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Looking for Something to Suck
The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes
With a foreword by Stephen Jones
In these exsanguinating stories, Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes masterfully reinvents the vampire genre as he introduces the reader to a cleaning woman who discovers she is working for Dracula’s son; a couple trapped in a house created by the mind of a centuries-old vampire; a young boy whose ancestor is depressed by his undead existence; a creature of darkness that sucks the life-force from its victims, and the unusual offspring of a werewolf and a vampire who is threatened by an obsessed clergyman.
Looking for Something to Suck: The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes collects sixteen tales by the author known as ‘Britain’s Prince of Chill’, including the classics ‘My Mother Married a Vampire’, ‘The Labyrinth’, ‘Birth’, ‘Looking for Something to Suck’ and ‘The Werewolf and the Vampire’. This first-ever paperback edition features an additional story not contained in the original limited hardcover edition and also includes a foreword by award-winning editor Stephen Jones, new illustrations by Jim Pitts, and an original cover painting by Les Edwards.
‘R. Chetwynd-Hayes ranks as one of England’s finest practitioners of the art of horror fiction . . . his prose displays a crisp sophistication and, often, a macabre sense of humour to prove that the author is a major stylist in his own right.’ – Karl Edward Wagner
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Ronald Henry Glynn Chetwynd-Hayes was born in Isleworth, west London, in 1919. He grew up a film fan, and in between working odd jobs appeared as an extra in several pictures, including A Yank at Oxford (1938), which starred Lionel Barrymore, Vivien Leigh, and Maureen O’Sullivan, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). He served during the Second World War, and after demobilization returned to London and worked in furniture sales. He sold his first short story in 1953 and his first novel, a science fiction tale, The Man from the Bomb, was published in 1959. He went on to write some 200 short stories and a dozen novels and also edited anthologies, including twelve volumes of the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories. Known as ‘Britain’s Prince of Chill’, Chetwynd-Hayes developed a reputation and a large fan base for his old-fashioned ghost stories and his tongue-in-cheek monster tales. Though Chetwynd-Hayes’s works were not always huge sellers, his books were always in high demand with library patrons, and he was consistently among Britain’s top earners of public lending rights. In 1989, he received the Horror Writers of America’s lifetime achievement award and also won an award from the British Fantasy Society for contributions to the genre. He died in 2001.