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Anthony Masters – Cries Of Terror

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Anthony Masters (ed) – Cries Of Terror (Arrow, 1976)

“Chilling echoes from the world of fear and darkness”

Introduction – Anthony Masters

Thomas Burke – The Hands Of Mr. Ottermole
Saki – The Open Window
H. P. Lovecraft – In The Vault
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Brazilian Cat
William Hope Hodgson – The Whistling Room
C. M. Eddy – The Loved Dead
Jane Rice – The Idol Of The Flies
John Collier – Thus I refute Beelzy
J. D. Beresford – The Misanthrope
John Keir Cross – Music When Soft Voices Die
W. F. Harvey – August Heat
John Metcalfe – The Bad Lands
M. R. James – A School Story
W. W. Jacobs – The Interruption

Impeccable selection from the author of the excellent “The Natural History Of The Vampire” (Mayflower, 1974).

Lovecraft leaves his tentacled monsters alone for five minutes to leave us locked “In The Vault” overnight with Birch the village undertaker and his dead nemesis old Asaph Sawyer, a vindictive character in life with “a tenacious memory for wrongs, real or imagined.”

C. M. Eddy charts a necrophilliac’s progress in the notorious, impossibly entertaining “The Loved Dead”. Burkes story is very reminiscent of Bloch’s “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” in plot, except this time we’re up against a London strangler. For sheer grim, over-compensatory retribution you’ll have to go a long way to beat the murderer in “Music When Soft Voices Die”, and Jane Rice’s demonic Pruitt is among the least tolerable children in horror fiction. Trust me, you’ll be itching for the little git to get his from the moment you’re introduced to him.

One Response to “Anthony Masters – Cries Of Terror”

  1. Anthony Hogg said

    Hi there,

    The Natural History of the Vampire, while a good book, was actually first published in 1972 by Rubert Hart-Davis. The book you’re referring to, must be a reprint.

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