Strange for him to vanish off the radar like that. Anyone know if he had some spats with his publishers, or did he do a Bob McCammon and decide to retire?
He still writes and is still trying to sell his work...but no one is interested, it seems. I can never understand why writers don't offer their work for sale in e-book format, if you can't get published in the traditional way (which virtually no one in the horror genre can these days).
Really sad to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Back before we started this board, I remember enjoying this one, and really should schedule a rematch.
Steve Harris - Adventureland (Headline, 1990)
Blurb: The funfair's hoarding cries out to the brave and the foolhardy, 'Die a thousand deaths and live to tell the tale!'
During the hottest summer in living memory the AdventureLand funfair comes to town casting its dark shadow before it. At one of the sideshows young Tommy Cousins becomes separated from his mum and dad and vanishes without trace. Tragic, but kids get lost at funfairs all the time.
As the summer scorches on Dave Carter and his girlfriend Sally realise that when AdventureLand arrived it brought more than just safe thrills with it. Something worse than nightmare lies concealed behind the fairground's enticing exterior and it is beginning to break out. When Phil and Judy disappear inside the Ghost Train, Dave starts to ask questions to which there are no answers. He and his friends discover that the evil at the heart of the fairground is spreading.
Only Dave and Sally can stop it but to do so they will have to ride the Ghost Train to the terrifying Limboland that lies beyond the screams and the laughter ...
`A superb book ... Harris's imagination is impressive and breathtaking ... definitely a name to watch for the 90s' -
Starburst `It's bold stuff that grows on you' - Fear
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.
That's a real shame, I remember picking up ADVENTURELAND after reading a jolly interview with him in The Dark Side (or was it just a review, I forget) and quite enjoying it. I'm sure I read another of his novels -- the cover of WULF looks familiar -- but can remember nothing about it.
That is rather awful news, Dawn. We carried reviews of several of his novels in Critical Wave (1987-96) and I recall my old Dark Side colleague Stan Nicholls did the same in his 'Prints of Darkness' column. Steve was published by Headline, I recall, which kept quite a few horror careers above the water; you should be able to pick many of them up via eBay and suchlike.