Atomic Fez Press Release: “Atomic Fez is quite pleased about the todayâ€™s starred review in Publishers Weekly of Wicked Delights by John Llewellyn Probert. The collection is Mr. Probertâ€™s fifth, and is published by Atomic Fez officially on the 2nd of April, 2010. Pre-orders for the title are being accepted now, with copies being made available for purchase at World HorrorCon in Brighton and EasterCon 2010 in Hayes; the two events being held in the UK on successive week-ends.
Wicked Delights. John Llewellyn Probert. Atomic Fez, $39.99 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 imagesâ€”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 takeoverâ€”are all the more compelling when rendered in Probertâ€™s breezy style. An illuminating and frequently hilarious afterword ends the collection on a gentle note. â€” Publishers Weekly, February 8th, 2010, â€˜Fiction Book Reviews (SF/Fantasy/Horror)â€™
Another reaction recently received about Mr. Probert’s book is the from Britain’s long-respected Master of Horror Ramsey Campbell:
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. Thereâ€™s dark humour here, and unexpected poignancyâ€‰â€”â€‰indeed, the book is as full of surprises as the man himself. Horror is lucky to have him. â€“ Ramsey Campbell
Wicked Delights is the third book to be published by Atomic Fez, the third to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly, and the second title Publishers Weekly has awarded a star (denoting “recommended” status).”