Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

In Conversation with Paul Cornell

The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Mortal Instruments

Guest poster Holly brings us up to speed on yet another teen / YA fiction phenomenon that blends fantasy, high schools, screaming and casual wear cover art. In the marketing … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Moss Witch and Other Stories

This is a collection of short stories that draw on science to create their plots. Or, this is a collection of interesting scientific possibilities illustrated by fiction. Whichever way you … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Self-publishing and the oral tradition: The birth of ‘The Longest Night’

Shortly before Christmas, we reviewed an anthology of horror stories – The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales. Today we’re joined by one of the five contributing authors, Tom Fletcher, who … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales

A collection of five seasonal short stories illustrated by Beth Ward, with an introduction by Stephen Volk. Christmas and ghost stories are inextricable linked – as if the shadowy corners … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions

And he smiled to think of man’s arbitrary distinction between that which has life and that which has not. Here, quite apart from such recognisable sounds as the scampering of … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Matrix by Jonathan Aycliffe

This novel  by Jonathan Aycliffe was published when he was already established as a writer of both classic horror novels and political thrillers under his other pseudonym, Daniel Easterman. Its … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Perfect Suicide by Lotte Worth

‘I loved him, missed him and hated him. Every day. Although it did me no good…’ . Following a family tragedy, Emma escapes to university in search of a new … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 6 Comments

Magrat: note spelling

Reading a Terry Pratchett novel is an unputdownable experience. I don’t mind if people try to put me down for reading him openly and in public. I really like his … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 11 Comments

A name for every voice: an interview with Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip and I used to be best friends at school (Aberdeen Grammar, if you want to know), but we lost touch when we went out into the world. Thirty … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

Talking about Monty: the mastery of M R James

There was an unseemly scuffle in the den when it turned out that both Kirsty and Moira were fans of M R James, but in the end they agreed to … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 8 Comments

The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

Review by Kirsty Doole The Hammer Horror people recently linked up with Random House to start an imprint of scary books, and the first to be published is The Greatcoat … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · 9 Comments

Vulpes Libris’ All Time Greats: The Top Ten – No. 2

A repeating  pattern on Vulpes Libris over the last 5 years has been that often the reviews you expect to generate the most interest don’t – and others take you … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Reptiles and body parts

A serendipitous and scaly read of Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident, and Terry Richard Bazes’ Lizard World So, I read these novels one after the other on holiday, and finished … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · 8 Comments



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