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Archive for May, 2009

Robinson Mammoths: Coming soon

Posted by demonik on May 18, 2009

These most caught my eye amongst the forthcoming batch. Judging from the amount of hits it receives on WordPress, several people found The Mammoth Book of Werewolves difficult to get hold of so full marks to the team for commissioning what looks like a revamped version. Wolf Men is due for publication in November.

Memo to Robinsons: The Mammoth Book Of  Best New Horror has won the BFS award more recently than 2002. How about last year, when it narrowly triumphed over the mighty Black Book Of Horror?!!!

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men (Robinsons, November 2009)


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Find the beast that lurks within, in these 23 tales of terror and transformation

  • Publication to coincide with release of the big-budget film of The Wolf Man (Universal’s classic monster revamped), starring Benito Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.
  • From an award-winning anthologist – Stephen Jones’ The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror won the 2002 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology He is also a winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award.

This is the ultimate werewolf anthology, with terrifying tales from classic pulp novellas like Manly Wade Wellman’s The Hairy Ones Shall Dance and The Whisperers by Hugh B. Cave, to modern masterpieces such as David Case’s The Cell, Clive Barker’s Twilight At The Towers and the award-winning Boobs by Suzy McKee Charnas. Also collected are memorable stories by contemporary masters Ramsey Campbell, Les Daniels, Stephen Laws, Scott Bradfield, Dennis Echison, Karl E. Wagner and many, many more.

Praise for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, also edited by Stephen Jones
‘The one essential collection people should be forced to read at gun point.’ – Time Out
‘Horror’s last maverick.’ – Christopher Fowler.

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The annual fright-fest. You already guessed the name contributors, but you may not have seen the cover..

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20 (Robinsons, October 2009)


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Special 20th-anniversary edition of the world’s premier annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction

  • The series has won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award
  • From the world’s most acclaimed horror anthologist
  • Anticipated annual event for horror fans, young and old – perfect for Halloween.

Here are the year’s darkest tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by contemporary masters of the macabre including Ramsey Campbell, Michael Bishop, Christopher Fowler, Tim Lebbon, Brian Lumlley, Ian R. MacLeod, Gary McMahon and Sarah Pinborough. Featuring the most comprehensive yearly overview of horror around the world, an impressively researched necrology and a lot of indispensible contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and aspiring writer alike, this is required reading for every fan of macabre fiction.

Praise for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series:

‘The must-have annual anthology for horror fans.’ – Time Out
‘One of horror’s best.’ – Publisher’s Weekly
‘If you only buy one horror collection, make sure It’s this one” – Morpheus Tales.

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One for all you Paranormal Romance fans .

Trisha Telep (ed.) – Love Bites (Robinsons, August 2009)


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From the biggest names in vampire romance, 24 tales of titillating bloodlust

  • One of the fastest-growing genres in fiction
  • Top names include Jennifer Ashley, Dawn Cook, Caitlin Kittredge, Diane Whiteside and Eileen Wilks.
  • Compiled by an expert in the genre, a follow-up to The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance and The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance.

This bloodthirsty new selection of vampire short stories — compellingly original, wholly unexpected, from award-winning New York Times bestselling authors — features the specialist skills of Jennifer Ashley, Dawn Cook, Caitlin Kittredge, Diane Whiteside, Eileen Wilks and many others. Within these pages you’ll encounter vampires who’d feel right at home in a horror story or gothic romance; historical vampires and contemporary, gritty, urban vampires; fang-in-cheek comedy, boy-meets-girl sweetheart stories (if a little bloodier!) and erotic tales of inhuman passions and midnight pleasures. Look out too for short stories based on existing, familiar series; fantasy that develops more fully those characters whom you’ve only met before in walk-on parts.

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Your Daily NEL

Posted by demonik on May 12, 2009

Robert Lorys Dracula Returns: a New English Library classic.

Robert Lory's 'Dracula Returns': a New English Library classic.

This has been on the back burner for a while. I was gonna wait until i’d posted a hundred items, tarted it up some but … nah, don’t get any momentum going that way. So, New English Library (and it’s ‘sixties forerunner Four Square). It’s the 1960’s/ 1970’s Peter Haining era NEL’s were most concerned with here, though i’m sure the occasional eighties or ‘nineties effort will make the cut from time to time.

Hope you get something out of it!

