An omnibus edition of three novellas.
Whitstable - 1971
Peter Cushing, grief-stricken over the loss of his wife and soul-mate, is walking along a beach near his home. A little boy approaches him, taking him to be the famous vampire-hunter Van Helsing from the Hammer films, begs for his expert help...
“A beautiful piece of work... heartfelt, respectful, elegant, brave” — Dread Central
Leytonstone - 1906
Young Alfred Hitchcock is taken by his father to visit the local police station. There he suddenly finds himself, inexplicably, locked up for a crime he knows nothing about — the catalyst for a series of events that will scar, and create, the world's leading Master of Terror...
“Volk possesses a questing mind and an expansive heart and paints dark and light sides of the human equation like few others” — Mick Garris, producer/director, Masters of Horror
Netherwood - 1947
Best-selling black magic novelist Dennis Wheatley finds himself summoned mysteriously to the aid of Aleister Crowley — mystic, reprobate, The Great Beast 666, and dubbed by the press ‘The Wickedest Man in the World’ — to help combat a force of genuine evil...
“Beautifully written. Perfectly nuanced. I loved it” — Neil Spring, best-selling author of The Ghost Hunters
“Mesmeric and demonic. An instant classic” — Johnny Mains, series editor, Best British Horror
"The perfect finale to the Dark Masters Trilogy. Packed with word magic, full of illuminating darkness" - A. K. Benedict, author of The Beauty of Murder and Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts
Stephen Volk is a British screenwriter, whose first produced work was Ken Russell's film Gothic in 1986.
His most famous work is Ghostwatch, a controversial drama shown on BBC One on Halloween 1992. It is commonly misrepresented as a hoax documentary, but this was never the intention. It was originally planned as a six-part series for the BBC. However, the producer of the six-part series, Ruth Baumgarten, didn't believe it had commercial viability. Stephen reworked the script so that everything would be set "Like episode six" and repitched it as a 90 minute live broadcast drama on behalf of BBC's Screen One drama segment. Ruth accepted the new format. Volk's work often involves the supernatural and the paranormal, such as with the ITV1 thriller series Afterlife (2005–06).