â€œSomeone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago . . . or did he . . .
The police in Bristol have been confronted by a series of the most perplexingly elaborate deaths theyâ€™ve ever encountered in all their years of murder enquiries. The only thing which connects them is their seemingly random nature and their sheer outrageousness. As Detective Inspector Longdon and his assistant Sergeant Jenny Newham (with the help of pathologist Dr. Richard Patterson) race against time to find the murderer, they eventually realise that the link which connects the killings is even more bizarre than any of them dared to think…â€
John L. Probertâ€™s latest work, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, is an affectionate, bloodily gruesome and blackly comic tribute and homage to the films of the late actor and horror icon Vincent Price. Itâ€™s also a reminder of the Golden Age of horror films of the 60s & 70s, late-night cinema showings and TV horror double bills. Included in the hardback edition is an Appendix, The Nine Films of Dr. Valentine, featuring mini-reviews and reminiscences by the author of all the films referenced in the story.
The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine is the second in the new Spectral Visions line of longer works from Spectral Press. The first, Gary Fryâ€™s The Respectable Face of Tyranny, sold out quickly and garnered universal critical praise from readers, reviewers and bloggers alike. John Probertâ€™s novella is set to both maintain the standards set by the British Fantasy Award-nominated Spectral Press and to follow the first novella in flying off the shelves.
The book has a wraparound cover by J.D. Busch, and will be available in a signed and numbered hardback limited to 100 copies worldwide, with full-colour covers, coloured endpapers and silk ribbon bookmarker. It will be available in September 2012 and is due for launch at FantasyCon. To pre-order your copy go HERE