Gracious! Will this praise for authors never cease? One would actually have to admit that the writers are as good in others’ eyes as they are in our own! Behold, another review from the pages of Publishers Weekly of a book being published by Atomic Fez, this one being Wicked Delights by John Llewellyn Probert!
Wicked Delights John Llewellyn Probert. Atomic Fez (www.atomicfez.com), $39.99 (352p) ISBN 978−0−9811597−2−0
Prolific horror writer Probert (“The Faculty of Terror”) offers up 18 gruesome, unsettling, and often unnervingly funny tales in his wide-ranging fifth short story collection. In “At Midnight, I Will Steal Your Soul,” a terrifying choir rehearsal in a haunted asylum leads an anxiety-plagued woman to a profound realization. “Two for Dinner” is a heart-pounding tribute to revenge horror films with a gleefully disturbing punch line. “The Mirror of Tears” is a haunting family drama about childhood terror and the sometimes damaging power of love. Vividly creepy images — the pages of a cookbook sucking on a child like leeches, an entire company being reduced to a sculpture of body parts as part of a corporate takeover — are all the more compelling when rendered in Probert’s breezy style. An illuminating and frequently hilarious afterword ends the collection on a gentle note. (Apr.)
To read the original, head to this spot in those intar-webs: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6717768.html?industryid=47159#SF/Fantasy/Horror. A bit of a long one, granted, but that’s why it’s a live link.
The delightfully wicked Mr Probert wields his prose like a scalpel. His imagination is impressively warped and gruesome, and yet his tales have an unrepentantly English reticence. There’s dark humour here, and unexpected poignancy — indeed, the book is as full of surprises as the man himself. Horror is lucky to have him.
–Ramsey Campbell (author of “Just Behind You” and “Creatures of the Pool”)
Goodness me. So much love for just one book. It makes you want to buy one for yourself, doesn’t it? Here’s a good link for you, then.