Author Topic: John Llewellyn Probert's "Wicked Delights" Rates Publishers Weekly Star!  (Read 2685 times)

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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!

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* 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.)
Publishers Weekly, February 8th, 2010, Fiction Book Reviews, SF/Fantasy/Horror

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.

This follows some charmingly selected words about Mr. Probert's book from Britain's long-respected Master of Horror Ramsey Campbell:

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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.
Ian Alexander Martin; Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing


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Re: John Llewellyn Probert's "Wicked Delights" Rates Publishers Weekly Star!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 07:39:22 PM »
It's probably worth noting here that this is the second starred review for an Atomic Fez book, the first one being for The Terror and the Tortoiseshell by John Travis. I didn't mention that one because both Mr. Travis and I agree that the book, while based on H.L. Menken's novella The Terror, and having some 'horror' aspects, it's primarily a mystery novel. Still, many of you will enjoy its themes of 'hard-boiled noir detective' as well as the number of cats in it.

To read the star-wearing review of that book, head here.

This is also the third of three books sent to Publishers Weekly to be reviewed, and we're waiting for the fourth to appear shortly, reviewing James Cooper's collection of stories titled The Beautiful Red.
Ian Alexander Martin; Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing