The Samuel Johnson Books
Samuel Johnson and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, battle the forces of darkness—with help from various demons, dwarfs, police officers and even an ice cream man—in three books for middle-grade readers.
SAMUEL JOHNSON VS THE DARKNESS TRILOGY
Now in one volume: the complete saga of Samuel Johnson v. The Darkness! The Gates, The Infernals (originally published as Hell's Bells), and The Creeps follow Samuel Johnson and his faithful Dachshund, Boswell, as they join forces with a series of unlikely allies to save the world from The Great Malevolence in its many guises. This single volume includes the new story "The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness," in which the Multiverse's most feared assassins are hired to hunt down the demon Nurd. Fortunately, Nurd has friends . . .
The gates of Hell are about to open. Mind the gap.
Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Hallowe'en. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue.
The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a hole in the universe, a hole through which can be glimpsed a pair of enormous gates.
The gates to Hell are open. And some pretty terrifying beings are just itching to get out...
Hells Bells/ The Infernals
One book, two titles! It's Hell's Bells in the UK; it's The Infernals in the US. Yes, it's the same book...
Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is he in love with the wrong girl, but the demon Mrs Abernathy is seeking revenge upon him for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of Darkness. She wants to get her claws on Samuel, and when the Large Hadron Collider is turned on again, she is given her chance. Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into Hell, there to be hunted down by Mrs. Abernathy and her allies.
But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for Mrs. Abernathy has reckoned without the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel's friend, the hapless demon Nurd. Most of all, she hasn't planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in Hell.
If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather's Elves...
Samuel Johnson is not in a happy place. He is dating the wrong girl, demons are occupying his spare room, and the town in which he lives appears to be cursed.
But there is some good news on the horizon. After years of neglect, the grand old building that once housed Wreckit & Sons is about to reopen as the greatest toyshop that Biddlecombe has ever seen, and Samuel and his faithful dachshund Boswell are to be guests of honour at the big event. A splendid time will be had by all—as long as they can ignore the sinister statue that keeps moving around the town, the Shadows that are slowly blocking out the stars, the murderous Christmas elves, and the fact that somewhere in Biddlecombe a rotten black heart is beating a rhythm of revenge.
A trap has been set. The Earth is doomed. The last hope for humanity lies with one young boy and the girl who's secretly in love with him. Oh, and a dog, two demons, four dwarfs and a very polite monster.
Merry Christmas, and have a happy End of the World.
Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness
The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness are the most feared assassins in the Multiverse.
They are ruthless. They are cunning. They can do interesting things with oranges.
Now they have been hired to hunt down and kill the demon Nurd, along with every friend he’s ever had.
But friends come in all shapes and sizes, and with all kinds of talents.
The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness are about to meet their match . . .