Love, gloomy

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Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Anonymous (ed.) – Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1965)

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Alexander Woollcott – Moonlight Sonata
Arthur Machen – The Novel of the Black Seal
E.F. Benson – Mrs Amworth
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
H.P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Guy de Maupassant – Was it a Dream?
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
Charles Collins & Charles Dickens – The Trial for Murder
J.F. Sullivan – The Man With a Malady
Anonymous – Sawny Bean and His Family
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
A.J. Alan – The Hair
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
H.G. Wells – The Cone
F. Marion Crawford – The Screaming Skull

Thanks to James Doig for providing the cover scan & contents!

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The Second Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Anonymous (ed.) – The Second Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1965)

2nd Arrow Book Of Horror Stories

2nd Arrow Book Of Horror Stories

F. Marion Crawford –  The Dead Smile
E.F. Benson – Caterpillars
H. Russell Wakefield – Montrous Regiment
Elizabeth Bowen – Telling
Ray Bradbury – The Veld
Graham Greene – A Little Place Off the Edgware Road
Colin Evans – Nowhere Without Her
Robert Bloch –  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
L.P. Hartley – The Travelling Grave
Edgar Allan Poe – The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Thanks to James Doig for providing the cover scan & contents!

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James Doig – Australian Gothic

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

James Doig (ed.) – Australian Gothic: An Anthology of Australian Supernatural Fiction: 1867-1939 (Equilibrium Books, 2007)

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Mary Fortune (1833-?) – The Spirits of the Tower
B.L. Farjeon (1838-1903) – Little Liz
G. A. Walstab (1834-1909) – The House by the River
J. E. P. Muddock (1843-1934) – The Ghost from the Sea
Ernest Favenc (1845-1908) – Spirit-Led
Ernest Favenc (1845-1908) – A Haunt of the Jinkarras
Ernest Favenc (1845-1908) – The Boundary Rider’s Story
Marcus Clarke (1846-1881) – Cannabis Indica
Hume Nesbit (1849-1923) – Norah and the Fairies
Rosa Praed (1851-1935) – The Ghost-Monk
Louis Becke (1855-1913) – Lupton’s Guest: A Memory of the Eastern Pacific
Fergus Hume (1859-1932) – A Colonial Banshee
A. F. Basset Hull (1862-1945) – A Strange Experience
Francis Faucett (1866-?) – A Bushman’s Story
Guy Boothby (1867-1905) – The Death Child
Lionel Sparrow (1867-1936) – The Jewelled Hand
Lionel Sparrow (1867-1936) – The Vengeance of the Dead
Beatrice Grimshaw (1871-1953) – The Cave
Beatrice Grimshaw (1871-1953) – The Forest of Lost Men
James Francis Dwyer (1874-1952) – The Cave of the Invisible
William Hay (1875-1945) – Where the Butterflies Come From
W. W. Lamble (1876-1958) – The Vampire
Dulcie Dreamer (1890-1972) – Hallowe’en

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James Doig – Australian Nightmares

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

James Doig (ed.) – Australian Nightmares (Equilibrium, 2008)

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Mary Fortune (1833-1910?) – The White Maniac: A Doctor’s Tale
Charles Junor (?-1901) – The Silent Sepulchre
Ernest Favenc (1845-1908) – What the Rats Brought
Ernest Favenc (1845-1908) – On the Island of Shadows
Hume Nisbet (1849-1923) – The Odic Touch
J.A. Barry (1850-1911) – Told in the Corona’s Cabin
Rosa Praed (1851-1935) – The House of Ill Omen
Morley Roberts (1857-1942) – A Thing of Wax
James Edmund (1859-1933) – The Prophetic Horror of the Great Experiment
James Edmund (1859-1933) – The Precipitous Details of the High Mountain and the Three Skeletons
Lionel Sparrow (1867-1936) – The Strange Case of Alan Heriot
Beatrice Grimshaw (1871-1953) – The Blanket Fiend
James Francis Dwyer (1874-1952) – The Phantom Ship of Dirk Van Tromp
Helen Simpson (1897-1940) – The Pledge
Vernon Knowles (1899-1968) – The House that Took Revenge
Vernon Knowles (1899-1968) – The Watch
Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) – The Story of the Waxworks
Roger Dard (1920-1996) – The Undying One

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R. Chetwynd-Hayes & Stephen Jones – Tales to Freeze the Blood

