Valancourt Books

Valancourt Books

Valancourt Books is an independent small press specializing in the rediscovery of rare, neglected, and out-of-print fiction. 



Now through Dec. 31, we are offering free US & UK shipping on all orders placed on the Valancourt Books website, with no minimum purchase. UK orders will ship from the UK. Grab some holiday gifts early!



One of the finest and best-selling horror novels of the 1970s returns at last to chill a new generation of readers 

A masterpiece of terror whose sense of creeping menace and dread increases page by page, Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer (1975) is a rediscovered classic of 20th-century fiction. With echoes of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Stephen King’s Needful Things, Samson’s novel returns to print at last in this long-awaited new edition, which features an introduction by Grady Hendrix (HorrorstörPaperbacks from Hell) and an afterword by the author’s husband.



Book Description

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, where life has changed little over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their freedom, their possessions, and perhaps even their lives ...


“Buy this book ... there is no way to stop reading it, once you’ve started!”—Baltimore Sun

“A well-made piece of dynamite ... For all their talk, the author seems to be saying, men will permit their souls to be carried away bit by bit and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Samson has written a suspenseful, engrossing novel with the most gripping and violent ending we’ve encountered for some time.”—Newsday

“A frightening novel . . . a powerful book from a powerful writer.”—The Grand Rapids Press

“A novel you may never forget . . . a tight classic.”—San Diego Tribune

“Brilliant, compelling . . . Add a powerful twist at the end and you have a total novel that takes hold of the reader on Page One and never lets go until the finish. This just could prove to be one of the top thrillers of the year.”—Dayton News

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Pre-Order now!

It's not too late to preorder Steve Rasnic Tem's FIGURES UNSEEN, a collection of 35 of his best weird tales, which goes on sale April 17. Orders placed direct through our site should arrive to you before the official release date, or it can be preordered at Amazon now. An audiobook version is already available for listening, no preorder required! More info on this exciting release here.


The Happy Man: A Tale of Horror (1985) by Eric. C. Higgs

New audio release!


One of our favorite releases of last year is now available as an audiobook. Eric C. Higgs's THE HAPPY MAN is a rediscovered classic of 1980s horror fiction that Too Much Horror Fiction called "unlike anything else in the genre". The talented Matt Godfrey brings the book to life in this audio edition, which we think fans of Gothic and macabre fiction will really enjoy! More info here.


The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories: Volume Two

New Release! December is just around the corner, and you know what that means: it's time for more Victorian Christmas ghost stories! Volume 2 is on sale today in paperback, hardcover & ebook and includes 15 rare tales of Yuletide terror, most never before reprinted, plus an introduction by Allen Grove. Last year's volume is also still available!



Fifteen more chilling tales of Yuletide terror, collected from rare Victorian periodicals 

Following the popularity of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843), Victorian newspapers and magazines frequently featured ghost stories at Christmas time, and reading them by candlelight or the fireside became an annual tradition. This second volume of Victorian Christmas ghost stories contains fifteen tales, most of which have never been reprinted. They represent a mix of the diverse styles and themes common to Victorian ghost fiction and include works by once-popular authors like Grant Allen and Eliza Lynn Linton as well as contributions from anonymous or wholly forgotten writers. This volume also features a new introduction by Prof. Allen Grove.

“At first I was aware only of a bluish, misty, phosphorescent light, and then a ghastly terror, that froze the very blood in my veins, seized me, for suddenly I saw rise up out of the inky darkness the form of a man—the eyes of a hideous red, fixed on mine with a look of hate ...” - Coulson Kernahan, “Haunted!”

“As I stood in breathless horror, unable to stir a limb, the figure raised its arm, a skeleton hand emerged from the heavy folds of the cloak, and touched my elbow. A scorching pain shot through me, I uttered a shriek——” - Emily Arnold, “The Ghost of the Treasure-Chamber”

“Again that shudder passed through his body, and again he unwillingly met the glance of those diabolical eyes upon the scroll. Horror of horrors! was the face alive, or was he going mad?” - Anonymous, “The Weird Violin”


Albert Smith, "A Real Country Ghost Story" • Emily Arnold, "The Secret of the Treasure Chamber" • Theo Gift, "Number Two, Melrose Square" • Anonymous, "The Weird Violin" • E. Morant Cox, "Walsham Grange" • Coulson Kernahan, "Haunted!" • W. W. Fenn, "The Steel Mirror" • Anonymous, "White Satin" • Alfred Crowquill, "Nicodemus" • Grant Allen, "Wolverden Tower" • Eliza Lynn Linton, "Christmas Eve at Beach House" • Isabella F. Romer, "The Necromancer" • James Grant, "The Veiled Portrait" • Anonymous, "The Ghost Chamber" • A. S., "The Terrible Retribution"

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Childgrave (1982) by Ken Greenhall

New Release


Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook (audiobook coming soon). “Writing in Shirley Jackson’s precise, sharp, chilly prose, Greenhall delivers a slippery book that can’t be pinned down, all about spectral photography, little dead girls, snowbound small towns, and the disquieting proposition that maybe God is not civilized.” - Grady Hendrix, author of Paperbacks from Hell.



Book Description

When photographer Jonathan Brewster’s four-year-old daughter Joanne tells him about her new invisible friends, he doesn’t think too much about it. But then he sees them for himself: weird and uncanny images of the dead appearing in his photographs. The apparitions seem to have some connection to Childgrave, a remote village in upstate New York with a deadly secret dating back three centuries. Jonathan and Joanne feel themselves oddly drawn to Childgrave, but will they survive the horrors that await them there?

The third novel by Ken Greenhall (1928-2014), whose works are receiving renewed attention as neglected classics of modern horror, Childgrave (1982) is a slow-burn chiller that ranks among Greenhall’s best.


“Writing in Shirley Jackson’s precise, sharp, chilly prose, Greenhall delivers a slippery book that can’t be pinned down, all about spectral photography, little dead girls, snowbound small towns, and the disquieting proposition that maybe God is not civilized.” - Grady Hendrix, author of Paperbacks from Hell

“A very well-orchestrated, eerie tale.” - Publishers Weekly

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#14 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Char's Horror Corner [Nominated]


Halloween is coming near. The spooky time requires a special guest and we think that Charlene from Char’s Horror Corner is the perfect one for the Halloween Follow Friday interview. 


Check out what Charlene is reading and follow her blog Char’s Horror Corner on BookLikes



How did your book love begin? 


It started early on! There weren’t a lot of other children around where I grew up, but there were a lot of elderly people. The bookmobile would come around so that those without transportation were able to get something to read, and in the summers I would stand in line with them. I loved to check out mysteries from Agatha Christie and other authors, and then I discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the great Edgar Allan Poe.


You’ve reviewed over 800 books on your BL blog. What do you enjoy about book blogging the most? 


What I enjoy the most about blogging/reviewing is giving and getting book recommendations. I just love when someone tries a book I recommended and they like it. Conversely, I always feel bad when a person tries a book I recommended and they do NOT like it.



You’re a horror book lover. Why this genre is so special for you? What do you cherish the most about it? 


Horror is often about outsiders and being an outsider, that always appealed to me. I felt like an outsider during most of my time in junior high and in high school and I related to those kinds of stories. What I cherish the most about the horror genre is the community. I help moderate a group on Goodreads, (Horror Aficionados), and we now have nearly 13,500 members. They are the best bunch of people, authors and readers both, they’re supportive, smart and funny and they welcome everyone! What’s not to cherish about that?


If not horror, than what? Do you often switch to another genre or is horror your ultimate love?


I do like to switch things up at times. I love to read biographies and autobiographies, as well as classics, mysteries, thrillers and true crime. Horror is my ultimate love though, and I never stray away for too long.



There are many sub-genres of horror. Can you tell more about them to our readers? 


As you’ve stated, there are many! These days, my favorites lean more towards Quiet Horror. This is horror that generally does not feature a lot of blood and guts. No slashers or torturing or things like that. It’s heavier on atmosphere, building dread and those things caught out of the corner of your eye.

I also enjoy Cosmic Horror. Now this can include parts of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and the monsters he created, or it can be more generic and just reflect the cold, unfeeling universe and the lowly place of mankind within it. I also enjoy ghost stories, creature features, (fun books with imaginative monsters, and usually faced paced killing), and haunted house tales.


Name your Top 3 horror books.


Yeah, that’s too hard! Today, my answer is:

1. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon  , which is not exactly horror, but coming-of-age dark fiction.

2. It or The Stand by Stephen King  .

3. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King  


Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammonIt - Stephen KingThe Stand - Stephen King'Salem's Lot - Stephen King


Are there any particular titles you’re impatiently waiting for this fall/winter season?


Yes, I’ve been waiting for Joe Hill’s latest title, Strange Weather and I finally got it on Saturday at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe Hill appeared there and his fans were able to purchase copies prior to the book officially going on sale 10.24.17.


Read the relation from The Third Annual Merrimack Valley Book Festival!



We’ve noticed the horror audiobooks on your BookLikes bookshelf, recently you’ve also interviewed a horror story narrator -- do you prefer reading or listening to horror stories? Is there any difference in experiencing the novels? 


I prefer reading to listening, actually. In a very few cases though, a worthy narrator can elevate my reading experience. This has happened on a few occasions. The first was when I listened to Kate Mulgrew narrate Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. Her narration brought the story even more alive than Hill already had and that changed my original rating from when I read the book of 4/5 stars to ALL the stars.

