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Our Lady Of Pain #2020

Our Lady Of Pain By JohnBlackburn Greg Gbur Our Lady Of Pain A centuries old Eastern European legend of a deadly curse Three hardened criminals who die horribly after being driven mad by terror A washed up actress hellbent on revenge against her critics A sadis
  • Title: Our Lady Of Pain
  • Author: JohnBlackburn Greg Gbur
  • ISBN: 9781941147238
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Lady Of Pain By JohnBlackburn Greg Gbur A centuries old Eastern European legend of a deadly curse Three hardened criminals who die horribly after being driven mad by terror A washed up actress hellbent on revenge against her critics A sadistic doctor who takes pleasure in mutilating his patients What is the connection between them Reporter Harry Clay will risk his life and sanity to find out Because he knoA centuries old Eastern European legend of a deadly curse Three hardened criminals who die horribly after being driven mad by terror A washed up actress hellbent on revenge against her critics A sadistic doctor who takes pleasure in mutilating his patients What is the connection between them Reporter Harry Clay will risk his life and sanity to find out Because he knows that when the curtain goes up on the opening night performance of the new play Our Lady of Pain , based on the life of the murderous Countess Elizabeth Bathory, something horrific is going to happen and a bloodbath will ensue The most unrelentingly dark of the many horror thrillers by the prolific John Blackburn 1923 1993 , Our Lady of Pain 1974 is also one of his very best This first ever republication of the novel includes a new introduction by Greg Gbur Even on the warmest night of the year, Mr Blackburn knows how to chill our marrow Scotsman Blackburn quickly establishes the tone of urbane nastiness which pervades his new horror story murders and much necrogenic excitement precede an extremely bloody climax Times Literary Supplement A tour de force the grimmest of Blackburn s books Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural A stylish, genuinely chilling author He can be depended upon to sustain swift, sure, exciting, and absorbing stories undoubtedly one of England s best practicing novelists in the tradition of the thriller novel St James Guide to Crime Mystery Writers
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    1. JohnBlackburn Greg Gbur

      John Blackburn was born in 1923 in the village of Corbridge, England, the second son of a clergyman Blackburn attended Haileybury College near London beginning in 1937, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II the shadow of the war, and that of Nazi Germany, would later play a role in many of his works He served as a radio officer during the war in the Mercantile Marine from 1942 to 1945, and resumed his education afterwards at Durham University, earning his bachelor s degree in 1949 Blackburn taught for several years after that, first in London and then in Berlin, and married Joan Mary Clift in 1950 Returning to London in 1952, he took over the management of Red Lion Books.It was there that Blackburn began writing, and the immediate success in 1958 of his first novel, A Scent of New Mown Hay, led him to take up a career as a writer full time He and his wife also maintained an antiquarian bookstore, a secondary career that would inform some of Blackburn s work, including the bibliomystery Blue Octavo 1963 A Scent of New Mown Hay typified the approach that would come to characterize Blackburn s twenty eight novels, which defied easy categorization in their unique and compelling mixture of the genres of science fiction, horror, mystery, and thriller Many of Blackburn s best novels came in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with a string of successes that included the classics A Ring of Roses 1965 , Children of the Night 1966 , Nothing but the Night 1968 adapted for a 1973 film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing , Devil Daddy 1972 and Our Lady of Pain 1974 Somewhat unusually for a popular horror writer, Blackburn s novels were not only successful with the reading public but also won widespread critical acclaim the Times Literary Supplement declared him today s master of horror and compared him with the Grimm Brothers, while the Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural regarded him as certainly the best British novelist in his field and the St James Guide to Crime Mystery Writers called him one of England s best practicing novelists in the tradition of the thriller novel By the time Blackburn published his final novel in 1985, much of his work was already out of print, an inexplicable neglect that continued until Valancourt began republishing his novels in 2013 John Blackburn died in 1993.

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    1. While I hate and detest star ratings because what a particular number means to me may not mean the same to anyone else, for my own purposes I ll give it a 3.8 It s really hard to pigeonhole this novel While there is an entire subgenre of paranormal mystery, that s not really an apt description of this book, nor is it the feel I got while reading it I ve read enough of them to know the difference There are definitely some weird elements involved, but Our Lady of Pain is of a hybrid of mystery an [...]


    2. I m happy to report that one of John Blackburn s best books, Our Lady of Pain 1974 , is now available from Valancourt Books, and it contains an introduction by me When reporter Harry Clay really screws up a major assignment, his editor sticks him with the most boring stories imaginable and Harry is willing to do anything to get back on top When a number of career criminals begin dying horribly after performing a mysterious job, Clay sees a major scoop in the making and he pursues the case withou [...]


    3. You d think this would be totally ridiculous, but it s actually not All of the horror supernatural aspects are played for straight and never actually seem over the top or outlandish It s a nice little horror story well written, well paced, and nicely played out at the end My biggest qualm are all the historical inaccuracies, but I ve come to expect that from fiction based on inspired by Elizabeth Bathory To Blackburn s credit, this was one of the earlier works using Elizabeth as a plot point , s [...]


    4. Wow, this is a bizarre little gem To talk too much about the plot is basically to ruin it for any future readers, so I ll leave it alone Parts of the language and science show the book s age, but I really think this could make a great film as it s very cinematic either with a modern treatment or as a period piece.


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