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Davis, Richard

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1945-2005) UK author, columnist, and editor. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he worked as a story editor on two BBC Television series – Out of the Unknown (1965-1971) and the short-lived Late Night Horror – and was a columnist and film reviewer for Films & Filming. As a short story writer he wrote mostly in the horror genre, starting with "Guy Fawkes Night" in The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (anth 1963) edited by Herbert van Thal. The only collection of his stories published during his lifetime was, perhaps surprisingly, the German 8 x würgender Angst ["Choking Fear Times 8"] (coll 1977), much later expanded as the posthumous The Female of the Species and Other Terror Tales (coll 2012). As an anthologist he edited the three volumes of the UK version of The Year's Best Horror Stories (see checklist), which were subsequently repackaged for the US version, as well as various other horror anthologies. In 1973 he started both the Space and the Spectre series, followed in 1975 by Armada Sci-Fi, all three of which were aimed at the Young Adult market. In the same way as the Out of This World series edited by Amabel Williams-Ellis and others in the 1960s, these three series found a ready audience among library-using teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s. [RR]

Richard Davis

born London: 27 January 1945

died 2005




works as editor


Tandem Horror

The Year's Best Horror Stories (UK version)

The Year's Best Horror Stories (US version)

There is some overlap of content between the UK and US versions, but not enough for them to be called the same series.


  • Spectre (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1973) [anth: Spectre: hb/]
  • Spectre 2 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1975) [anth: Spectre: hb/]
  • Spectre 3 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1976) [anth: Spectre: hb/]
  • Spectre 4 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1977) [anth: Spectre: hb/]


  • Space 1 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1973) [anth: Space: hb/]
  • Space 2 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1974) [anth: Space: hb/Terence Greer]
  • Space 3 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1977) [anth: Space: hb/]
  • Space 4 (London: Abelard-Schuman, 1977) [anth: Space: hb/David Hardy]
  • Space 5 (London: Hutchinson, 1979) [anth: Space: hb/]
  • Space 6 (London: Hutchinson, 1980) [anth: Space: hb/]
  • Space 7 (London: Hutchinson, 1981) [anth: Space: hb/David Hardy]
  • Space 8 (London: Hutchinson, 1983) [anth: Space: hb/Trevor Webb]
  • Space 9 (London: Hutchinson, 1985) [anth: Space: hb/Alan Daniels]

Armada Sci-Fi

  • Armada Sci-Fi 1 (London: Armada, 1975) [anth: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/]
    • SF 1 (London: Armada, 1980) [anth: vt of the above: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/Geoff Taylor]
  • Armada Sci-Fi 2 (London: Armada, 1975) [anth: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/]
    • SF 2 (London: Armada, 1980) [anth: vt of the above: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/Jim Cawthorn]
  • Armada Sci-Fi 3 (London: Armada, 1976) [anth: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/]
  • SF 4 (London: Armada, 1977) [anth: vt of the above: Armada Sci-Fi: pb/]

individual titles as editor


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