The Universal and Other Stories

The Universal and Other Terrors by Tony Richards


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Horror World has called Tony Richards “one of today’s masters of dark fiction.” Now’s your chance to find out why. Because this ‘tour guide to terror’ is going to take you on a whistle-stop journey through the world’s most frightening places. And the most alarming thing is that they look completely harmless till you get too close.

What could be so bad about a golden Greek beach with scores of beautiful young people lying on it? Where could be the danger in a perfectly normal-looking southern English seaside town? Or an even more ordinary town out in the Nevada desert? An old, abandoned building on a rocky shore…what could be awful about that?

Discover the truth behind the origins of Abraham van Helsing. Find out how a decrepit old man continues to attract beautiful young women. Learn about the real link between crows and the Grim Reaper. Travel a few decades into the future and see a fresh and modern Africa…and the menace that still lurks there. Here are twelve new stories, five of them previously unpublished and unique to this collection, that will open your eyes to the hidden terrors in the world around us. Read them at your peril.


Praise for Tony Richards

“A hell of a writer, one of today’s masters of dark fiction.” Mario Guslandi, Horror World


“Richards is a master at combining horror, fantasy and humor in a way that will mesmerize readers from cover to cover.” Rhomylly Forbes, Romantic Times Book Reviews


“The rest of us stand on the sidelines with eyes wide open at his audacity and wonder what he’ll do next.” Peter Tennant, Black Static


“…Richards creates something unique.” Clay Bye, Alternative Reads


“Tony Richards writes short stories that shock, unnerve and delight, each a dark gem of unease equally perfect for rain-blasted midnights or bright days at poolside. These stories work anywhere because they are set everywhere, places that evoke dread as well as locales that suggest restful relaxation. What we have here is a travelogue of terror told in eleven tales: a sleepy seaside town that harbors an awful secret; a Greek beach where sunbathers who look utterly normal are anything but; a driver lost in a fog confronts a mysterious entity; a vain woman who refuses to heed the customs of her culture must face the consequences; a rather unattractive old man is a sought-after Lothario; Abraham van Helsing of Dracula fame turns out to be something we could not have imagined; common crows have a powerful and deadly friend; a young couple moves to a Utopian-seeming new town; and more! Mr. Richards is an author firmly in control of his material, crafting tales that reach out and draw the reader into his worlds of darkness. These stories will thrill anyone who enjoys of the darker fiction of Matheson and Bradbury.” Count Gore De Vol’s Tomb of Dark Delights




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