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Whispers in the night : stories of the mysterious and macabre
Copper, Basil.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Fedogan & Bremer, 1999.
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xi, 271 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Whispers in the Night gathers eleven stories, nine of them never before published. The tales include supernatural, suspense, and even a dash of science fiction.

Author Notes

Basil Frederick Albert Copper (born February 5, 1924 and died on April 3, 2013) was an English writer and former journalist and newspaper editor. He became a full-time writer in 1970. In addition to horror and detective fiction, Copper was perhaps best known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes by August Derleth. Copper also wrote the long-running novel series featuring hard-boiled Los Angeles private detective "Mike Faraday" (58 novels from 1966 to 1988). Copper's work has been translated into many languages, reprinted in leading anthologies and filmed for television by Universal Pictures.[5] The TV adaptation was of his well-known macabre story "Camera Obscura", filmed as an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery in 1971.

Copper received many honors in recent years. In 1979, the Mark Twain Society of America elected him a Knight of Mark Twain for his outstanding "contribution to modern fiction", while the Praed Street Irregulars have twice honoured him for his work on the Solar Pons series. He has been a member of the Crime Writer's Association for over thirty years, serving as chairman in 1981-82 and on its committee for a total of seven years. At the 2010 World Horror Convention in Brighton, he was awarded the first WHC Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in April, 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The introduction to this new collection from Copper (The Black Death) cites his extensive experience writing everything from hard-boiled detective thrillers to dark fantasy to gothic horror. The following five stories and three novellas (eight of them original, three published before but only in Copper's homeland of Britain) are, indeed, eclectic. In "Better Dead," a man obsessed with old films meets his end at his cheating wife's hand. "Riding the Chariot" and "Final Destination" likewise address obsessions that lead to tragedy. The Lovecraftian narrative "Reader, I Buried Him" details the downfall of an isolated research station threatened by a mysterious blood-sucking murderer. "One for the Pot" delivers a twist ending for an elderly woman who occasionally enjoys poisoning her guests' teacups. "The Grass," regarding a hunt for lost diamonds, is a tale as grim as the WWII era during which it was written. The most effective entry is the haunting novella "Wish You Were Here," wherein musty antique postcards from a distant, dead relative herald an unearthly arrival. Though most of these narratives were produced during the last two decadesÄthat is, during the years of splatterpunk and beyondÄthey all exhibit a restrained air that complements well their macabre tone. Readers looking for horror with dense, highly charged atmospheres will find what they crave here. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved