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Archive for September 5th, 2007

Peter Haining- 1st Book Of Unknown Tales Of Horror

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – First Book Of Unknown Tales Of Horror (Sidgwick & Jackson, Mews, 1976)

Haining - 1st Unknown Horror

Introduction – Peter Haining

H. R. Wakefield – The Sepulcher Of Jasper Saracen
Bram Stoker – The Crystal Cup
Arthur Machen – The Cosy Room
Robert E. Howard – The Little People
Henry S. Whitehead – Scar Tissue
W. C. Morrow – The Hero Of The Plague
Manly Wade Wellman – The Horror Undying
Robert Bloch – The Machine That Changed History
Ray Bradbury – The Candle
William Bankier – Unholy Hybrid
Francis Clifford – Ten Minutes On A July Morning
Harry Harrison – They’re Playing Our Song

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Peter Haining – The Fantastic Pulps

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Fantastic Pulps (Victor Gollancz, 1975)

Haining - Fantastic Pulps

Introduction – Peter Haining

Stephen Crane – Manacled
Jack London – A Thousand Deaths
Upton Sinclair – Author’s Adventure
Edgar Rice Burroughs – The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw
Max Brand – John Ovington Returns
A. Merritt – The People of the Pit
George Allan England – The Man with the Glass Heart
H. Bedford-Jones – The Wolf Woman
Victor Rousseau – A Cry from Beyond
Ray Cummings – Madman’s Murder Melody
[Illustrated Section: The Pulp Artists]
Sinclair Lewis – The Ghost Patrol
Dashiell Hammett – The Sardonic Star of Tom Doody
MacKinlay Kantor – The Second Challenge
Hugo Gernsback – Baron Munchhausen’s Scientific Adventures
David H. Keller, M.D. – A Twentieth Century Homunculus
Edmond Hamilton – The Man Who Saw the Future
Seabury Quinn – Suicide Chapel
H. P. Lovecraft and William Lumley – The Diary of Alonzo Typer
C. L. Moore – The Tree of Life
Robert Bloch – Iron Mask
Ray Bradbury – The Sea Shell


Charles Beaumont – The Bloody Pulps
The Fans (Readers Letters)
1. Forrest J. Ackerman – Poor Amazing Gets It!
2. Leslie Charteris – The Saint’s Here Again


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Peter Haining – The Unspeakable People

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Unspeakable People: Twenty of the World’s most Horrible Stories” (Leslie Frewin, 1969).

The Unspeakable People

Forward – August Derleth
Introduction – Peter Haining

M. G. Lewis – The Monk
Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven
Henry Spicer – The Bird Woman
R. H. Benson – My Own Tale
Henry S. Whitehead – Williamson
Wallace West – A Thing of Beauty
H. P. Lovecraft – The Outsider
C. M. Eddy – The Loved Dead
Captain George Eliot – The Copper Bowl
Robert Bloch – The Feast In The Abbey
John Wyndham – The Cathedral Crypt
Henry Kuttner – The Graveyard Rats
Theodore Sturgeon – Bianca’s Hand
C. S. Forester – The Head And The Feet
Jane Rice – The Idol of The Flies
Richard Hughes – A Night At A Cottage
Ray Bradbury – The Shape Of things
Tennessee Williams – The Black Masseur
Dennis Wheatley – The Coffin
Laurence James – Mercy

Horror is very much in the eye of the beholder, I guess, and to say I’m mystified at some of the selections is an understatement. There are indeed a fair number of ghastly tales on offer, but I’d say the corresponding Pan Horror #10 required a far stronger stomach.

Among the more deserving entries in a “most horrible” selection, I doubt too many people would argue with the inclusion of Henry Kuttner’s gruesome The Graveyard Rats,  Robert Bloch’s downright nasty The Feast In The Abbey or Laurence James’ first sale. C. M. Eddy’s The Loved Dead – a necrophiliacs progress, no less – probably deserves a look-in, purely on the strength of its uncomfortable subject matter and the fact that the protagonist is drawn as a sympathetic character, while Captain George Eliot’s Chinese torture outing , The Copper Bowl (familiar from the first Pan Horror collection), still packs a punch. The Cathedral Crypt sees a couple witness the incarceration of a Nun who’s broken her vows, when they’re accidentally locked in for the night, and Mercy is the heartwarming story of a badly injured man, trapped in his car after a smash and passing in and out of delirium. A well-meaning (but disturbed) young boy decides to help him …

I’m not usual keen on the practice of lifting chapters from novels and presenting them as stand-alone stories, but the burial alive from Wheatley’s The Ka of Gifford Hillary works surprisingly well, although it’s just plain sacrilege to extract a racy episode from Matthew Lewis’s The Monk, a novel which quite simply has to be read in its entirety or not at all.

