Post by franklinmarsh on Oct 19, 2007 20:42:36 GMT
This one's for Demonik! Sabat 2 : The Blood Merchants Spoiler alert!!! If ever a tacky 160 page horror novel screamed Marsh-O-Rama (or possibly Franklin-A-Go-Go) at you its this little beauty. Vampire murders in London? The Yard are baffled (Aren't they always - where's Corner when you need him). There's only one man who can help - Mark Sabat - ex-priest,ex-SAS - his enemy is the eternal principle of evil made flesh! He's tough,sensitive, fond of a hand shandy and can carry a gun in the UK with impunity. He's also got a bit of a problem in that although he physically killed his brother Quentin (a man so evil he was known as 'Satan's Henchman') Q's spirit seems to have insinuated itself within Mark - and can pop up at times of stress,doubt and in the middle of a punch-up with evil. Just call him Mr Inconvenient. The CID Inspector is old pal of Sabat's from the SAS - as is the villain Colonel Vince Lealan. It was his gorgeous,pouting blonde wife Catriona's dishing out of a little S&M to Sabat that got him booted out of the regiment. Booted! Anyway, Chapter One lasts from page 5 to page 12 and contains two gruesome murders, a sallow-faced punk with a corpse-like appearance and a nutcase spouting drivel about The Apostles Of Lilith before he attacks a lady of the night. Whew! It seems Col. Vince sees himself as a reborn Hitler (even shaving his moustache to toothbrush proportions) and is a big noise in the Liberation (read National) Front. There's more than a touch of occultism about their meetings (attended incidently by shaven-headed youths and long-haired,bedenimmed drug addict layabouts) . But what is their ultimate purpose? Can Sabat do anything to prevent this cloud of evil spreading throughout Britain? I'll have to keep reading.
On a more sobering note, there's some exceptionally nasty stuff in the middle of this, with a group of fascists murdering a man (and his baby) in broad daylight at the entrance to a shopping mall before an almighty set-to between the neo nazis and the Old Bill in the name of a freedom of speech demonstration. Considering this was written in 1982 it has more than a dash of headlines about it. We're soon back to the supernatural and Sabat's dodgy sexuality. Smith's idea of an eternal battleground between Good and Evil (visited by Sabat in astral form) is a nice change of pace.
Right, I can't put it off any longer... I have to start (and very possibly finish) a Guy N. Smith book tonight. The Question is; do I go for one of the Sabats, or do I give Bats Out of Hell another go..?
Post by benedictjjones on Aug 20, 2008 9:25:18 GMT
I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10 i had a thin short story collection with a mark sabat story in it. about a town down up like it's haunted and it actually is haunted by vampires! can't remember what it was in but for some reason i think it was something to do with the BFS...
I would guess you're referring to the paperback editions of Fantasy Tales which were put out by Robinson Publishing at 99p a throw. Weighing in at a 100 pages an issue, as well as the Sabat short Vampire Village in issue 1, it carried fiction by Bulmer and Campbell (The Man Who Collected Barker what I can remember) ABout 6 issues appeared.... Over to the rest of the board for more info I reckon....
Can't help with issue 1, but I'm sure you're on the right track, Justin. Ken Bulmer certainly features in #2 and The Man Who Collected Barker shows up in #4. Great little mags, these. 104 pages, 99p a time. Guess they should really have their own thread.
Stephen Jones & David A. Sutton (ed's.) - Fantasy Tales #2 (Robinson, Spring 1989)
Ken Bulmer - Ice And Fire Torr and Tora Vorkun battle a legion of undead warriors! William F. Nolan - The Cure He would do anything to stop killing Joel Lane - The Dispossessed Could the runes reveal to him the secret of power? Brian Lumley - The Man Who Felt Pain His body withered beneath the world's torment Neil Gaiman - Vampire Sestina (verse) Will Johnson - Stepping Out A demon confronts the powers of black sorcery
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Stephen Jones & David A. Sutton (ed's.) - Fantasy Tales #4 (Robinson, Spring 1990)
J. K. Potter
Stephen Gallagher - The Drain A formless terror pursued them through the darkness. Charles L. Grant - Alice Smiling Can a mother's love save her daughter? Darrell Schweitzer - Into The Dark Land He braved Death to restore a kingdom's soul. Kim Newman - The Man Who Collected Barker The ultimate collector reveals his horrific prize Steve Eng - Sea-Reverie (verse) Don Webb - Initiation If he failed the test his soul would be forfeit Steve Rasnic Tem - In The Trees He embraced his fears and lost everything. C. Bruce Hunter - The Death And Afterlife Of Sam McKay Deadlines can be Hell!
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From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Post by benedictjjones on Nov 19, 2008 11:32:16 GMT
still havent found it. i remember being vaguely dissappointed after i bought - bcause i thought it was going to be 'fantasy' tales...as in heroic epics, dungeons, knights, dragons... do remember that i enjoyed the sabat one although my ten year old self did find it a bit racy!!! i really want to find it now.