Death's Dominion

      Simon Clark
Death's Dominion

Today science raises the dead to serve the living, but humanity begins to despise the risen dead who toil among them. After all, what does it feel like to shake hands with a corpse? Or converse with a man who died last year? Humankind vows to destroy every one of its 'monster's. Soldiers and civilians alike destroy these gentle creatures in a terrifying killing spree. The monsters can't fight back, it's not in their nature, and when caught they must submit to their destruction. Until one of them retaliates against humanity with shocking brutality. Doctor Paul Marais will discover that Dominion is far more than just a killing machine. In this domain death isn't always the victor.
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    Whitby Vampyrrhic

      Simon Clark
Whitby Vampyrrhic

In wartime Britain, vampires and an ancient curse rule the night . . . - Winter, 1942. Beth, Sally and Alec are the only guests in an eerie seaport hotel in Whitby with a peculiar subterranean tunnel linking it to the ocean. It is a hotel haunted by questions. What does Eleanor Charwood, the landlady, hide in her basement, and what caused the bite-marks on her reclusive brother, Theo? Can the trio survive a Viking curse and save their very souls?

From Publishers Weekly

Readers looking for the imaginative plotting and exploration of character that Clark displayed in The Night of the Triffids, his clever sequel to John Wyndham's classic The Day of the Triffids, will be disappointed by this cookie-cutter story of an English town infested by the undead, set during WWII. Two friends, Beth Layne and Sally Wainwright, come to Whitby, which figures prominently in Bram Stoker's Dracula, to act in a film whose purpose, according to its director, Alec Reed, is to explain what it is like to live in the Britain of 1942. Instead, the two actresses and Reed wind up engaging in heroic efforts to slay all the vampires who are plaguing the area. Clark fails to generate many chills, nor does he make the most of his idea that these English bloodsuckers are somehow connected to the Norse gods. (May)
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From Booklist

In 1942, Beth and Sally are actresses in a new film being shot in the seaside town of Whitby (which, if you’ve read the author’s Vampyrrhic, 1999, or Vampyrrhic Rites, 2008, you know has seen some rather frightening goings-on). Alec is the film’s writer and director, and along with Beth and Sally, they encounter horrors the likes of which they have never imagined, including, as the title suggests, the walking undead. Clark continues his winning streak, turning in another deft performance. The story is meaty and suspenseful, and the trio of protagonists—outspoken Beth, reserved Sally, ambitious Alec—are likable and engaging. Clark begins slowly, establishing the characters and the setting; but as the story progresses, the pace picks up until, by the end, we’re flipping the pages as fast as we can. Highly recommended for horror fans. --David Pitt

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    The Night of the Triffids

      Simon Clark
The Night of the Triffids

    At the end of The Day of the Triffids, the hero, Bill Masen, his wife, and four-year-old son leave the British mainland to join a new colony on the Isle of Wight. The Night of the Triffids takes up the story 25 years later. David Masen, the now grown-up son of Bill, is a pilot, still searching for a method of destroying the implacable triffid plant as it continues its worldwide march, seemingly intent on wiping out humankind. David eventually manages to reach New York, where a very different sort of colony has been set up, a colony whose members seem to be immune to the triffid string and where David comes face to face with an old enemy from his father's past.
    
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    From Publishers Weekly
    In John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (1951), mankind is overtaken-and much of it blinded-by the demonic walking plant of the title, a monster created in a lab in an act of Cold War profiteering. Clark (Vampyrrhic, etc.) picks up the story more than 25 years later, puts a new narrator at the helm and spins a brisk and engaging adventure-cum-horror yarn. Clark's narrator is David Masen, son of scientist Bill Masen (the protagonist from Wyndham's book). The Masen family, along with a handful of other survivors, has set up an outpost on the Isle of Wight, and have gone about rebuilding society. A major part of this renewal involves a particularly bizarre idea called the Mother House, a convent-like home where women spend their lives giving birth over and over again. All seems well, until one morning when the sun doesn't rise and the triffids, long thought condemned to the mainland, attack. Clearly marketed as a genre horror title, this crafty continuation is elegant in its construction. Clark's prose is clean, thoughtful and perfectly suited to his faux doomsday-memoir approach. Less cautionary than the original, but more literary than many books of its ilk, this is a truly enjoyable voyage.
    