As to the rest, well, given the subtitle, the R.H. Benson, Richard Hughes and Henry Spicer stories quite simply don’t belong, and however much a work of genius Poe’s The Raven may be, I’d have settled for seeing it replaced by, say, The Black Cat or Berenice, if only to keep the collection flowing.

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Peter Haining – The Freak Show

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Freak Show (Corgi, 1971)

“Magicians and murderers … Puppets and corpses … Carnivals and cannibals …”

Introduction: The Truth About The Bearded Lady – Peter Haining

Daniel Defoe – The Magician
Edgar Allan Poe – Hop-Frog
Tod Robbins – Spurs
Clark Ashton Smith – The Ampoi Giant
Ray Bradbury – The Dwarf
L. Sprague de Camp – The Gnarly Man
Mildred Clingerman – The Gay Deceiver
Davis Grubb – The Magic Prince
Stanley Ellen – Beiderbauer’s Flea
Fritz Leiber – The Power Of The Puppets
Joseph Payne Brennan – The Rising Man (Levitation)
John Wyndham – Jizzle
August Derleth – Carousel
Esther Carlson – Heads You Win
Robert Bloch – Girl From Mars
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein
Eric Frank Russel – Mutants For Sale
Margaret St. Clair – Horror Howce
Harlan Ellison – Big Sam Was My Friend
Dylan Thomas – After The Fair

Cover artwork: Bruce Pennington

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Peter Haining – Vampire

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – Vampire: Chilling Tales Of The Undead (Target, 1985)

Haining Vampires

Introduction – Peter Haining

James Malcolm Rymer – Varney’s Victim
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire
Robert Thurston Hopkins – The Vampire Of Woolpit Grange
John Flanders (Jean Ray) – The Graveyard Duchess (The Guardian Of The Cemetery)
Curt Siodmak – Experiment With Evil
Alexey Tolstoy – The Curse Of The Vourdalak
Francis Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Frank Owen – The Tinkle Of The Camel’s Bell
Phil Robinson – The Last Of The Vampires
Edith Wharton – Bewitched
Robert E. Howard – The Horror From The Mound
Robert Bloch – Hungarian Rhapsody
Ray Bradbury – The Homecoming
James S. Hart – The Traitor

Another winning Vampire anthology from Haining, who clearly has a passion for the undead.

Some random picks:

James Malcolm Rymer – Varney’s Victim: In this short extract, the Vampyre explains all about what an undead existence entails to the horrified Flora Bannerworth. Varney professes his love and urges her to flee the ancestral home to be free of him. As usual, her brother bursts in at an inopportune moment.

Robert Bloch – Hungarian Rhapsody: Solly Vincent, retired racketeer, learns that his new neighbour, Helen Esterhazy, is not only “stacked” but prone to writhing nude on a bed of gold coins. When she cooly spurns his advances, Solly decides the situation calls for a course of rape, murder and pillage.

Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire
: Romania: Despite a bedroom liberally festooned with crucifixes and garlic, and the nightly vigils of her husband, Madam Alexis awakens each morning to find her nightgown shredded and blood-stained from the twin punctures in her neck.

Ray Bradbury – The Homecoming: A gathering of the clans at Halloween. An occasion for much celebration amongst the vampiric Elliott family (whose number includes witches, werewolves and sundry monsters), save for 14 year old Timothy, who, being a decidedly normal boy is shunned as the black sheep. One of the greatest stories Bradbury wrote, and utterly heartbreaking.

Francis Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
: Southern Italy: When Christina surprises a pair of thieves burying the fortune they’ve stolen from the house of a dead miser, they hit her over the head with a spade and bury her where she falls. Thereafter, she lures her lover, Angelo, the miser’s ruined son to her grave and drinks his blood.