Posted by demonik on May 8, 2009

R. Chetwynd-Hayes & Stephen Jones – Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories (Carroll & Graf, 2006)

Foreword – Stephen Jones
Introduction – R. Chetwynd-Hayes

O. Henry – The Furnished Room
Ambrose Bierce – The Night Doings At “Deadman’s”
Sydney J. Bounds – A Little Night Fishing
Anon – Not Yet Solved
Guy de Maupassant – The Hostelry
Mrs Claxton – The Grey Cottage
Mrs Crowe – Round The Fire
F. Marion Crawford – The Doll’s Ghost
J. S. Le Fanu – Madam Crowl’s Ghost
Mary Elizabeth Braddon – The Cold Embrace
Anon – At Ravenholme Junction
Amelia B. Edwards – How The Third Floor Knew The Potteries
Sir Richard Burton – The Saving Of A Soul
Fritz Hopman – The Bearer Of The Message
M. R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book
E. & H. Heron – The Story Of Medhans Lea
Richard Middleton – The Passing Of Edward
E. Owens Blackbourne – An Unsolved Mystery
Emily Bronte – The Horrors Of Sleep
Tony Richards – Streets Of The City
Mary E. Penn – In The Dark
Steve Rasnic Tem – Shadows On The Grass
Rick Kennett – The Roads Of Donnington
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Day That Father Brought Something Home

Blurb:

With twenty-four more chilling tales culled from the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories series, edited from 1972 to 1984 by acclaimed horror fiction writer and anthologist R. Chetwynd-Hayes, this follow-up to 2004’s Great Ghost Stories features rarities and classics from the masters of the ghost story like O. Henry, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, M.R. James, and Guy de Maupassant, as well as haunting stories from lesser-known greats.

From a dead man emerging from a hole in the cabin floor in Ambrose Bierce’s The Night-Doings at ‘Deadman’s’ and Mrs. Crowe’s tale of supernatural experiences in polite Victorian society, to Richard Burton’s “authentic” account of a haunting in the Castle of Weixelstein in 1559 to Emily Bronte’s poem The Horrors of Sleep about a mystic world that exists just beyond the frontiers of ours, this collection resurrects two dozen eerie tales of suspense and horror.

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Dennis Wheatley – Uncanny Tales 1

Posted by demonik on May 8, 2009

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Uncanny Tales 1 [# 9] (Sphere, 1974)



Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
Wilkie Collins – The Dream Woman
Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Mrs Oliphant – The Open Door
Washington Irving – The Spectre Bridegroom
Edgar Allen Poe – Ligeia
Théophile Gautier – Clarimonde

Thanks to Bob Rothwell of Dennis Wheatly Info for providing the list of contents. RIP, Bob.

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Dennis Wheatley – Satanism and Witches

Posted by demonik on May 8, 2009

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Satanism and Witches : Essays and Stories: [# 21] (Sphere, 1974)

Benvenuto Cellini – My Experiences In Necromancy
Sax Rohmer – The Witch Finders
William Godwin – The Lancashire Witches
Robert Anthony – The Witch-Baiter
Ronald Seth – The Chambre Ardente Affair
Margaret Murray – An Initiation To Witchcraft
P. T. Barnum – The Spell On witchcraft
Cotton Mather – The Tryals Of The New England Witches
Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Salem Mass
Aleister Crowley – The Black Lodge
Betty May – The Sacrifice
Elliott O’Donnell – Sylvan Horrors
Elliott O’Donnell – Vampires, Werewolves, Fox-Women, etc.
Robert Graves – Modern Witchcraft
Anonymous – An Indictment For Witchcraft
Anonymous – A Pact With The Devil
Anonymous – How To Raise A Spirit
Anonymous – The Black Goat Of Brandenberg
Anonymous – The Confession Of The Witches Of Elfdale
Dennis Wheatley – White And Black Magic
Dennis Wheatley – The Black Art And The Supernatural
Dennis Wheatley – The Witches’ Sabbath
Dennis Wheatley – The Black Mass
Dennis Wheatley – The Devil’s Secret Societies
Dennis Wheatley – Foretelling The Future
Anonymous – The Secret Grimoire Of Turiel

Its worth comparing Satanism & Witches with Peter Haining’s The Necromancers of which this is almost a wholesale rip-off!

Thanks to the much Bob Rothwell of Dennis Wheatly Info for providing the list of contents.

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Dennis Wheatley – Uncanny Tales 3

Posted by demonik on May 8, 2009

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Uncanny Tales 3 [# 37] (Sphere, 1976)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Playing With Fire
F. Tennyson Jesse – The Canary
Theodore Dreiser – The Hand
Louis Golding – The Call Of The Hand
Hugh Walpole – The Snow
H.R. Wakefield – Lucky’s Grove
Edith Wharton – Afterward
W.W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Dennis Wheatley – The Snake
Frank Harris – The Miracle Of The Stigmata
Algernon Blackwood – The Trod

Thanks to Bob Rothwell of Dennis Wheatly Info for providing the list of contents.

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