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    From Library Journal
    A quarter of a century after an invasion by the deadly alien plants known as triffids blinded most of the world's human population and caused the collapse of civilization, only a small colony of survivors on the Isle of Wight continues to preserve what they can of society and culture. When a new phenomenon arises, resulting in the darkening of the atmosphere, pilot David Masen, the son of the colony's founder, sets out to discover the source of the problem-and encounters a new group of technologically advanced survivors from across the Atlantic. Continuing the classic tale of alien invasion begun 25 years ago in John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids, Clark envisions a world poised to fight back against their invaders. Winner of the 2002 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel, he retains a feel for SF pulp horror in an action-filled tale that captures the spirit of the original story. Recommended for most SF collections.
    
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    'The hottest new purveyor of horrific thrills currently working on these shores.'
    -Big Issue
    
    'A master of eerie thrills.'
    -Richard Laymon
    
    'NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS, essentially a story of good versus evil, is an intriguing and enjoyable sequel that should delight appreciators of Wyndham's work.'
    -The Third Alternative
    
    'A definite confirmation of this author's growing reputation as one of the top genre novelists around today.'
    -Starburst
    
    'Readers will relish Clark's uncomplicated cocktail of chlorophyl and human blood.'
    -Financial Times
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    Stranger

      Simon Clark
Stranger

The small town of Sullivan has barricaded itself against the outside world. It is one of the last enclaves of civilization and the residents are determined that their town remain free from the strange and terrifying plague that is sweeping the land—a plague that transforms ordinary people into murderous, bloodthirsty madmen. But the transformation is only the beginning. With the shocking realization that mankind is evolving into something different, something horrifying, the struggle for survival becomes a battle to save humanity.

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    Ghost Monster

      Simon Clark
Ghost Monster

Pel Minton is opening graves in a cemetery for an archaeological dig, but this particular cemetery contains a disturbing portrait which is known by local children as 'The Ghost Monster.' For centuries this grim image has imprisoned the spirit of Justice Murrain and his vicious gang of misfits, but soon these sadists will enjoy the darkest of pleasures... A chef carves human flesh with a pizza cutter. A laughing thug films his own death-dive from a cliff. People binge on mayhem, fighting until streets run with blood. These are the Possessed. Death will not stop them...
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    The Tower

      Simon Clark
The Tower

It begins with a sound. And sounds can never hurt ... can they? The Tower stands in solitude. What began as a medieval farmhouse has grown over the centuries into something very evil. There are the stark walls, the shadow-filled rooms and lonely corridors haunted by a pervading darkness. But the Tower is possessed by much more than the ghosts of the past and it has the power to do more than simply terrify. Its dark heart has grown restless. When five unsuspecting young people agree to stay there as house-sitters, they soon learn that visitors are not welcome. This is The Tower, a house whose occupants don't always wear a human face....
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    London Under Midnight

      Simon Clark
London Under Midnight

    The graffiti spread through London that summer like wildfire. Its population carried on with life as usual in one of the richest cities on the planet. But beneath the surface there is change. Men and women are going missing without trace. What has the old African preacher seen emerging from undergrowth near the river? Is this the essence of evil encountered long ago? Ben Ashton is an investigative writer. When he's commissioned to find out who is responsible for the 'Vampire Sharkz' graffiti he thinks his luck has changed for the better. Little does he guess how wrong he is?
    
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    From Publishers Weekly
    Clark's efforts at an original variation on the vampire theme yield a novel whose plot is farfetched even by the standards of supernatural fiction. Journalist Ben Ashton is researching the origins of a graffiti tag scrawled around London warning of "Vampire Sharkz" when he encounters a real vampire in the person of unrequited flame April Connor. April is one of a rapidly growing pack of vampirized mortals doing the bidding of Edshu, an African trickster god who, for reasons murkily elaborated, is using London, and his antagonism of Ben specifically, as a means of testing the moral mettle of all humanity. Much mayhem ensues before Ben discovers that the only effective way to eliminate the vampire scourge is through the power of positive thinking. Clark (Darkness Demands) keeps the action brisk and the gore pulsing, but the novel's events are so contrived that they have to be explained for the reader's benefit in windy oratory passages from an eccentric displaced African preacher, who's the only one who can make any sense out of them. This is passable pulp, but anemic fare as far as vampire fiction goes.
    
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    From Booklist
    Here's a treat for horror fans. When mysterious graffiti starts appearing all over London, magazine writer Ben Ashton is hired to write a story about the person behind it. Little does Ben know that the graffiti ("Vampire Sharkz. They're coming to get you") isn't just pointless vandalism. Like Anne Rice in her early vampire novels, Clark really gets under the skin of the modern vampire; rarely has the psychological trauma of transforming from mortal to immortal been rendered so movingly, and rarely has the vampire bloodlust been so vividly described. Clark, familiar to some fans of horror fiction but largely unknown by everybody else, deserves a much wider audience. This thrilling, terrifying, and deeply affecting story might just be the one that captures it for him.
    
