Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated
author of horror, terror, suspense, dark fantasy, and
supernatural fiction. He has won four World Fantasy Awards,
ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and
the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement
Award, and has been named a Grand Master of Horror.
Publishers Weekly calls Campbell "a horror writer's horror
writer," adding, "His control of mood and atmosphere is
unsurpassed." Doug Winter, the noted scholar and critic,
says Campbell has written "some of the most original and
compelling fiction of our time, [works that dare] the
precipice of reason, the human dilemma of knowing and not
knowing, believing and disbelieving."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer says his horror fiction is "of
consistently high quality," and The Washington Post praises
Campbell for continuing "to break new ground, advancing the
style and thematic content of horror fiction far beyond the
works of his contemporaries."
Indeed, with the original publication of Scared Stiff,
Campbell almost single-handedly created the genre of erotic
horror. Never had sex and death been so mesmerizingly
entwined. Clive Barker, in his Introduction, says, "One of
the delightfully unsettling things about these tales is the
way Ramsey's brooding, utterly unique vision renders an act
so familiar to us all so fretful, so strange, so chilling.
Sex . . . is the perfect stuff for the horror writer, and
there can be few artists working in the genre as capable of
analyzing and dramatizing [this] as Campbell."
For this edition, Campbell has added three new stories that
have never before appeared in book form.