between Razorjack (aka Jack Krane) and mobster’s moll Rebecca Fellini, with science fictional and satanic elements. Contents: Wait for the Ricochet If You Don't Eat Your Meat A Smell of Burning Not If You Want to Live. First. Trade Paperback. Fine. Illus. by Jim Pitts. Horror.

$13.87

Into the Dark

By Andrew Jennings

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2016. As new, fine copy of this novel. In stock now, straight from the publisher. Andrew Jennings' horror crime noir novel Into the Dark is Parallel Universe's nineteenth book. "There's a serial killer at loose in London. Janice, who has a chronic fear of the dark, stumbles into a relationship with the man who may secretly be the murderer. Neither know that in the North of England, in a place previously owned by his dead mother, activities are taking place that may unleash a horror that could spell the end of civilisation in Britain - an ancient evil that would make the activities of any serial killer look like child's play by comparison. Could a psychotic killer be the only man capable of ending this?" . First. Trade Paperback. Fine. Horror.

$13.87

The Lives of the Savages

By Robert Edric

Hornsea, England: PS Publishing, 2010. Fine, unsigned copy. No dust jack as issued. . First. Hard Back. Fine/No Jacket. Horror.

$18.05

Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb

By Irvin S. Cobb

Oswaltwistle Lancashire: Parallel Universe Publications, 2016. As new, fine copy. In stock now, straight from the publisher. During his lifetime Irvin S. Cobb was one of the most celebrated writers in American literature, though nowadays he is almost forgotten, apart perhaps from his Lovecraft connection. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb was born in Paducah, Kentucky on the 23rd June, 1876. His father, unable to cope with the death of his own father, succumbed to alcoholism when Cobb was only sixteen. As a result, Cobb’s education came to an end and he started work, first on the Paducah Daily News, then the Louisville Evening Post. By 1904 Cobb’s career in journalism was doing so well that he moved to New York, where he would go on to spend the rest of his life, starting work at the Evening Sun, though it wasn’t long before an assignment to cover the Russian-Japanese peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire so impressed Joseph Pulitzer that he offered Cobb a job at the New York World, where he became the highest-paid staff reporter in the United States. In 1911 Cobb moved to the Saturday Evening Post. Three years later he was asked to cover the Great War. Amongst the many stories he wrote while there were the exploits of the Harlem Hellfighters, a unit of black American soldiers who had gone on to earn distinction for their courage and discipline, which Cobb celebrated in his book The Glory of the Coming. Besides his prolific work as a journalist, Cobb’s fame largely came from his humorous stories, which were published in the leading magazines of his day, and collected in numerous books during his lifetime. But, though he was best known as a humourist, he did have a darker side, exemplified by the tales collected in this volume. Two of the most famous succeeded in catching the attention of H. P. Lovecraft. It is claimed that Fishhead influenced Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth. And there is certainly no doubt that Lovecraft was favourably impressed with this tale. In his groundbreaking essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft wrote: “Fishhead, an early achievement, is banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake…” The Unbroken Chain gave Lovecraft the key idea behind The Rats in the Walls, though in all other respects the two tales are totally different. Besides writing and journalism, Cobb’s career extended to Hollywood, where legendary director, John Ford, made two films based on his books: Judge Priest (1934) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953). Other films included Peck’s Bad Boy (1921), starring Jackie Coogan, and The Woman Accused (1933), with a young Cary Grant. Cobb also did a stint at acting himself, appearing in ten movies altogether, including Pepper, Everybody’s Old Man (1936), Steamboat Round the Bend (1935) and Hawaii Calls (1938). It’s a sign of the prominence he had achieved that in 1935 he was invited to host the 7th Academy Awards. Other than the tales that inspired Lovecraft, Cobb also wrote some brilliantly dark stories that culminate in a kind of sadistic irony. They are some of the finest conte cruel ever written. Amongst the best of these is the final story in this collection: Faith, Hope, and Charity, whose protagonists, as is often the case in Cobb’s stories, struggle against fates that are not only pre-ordained but are horrendously appropriate! It must be added his hapless victims are far from blameless. What fates await them under Cobb’s pen have most definitely been brought upon them by themselves! Through most of the tales there is a wry sense of humour, so wry, in fact, that it never detracts from the impact at the end; indeed, it often adds to and embellishes it! I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I did and share with me the conviction that it is high time they were revived. Contents are: Fishhead The Escape of Mr. Trimm The Gallowsmith Mr. Lobel's Apoplexy The Unbroken Chain The Second Coming of the First Husband Masterpiece January Thaw Cabbages and Kings We Can't All Be Thoroughbreds Queer Creek Ace, Deuce, Ten Spot, Joker Balm of Gilead Faith, Hope, and Charity. First. Trade Paperback. Fine. Illus. by Jim Pitts. Horror.

