Dark Word #024: Ramsey Campbell

Liverpudlian cooks up a career’s worth of terror lit

Ramsey Campbell. (Tony Knox)

Season Two of The Dark Word takes the ferry cross the Mersey to conclude in style.

Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives Merseyside. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

He is the author of more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Midnight Sun, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Grin of the Dark, and more recent titles include Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach and The Wise Friend. His latest is Fellstones.

His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, as did an adaptation of this novel The Influence, which is out now. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.

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