Okay, guys, can anyone help me out with Victor Norwood's Slime ripoff, Night of the Black Horror? I try eBay every so often but it never shows up. Google is no help, either. Maybe I just don't know the right words to put into the search engine. And while there were four copes on Amazon via third party used book sellers, I've failed to acquire all four.
The first one I bought only for the seller to cancel the sale because it turned out they didn't have the book.
The second one, the same thing happened all over again; I purchased it, then got an E-mail cancelling the sale saying that they didn't actually have the book. Neither ever shipped and I was refunded both times.
The third one apparently just up and vanished; Amazon went from two copies listed for sale to just one. Either someone bought it before I did or the seller realized they didn't have the book, either (yes, all three copies were offered by three different third party book stores).
As for the fourth one (also offered by yet another person), assuming it even exists, it can't be sent to me - I tried to buy it the other day with my Christmas money along with Rodent Mutation, but only Rodent Mutation went through the checkout process. Amazon automatically cancelled or otherwise prevented the sale of Black Horror, saying it could not be mailed to my location. Does the seller live in some iron curtain country? Who doesn't ship to America? The book's main product page now lists it as "currently unavailable," while my wish list alternates between saying there's one copy that can't be sent to me and saying it's unavailable (like right now).
How rare is this stupid book? I know it exists. People have read it. I've seen reviews for it as well as scans of the cover and photos of the actual physical book. What gives...?
I'm... upset, to put it mildly, that I'm batting 0 for 4 here with Night of the Black Horror. I've got blob monster blue balls! So, if anyone can provide me with a copy of a book so rare I had an easier time getting Bron Fane's Rodent Mutation than it, I'd be much obliged.
Re. Norwood. I feel for you too. Also got some "lost" deliveries this year.
I never heard of Norwood and looked it up. Never would have thought that Badger Books can be so elusive. It was even translated in Italy and Germany in 1963 as a SF Heftroman. Is Norwood yet another pseudonym of Fanthorpe or is he real?
On reflection, perhaps this section should come with a use at your own risk financial health warning.
Alerting every Tom, Dick & Harriet that you are desperate for a copy of this or that paperback will likely tempt potential seller to substantially inflate asking price.
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.