Shadow Publishing News

David Sutton’s Shadow Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of The Female of the Species & Other Terror Tales by Richard Davis (1935-2005).

The Female of the Species & Other Terror Tales (“Writers from the Shadows #1”)

Shadow Publishing 2012

Paperback 240 pages, £7.99

ISBN: 978-0-9539032-4-5

Cover Artwork by Caroline O’Neal

Richard never saw a collection of his stories published in his lifetime and this book includes all of the author’s short stories, culled from as far back as 1963 and ‘The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories’ up to the 1980s. The collection contains an introduction about his life, the fiction and anthologies, including his work as story editor for the BBC’s Late Night Horror series. The book will also feature two rare articles and an interview with the author, from the late 1960s.

“At the time I interviewed Richard for my small press magazine in 1969, he was already an established short story writer, had compiled two anthologies for Tandem Books and the BBC series Out of the Unknown, for which he worked as assistant story editor, had been on air since 1965… Yet, some forty plus years later, Richard’s fiction has largely been forgotten. Although not prolific, he was widely published in anthologies in England. Yet he never saw a collection of his tales published during his lifetime. Hence this book and its integration into a projected series under the collective tag, Writers from the Shadows.” (From the Introduction).


Introduction by David A. Sutton

The Female of the Species

Elsie and Agnes

A Day Out

The Lady by the Stream

The Inmate

A Nice Cut off the Joint

Guy Fawkes Night

The Time of Waiting

The Sick Room

The Clump

The Nondescript

What We Were Looking for in Horror

An Interview with Richard Davis

Horror in Fiction


The cover artist is the painter and illustrator Caroline O’Neal. Caroline has done dark fantasy illustration for Bad Moon Books, Premonitions and Midnight Street magazines, among others.

More information at : Shadow Publishing


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