The Parasite

Ramsey Campbell


The Parasite launched a decade that would see Ramsey Campbell nominated for or win no less than fifteen major awards for fiction, firmly establishing himself as Britain’s greatest living horror author. Following the success of The Doll Who Ate His Mother, The Parasite is a tour de force called by Stephen King “one of the scariest, most important novels of horror and the occult.” Peter Straub commented that “The Parasite makes death itself look sweet because of the ghastly things which can happen this side of death.”
       Winner of the August Derleth Award under its original title of To Wake the Dead, and nominee for a Balrog Award, this deeply unsettling novel has been issued in hardcover on both sides of the Atlantic, yet oddly enough has never been accorded the deluxe presentation it so richly deserves…until now…
       We are proud to present the definitive edition of Ramsey Campbell’s classic work. Featuring the author’s preferred text and with an introduction by Reggie Oliver and cover artwork by Piotr Jablonski, this sumptuous edition of The Parasite is a cornerstone volume for any serious collection of modern horror. Designed as a matching companion volume to our edition of The Doll Who Ate His Mother, orders of both will receive matching numbers.
       The Parasite picks up where the dark vision of H.P. Lovecraft leaves off. The other children flee the attic leaving ten-year old Rose alone with an unspeakable thing a thing which violates her horribly. So traumatic was the experience that Rose manages to expunge it from her conscious memory. Twenty years pass with only a vague sense of incompleteness to hint at the true horror residing deep within her. A sudden shock begins the release of Rose’s latent psychic powers, but with this release, something else is awakened, a parasite, and with its awakening, the true horror begins…
       The edition measures 7  ×  10 inches. Color reproductions of old editions are included in the introduction. The book has an afterword by Ramsey Campbell and the original epiologue from To Wake the Dead. It is printed in two colors throughout on heavy, 70lb paper. It has a top edge stain, ribbon marker, and a very handsome signature pages. The edition is signed by signed by Ramsey Campbell, Reggie Oliver, and Piotr Jablonski.

edition information

  • Introduction by Reggie Oliver.
  • Afterword by Ramsey Campbell.
  • Beautifully typeset with a lot of extras.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands.
  • Limited to 150 signed copies.
  • Original book price: $195.
  • Published January 2018.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-117-3.