"Cold Print" is a short story by English horror writer Ramsey Campbell.
A man with a very specific taste in reading is lured to an obscure bookstore on the promise of finding a new source to feed his obsession. There, he meets an evil entity searching for someone to be his next High Priest . . . or meal.
- Sam Strutt, a book lover with a penchant for sado-masochistic material.
- The Man, a terrified former bookseller who has seen too much.
- Y'golonac, a Great Old One.
Written in 1969, "Cold Print" was included in the Ramsey Campbell anthology of the same name in 1985 by Scream/Press.
- "Cold Print" is set in the fictional Severn Valley created by Campbell as the setting for many of his Mythos stories.
- The story makes reference to several Mythos entities including Cthulhu, Glaaki, Eihort, Shub-Niggurath, Byatis and Daoloth.
- Sam Strutt reads from The Revelations of Glaaki.
- The character of Franklyn from "The Franklyn Paragraphs" is made mention of, despite the fact that "Cold Print" was written four years earlier.
- Similarly, the moon-lens is referenced, although in this case "The Moon-Lens" was written first.