Yes, the much anticipated sequel to the British Fantasy Award-winning novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert is now officially available to pre-order. Once again it features the deadly but ever so slightly deranged Dr. Valentine, accompanied this time by an unnamed but beautiful female assistant, and once more DCI Longdon has been called back from semi-retirement to have his patience tested and to apprehend the man. Will he succeed this time, or has the mad doctor got even MORE tricks up his sleeves?
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?
The cover, by JD Busch, is being worked on even as we speak – the sketches are absolutely brilliant, so you can anticipate artwork just as eye-catching as the one on The Nine Deaths was…
The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback.
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The novella will be published in May. Hope to hear from you soon!