NOS4A2: A Novel - Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew Bravo to both Joe Hill and Kate Mulgrew for the hours of pleasure that is the audible book NOS4A2! Read a full review ->


Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt GodfreyThe second time this happened is actually still happening, with Matt Godfrey’s narration of Michael McDowell’s Blackwater. Since this saga is set in Alabama, and Matt is from Alabama, the accents and voices have really come alive for me, even more so than when I read the books a few years back. It’s amazing! (And HE’S amazing!)


The most wonderful horror author(s) is/are… 


Stephen King, Robert McCammon, and Joe Hill.



What are your three favorite book covers? 

1. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon  (see link above, on Question 6)

2. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two.

3. Last Train from Perdition by Robert R. McCammon 



Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammonThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowellLast Train from Perdition (I Travel By Night) - Robert R. McCammon


How do you pick another book to read? 


Generally, my reading is booked far in advance. I have this crazy urge to haunt sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss for advance review copies of books. I generally try to read them by the publication dates, so that usually determines what I’m going to read next. I had challenged myself to read 40 books that I ALREADY OWN this year, and I’ve only read 7. That’s because I just can’t stop myself from browsing the books that are coming out soon and requesting them. I just want to read ALL the books.


A paper book or an e-book? 



Halloween is coming near. Can you suggest three titles to juice up a Halloween party? 


1.Haunted Nights, edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton. This is an excellent collection of short stories all connected by Halloween.

2. The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss. This is a fun little tale about what happens when you choose not to give out candy on Halloween, (among other things!).

3. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories volume 1 or 2. Or better yet, both! These are excellent tales that have rarely or never been reprinted since their original release.


Featuring authors like Michael McDowell and Stephen Gregory, everyone should be able to find a pleasing story within.


Haunted Nights - Ellen Datlow,Lisa MortonThe Halloween Children - Brian James Freeman,Norman PrentissThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories - Francis King,John Blackburn,Richard Marsh,Michael McDowell,Stephen GregoryThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowell


What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)


Anywhere, really, but my favorites are in my recliner, by the pool, or in what I optimistically call my library.




Your favorite quote?

We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God's sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they'd allowed to wither in themselves. - Robert McCammon, from Boy's Life


If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 


I think I would like to sit down with Mary Love from Blackwater by Michael McDowell. I would love to hear her Alabama accent and ask her why she acted the way she did as the matriarch of her Southern family.


Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)



Thank you!




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See you next Friday!

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The Travelling Grave and Other Stories (1948) by L.P. Hartley

Now available! Though best known for his classic novel of Edwardian childhood The Go-Between, L. P. Hartley was also a master of supernatural and macabre fiction, the best of which is collected in The Travelling Grave and Other Stories.

This volume demonstrates Hartley’s versatility, ranging from traditional ghost stories like ‘Feet Foremost’ and ‘The Cotillon’ to the wickedly black humour of the horror masterpieces ‘The Travelling Grave’ and ‘The Killing Bottle’. Originally published in 1948 and long out of print, this collection features twelve of Hartley’s finest tales, presented in this edition with a new introduction by John Howard.



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The Devil in a Domino (1897) by Chas L'Epine

Now available! An extremely rare book, one of the earliest novels inspired by the Jack the Ripper murders, THE DEVIL IN A DOMINO (1897) by "Chas L'Epine". One contemporary critic called it “a gruesome compound of madness and butchery, with nameless horrors in the background. No sane person could find pleasure in reading such a story … it would have been better had it not been written.” Sounds like our kind of book!


Features a new introduction by Simon Stern and a colorized reproduction of the original cover art.



Book Description

The offspring of a profligate scoundrel and a drunken circus performer, Aleck Severn was born inside a prison’s walls after his mother stabbed his father to death. Severn shows no outward signs of inheriting his parents’ faults: a handsome, affable man about town, he is popular with his friends and beloved by his wife Marianne. But she begins to suspect her husband has a dark secret. What is he doing during those long nights alone at a remote house? And what connection could it have to the bodies of murdered women being found around London?


“[A] peculiarly repulsive piece of writing, indicative of the low and morbid type of so-called literature which is purveyed to a half-educated constituency.” – Edinburgh Evening News

“In its diabolical horrors it recalls the ghastly series of crimes supposed to have been the work of ‘Jack the Ripper.’ Those who like to sup on sensation will find all they want in The Devil in a Domino.” – Dundee Evening Telegraph

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The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two

Now up for preorder: The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two. Features a never-before-published ghost story by Nevil Shute, a brand-new tale by Stephen Gregory, and twelve more scarce tales by Valancourt authors, including Michael McDowell, Bernard Taylor, Beverley Nichols, Isabel Colegate, Basil Copper, R. Chetwynd-Hayes and more! Preorder direct from us and receive it before the official Oct. 2 on-sale date. The complete story list below.



