Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991

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Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror fiction. He has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three decades into his career, Campbell paused to review his body of short fiction and selected the stories that were, to his mind, the very best of his works. Alone With the Horrors collects nearly forty ...
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Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell 1961-1991

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Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror fiction. He has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three decades into his career, Campbell paused to review his body of short fiction and selected the stories that were, to his mind, the very best of his works. Alone With the Horrors collects nearly forty tales from the first thirty years of Campbell's writing. Included here are "In the Bag," which won the British Fantasy Award, and two World Fantasy Award-winning stories, "The Chimney" and the classic "Mackintosh Willy."

Campbell crowns the book with a length preface which traces his early publication history, discusses his youthful correspondence with August Derleth, illuminates the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on his early work, and gives an account of the creation of each story and the author's personal assessment of the works' flaws and virtues.

In its first publication, a decade ago, Alone With the Horrors won both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award. For this new edition, Campbell has added one of his very first published stories, a Lovecraftian classic, "The Tower from Yuggoth." From this early, Cthulhian tale, to later works that showcase Campbell's growing mastery of mood and character, Alone With the Horrors provides readers with a close look at a powerful writer's development of his craft.
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Alone with the Horrors is a hair-raising compilation covering three decades of the best short fiction from Ramsey Campbell, whom Clive Barker has called the "master of dark fantasy." The collection -- which includes works ranging from 1961 through 1991 -- is pure, nightmare-inducing horror at its very best.

Noteworthy selections include World Fantasy Award–winning stories "The Chimney" and ""Mackintosh Willy," disturbingly intimate tales that revolve around timid characters at that vulnerable age between childhood and maturity. "The Chimney" chronicles one boy's struggle to overcome deep-seated fears of youth. The 12-year old, sheltered by an overprotective mother, finally realizes that Father Christmas doesn't exist. But if the jolly old man with the red coat and white beard is imaginary, what's living in the chimney in his bedroom? "Mackintosh Willy" is an eerie story about a demented alcoholic who lives in a park shelter. The man, who terrorized local children once the sun went down, is found dead one day with pennies placed on his eyelids. His murder goes unsolved -- but not unavenged. Another notable work is "The Tower from Yuggoth," a timeless tale about one man's descent into madness as he searches for keys to unlock a gateway to the netherworld.

Reminiscent of works by classic horror masters H. P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood, Campbell's collection of 37 stories is cerebral, intense and undeniably terrifying. Additionally, the author's candid and highly revealing introduction make this an absolute must-read for aficionados of the horror genre. Batteries -- for the flashlight to check under the bed and in the closet -- not included. Paul Goat Allen

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The marrow-chilling tales in this comprehensive, chronologically arranged collection, selected from Campbell's 30-year career, demonstrate the ways this sophisticated British writer inspires fear without resorting to blood and gore. From his excellent early pastiches of H. P. Lovecraft's tales (``The Room in the Castle'') through his early work in his own style (``The Man in the Underpass'' and ``In the Bag'') and up to such recent entries as the high-tech ``The End of the Line,'' Campbell ( The Parasite ) subscribes to the less-is-more school of horror: a sudden cold touch on the back of the neck elicits far more terror than might any torn-off limb or chopped-up torso. Campbell's use of narrative pacing has matured over the years, as has his command of language. The only flaw here is the repetitiveness of tone; if the stories are read at one sitting, their structures become routine and their weird touches predictable. Taken one at a time, however, these 39 eerie tales, many illustrated by J. K. Potter's manipulated photographs, will yield 39 sleepless nights. (Feb.)
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Campbell (Told by the Dead) won a World Fantasy Award for this career retrospective, first published in 1993 with slightly different contents, and its 37 stories-three of which themselves won World Fantasy and British Fantasy awards-represent some of the best short horror fiction written in the past half century. In "Mackintosh Willy," a dead derelict haunts the boys who desecrated his corpse, leaving only tatters of filthy clothes and graffiti scrawls as signs of his pursuit. "The Voice of the Sea" features two emotionally troubled men who see in the seemingly random patterns of sand disturbed by wind and waves the blueprint for a malignant alternate dimension. Though the basic themes of Campbell's tales are common, his approach to them is not, and is best summed up by the character in one who says, "I was eager to let my imagination flourish, for it was better than reading a ghost story." Each tale is a precision-crafted piece in which Campbell creates horror from menacing ripples in the surface of the ordinary, compelling readers to fill in what is not shown with their own worst imaginings. His confident reliance on style and language rather than shock effects has produced masterworks of modern horror certain to endure for generations to come. Agent, Kirby McCauley at the Pimlico Agency. (June 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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One of the most sumptuous contemporary horror stylists gathers his 39 favorite short stories and appropriately has Arkham House publish the collection. "Appropriately" because Campbell's first published book bore the Arkham imprint and featured as its lead story (a role reprised here) a Lovecraft imitation and because, after all, Lovecraft and his spawn are Arkham's meat and potatoes. Although he wisely and quickly forged a less crabbed, more fluent style than Lovecraftian, Campbell has never forsaken the pulp master's manner. His stories tend to proceed through careful accumulation of detail (he is probably the most meticulous descriptive horror writer since Arthur Machen) to a surprising, usually shocking ending. The eyebrow arches at Campbell's statement that he hopes "that in time the [horror] genre will return to the mainstream," but certainly his kind of style, if hardly his choice of subject, promotes that development (see, on an altogether higher aesthetic plane, the stories of Paul Bowles).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870541650
  • Publisher: Arkham House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 528

Meet the Author

Ramsey Campbell has won more awards than any other living author of horror or dark fantasy, including four World Fantasy Awards, nine British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards. Critically acclaimed both in the US and in England, Campbell is widely regarded as one of the genre's literary lights for both his short fiction and his novels. His classic novels, such as The Face that Must Die, The Doll Who Ate His Mother, and The Influence, set new standards for horror as literature. His collection, Scared Stiff, virtually established the subgenre of erotic horror.

Ramsey Campbell's works have been published in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and several other languages. He has been President of the British Fantasy Society and has edited critically acclaimed anthologies, including Fine Frights. Campbell's best known works in the US are Obsession, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, and Nazareth Hill.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : so far 11
The tower from Yuggoth : 1961 23
Cold print : 1966 45
The scar : 1967 59
The interloper : 1968 73
The guy : 1968 81
The end of a summer's day : 1968 91
The man in the underpass : 1973 97
The companion : 1973 107
Call first : 1974 117
Heading home : 1974 123
In the bag : 1974 127
Baby : 1974 137
The chimney : 1975 153
The brood : 1976 169
The gap : 1977 181
The voice of the beach : 1977 193
Out of copyright : 1977 219
Above the world : 1977 227
Mackintosh Willy : 1977 237
The show goes on : 1978 251
The ferries : 1978 263
Midnight hobo : 1978 275
The depths : 1978 287
Down there : 1978 305
The fit : 1979 317
Hearing is believing : 1979 329
The hands : 1980 337
Again : 1980 347
Just waiting : 1983 357
Seeing the world : 1983 367
Old clothes : 1983 373
Apples : 1984 383
The other side : 1985 391
Where the heart is : 1986 403
Boiled alivev 1986 411
Another world : 1987 421
End of the line : 1991 433
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