Ramsey Campbell





Ramsey Campbell

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in Liverpool, England, The United Kingdom
January 04, 1946

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John Ramsey Campbell is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today," while S. T. Joshi has said that "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."


Average rating: 4.00 · 80,468 ratings · 3,971 reviews · 457 distinct works · Similar authors
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“One way to avoid what has already been done is to be true to yourself.”
Ramsey Campbell

“Tradition is a pretty poor excuse for perpetrating stereotypes.”
Ramsey Campbell

“Leaves that rustled, twigs that scraped and rattled. But the thin shapes weren't falling, they were scurrying head first down the tree-trunks at a speed that seemed to leave time behind. Some of them had no shape they could have lived with, and some might never have had any skin. She saw their shriveled eyes glimmer eagerly and their toothless mouths gape with an identical infantile hunger. Their combined weight bowed the lowest branches while they extended arms like withered sticks to snatch the child. ("With The Angels")”
Ramsey Campbell, Best New Horror 22

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Vote for Groupread Topic(s) for Sept-Oct 2014. Recent groupreads have been single topic, but this time we'll revert back to the "two topics" for "two months" style again. Vote to steer the discussion! The top 2 topics win. Write-in suggestions always welcome (enter in the "Your Choice" field).

Swords sans Sorcery (i.e. historical heroic fiction, Harold Lamb)...topic submitted by Joseph
 
  9 votes, 26.5%

 
  9 votes, 26.5%

Forgotten Realms books
 
  5 votes, 14.7%

Clark Ashton Smith's Zothique tales
 
  3 votes, 8.8%

Graphic Novels & Comics (i.e., Slaine: Warrior's Dawn,The Savage Sword of Conan, Red Sonja)
 
  2 votes, 5.9%

Warhammer Black Library works (Old World or 40,000)
 
  2 votes, 5.9%

Any book with Frank Frazetta coverart
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

An obscure work, title to be determined (i.e. we rediscovered Ramsey Campbell's Ryre...what else is out there?)
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Soloman Kane stories by Robert E. Howard (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

Harold Lamb! (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 2.9%

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