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Hugh Lamb – A Tide Of Terror

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Hugh Lamb (ed.) – A Tide Of Terror; An Anthology Of Rare Horror Stories (W.H. Allen, 1972: Taplinger, 1973)

Tide Of Terror

Introduction – Peter Haining

H. R. Wakefield – The Red Lodge
W. C. Morrow – His Unconquerable Enemy
Joseph Payne Brennan – On The Elevator
A. C. Benson – The Closed Window
E. F. Benson – The Step
R. H. Benson – Father Brent’s Tale
Charles Birkin – Some New Pleasures Prove
Margery Lawrence – The Dogs Of Pemba
Algernon Blackwood – Full Circle
A. N. L. Munby – The Tregannet Book Of Hours
Sax Rohmer – The Master Of Hollow Grange
C. D. Heriot – The Trapdoor
Bertram Mitford – The Sign Of The Spider
Ambrose Bierce – Some Haunted Houses
T. O. Beachcroft – The Eyes
Thomas Burke – Johnson Looked Back
Eleanor Scott – The Twelve Apostles
Hugh Walpole – Mrs Lunt

Charles Birkin – ‘Some New Pleasures Prove’: Devon. Laura Campbell’s car breaks down shortly after being stopped at a police roadblock where she was warned that sadistic killer Arthur ‘The Midnight Murderer’ Smith is on the loose having escaped from the Waymore asylum. When she chances upon Jasmine Cottage, Laura thinks her troubles are over – until, watching the ten o’clock news, she realises that her genial host fits the description of the man the police are looking for.

W. C. Morrow – His Unconquerable Enemy: Calcutta. Neranya is a loyal servant of the Rajah but prone to cruelty and outbursts of temper. When he fatally stabs a dwarf, the Rajah orders that his right arm be severed as punishment. Neranya despises him thereafter and plots to destroy him. First he butchers his only son, for which crime his legs are sliced off (he’s already lost the second arm for an earlier misdemeanor). The quadruamputee is shoved in a cage ten feet off the floor in the Grand Hall where the Rajah can pop in for a quick gloat whenever he likes. That should keep the armless, legless one out of mischief!

Shouldn’t it ….?

H. R. Wakefield – The Red Lodge: The narrator, his wife Mary and son Tim move into the old Queen Anne house of the title, rented from an unscrupulous estate agent, Wilkes, who turns a blind eye to the numerous tragic deaths associated with the property. Before long the new residents are subjected to all manner of supernatural manifestations, beginning with the slime trodden into the carpets of many of the rooms by persons unseen and the recurrent apparition of a ‘green monkey’ sprinting toward the pond. Legend has it that, back in the early eighteenth century, the then owner brided his servants to terrify his wife to death. They succeeded all too well, and one night she ran from the house and drowned herself. Her husband wasted no time in installing a harem at the lodge, but one by one his lovers followed her example. And so it has continued to the present day.

E. F. Benson – The Step: Alexandra, Egypt. John Cresswell, ruthless real estate speculator, evicts a family from their home. The strain proves too much for the father. Cursed for his callous behaviour by the man’s widow, Cresswell is pursued everywhere by – at first – invisible footsteps. Finally, the abomination shows itself.

Thomas Burke – Johnson Looked Back: Johnson is pursued through the London fog by an eyeless, handless thing of “maimed ugliness.” In his final moments, he recognises his pursuer as …

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