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Ramsey Campbell


UK (1946 - )
Son-in-Law of A Bertram Chandler

aka Carl Dreadstone, Jay Ramsay

Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror, terror, suspense, dark fantasy, and supernatural fiction. He has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been named a Grand Master of Horror.

Publishers Weekly calls Campbell "a horror writer's horror writer," adding, "His control of mood and atmosphere is unsurpassed." Doug Winter, the noted scholar and critic, says Campbell has written "some of the most original and compelling fiction of our time, [works that dare] the precipice of reason, the human dilemma of knowing and not knowing, believing and disbelieving."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer says his horror fiction is "of consistently high quality," and The Washington Post praises Campbell for continuing "to break new ground, advancing the style and thematic content of horror fiction far beyond the works of his contemporaries."

Indeed, with the original publication of Scared Stiff, Campbell almost single-handedly created the genre of erotic horror. Never had sex and death been so mesmerizingly entwined. Clive Barker, in his Introduction, says, "One of the delightfully unsettling things about these tales is the way Ramsey's brooding, utterly unique vision renders an act so familiar to us all so fretful, so strange, so chilling. Sex . . . is the perfect stuff for the horror writer, and there can be few artists working in the genre as capable of analyzing and dramatizing [this] as Campbell."

He lives in Liverpool, England, with his wife and family.

Genres: Horror
 
Novels








 
Collections
 
Chapbooks
Through the Walls (1981)
The Guide (1985)
     aka Der Reisefuhrer
 
Novellas

 
Short Stories
 
Series contributed to
 
 
 
Anthologies edited



 
Non fiction

 
Anthologies containing stories by Ramsey Campbell
Dark Mind Dark Heart (1962)
Over the Edge (1964)
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Volume 2 (1969)
Tandem Horror Three (1969)
New Writings in Horror and the Supernatural Volume 2 (1971)
The Year's Best Horror Stories (1971)
The Spawn of Cthulhu (1971)
The Year's Best Horror Stories II (1972)
Beware of the Cat (1972)
The Year's Best Horror Stories III (1973)
The Hounds of Hell (1974)
The Devil's Children (1974)
Savage Heroes (1975)
The Star Book of Horror 1 (1975)
New Writings in SF 25 (1975)
Nameless Places (1975)
The Satyr's Head (1975)
The Devil's Kisses (1976)
The Far Reaches of Fear (1976)
Frights (1976)
The Taste of Fear (1976)
The First Orbit Book of Horror Stories (1976)
Whispers (1977)
The Rivals of Dracula (1977)
Chamber of Horrors (1978)
Shadows (1978)
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 4 (1978)
Frights 2 (1979)
The Year's Best Horror Stories VII (1979)
Shadows 2 (1979)
New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
New Terrors 1 (1980)
Dark Forces (1980)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
Modern Masters of Horror (1981)
Shadows 4 (1981)
The 18th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1982)
The Gruesome Book (1983)
Top Fantasy (1984)
The 17th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1984)
Shadows 7 (1984)
The Year's Best Horror Stories XIII (1985)
After Midnight (1986)
Masters of Darkness (1986)
Hallowe'en Horrors (1986)
Cutting Edge (1986)
The Year's Best Horror Stories XIV (1986)
A Century of Horror 1970-1979 (1987)
Ghor, Kin-Slayer (1987)
Masques 2 (1987)
The Architecture of Fear (1987)
Best of the Horror Show (1987)
Lord John Ten (1987)
Silver Scream (1988)
Prime Evil (1988)
The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection (1988)
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988)
The Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection (1989)
     aka Demons and Dreams
Book of the Dead (1989)
Scare Care (1989)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (1990)
Urban Horrors (1990)
Dark Voices 2 (1990)
Best New Horror (1990)
The Mammoth Book of Terror (1991)
Dark Voices 3 (1991)
Horror Story Volume 3 (1991)
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1992)
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual Collection (1992)
Best New Horror 3 (1992)
The Year's Best Horror Stories XX (1992)
Uncanny Banquet (1992)
Nursery Crimes (1993)
Cold Cuts (1993)
Monsters in Our Midst (1993)
The Hastur Cycle, 2nd Edition (1993)
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...Nightmare (1993)
The Best of Whispers (1994)
Northern Chills (1994)
The Shub Niggurath Cycle (1994)
Young Blood (1994)
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994)
Shadows over Innsmouth (1994)
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995)
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories (1995)
Made in Goatswood (1995)
The Azathoth Cycle (1995)
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls (1995)
Cthulhu 2000 (1995)
Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories (1995)
Dark Terrors (1995)
Dark Love (1995)
The Best New Horror 6 (1995)
Borderlands 4 (1995)
The Best of Weird Tales (1995)
The Disciples of Cthulhu (1996)
The Giant Book of Fantasy Tales (1996)
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996)
Fantasy Stories (1996)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Seven (1996)
Dark Terrors 2 (1996)
Destination Unknown (1996)
The New Lovecraft Circle (1996)
The Mammoth Book of Dracula (1997)
Millennium (1997)
Dancing with the Dark (1997)
Dark of the Night (1997)
Dark Terrors 3 (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Nine (1997)
Scaremongers (1998)
The Unexplained (1998)
The Crow: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams (1998)
Scaremongers 2 (1998)
Dark Terrors 4 (1998)
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998)
Tales of The Cthulhu Mythos (1999)
White of the Moon (1999)
999 (1999)
Technohorror (1999)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Ten (1999)
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999)
Dark Terrors 5 (2000)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Eleven (2000)
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000)
My Favorite Horror Story (2000)






























