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RAMSEY CAMPBELL, PROBABLY, originally published by PS back in 2002 (and subsequently as a DIP trade paperback in 2015) since which time the author has expanded some of the essays, added others and generally tinkered around with the running order . . . as is his wont. Thus the original 140,000-or-so words compiled from Ramsey’s non-fiction of three decades have been considerably (and entertainingly) expanded to represent getting on for a full half-a-century of Campbelliana now well in excess of 150,000 words.
The subjects range from the perils of authorship to the delights of amateur fiction and film, from drugs to nightmares, from the Highgate Vampire to the Dracula Society’s marching song. Friends are remembered and so is Mary Whitehouse. A seminal study of schoolgirl spanking is brought up to date. Many thoughts on the history of horror fiction are included. And, at last, it is revealed why Harlan Ellison® is responsible.
May the reader variously laugh, weep, ponder, disagree and turn uneasily in bed. Time for another taster—boy, we really do spoil you folks!
RAMSEY CAMPBELL, CERTAINLY collects the crop of the author’s columns and essays from the last twenty years. Censorship is confronted, whether in Charles Platt’s notorious novel or a disciplinary memoir. Standards of horror are upheld, and the uncanny is acclaimed. Fun is had with uproarious films, and the mating of comedy and horror is celebrated. A novel favoured by discussion groups is skewered, and a supposed satire of horror is satirised. M. R. James is defended against accusations of plagiarism, and the importance of his style is demonstrated. Lovecraft’s prose is appreciated at length, as are several of his greatest tales. Other builders of the great tradition are discussed – Machen, Blackwood, Hodgson – and inspired toilers in the pulps are given their considerable due – Leiber, Wellman, St Clair. Nor are living talents left out: you’ll find Niveau, Lansdale, Atkins, Bestwick and many another. Horror comics are examined and enjoyed, and so is the macabre in music. The most substantial pieces let the author’s late parents speak for themselves through their correspondence, in which August Derleth plays a part, and present a history of the Liverpool Science Fiction Group with copious excerpts from the minutes of their fannish meetings. Does this book have something for everyone? Look for yourself!
RAMSEY'S RAMBLES Over nearly thirty years and 184 issues, Video Watchdog Magazine was among the most respected voices in the world of film criticism. For the last sixty of those issues legendary horror writer Ramsey Campbell lent his voice to its pages in RAMSEY'S RAMBLES a review column that moved from Turkish exploitation movies to the charming fantasies of Studio Ghibli; from cinematic sacred cows to home entertainment roadkill. Through it all Ramsey's wit, insight and, above all, his ingrained love and understanding of both cinema and storytelling, shone through. Now, every precious column—plus two written before the magazine ceased publication and printed here for the very first time—has been collected together
in one indispensible volume, along with a fascinating new introduction in which Ramsey invokes the cinema of his youth and the beginnings of a lifelong devotion to the projector's light. This diverse and thrilling journey covers sixty-six films and almost a century of cinema history (from 1919's The Trail of the Octopus to 2014's Song of the Sea) and is essential reading both cineastes and the many fans of Ramsey's revered fiction.
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