Table of Contents


Foreword by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle
Samhain by Bernard Taylor
The Bell by Beverley Nichols
The Elemental by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Herself by M. E. Braddon
The Creatures in the House by Robert Westall
November the Thirteenth by Russell Thorndike
Halley's Passing by Michael McDowell
The Nice Boys by Isabel Colegate
The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan
Tudor Windows by Nevil Shute
No Sin by John Metcalfe
The Dice by Thomas De Quincey
Camera Obscura by Basil Copper
The Boys Who Wouldn't Wake Up by Stephen Gregory

Now available for pre-order
October 2nd release

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Hell Hound (1977) by Ken Greenhall

AUDIOBOOK now available! ‘An unsung classic of the bizarre that ranks with Crash and The Wasp Factory.’ - The basis for the acclaimed 1989 film Baxter, Ken Greenhall’s utterly chilling and long-unobtainable HELL HOUND (1977) has earned a reputation as a lost classic of horror fiction. Narrated by two-time Audie Award winning narrator R.C. Bray. #kengreenhall #hellhound  #baxter #horror #horrorfiction #horrorofinstagram #1970s #audiobooks #audible


More info here: Hell Hound




Bombardier (1944) by Stephen Gilbert

With the release of Christopher Nolan's new hit film DUNKIRK, we thought we'd highlight a title from 2016 you might have missed, Stephen Gilbert's BOMBARDIER (1944). Gilbert, best known as the author of horror classic RATMAN'S NOTEBOOKS (the inspiration for the WILLARD films), took part in the Dunkirk evacuation and describes the experience firsthand in his fascinating, thrilling novel. Check it out here:


A Book of the Dead (1984) by John Blackburn

New Release


Why is someone willing to kill in order to get their hands on every copy of Men of Courage, a rare but worthless book? That's the mystery at the heart of John Blackburn's rarest thriller, A BOOK OF THE DEAD (1984), long unavailable and republished now for the first time.



Book Description

When a veteran book dealer pays an exorbitant sum at auction for a copy of Men of Courage, a worthless book about famous heroic deeds, his colleagues believe he has lost his mind. But when he is found dead and the book goes missing, it appears something more sinister may be going on. In fact, someone has been buying, stealing, or destroying every known copy of the book. Bookseller Tom Mayne, with the help of the lovely heiress Janet Vale and the egotistical adventurer J. Moldon-Mott, is determined to find out why – and to stop a madman before he kills again!

John Blackburn (1923-1993) was regarded as one of the great British mystery and thriller writers of his time. This first-ever reprint of A Book of the Dead (1984), his penultimate and rarest novel, includes a new introduction by Greg Gbur. Fifteen other thrillers, mysteries, and horror novels by Blackburn are also available from Valancourt.


‘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

‘He is certainly the best British novelist in his field and deserves the widest recognition.’ - Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural

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Happy birthday Henry Chapman Mercer!


Henry Chapman Mercer
(June 24, 1856 - March 9, 1930)

Henry Chapman Mercer was born in 1856 to a well-to-do family in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. As a young man he travelled in Europe and attended Harvard University from 1875 to 1879. Afterwards, he studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced, returning to Europe to travel extensively across the continent.

Towards the end of his life, Mercer published November Night Tales (1928), a collection of stories reflecting his lifelong interest in history and archaeology, his appreciation for castles and gothic fiction, and his Romantic imagination.

November Night Tales sale! Now through the end of the month:

November Night Tales by Henry Chapman Mercer
Paperback $10 + shipping, regularly $16.99
eBook $1.99, regularly $6.99
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Audiobook out now: Gilded Needles (1980) by Michael McDowell

New audiobook! R.C. Bray, whose performance of Michael McDowell's The Elementals earned an Audie Award nomination, is back with a brilliant rendition of McDowell's harrowing story of revenge, GILDED NEEDLES! Now available worldwide on Amazon and Audible.

We have a limited number of promotional codes to give away, so if anyone is interested in reviewing the audiobook, please send us a private message on our Facebook page. More on the book here: Gilded Needles


LGBT eBook Sale for Pride Month!

June is LGBT Pride Month, and to celebrate, we're offering a 2-for-1 deal all month long on all ebooks in our LGBT literature catalog! It's easy: purchase any LGBT ebook using our Paypal button, then send us an email or message to let us know which other ebook (of equal or lesser price) you'd like for free! Applies only to ebooks purchased from the Valancourt website (not Amazon). Complete list of titles over on our Rediscovered LGBT Literature page.