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    From Kirkus Reviews
    A rapacious breed of vampire inundates London under the direction of an African trickster god in this horrorfest set against an urban backdrop.
    Some smart-alecky graffiti artist is marking London with the creepy message, "Vampire Sharkz: They're coming to get you," and bright young writer Ben Ashton's editor at glossy Click This magazine gives him 11 days to get to the bottom of what seems to be a hot story. His research takes Ben to visit the apparently nutty old African preacher Elmo Kigoma, who's seated in a boat perched on top of a pole along the Thames. The end of the world is coming, Elmo warns passersby: From his vantage point during the night, he has witnessed raving gangs of savage creatures emerging from the river, attacking bikers and pedestrians at random, sucking their blood greedily, then regurgitating their feast back into the victims, who in turn become vampires. Ben doesn't believe a word of it… until he sees for himself. Elmo tells him the vampires are acting on the mischievous prodding of African trickster god Edshu, who tests humans periodically by pitting them against each other. When Ben hears of the attack on his old friend (and unrequited love) April Connor, who then disappears, he moves into action. He enlists the help of both Elmo and April's fiance, wealthy shipping scion Trajan, to identify the vampires and locate the island in the Thames where they find shelter. Clark dramatizes April's ghastly plight on the vampire island; eventually, she and another bloodsucker decide they have to return to London proper and spread the news of the amazing benefits of drinking blood. Descriptions of ripping flesh and dripping liquids become repetitive, though Elmo's resolution of the vampire crisis through New Age-y visualization techniques is clever, even endearing.
    Plenty of gore, but pretty routine.
    
***
    
    "Without doubt the best horror author the UK can currently claim as its own."
    -SFX
    
    "Simon Clark has what it takes to be another Stephen King."
    -Hellnotes
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    Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome

      Simon Clark
Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome

Inspector Abberline is on the trail of ancient treasure and a murderer who will bring death to his door. 408 AD. The Visigoths have torn Italy apart and now besiege Rome. The emperor knows that his once mighty city will be ransacked by the barbarians. He orders his bodyguard to remove seven golden statues, known as the Gods of Rome, from the palace temple, and take them to a place of safety. Within a few short years the Roman Empire has ceased to exist and the location of the golden statues has been lost. 1890 AD. Abberline is investigating the death of Sir Alfred Denby. What at first appears to be an accident turns out to be murder and Abberline realizes that the Denby family is in danger and races to save the life of Professor William Denby, a pioneer in balloon aviation. The famous detective finds himself entangled in the world of international theft, an enduring vendetta, and the mystery of seven golden statues.

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    Humpty's Bones

      Simon Clark
Humpty's Bones

Telos Publishing is proud to announce the publication of a new horror novella by one of the supreme horror writers working in the UK today. Simon Clark's new chiller explores something nasty found in a village garden by an amateur archaeologist, something which has lain buried for centuries, and which has seen tribute paid to it by generations of local inhabitants. But what happens when the bones are removed and Humpty once more stalks the Earth...With an evocative cover by multiple award winning artist Vincent Chong, HUMPTY'S BONES contains a special introduction and author's notes by Simon Clark, and a new long short story called DANGER SIGNS, about a group of children who investigate an abandoned military bunker, and find that everything there is not quite as dead as they expected.

About the Author

Born on the 20th April, 1958, Simon Clark sold his first ghost story A Trip Out for Mr Harrison to a radio station while in his teens, and before becoming a full time writer, he held a variety of jobs, including strawberry picker, supermarket shelf stacker, office worker and scriptwriter for promotional videos.

His first novel, Nailed by the Heart was published in 1995, and since then he has published ten further horror novels: Blood Crazy, Darker, King Blood, Vampyrrhic, The Fall, Judas Tree, The Night of the Triffids, Vampyrrhic Rites, Darkness Demands and Stranger. His next novel, In This Skin, is scheduled for publication in 2004. His short stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including SFX, The Year's Best Horror, Best New Horror and Dark Voices and have been broadcast on BBC Radio4. Selected stories have been collected in Salt Snake & Other Bloody Cuts and Blood and Grit. He has also written crime shorts, appeared on BBC Television and has written prose material for the rock band U2.

