Edited by Stephen Jones. Introduction by Kim Newman. Cover art by Stephen E. Fabian (interior art by various artists).
DARKNESS, MIST AND SHADOW
THE COLLECTED MACABRE TALES OF BASIL COPPER
Compiled and Edited by Stephen Jones
of the last of the great traditionalists of English fiction."
"Britain's leading purveyor of the macabre."
Collected together for the first time in two handsomely produced volumes from PS Publishing are all the supernatural and macabre short stories and novellas of legendary British writer Basil Copper.
Drawn from numerous collections, anthologies and magazines as varied as the award-winning Dark Terrors series, rare and collectible compilations edited by Stephen Jones and Peter Haining, and the author's own highly-prized books from Fedogan & Bremer, these two extensive collections contain more than four decades' worth of weird fiction from one of the genre's most renowned practitioners.
In this second volume you will find such classics of the macabre as 'The Candle in the Skull' (read over Hallowe'en on BBC Radio 4), 'Better Dead' the acclaimed Lovecraftian novella 'Beyond the Reef', 'Bright Blades Gleaming', 'Ill Met by Daylight', and the first printing of the author's preferred version of his final published short story, 'Voices in the Water'.
With an critical Introduction by broadcaster Kim Newman, Volume Two of Darkness, Mist and Shadow: The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper also contains original illustrations by Randy Broecker, Dave Carson, Les Edwards, Bob Eggleton and Allen Koszowski, along with a stunning cover painting by Stephen E. Fabian.
Basil Copper (1924-2013) became a full-time writer in 1970. His first story in the horror field, "The Spider", was published in 1964 in The Fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories, since when his short fiction has appeared in numerous collections and anthologies, and been extensively adapted for radio and television. Along with two non-fiction studies of the vampire and werewolf legends, his other books include the novels The Great White Space, The Curse of the Fleers, Necropolis, The Black Death and The House of the Wolf.
Copper has also written more than fifty hardboiled thrillers about Los Angeles private detective Mike Faraday, and has continued the adventures of August Derleth's Sherlock Holmes-like consulting detective Solar Pons in several volumes of short stories and the novel Solar Pons versus The Devil's Claw.
Basil Copper. Wikipedia.