I'm writing something uncannily similar to this right now. Well, Nazi Zombies anyway. But there is a psychopathic SS Oberfuhrer as the main character. It too starts after the July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. Full on pulp fiction. And the second half of the novel flashes forward to 1974...
We have worryingly similar taste in books HP! God knows why I haven't read this yet. There's an alternative cover with a sort of Nazi-dentist chair on it, on the Hal CF Astell site I think, but this one...crikey.
I remember Bushwick was quite excited to find this one - ah, speak of the devil! Must admit, it looks suitably disgusting and would probably get along famously with James' copy of Ray Slatterly's Counter Spy. Kind of emphasises just how incongruous it is to find Charles L. Grant (and Lisa Tuttle, come to that) on Hamlyn's impressive roster.
Mark, it's no longer you pounding the typewriter - you've been possessed by your own terrible creation!
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 H_P_Saucecraft on Sept 2, 2009 19:39:06 GMT
Read this whilst away on holiday and it does have some nastiness to it, but don't go expecting camp exploitation in the style of naziploitation films like SS Experiment Camp or Love Camp 7 (there's no "you bastard, what have you done with my balls" here.), this one actually has a serious tone to it throughout. That said, I can't help thinking The Widow is vaguely based on Isla.
Bushwick referred to the alternative cover with a chair on, I think this shows The Dentist, the electric shock torture instrument used by The Specialist; & a grim device it is too, charring flesh to the point of killing, set at it's highest level.
The Specialist is certainly an uberbastard, who will even turn on his own. There's also some nice touches, with the historical info, on Project Valkyrie & other events of the war, & also the detail given about Himmler's mannerisms, the calm that signified just the opposite - it could well turn out badly for someone on the receiving end of this treatment (no idea if the mannerisms are correct, or the author's invention, but they come over as convincing).
Not quite the exploitation I thought I was getting, but another recommendation from me.
This one has been alluding me for quite a while due to the shipping exorbitance I know a lot of us are experiencing. I did go ahead and pick up Smith's only other book (to my knowledge), Sledge-Hammer. The cover sort of implies a less-than-serious tone, but I'm hoping that's not entirely the case. I'll upload a better picture when mine arrives, but for now here's the Amazon listing:
Speaking of Nazisploitation, outside of some Men's Adventure magazine stories, is there any novels that deliver the lurid devices to their cinematic counterparts, like the aforementioned SS Experiment Camp or Love Camp 7? It seems like most have stellar covers, but are usually for older novels, often prude with "off-screen" violence. Seems like most of the Australian Jim Kent novels are like this talking to another, and experiencing one myself, Death Island.