$13.87

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The Bone Bed

By Patricia Cornwell

UK: Audiogo, 2012. Complete and unabridged recording of this book, narrated by Lorelei King. 10 x CD. Running time 10 hours 55 minutes. In an as new condition. . Audio Book. Fine. Fine. Crime Fiction.

$13.89

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

UK: Marshall Cavendish, 1992. Fine copy. Colour illustration attached to front covergilt lettering and border to front board and spine, with marbled endpapers.. Hard Back. Fine. Crime - Fiction.

$4.17

The Mortal Sickness: a Lydmoutrh Mystery

By Andrew Taylor

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. 294 pages. Some mild tanning to the pages due to age. . First. Hard Back. Near Fine/Near Fine. Crime - Fiction.

$20.83

Elephants Can Remember

By Agatha Christie

London: The Companion Book Club, 1973. Blue faux leather boards with gilt banding to the spine and corners. Bright gilt title to the spine. 251 clean firm pages. No jacket as published.. Hard Back. Very Good. Crime Fiction.

$2.78

Sleeping Murder - Miss Marple's Last Case

By Agatha Christie

BCA, 1976. Clean blue boards with a gilt title to the spine. 205 pages. The jacket has some edgewear to the top edge and is now protected in removable milar clear book covering.. Hard Back. Good/Good. Crime - Fiction.

$3.12

Father's Music
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Father's Music

By Dermot Bolger (editor) Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'connor, Colm Toibin

Flamingo, 1998. No creases to the covers or to the spine. 388 very tight pages. This book looks to be unread.. Mass Market Paperback. Near Fine. Illus. by Jon Berkeley. Fiction.

$4.86

Super Sleuth ! a Casebook of Crimes to Solve

By Falcon Travis

London: Knight Books, 1982. One crease to the back cover. 128 pages which are browning. Shelf wear. Name to the back page. Reading copy only.. Mass Market Paperback. Poor. Child / Teenage.

$1.74

The Live of the Savages

By Robert Edric

Hornsea, England: PS Publishing, 2010. One minor bump to top of spine, otherwise fine. Unread copy. . First. Pictorial Hard Cover. Near Fine. Crime Fiction.

$16.66

Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg

By H. R. F. Keating

London: Collins Crime Club, 1970. Red boards with a gilt title to the spine. Ex-library copy with library atamps. ffep missing. 221 pages. The jacket is clean with some wear to the top of the spine. Reading copy.. Hard Back. Poor/Fair. Crime Fiction.

$4.17

Get Carter

By Ted Lewis

Alison and Busby, 2013. Michael Caine to front cover. 286 pages.. Mass Market Paperback. Fine - New Book. Crime Fiction.

$4.17

One Last Breath
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One Last Breath

By Stephen Booth

London: Harper Collins A new and unread copy of this book in stock now.. Mass Market Paperback. Fine - New Book. Crime Fiction.

$3.82

The Venice Train

By Georges Simenon (translated By Alastair Hamilton

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1974. An ex-library copy of this book. Withdrawn stamp. ffep missing. tape remains to inner board and lighter to inner back board. Very clean bright blue boards with a gilt title to the spine. 152 pages. The jacket is clean and in good condition as it has been removed from the library plastic cover. Slight 'lean' to the book.. First British. Hard Back. Fair/Good. Illus. by Preman Sotomayer. Fiction.

$16.66

Broken Bodies

By June Hampson

London: Orion, 2007. Very clean black boards with a red title to the spine. 321 pages. The jacket is also very clean. . Hard Back. Very Good/Very Good. Crime Fiction.

$6.94

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