You remember the highly successful The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, the novella which won last year’s British Fantasy Award for Best Novella? Well, this April/May, it’ll be getting a sequel, called The Hammer of Dr. Valentine. It will feature more madness and mayhem – a plot teaser will forthcoming but let’s just say that there are a certain group of people with which the good doctor is not entirely happy and the newly reinstated and promoted DCI Longdon is equally unhappy at the man’s reappearance…
JD Busch, who provided the original cover artwork for The Nine Deaths, returns with another wraparound cover, previews of which we will show you once we receive them. In the meantime, you can order a copy for a special price: it will be available only until mid-March, when the price will revert to normal, so ACT FAST!
Two years ago, a series of horrific murders shocked the city of Bristol. These were killings so elaborate in their planning, and so outrageous in their execution, that they made national headlines for weeks.
Now the journalists who wrote the stories behind those headlines are beginning to die, in ways even more gruesome, even more flamboyant, and even more unbelievable than the murders they themselves wrote about at such length in the national dailies all those months ago.
Dr Edward Valentine, brilliant surgeon and the maniac responsible for the Nine Deaths, has not been seen since he escaped the police following a final confrontation.
Has he returned?
Is he now intent on punishing the British tabloid press that he feels has misrepresented him?
Has he chosen as the most appropriate method of punishment that most British of institutions, the Hammer Horror film?
And how many times will the Hammer of Dr Valentine strike before he can be stopped?
Of course, there’s only one way to find out…
The Hammer of Dr Valentine. A new novella by John Llewellyn Probert
Currently in pre-production from Spectral Press