Anatomy of Death

Featuring 5 original stories from the minds of Stephen Bacon, Johnny Mains, John Llewellyn Probert, Stephen Volk and Mark West.The third anthology in Hersham Horror Books PentAnth range, this brings you five chilling tales that all have their roots in the gloriously lurid style of 1970s horrorAnatomy of Death in five sleazy pieces
Anatomy of Death Featuring original stories from the minds of Stephen Bacon Johnny Mains John Llewellyn Probert Stephen Volk and Mark West The third anthology in Hersham Horror Books PentAnth range this brings y

  • Title: Anatomy of Death
  • Author: Stephen Bacon Johnny Mains John Llewellyn Probert Stephen Volk Mark West
  • ISBN: 9781482612677
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Anatomy of Death”

    1. Anatomy of Death is an attempt to recapture the feel of the sleazy old pulp horror stories of the 1970's.The book starts off promisingly enough with Pseudonym by Stephen Bacon, who's tale of an old, forgotten horror author does a great job at building suspense and creating a suitably creepy atmosphere. Unfortunately I felt that the climax of the story felt a little rushed, and out of place against the slow, measured build up.Next up is Johnny Main's The Cannibal Whores of Effingham, which, while [...]

    2. To paraphrase the advertising slogan of a well known brand of varnish, Anatomy of Death does exactly what it says on the cover.Pseudonym by Stephen Bacon opens the collection in a subtle and unsettling story about a man interviewing a writer who made quite a name in the sleazy paperbacks of the 1970's. It serves as a history lesson to those unfamiliar with the scene but is also an accomplished gothic ghost story that displays all the qualities you have come to expect from a Stephen Bacon story; [...]

    3. So what gruesome delights can we expect from this short story anthology?Pseudonym by Stephen Bacon – A young man is given the opportunity to meet one of his horror idols, a notoriously reclusive author, but what is it that the old man is hiding? I rather like the tone that this sets for the rest of the collection. This is the subtlest of stories and had me reminiscing about my own introduction to the horror genre many years ago. I loved seeing the mention of Fear magazine, I remember reading i [...]

    4. (from my introduction)Horror is a broad church and I enjoy most of the sub-genres but one that I have a particular fondness for (as a kid of the 70s and 80s, born in 1969) is the explosion of ‘sleazy’ horror that ran from the early 1970s. At the cinema (and occasionally on TV) we had Hammer, Amicus and Pete Walker holding the British end up whilst in print, NEL, Corgi, Star, Hamlyn, Futura et al published slim, gory and gruesome paperbacks, often with vividly lurid covers. It quickly became [...]

    5. Starting off strongly with a brilliant tale by Stephen Bacon I was expecting great things for this little book. But sadly apart from a cracking story by the always enjoyable John Llewellyn Probert it didn't really hold my attention.

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