The Horse Is Dead reminds me of some old story about a conductor getting annoyed with a female cellist...
That John Creasey is a Dept Z story, i'll be bound - arrow did a whole load of his dept z novels, particularly the pre- and during WWII ones - that had some very odd looking photo covers, but none quite as bad as that! it looks like it's escaped from Doomwatch...
I thought at first it was one of those fox fur things that ladies (and Gary Holton) used to wear round their necks. It could be a very well scrubbed up roadkill. I can't remember the novel at all, and googling for reviews didn't help. I'll have to see if I can track one down. It would seem to be a parent of the one on the cover of Unknown Mission
I thought it was a very ill hedgehog first of all but now I'm wondering .... is there a scene in the novel where a poodle turns arsonist?
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.
Never mind shonky covers, I was laughing at the poorly researched blurb for 'The Undying Monster' The 'Suffolk Downs' indeed! If only! The highest part of Suffolk is only about 300 feet or so above sea-level. I've lived in Suffolk all my life, and I love the area with all my heart, but sometimes, just sometimes, I wish that it weren't so damn flat. Ah well. I intend going climbing in the Norfolk Alps in the summer, followed up by some fell-walking on the tops near Ely...
''...You'll like Mr Barlow... And he'll like you...''
very off topic but that reminded me of a children's duo i saw at a folk festival in Walton once, who were called The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team, and had a puppet rabbit called Tosser who liked to juggle, with one of the duo feeding lines like 'Ah, Tosser likes bouncing his balls...' Honestly, these folkies... Actually, they were the best bit of the weekend.
It pains me to say it, but the cover is the best thing about it.
Apologies to our older members who've suffered it before, but this thread just isn't complete without ....
Jessie Douglas Kerruish - The Undying Monster (Tandem, 1975)
“Devil or ghoul, the bane of Hammand would have it’s victim”
Dannow on the Suffolk Downs: For generations the Hammand family have laboured under a curse, apparently due to an evil ancestor who sold his soul to Satan. To make matters worse, they’re plagued by a werewolf who does for most of them, either rending their bodies or driving them to suicide. Now London-based Miss Luna Bartendale, a psychic detective, is called in by the present owners to see if she can prevent their doom at the fangs and claws of the monster.
First published by Heath & Cranton in 1922 and successfully filmed by 20th Century Fox two decades later, Tandem released this paperback version for no apparent reason I can fathom in 1975.
If the cover really is the best thing about it, I'm very glad that the text never troubled my eyeballs.
Sorry mr. brain, I was replying to Coral's post about The Book Of Urban Legends which is appropriately bog standard. There's nothing wrong with The Undying Monster!
I agree, I read it at age 10 or 11 and it has been one of my favorite books ever since. I bought it with parents' largesse a year or so earlier off the revolving rack at the local drugstore, but when my mother saw the cover of the 1970 pb edition (my avatar) she confiscated it "until I was ready".
I didn't grok the nature of the monster until well into the book, if then. If there was a big hairy werewolf on the cover it wouldn't have been as frightening or mysterious, imo.