Scared Stiff by Ramsey Campbell
Tales of Sex and Death

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Ramsey Campbell has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Publishers Weekly calls Campbell "a horror writer's horror writer," adding, "His control of mood and atmosphere is unsurpassed." 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."

The original publication of Scared Stiff almost created the sub-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 which have never before appeared in book form.

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About Ramsey Campbell

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as "Britain's most respected living horror writer." He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association.
 
Published August 2, 2003 by Tor Books. 244 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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Fortunately, the title's childish innuendo in no way reflects the mature, visceral content here: six sexually explicit and scary horror stories from talented and experimental Campbell, whose novels include The Hungry Moon, Obsession, and Incarnate.

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Reprint of Campbell's 1987 Scared Stiff: Tales of Seduction and Terror (1987) that keeps the Clive Barker introduction and has three new stories and an afterword by Campbell (Pact of the Fathers, 2001, etc.). The original illustrations are gone.

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British horror master Ramsey Campbell offers 10 sly and disturbing stories of an erotic hue in Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death, an expanded version of the 1988 collection of the same name subt

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is the perfect stuff for the horror writer, and .

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