Science fiction and fantasy
The Nine Deaths Of Doctor Valentine
by John Llewellyn Probert
This novella is gleefully silly, and enjoyable in a corny way. The villain's theatrical flourishes and tendency to gloat put me in mind of a Bond villain. I'm not very familiar with Vincent Price's movies, and so I can't say whether knowing about them would make reading this more or less fun. There may be in-jokes I've missed, but on the other hand knowing about the films could make the outcome more predictable. Nevertheless, The Nine Deaths Of Doctor Valentine doesn't seem to be very deep, but it has a lightness and camp humour that make it a fast, pleasant read.
21st November 2013
If you like this, try:Terror Tales Of The Cotswolds by Paul Finch
An anthology of creepy stories from the imaginations of Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, Reggie Oliver, Simon Clark, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Gary Fry, Ramsey Campbell, and others.
Review © Ros Jackson