The Night of the Triffids won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel of 2001, and in the same year he also won the Best Short Fiction Award for Goblin City Lights which appeared in the Telos collection Urban Gothic: Lacuna and Other Trips.

He lives with his wife and two children in mystical territory that lies on the border of Robin Hood country in England.

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    Secrets of the Dead

      Simon Clark
Secrets of the Dead

Tombs are sealed shut for a reason. Opening them can have terrifying consequences . . .
John Tolworth is delighted when he is hired to help investigate a collection of mummified bodies found in the notorious Gold Tomb in Egypt. Not only is he intrigued by the work, but the collection is stored in an ancient castle in Devon, where John spent his childhood. He looks forward to revisiting the area, and to showing his family the place he grew up.
But when John and his family arrive at Baverstock Castle, John starts to remember things. Things he had forgotten. What happened the last time he was there? And why is Philip Kemmis, the former owner of the castle, and John's childhood companion, now a raving madman?
As the mummified bodies begin to reveal their ancient secrets, John begins to think the unthinkable . . .
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    This Rage of Echoes

      Simon Clark
This Rage of Echoes

For Mason Konrad the future's looking good. Parties, an apartment in the city, a well-paid job in TV, then one night he's attacked. Worse is to come: his attacker looks exactly like him. Soon he will understand that something unique has invaded his flesh - a certain monstrous 'something' that transforms ordinary people into replicas of him that are driven by evil bloodlust. As the body count rises Mason fights to keep one step ahead of the Echomen. Meanwhile, the Echomen not only hunt him, his family and friends, they conduct gruesome experiments on their own kind. They have their own mysterious agenda - and this is identity theft at its most extreme. Plunge in! This is horror loaded with raw power. It's a pinch of Lovecraft. A splash of Rod Serling. A raging storm of nightmare, ferocity and blood.
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    Vengeance Child

      Simon Clark
Vengeance Child

Orphan Jay doesn't want to hurt anyone, and nurse Laura Parris is determined to protect him. When she meets Victor Brodman, a widower, she wonders if she can finally reveal Jay's disturbing past.

From Booklist

Starred Review The first reaction of some readers upon finishing the first several pages of this novel might be: “Hey, didn’t The Twilight Zone already do this story?” It’s true, there are similarities between Clark’s story of a little boy with a terrifying mental power and “It’s a Good Life,” the famous Twilight Zone episode based on a Jerome Bixby short story about a little boy with a terrifying mental power. But the similarities between the two are only thematic. In execution, the two tales are very different. Clark, author of such stellar horror thrillers as London under Midnight (2006) and Lucifer’s Ark (2008), proves again that he has a real knack for working unique variations on time-tested themes. His little boy is the sole survivor of a shipwreck, now living in an orphan asylum, and he’s the sweetest boy you could ever want to meet—until his eyes glaze over, and he begins to repeat your name. Then it’s time to take cover. But is the boy evil himself, or is he merely the innocent vessel of a much greater, darker evil? Clark will tell you, but in his own good time, and only after the knot in the pit of your stomach is the size of a boulder. Another clever, original, and beguiling thriller from this very talented storyteller. --David Pitt

Review

"Another clever, original, and beguiling thriller from this very talented storyteller" Booklist starred review of Vengeance Child "Clark, familiar to some fans of horror fiction but largely unknown by everybody else, deserves a much wider audience. This thrilling, terrifying, and deeply affecting story might just be the one that captures it for him" Booklist on London Under Midnight"

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    Her Vampyrrhic Heart

      Simon Clark
Her Vampyrrhic Heart

She will come back to me, Tom Westonby tells himself. We'll be reunited. It has been five years since he's seen his beloved wife, Nicola Bekk. Five years since their wedding day – when he won her hand, but in doing so triggered the curse that has blighted the Bekk family for centuries. Nicola became a vampire, and fled, lest she harm the one she loves the most.
Since then, Tom has lived a remote life in Nicola's ancestral home in the woods, patiently awaiting the return of his vampire bride. But little does he know that someone else is returning to the village – someone who holds great power over the supernatural forces that dwell within it, waiting for revenge.
Soon, Tom will be forced to risk his life – and the lives of those he loves – in the fight against an ancient evil that cannot possibly be beaten . . .
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    Inspector Abberline and the Just King

