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Johnny Mains is the go to man for horror in the UK. His extensive knowledge of and unbound passion for the genre is amazing. If there was a government ministry of horror (which there should be) Johnny would be in charge. He is the Minister For Horror. He has extraordinary energy and is fighting a one man battle to preserve and revitalise the noble tradition of the horror anthology. Oh, and he is a nice bloke as well. -- Charlie Higson

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Award winning editor, author and horror historian. Has written for SFX Magazine, Illustrators Quarterly and The Paperback Fanatic. Project editor to Pan Macmillan's 2010 re-issue of The Pan Book of Horror Stories. Co-editing Dead Funny with multi-award winning comedian Robin Ince. Has written introduction to Stephen King's 30th Anniversary edition of Thinner. Author of two short story collections and editor of five horror anthologies.


Johnny Mains not only carries a flame for the old horrors, but wants to cause a bit of a conflagration of his own.

-- Stephen Volk

Johnny Mains is one of these people, his encyclopaedic knowledge and private collection of books and memorabilia is stunning. Seriously Johnny should lay on some catering and provide guided tours round his house. I et excited when I get a personalised book, this guy probably has the authors soul locked up in a mason jar in his cellar.

-- Jim McLeod * Ginger Nuts of Horror *

Johnny Mains' brain is a dank but vast cellar, an alexandrian library designed by MR James. His knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous and his instinct with narrative as powerful as a James Herbert rat propelling itself to an injured tube traveller.

-- Robin Ince

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