Count Ignatius De Ludes - The Tourist's Guide To Transylvania (Octopus, 1981)
Travel & Accommodation Where To Go Inhabitants Phenomena Hints & Tips Acknowledgements
From the inside cover blurb: Count Ignatius De Ludes is a sorcerer of considerable standing with many years experience in providing occult protection for visitors to Transylvania. In The Tourist's Guide To Transylvania he provides an illuminating introduction to this extraordinary land and the fascinating diversity of its supernatural denizens ...etc.
Mercifully, my days of fraternising with bogus black sorcerers, rubbish-spell-casting "psychic" graveyard ghoulies, not-very-nude witches, and fellow "my tedious life in mumbo jumbo" types are behind me, so am not especially interested in Count Iggy's fanciful travelogue, riveting though it doubtless is. The main appeal of this slim volume is the artwork from the esteemed likes of Jim Burns, Les Edwards, Alan Lee, Terry Oakes, Peter Goodfellow, and Alan 'Eyeballs-in-peril' Hood, much of it familiar from the covers of Star, Tandem, Sphere, Hamlyn and Fontana horror/ supernatural paperbacks. Those who've experienced the joys of Mike Jarvis & John Spencer's Echoes Of Terror and are looking for a companion volume could do worse.
Artists: Peter Goodfellow, Alan Hood
Artists: Alan Hood, Mervyn
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.