      Simon Clark
Inspector Abberline and the Just King

They say good intentions pave the road to Hell. 1890: A killer stalks the Isle of Faxfleet - a tiny, independent kingdom on the River Humber in Yorkshire. Faxfleet is inhabited by eccentrics, oddballs and Victorian dropouts, and is ruled by King Ludwig, a man obsessed with creating an academy of geniuses. When one of the academy members is killed by an arrow while climbing a tree, Scotland Yard despatches Inspector Abberline, the world-famous 'Ripper Detective', and his assistant Thomas Lloyd, to investigate. The case is as fascinating as it is perplexing, and leads to a series of decidedly peculiar crimes and a thrilling climax that plunges both men into danger.
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    Salt Snake and Other Bloody Cuts

      Simon Clark
Salt Snake and Other Bloody Cuts

Salt Snake and Other Bloody Cuts is a collection of short horror fiction from Simon Clark, an acclaimed author of blood curdling novels—Blood Crazy, Darker, and The Night of the Triffids. Originally published in 1998 as a limited print run of just over 800 copies, Salt Snake is a real treat for any lover of weird fiction.

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    In This Skin

      Simon Clark
In This Skin

Two teenage runaways, Robyn and Noel, are desperate for a place of safety. Fate takes them to the Luxor which has been sealed from the outside world for decades. They discover that people are drawn here against their will and that certain individuals sense there is a pathway on the old dance floor leading to a fabulous world beyond this one. Only the path isn't just one way. Monstrous beings are stepping into this world too, with murderous intent. And they seek something that they value more than life itself. As Robyn and Noel's lives become entangled with those drawn to the haunted Luxor, the building - and what lies inside - will test then to the limits of their endurance and their sanity.
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    Blood Crazy

      Simon Clark
Blood Crazy

It is a quiet, uneventful Saturday in Doncaster. Nick Aten, and his best friend Steve Price—troubled seventeen year olds—spend it as usual hanging around the sleepy town, eating fast food and planning their revenge on Tug Slatter, a local bully and their arch-enemy.

But by Sunday, Tug Slatter becomes the last of their worries because somehow overnight civilization is in ruins. Adults have become murderously insane—literally. They're infected with an uncontrollable urge to kill the young. Including their own children. As Nick and Steve try to escape the deadly town covered with the mutilated bodies of kids, a group of blood-thirsty adults ambushes them. Just a day before they were caring parents and concerned teachers, today they are savages destroying the future generation. Will Nick and Steve manage to escape? Is their hope that outside the Doncaster borders the world is 'normal' just a childish dream?

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    Darkness Demands

      Simon Clark
Darkness Demands

   John Newton is a successful writer of true-life crime stories, specializing in unsolved murders from the past. He has a happy family life with his schoolteacher wife and two children. And he has a nice new home in the rural countryside. Life is good for John Newton.
   Until the letters start arriving…
   Dark, mysterious letters. Deadly letters with demands.
   And then everything changes…
   Until John Newton is faced with a seemingly insurmountable dilemma: he can choose between the survival of his daughter… or the rest of his family - not both.
   With this, his eighth nerve-shattering novel of supernatural suspense, Simon Clark triumphantly confirms his reputation as "one of the most exciting British horror writers around."
    
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   From Publishers Weekly
   A classic horror theme the unnatural survival in the present of an indescribably nasty bit of the past gets a routine treatment in this latest novel from British author Clark (The Judas Tree). Bestselling true crime writer John Newton has recently moved with his wife, teenage son Paul and young daughter Elizabeth to a stately house in Skelbrooke when he begins receiving anonymous notes, couched in archaic language, demanding offerings of inconsequential items mostly food and drink to be left on a grave in the Necropolis on the outskirts of town. Though John is merely puzzled, his neighbors, who receive the same notes, are horrified. Since Norman days, Skelbrooke has been periodically terrorized by a primitive entity dubbed "Baby Bones," and those who fail to satisfy its wishes meet with ghastly fates. Even readers not well versed in horror fiction will intuit what John will inevitably be asked to leave in the graveyard the moment Baby Bones's suggestive name is invoked. Clark sustains suspense as best he can, with a panoramic narrative that shows the tragic impact of the entity's demands on other lives, but several of the subplots Paul's romantic liaisons in the Necropolis and a senile town elder's repeated attempts to pass John important information on the town's history seem obvious padding. Though Clark credibly portrays John's gradual transformation from incredulous observer to desperate believer, his fans may find the eerie climax of this tale uncharacteristically contrived rather than earned.
    
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   "The hottest new purveyor of horrific thrills currently working on these shores."
   -Big Issue
    
   "What gives Clark his lever into your own fears is taking the mundane and making it menacing."
   -SFX
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