 
Short stories
DUMMY1
Kill Me Hideously
The Horror from the Bridge (1961)
The Insects from Shaggai (1961)
The Room in the Castle (1961)
The Church in High Street (1962)
The Inhabitant of the Lake [short story] (1962)
The Mine on Yuggoth (1962)
The Plain of Sound (1962)
The Render of the Veils (1962)
The Moon Lens (1963)
The Return of the Witch (1963)
The Will of Stanley Brooke (1963)
The Stone on the Island (1964)
The Cellars (1967)
Reply Guaranteed (1968)
The Stocking (1968)
Cold Print [short story] (1969)
Cyril (1969)
The Scar (1969)
Napier Court (1971)
Cat and Mouse (1972)
The Other House (1972)
At First Sight (1973)
Concussion (1973)
The Enchanted Fruit (1973)
The End of a Summer's Day (1973)
The Franklyn Paragraphs (1973)
The Guy (1973)
The Interloper (1973)
The Lost (1973)
Made in Goatswood (1973)
The Old Horns (1973)
Potential (1973)
The Second Staircase (1973)
The Sentinels (1973)
Litter (1974)
The Stages of the God (1974)
Vacant Possession (1974)
The Whining (1974)
Call First (1975)
Jack's Little Friend (1975)
The Man in the Underpass (1975)
Murders (1975)
The Previous Tenant (1975)
Run Through (1975)
Smoke Kiss (1975)
The Song at the Hub of the Garden (1975)
Ash (1976)
Baby (1976)
Beside the Seaside (1976)
The Companion (1976)World Fantasy (nominee)
Dolls (1976)
The Height of the Scream [short story] (1976)
Horror House of Blood (1976)
In the Shadows (1976)
Lilith's (1976)
Missing (1976)
The Other Woman (1976)
The Pattern (1976)
The Telephones (1976)
The Tugging (1976)
The Words That Count (1976)
The Changer of Names (1977)
The Chimney (1977)World Fantasy (nominee)
Conversion (1977)
In the Bag (1977)
Loveman's Comeback (1977)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Seductress (1977)
The Sustenance of Hoak (1977)
Dead Letters (1978)
Drawing In (1978)
Heading Home (1978)
The Little Voice (1978)
The Pit of Wings (1978)
Above the World (1979)
Mackintosh Willy (1979)World Fantasy
Midnight Hobo (1979)
The Mouths of Light (1979)
To Wake the Dead [short story] (1979)
Before the Storm (1980)
The Brood (1980)
The Change (1980)
Down There (1980)
The Faces at Pine Dunes (1980)
The Fit (1980)
The Gap (1980)
Out of Copyright (1980)
The Trick (1980)
Calling Card (1981)
Hearing is Believing (1981)
The Next Sideshow (1981)
Through the Walls [short story] (1981)
Wrapped Up (1981)
The Depths (1982)
The Ferries (1982)
The Invocation (1982)
The Puppets (1982)
The Show Goes On (1982)
The Voice of the Beach (1982)
Jack in the Box (1983)
Just Waiting (1983)
Blacked Out (1984)
Seeing the World (1984)
Watch the Birdie [short story] (1984)
Old Clothes (1985)
Passing Phase (1985)
Rising Generation (1985)
The Sneering (1985)
Apples (1986)
Boiled Alive (1986)
The Hands (1986)
Little Man (1986)
Looking Out (1986)
Missed Connection (1986)
The Other Side (1986)
Root Cause (1986)
This Time (1986)
Another World (1987)
Medusa [short story] (1987)
Merry May (1987)
A New Life (1987)
Second Sight (1987)
Stages (1987)
Where the Heart Is (1987)
Eye of Childhood (1988)
Next Time You'll Know Me (1988)
Playing the Game (1988)
Welcomeland (1988)
Ancient Images [short story] (1989)
It Helps If You Sing (1989)
Meeting the Author (1989)
Needing Ghosts [short story] (1990)
The Worst Fog of the Year (1990)
The Same in Any Language (1991)
A Street Was Chosen (1991)
The Dead Must Die (1992)
End of the Line (1992)
The Limits of Fantasy (1992)
McGonagall in the Head (1992)
For You to Judge (1993)
See How They Run (1993)
The Urge (1993)
The Void (1993)
The Alternative (1994)
A Side of the Sea (1994)
Where They Lived (1994)
The Body in the Window (1995)
Going Under (1995)
The Horror Under Warrendown (1995)
The Maze (1995) (with Tammy and Matt Campbell)
Out of the Woods (1996)
Between the Floors (1997)
The Nearest to a Ghost (1997)
The Ways of Chaos (1997)
The Word (1997)Bram Stoker (nominee)
Never to Be Heard (1998)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
Ra (1998)
Ra*e (1998)
Twice by Fire (1998)
The Entertainment (1999)British Fantasy Society (nominee)
Bram Stoker (nominee)
No Story in It (2000)


