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…
Once more, John L. Probert’s brings us an affectionate, bloodily gruesome and blackly comic tribute and homage to the Golden Age of horror films, this time pulling focus on that most famous of British cinematic institutions, Hammer Films. Included in the hardback edition is an Appendix, THE HAMMER FILMS OF DR. VALENTINE, featuring mini-reviews and reminiscences by the author of all the films referenced in the story.
The Hammer of Dr. Valentine is the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, and the magnificently malign medical madman is hellbent on setting the record straight in his own inimitable manner.
John L. Probert saw his first Hammer film at the age of ten. It was Terence Fisher’s Dracula (1958). The Mummy (1959) the week after and Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968) the week after that, immersed him in a world of elegant, bloody, sexy horror that he has loved ever since.