Blood on Satan's Claw or, The Devil's Skin

By Robert Wynne-Simmons and Richard Wells

An illustrated novelisation of the cult Folk Horror film, penned by its original screenwriter.

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Publication date: November 2022

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First Edition Hardback

A first edition hardback (200 pages), with decorated endpapers, head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and a specially designed bookmark, available exclusively from Unbound.

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Set of six postcards

This set of postcard features all six images designed by Richard Wells and featured in the book.

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Two copies of the first edition hardback, with bookplates signed by Robert.

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Book Cover A4 Art Print

Available exclusively from Unbound - an A4 art print inspired by the book's final cover, designed by Richard Wells.

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Original Lino Print - Tarrant's Field

Be among one of the lucky subscribers to receive an original lino print, designed by Richard Wells.
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Original Lino Print - Children's Games

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Original Lino Print - Ultimate Sacrifice

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Launch Party

You and a friend are invited to celebrate the launch of Robert's book. Venue tbc. You'll also each recieve a first edition hardback with bookplates signed by Robert.
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Book Club

Five first edition hardbacks with bookplates signed by Robert, for you to share with your book club or whoever you wish.

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Our Patron level includes a special thank you printed in the FRONT of the book with your name and/or the name of your organisation. LIMITED TO 5.

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Beware the buried skull underfoot and watch out for children with fur on their backs...

Fifty years after the release of the cult Folk Horror film, the first official novelisation by the original screenwriter, Robert Wynne-Simmons, and featuring new illustrations from Richard Wells. 

Set in medieval Britain, where a rural community convert to devil worship, Blood on Satan's Claw is widely regarded as part of the 'unholy trinity'. Along with The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General, these three cult classics gave birth to the film genre that would become known as Folk Horror. Employing elements of superstition and folklore, its writers found new ways to terrify their audiences. 

For the first time, readers can experience this very terror in Robert's first fictional work, a compelling and frightening retelling of the unfortunate villagers besieged by their corrupted children. His narrative is accompanied by original illustrations from the talented creator behind Damnable Tales - A Folk Horror Anthology. 

Each book comes with decorated endpapers, head and tail bands and ribbon markers. Beautiful and yet gloriously creepy, these first edition hardbacks are the perfect gifts for ultimate horror fans. 

Image credits: Stills from Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) from IMDB. Other images, book cover and assets designed by Richard Wells. 

Book designs, cover and other images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from final design.

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  • Robert Wynne-Simmons is an award-winning British composer, film director and screenwriter whose credits include: Blood on Satan's Claw, Double Piquet, The Outcasts, The Book Tower, Scherzo, The Deluge and Kurtz. Robert's art, whether it be in music, film direction, writing or theatre, is intended to give to its audience the inspiration to think in new ways. His works, some of which now have cult status, have a lasting attraction for those that discover them, and create an atmosphere to which they will wish to return. Either internally, in music and writing, or more directly, in films, they conjure up vivid mental pictures, and the sense of a heightened reality.


    He invites you to share in the experiences of the characters he creates, comic or tragic, in a place where attitudes and fortunes turn on a sixpence, and nothing is quite as expected. At its height, his work has a visionary quality, and, as film critic Dilys Powell once said, ‘a sense of magic, which is not easily forgotten’.


    Richard Wells is an illustrator and graphic designer. Primarily working in the television industry, he has provided graphic props for the likes of Poldark, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and the recent BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Outside of his television work, he makes and sells his own darkly folkloric artwork, often lino cut and printed by hand. His most recent work includes a series of prints based on the ghost stories of M.R. James, out of which has developed this illustrated short story project with Unbound.

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