Awards
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1977) : The Companion
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1977) : The Doll Who Ate His Mother
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1977) : The Height of the Scream
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1978) : The Chimney
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1978) : Loveman's Comeback
World Fantasy Best Short Story winner (1980) : Mackintosh Willy
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1981) : To Wake the Dead
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1982) : The Nameless
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1988) : Scared Stiff
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1988) : The Influence
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1988) : Scared Stiff
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1991) : Midnight Sun
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1992) : Waking Nightmares
Bram Stoker Best Collection winner (1994) : Alone with the Horrors
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (1994) : The Long Lost
World Fantasy Best Collection winner (1994) : Alone with the Horrors
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1995) : The One Safe Place
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : The House on Nazareth Hill
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1997) : The House on Nazareth Hill
Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1998) : The Word
British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1998) : Never to Be Heard
British Fantasy Society Best Short Story nominee (1999) : The Entertainment
Bram Stoker Best Short Story nominee (2000) : The Entertainment
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2001) : Silent Children
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Overnight
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2006) : Secret Story
British Fantasy Society Best Novel winner (2008) : The Grin of the Dark
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2009) : Thieving Fear


Books about Ramsey Campbell
 
Ramsey Campbell recommends

Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (1948)
Arthur Machen
"Tales of Horror and the Supernatural is, quite simply, one of the most important collections of weird tales by any author, and Tartarus press has done it proud. "
The Centauri Device
The Centauri Device (1974)
M John Harrison
"M John Harrison is the finest British writer now writing horror fiction and by far the most original."

Falling Angel (1978)
William Hjortsberg
"The strongest crossbreeding of cop fiction and the supernatural since Falling Angel. An uncommonly powerful novel."

Books of Blood Volume 1 (1981)
Clive Barker
"I thought I was past being profoundly disturbed by horror fiction, but these books proved me wrong."

Fevre Dream (1982)
George R R Martin
"Frightening, moving, haunting - a powerful tale of supernatural terror."

Live Girls (1987)
(Davey Owen, book 1)
Ray Garton
"The most nightmarish vampire story I have ever read."

Valley of Lights (1987)
Stephen Gallagher
"A treat: a real supernatural thriller - a suspenseful and terrifying tale, compellingly told."
In the Land of the Dead
In the Land of the Dead (1989)
K W Jeter
"Jeter's is one of the most impressive bodies of work in my field today. Sometimes reminiscent of noir fiction but far darker, oppressively intense and hallucinatory vivid, deeply felt and unflinchingly honest, this book is what I believe contemporary horror fiction should be."
Songs of a Dead Dreamer
Songs of a Dead Dreamer (1989)
Thomas Ligotti
"One of the most important horror books of the decade...for Ligotti is one of the few consistently original voices in contemporary horror fiction."

Angel (1993)
(Angel , book 1)
Garry Kilworth
"The strongest crossbreeding of cop fiction and the supernatural since Falling Angel. An uncommonly powerful novel."
The Community
The Community (1993)
Ben Leech
"The best kind of horror fiction."
Under the Crust
Under the Crust (1993)
Terry Lamsley
"A major debut in the field."
Pasquale's Angel
Pasquale's Angel (1994)
Paul McAuley
"A brilliantly sustained and controlled flight of imagination written with a fluency and vividness I'd kill for. A real treat, and a major novel from a writer whose prose is a delight to read."
Escardy Gap
Escardy Gap (1996)
Peter Crowther and James Lovegrove
"A feast for anyone who loves fantasy."

Head Injuries (1998)
Conrad Williams
"I loved it. His portraits of everyday loneliness are brilliant. Altogether I thought it one of the finest and most haunting modern spectral novels I've read."

Eyes of Prey (1998)
(Eyes , book 2)
Barry Hoffman
"An urban nightmare for the millennium."

Banquet for the Damned (2004)
Adam Nevill
"A substantial addition to the literature of the supernatural. "

The Keeper (2006)
Sarah Langan
"A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror."

No Further Messages (2007)
Brett Alexander Savory
"A stylish and intelligent writer. File under Original and Startling."

Scourge (2016)
Gary Fry
"...a master of philosophical horror."


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