has announced the 2023 release of two more titles in their long-running series of paperback horror featured in my and Grady Hendrix
's Paperbacks from Hell
. This time it's two 1980s novels by the esteemed Thomas Tessier
: we've got Finishing Touches
(1986) and Rapture
(1987), major works of psychosexual horror. Tessier is no pulpy schlockmeister: his style is chilling, literate, and assured. Those of you appreciate the more, ahem, refined stylings of, say, Peter Straub or T.E.D. Klein or Dennis Etchison, will find these titles to your liking.
Grady and I love both these books, and are thrilled to be getting them out to the reading public once again! While there is no set publication date yet, Valancourt did release the cover art, as seen above. Don't they look incredible?! Be sure to visit their website for any and all information about pre-ordering and whatnot.
Okay, back to reading!
Will, do you think Valancourt could publish THE BRAINS OF RATS in this imprint? That one might fit their criteria.
Oh man, I really wanted to add BRAINS OF RATS to the line, but Valancourt told me Blumlein's widow would not renew the rights with them, alas.
I have a small stack of books by Tessier when he was published by Berkeley, Pocket and Warner and I remember them all being excellent. Will have to re-read them someday...
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