Think Yourself Lucky (Hardcover)
Flame Tree Press, 9781787580633, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 15, 2018
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I scurry up the ladder to tug at his ankles. This time he can't keep his cry to himself. As I dislodge one of his feet from the rung they're desperate to stay on, he lunges upwards to clutch at the gutter. I'm down the ladder in a moment, and in another I've snatched it away. It clatters at full length on the concrete as its owner dangles from the flimsy gutter. "Help," he screams. "Look what he's done. Christ, someone help." He's saying more than he needs to, as so many of them do. You'd think they've taken a vow to use up all the oxygen they can, but he won't for much longer. I watch him struggle to haul himself up and find a handhold on the roof. His hand slips off the wet tiles, and the gutter emits a creak that sounds as if it's splintering. I might enjoy watching him dangle and wave his helpless legs for however many seconds he has left . . . David Botham just wants a quiet ordinary life--his job at the travel agency, his relationship with his girlfriend Stephanie. He doesn't want to be a writer, and he certainly doesn't think he's one. The online blog that uses a title he once thought up has nothing to do with him. He has no idea who is writing it or where they get their information about a series of violent deaths in Liverpool. If they're murders, how can the killer go unseen even by the security cameras? Perhaps David won't know until they come too close to him--until he can't ignore the figure from his past that is catching up with him. Perhaps denying it isn't just the worst thing he can do but fatal... FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
About the Author
Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives on 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. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla'aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, where a film of The Influence is in production. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films. AWARDS: "The Chimney," World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978 "In The Bag," British Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978 The Parasite, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1980 "Mackintosh Willy," World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1980I Incarnate, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1985 The Hungry Moon, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988 The Influence, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1989 and Premios Gigamesh, 1994 (for Spanish translation, Ultratumba) Ancient Images, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 1989 Midnight Sun, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1991 Best New Horror (co-edited with Stephen Jones), British Fantasy Award and World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology or Collection, 1991 Alone With The Horrors, Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Best Collection, 1994 and World Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1994 The Long Lost, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1994 Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Award for Literature, 1994 Premio alla Carriera a Ramsey Campbell (Prize for the Career of Ramsey Campbell), Fantafestival, Rome, 1995 The House On Nazareth Hill, Best Novel, International Horror Guild, 1998 Grand Master Award, World Horror Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, 1999 Ghosts And Grisly Things, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1999 Ramsey Campbell, Probably, Best Non-Fiction, International Horror Guild, 2002 and Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction, 2002 and British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2002 Told By The Dead, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2003 Howie Award of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement, 2006 Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild, 2007 The Grin Of The Dark, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008 Honorary Fellowship of John Moores University, Liverpool, for outstanding services to literature, 2015 Letters To Arkham, British Fantasy Award, Best Non-Fiction, 2015 Life Achievement Award, World Fantasy Awards, 2015 The Searching Dead, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 2016 Premio Sheridan Le Fanu for Campbell's career, 2017 (given in Madrid)