The resurrection of David Sutton’s Shadow Publishing continues apace with the publication of The Female of the Species & Other Terror Tales by Richard Davis. Richard never saw a collection of his stories published in his lifetime and this book includes all of his short stories, culled from as far back as 1963 and The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories, up to the 1980s. The collection contains an introduction about his life, the fiction and anthologies, including his work as story editor for the BBC’s Late Night Horror series. The book also features two rare articles and an interview with the author, from the late 1960s.
“At the time I interviewed Richard for my small press magazine in 1969, he was already an established short story writer, had compiled two anthologies for Tandem Books and the BBC series Out of the Unknown, for which he worked as assistant story editor, had been on air since 1965… Yet, some forty plus years later, Richardâ€™s fiction has largely been forgotten. Although not prolific, he was widely published in anthologies in England. Yet he never saw a collection of his tales published during his lifetime. Hence this book and its integration into a projected series under the collective tag, Writers from the Shadows.” (from the Introduction by David A. Sutton).
The cover artist is the painter and illustrator Caroline O’Neal. Caroline has done dark fantasy illustration for Bad Moon Books, Premonitions and Midnight Street magazines, among others.