Edith Wharton – Bewitched: Old Prudence Rutledge knows her husband is having an affair, and demands that the girls father and the townsfolk intervene. The difficulty arises from the fact that the husband-snatcher died several months ago from a wasting disease …

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Peter Haining – The Hell Of Mirrors

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Hell Of Mirrors (Four Square/ Nel, 1965)

Haining - Hell Of Mirrors

Introduction – Peter Haining

Frederick Marryat – The Werewolf
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Edgar Allan Poe – The Black Cat
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
J. S. Le Fanu – Shalken The Painter
Ambrose Bierce – The Middle Toe Of the Right Foot
Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
Guy De Maupassant – Who Knows?
Guy De Maupassant – The Drowned Man
Edogawa Rampo – The Caterpillar
Edogawa Rampo – The Hell Of Mirrors
Henry Slesar – The Knocking In The Castle
Arthur Porges – The Fanatic

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Peter Haining – Summoned From The Tomb

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – Summoned From The Tomb (Digit, 1966: Sidgwick & Jackson,  1973)

Haining Summoned From The Tomb

Contents & cover shown are of the Sidgewick & Jackson hardcover, 1973. The original Digit paperback edition is significantly different

Introduction – Peter Haining

Washington Irving – Guests From Gibbet Island
Edgar Allan Poe – Hop-Frog
J. S. Le Fanu – The Bully Of Chapelizod
Alexander Pushkin – The Coffin-Maker
Bram Stoker – The Judges House
Jules Verne – The Ordeal Of Dr. Trifulgas
Ambrose Bierce – A Watcher By The Dead
Thomas Mann – The Wardrobe
M. R. James – There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard
Algernon Blackwood – The Goblin’s Collection
H. P. Lovecraft – Beyond The Wall Of Sleep
August Derleth – The Whippoorwills In The Hills
Edogawa Rampo – The Caterpillar
Basil Copper – The Academy Of Pain
Robert Bloch – Floral Tribute
Ray Bradbury – The Scythe

As with many of the early Hainings, this one falls into the “nice to have” as opposed to the “indispensable” category. The original Summoned From The Tomb was, according to Haining “my first professionally compiled collection (I had prior to it edited one anthology of classic horror stories but this had been before I became fully involved in the world of publishing)”. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to locate the ’66 original, but he was doing a fair bit of business with Nel at the time ….

Writing in 1973, Haining reflects in his introduction:

“Finally, let me add that in revising this volume I have added to it one or two stories from another subsequent collection of mine, Legends For The Dark, which is similarly out of print and while not in my opinion being worthy of reissue itself, did contain some gems which should not suffer because of the dross they appeared with”

Actually, he reprinted five stories from Legends …, namely, those by Verne, Lovecraft, Copper, Bloch and Bradbury. But it’s the alleged “dross” we’re all interested in, so here’s the roll of shame:

Arthur Porges – Solomon’s Demon
Robert Sheckley – The Altar
August Derleth – Here, Daemos!
Wesley Rosenquest – The Secret Of The Vault
Edward D. Ludwig – A Night With Hecate

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Peter Haining – The Shilling Shockers

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – The Shilling Shockers: Stories Of Terror From The Gothic Bluebooks  (Gollancz, 1978: Gargoyles Head Press 1996)

Haining Shilling Shockers Gollancz

Introduction – Peter Haining

Isaac Crookenden – The Vindictive Monk: Or, The Fatal Ring
Sarah Wilkinson – The Mysterious Novice: Or, Convent Of The Grey Penitents
Dr. Nathan Drake and A. N. Other – Captive Of The Banditti: A Terrific Tale Concluded
Anon – The Spectre Mother: Or, The Haunted Tower
Anon – The Life And Horrid Adventures Of The Celebrated Dr. Faustus
Anon – The Old Tower Of Frankenstein
Anon – The Bride Of The Isles: A Tale Founded On The Popular Legend Of The Vampyre
Anon – The Lunatic And His Turkey: A Tale Of Witchcraft
Anon – The Severed Arm: Or, The Wehr-wolf Of Limousin
‘D’ – Five Hundred Years Hence!


Haining Tales From The Gothic Bluebooks

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