Ah, Tremayne. For those of you who like a more ghostly chill, his short story collection Aisling and other Tales of Terror (Brandon 1992) is one of the best of its sort I've come across (at least until Connolly's Nocturnes).
I knew Tremayne (Peter Berresford Ellis's ) through his regular series of historical essays in the irish Democrat back in the late 80s and early 90s when I regularly took and sold that publication.
A good few years later that I read a brief bio of Tremayne in an anthology and it took me a while to recall why PBE was such a familiar name. Until I stumbled upon this thread I hadn't realised that his horror writings were not just an occasional foray.
And he's written a biography of E. Charles Vivian/Jack Mann (of Gees fame)/Charles Cannell that as far as I know has never been published. In 1997 he wrote an article on Vivian with Richard Dalby for the Book and Magazine Collector:
Thanks for the pic killercrab Has anyone actually read THE CURSE OF LOCH NESS ?? Any views welcome. I was one of those who was slightly let down by THE MORGOW RISES. Don't know if its me but Tremaynes books are a little bit to nice for me. I mean compared to the rest of the other writers works out there at the time Tremayne seemed to cut back on the violence a little .
I'd class CURSE OF LOCH NESS as a nicer book than MORGOW. It's not what you expect. I prefered MORGOW overall which I enjoyed for it's setting. Tremayne isn't Shaun Huston so perhaps you would be better looking elsewhere if it's gorier stuff you crave! I should get around to reading KISS OF THE COBRA myself.
Thanks killercrab. I am not a rampant gorehound though ( the Hutson thing perhaps derails people ) I just thought THE ANTS, SWAMP and ZOMBIE were very dull. I had hopes for MORGOW and it was indeed a better book and was'nt to bad but the attack scenes are necassary but are not evident. Like for example the reporter who is one minute stood on the shore and the next line of the book he's gone. I just sensed maybe Tremayne could of elaborate more so we get more of a feel of the creatures cruelty and threat.
Ah well maybe your right perhaps I am deranged by too many early Hutson novels
I confess to a fondness for Peter Tremayne - as a college student I had a fad on his stuff (it made a very refreshing break from English literature as personified by King Lear, Sean O'Casey who wasn't even English, and DH Lawrence, who should have been beaten to death by sweaty young men with daffodils. If he wouldn't have loved it.). And the college librarian did too, because they stocked ALL of it. Haven't even thought of it in years - thanks for the nostalgia! Oh, and though it isn't a proper review, just a word on his Dracula stories; think Twilight with Victoriana...
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Post by franklinmarsh on Apr 25, 2012 14:50:00 GMT
Tried to read The Ants but failed re boredom. However, ISTR that Angelus! (from his exclamation mark period) was pretty good - killings in a boys school and a lovely cover of a severed head in a jar (?)
Picked up The Curse of Loch Ness recently after much searching. Going to read his books again as I feel ive been a little unkind to him. And Angelus was a great read. On another note has anybody every actually seen that Sphere paperback of Trollnight anywhere ? Its elusive. Its brilliant artwork, and the storyline has me intrigued.
A recent bout of illness (nothing serious) saw me racing through a few tomes. As a complete sea change from Laymon's excesses, I polished off an ex-library (Hardback! Aieeee!) copy of Snowbeast! No excessive gore and no dodgy smut, but a rattling good tale of a Scots Yeti, a feverish monk, some rubbish climbers, a snowed-in Caledonian village, the Rob Roy Hotel - scene of much boozing and rabble-rousing by those who've had their dogs murdered, to raise a Universal Horror style group of villagers (with battery powered torches - and shotguns) to hunt down the beastie. Wildly mental volcanic hippie ending. Will try to throw up a cover later.