Horror World has called Tony Richards “one of today’s masters of dark fiction.” Now’s your chance to find out why. Because this ‘tour guide to terror’ is going to take you on a whistle-stop journey through the world’s most frightening places. And the most alarming thing is that they look completely harmless till you get too close.
What could be so bad about a golden Greek beach with scores of beautiful young people lying on it? Where could be the danger in a perfectly normal-looking southern English seaside town? Or an even more ordinary town out in the Nevada desert? An old, abandoned building on a rocky shore…what could be awful about that?
Discover the truth behind the origins of Abraham van Helsing. Find out how a decrepit old man continues to attract beautiful young women. Learn about the real link between crows and the Grim Reaper. Travel a few decades into the future and see a fresh and modern Africa…and the menace that still lurks there. Here are twelve new stories, five of them previously unpublished and unique to this collection, that will open your eyes to the hidden terrors in the world around us. Read them at your peril.
“I've read quite a bit of Tony Richards' work so I pretty much knew what to expect - good stories most of which place an element of horror in an otherwise mundane context. The contrast is sometimes strikingly effective” – Don D’Ammassa’s Horror Reviews.
“(The stories) are all strong, well-written and well-conceived, turning everyday elements on their heads and creating darkness, distress, and horror. Throughout, Richards demonstrates his skill at storytelling, no matter how diverse the stories might be” – Collings Notes. Read the complete review here.
Find out more about The Universal and Other Terrors here.