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Charles A. Weston "Chaz Weston" (Innerleithen, UK)

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Varney, the Vampyre (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
Varney, the Vampyre (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by James Malcolm Rymer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIGGER THAN WAR AND PEACE - AND JUST AS ENJOYABLE !, 21 Jan. 2010
This has just got to be a bestseller ! Grab your copy of this 1184 page horror epic with more cliffhangers, intrigues and labyrinthine sub plots than you can shake a stake at ! Serialised between 1845 and 1847 this is possibly the greatest of the Victorian so called penny dreadful novels which Wordsworth have generously presented here- complete and uncut. At a period in English literature when Thackeray's' Vanity Fair ' and Mrs. Gaskell's ' Mary Barton' were due to be published this monstrously large and gloriously entertaining epic was coming out in penny numbers with readers from the whole spectrum of Victorian society.
The print of this edition is excellent and not too small and this is the least expensive version available. Normally you have to pay over £20 at least for a copy of this Victorian super gothic - and this new edition has a helpful and interesting introduction contextualising Rymer's novel.

I'm not going to elaborate on the plots as this will spoil your immersion in the book - but suffice it to warn you - prepare yourself for shocks and suprises in equal measure as the author unravels his vast tapestry of supernatural horror.

Grab your copy quickly before the first printing runs out !

Essential Collection
Essential Collection

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Stereo Isleys But One !, 23 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Essential Collection (Audio CD)
The Isley Brothers only stayed with Motown for three years - but managed to have genius songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland write a couple of thrilling and emotional songs for them: 'This Ole Heart of Mine' and 'I Guess I'll Always Love You ' Neither are included here - instead you get a selection from their first Motown album in that classic year 1966, mainly energetic, superbly arranged versions of other Motown acts ' hits including 'Nowhere To Run' and ' I Hear A Symphony'. The highlight for me was the inclusion of the follow up single to ' This 'Ole Heart Of Mine' - the sizzling 'Take Some Time Out For Love' - which I bought in '66 with the magical 5 orange stars gracing the paper sleeve .
The other highlight for us all is that all tracks but one 'How Sweet It Is ' - are in superb digital STEREO . Why 'How Sweet It Is' is the only mono track beats me - but it is excellent, blazing mono nonetheless !

Curiously the other Isleys collection in the Motown Early Classics series on Spectrum is also an all stereo collection (17 tracks out of 18) except for 'I Guess I'll Always Love You ' which can be found in all its stereo glory in Spectrum's 'Motown Big Hits And Hard To Find Classics' series.

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