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Frighten Brighton

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Another great day out for us and our books at Frighten Brighton yesterday! Thank you Scare Sarah and Cyberschizoid for hosting such a fab event!

And if Classic Horror is your thing, check out their next film event at London’s Roxy Bar and Screen this March:

Harley Street Hypnotist

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Harley Street Hypnotist

How do you hypnotize a patient? How are mental and emotional problems solved by hypnosis?

This quite remarkable and dramatic book debunks the myths attached to the science – for instance that people can be hypnotized against their will, or if hypnotized can be made to perform actions inconsistent with their character.

It tells of the remarkable use of hypnosis in relieving pain during childbirth, so that now the Ministry of Health has ruled that doctors using hypnosis on such occasions may receive the same fee as an anaesthetist…

This one’s for all you budding Peter Powers out there – I must say, I love the cover art on this one.

Titan’s Daughter

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The tetraploids, giant men and women created by genetic experiment, only wanted to live their lives in peace, but they had to live in a world of the jealous ‘normals’ who gathered in screaming mobs with murder in their hearts.

Sena, the heroine of this remarkable science-fiction novel, is a tetraploid giantess whose youth would last more than a century, who looked with wonder at the toy bridges and houses of normal men and women who regarded her with fear and revulsion. Beautiful, defenceless Sena was the first of a new race, but would she be allowed to live…?

Previously published in the USA by the Berkley Publishing Corporation in 1961. First Foure Square Edition 1963.

Not sure how a nine-foot giantess can be that defenceless in a world of ‘normals’ but from the cover, I’m guessing she must have been vastly outnumbered or something…

Frighten Brighton

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We’re dusting down our unholy grimoires and wormy tomes in preparation for 2012’s first FRIGHTEN BRIGHTON at the Rock Inn this February.

Last year’s Frighten Brighton was a great success and this one promises to be another fun-filled, horror fuelled event – with more films, quizzes, giveaways, book signings and even a ghost story in the haunted basement.

Brighton’s very own Macabre Market will be onsite, featuring loads of stalls selling a variety of horror-themed loveliness, so please pop by to our very own House of Secrets stall to say hi! And of course, we promise to bring lots of great classic horror books for your delight and delectation!

The event starts at 12pm Saturday 25th February. Tickets are £6 for the double bill starting at 5pm – everything else, including the 2pm screening of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell – is free!

Facebook event page – http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/207184382708517/

Facebook Brighton Horror Posse Page – http://www.facebook.com/#!/BrightonHorrorPosse

Frighten Brighton Website – http://frightenbrighton.wordpress.com/

Happy Birthday Poe

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This superb selection from an unrivalled classic brilliantly reflects the two-sided genius of…

Edgar Allan Poe.

The nightmare terror of
The Pit and the Pendulum

The gruesome horror of
The Fall of the House of Usher

The devilish logic of
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The fiendish mystery of
The Purloined Letter etc.

These Flawless stories are the work of a master who has chilled the spines of readers for over a century.

First published 1960 by Pan Books Ltd. Tenth printing 1965.

Sunday December 18th

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It’s your Last Chance to check out some of our lovely book bargains before the New Year!

Dracula and Alice in Wonderland have been the runaway seasonal bestsellers on our stall so far, but there’s still time to change all that as tomorrow is the final day the Yard Vintage and Makers Market will be open for trading before it closes its doors until next March 2012.

We will be at the market from 12pm -4pm so if you’re coming by for some books, please stop by between then. Mince pies or chocolates will be especially welcome! (I know, I know I’m being a bit cheeky now..)

Merry Christmas! And remember, if it all goes horribly wrong this year, just find a quiet corner to lose yourself in with your favourite book and pretend none of your family ever existed!

Me, I’m looking forward to catching up on some Dickens…

The Chimes, Routledge Pocket Library 1886

The Haploids

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The Haploids..

It began in Union City when they brought in the man who screamed before he died, his flesh a mottled gray. Then it spread. The disease hit South Bend. Then Chicago. Men dying. Their skin a lead gray, their lips browned, and screams tearing their way up through throats that leaked blood. Always men. Never women.

And then it was all so fantastically clear. Men were being exterminated, and a master race of haploid women were going to rule the world. And nobody could stop them.

Copyright 1952 Jerry Sohl. First Lion Edition January 1953.

Dedicated to Dr Wayne Wantland, who created the first Haploid.

And nobody could stop them…. Well, my money’s on Travis, the hardbitten news-man laid up in Union City hospital the night they brought the first haploid victim in. Maybe it was the horrible death he just witnessed or the oh-so peachy blonde with a syringe seen skulking around the dead guy’s room, but his curiosity has been aroused and he’s not letting go.

I started reading this on Sunday and I must say, I’m enjoying the ride! I haven’t quite found out who or what Haploids are yet, though there are some useful pointers on the inside cover –

You have been warned!!!