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Archive for September 6th, 2007

Herbert Van Thal – Bedside Book Of Horror

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Herbert Van Thal (ed) – The Bedside Book Of Horror (Arthur Baker, 1973)

Herbert Van Thal Bedside Horror

Foreword – Herbert Van thal

Prosper Merimee – The Venus Of Ille
R. H. Barham – Singular Passage …
Gerhart Hauptmann – The Sea Monster
Harry E. Turner – The Man Who Could Hear The Fishes Scream
Robert Aickman – The Clock Watcher
David Dixon – The Recluse
Christopher Bray – The Traveller
Roald Dahl – The Landlady
Fielden Hughes – Memoirs Of An Executioner
Alex Hamilton – A Shoal In Time

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Peter Cushing – Tales Of A Monster Hunter

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining & Peter Cushing (eds.) – Tales Of A Monster Hunter (Futura, 1978)

Peter Cushing Tales Of A Monster Hunter

Peter Cushing – How I Became A Monster Hunter

Alexandre Dumas – The Masked Ball
Mary Shelley – The Mortal Immortal
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Josef Nesvadba – In The Footsteps Of The Abominable Snowman
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Ring Of Thoth
Gertrude Bacon – The Gorgon
Robert Bloch – The Man Who Collected Poe
Michael Arlen – The Ghoul Of Golders Green
James Blish – There Shall Be No Darkness

Unusually generous (13 page) introductory essay from the great man, and a neat selection too. As with the various Christopher Lee compilations (see Haining, Parry), the idea was to collect stories featuring villains and monsters that the Cush had encountered during his glorious career. The Michael Arlen story has dated badly, but full marks for reviving James Blish’s extraordinary werewolf novella, while Robert Bloch’s EC-like creation is always welcome.

The dedication “To Helen, Who is always with me”, even brings a lump to the throat of the evil demonik, who isn’t a great big fairy as everybody knows.

Republished as Peter Cushing’s Monster Movies, (Robert Hale, 1994)

Monster Movies

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Peter Haining – Zombie

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining  (ed) – Zombie: Tales Of The Walking Dead  (Severn House, 1985, Target, 1985)

Introduction: Peter Haining

William Seabrook – Dead Men Working In The Cane Fields
G. W. Hutter – Salt Is Not For Slaves
Lafcadio Hearn – The Country Of The Comers-Back
Henry S. Whitehead – Jumbee
Vivian Meik – White Zombie
Inez Wallace – I Walked With A Zombie
Dr. Gordon Leigh Bromley – America Zombie
Thorpe McClusky – While Zombies Walked
August Derleth – The House In The Magnolias
W. Stanley Moss – The Zombie Of Alto Parana
Charles Birkin – Ballet Negre
Thomas Burke – The Hollow Man

Blurb (Target paperback)
Even the human fear of death pales beside the terror of the undead.
The zombie – the walking dead man – brings the realms of the supernatural well within the bounds of belief, for the reawakened corpse is a horrifyingly imaginable phenomenon.
From the early ‘Dead Men Working in the Cane Fields’ by W. E. Seabrook to W. Stanley Moss’s masterly ‘The Zombie of Alto Parana’ and the more recent ‘Ballet Negre’ by English writer Charles Birkin, Peter Haining’s collection of the best of zombie stories is guaranteed to chill the blood and raise the hairs on the back of your neck…

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Peter Haining – Werewolf

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining  (ed) – Werewolf: Horror Stories Of The Man-Beast (Severn House, 1987)

Cover: Trevor Newman

Introduction – Peter Haining

Catherine Crowe – The Lycanthropist
Henry Beaugrand – The Werwolves
Algernon Blackwood – The Wolves Of God
Oliver Onions – The Master Of The House
Montague Summers – The Phantom Werewolf
Guy Endore – The Wolf Girl
Seabury Quinn – Fortune’s Fools
Robert E. Howard – Wolfshead
Paul Selonke – Beast Of The Island
Jane Rice – The Refugee
Robert Bloch – The Man Who Cried ‘Wolf!’
Ralph Thornton – I Was A Teenage Werewolf
T. H. White – The Point Of Thirty Miles
Basil Copper – Cry Wolf
James Farlowe – The Demythologised Lycanthrope

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Peter Haining – Dr. Caligari’s Black Book

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – Dr. Caligari’s Black Book (W. H. Allen, 1968)

Haining Dr. Caligari Black Book

“For here are tales from the world of Dr. Caligari: mysterious sideshows, freaks and monsters, seances, macabre plays, and all manner of terrors lurking in the shadows.”

Introduction – Peter Haining

S. L. Dennis – The Second Awakening Of A Magician
Ray Bradbury – The Jar
Lady Eleanor Smith – Satan’s Circus
Agatha Christie – The Last Seance
August Derleth – Mrs. Elting Plays Her part
Anthony Gittens – The Third Performance
A. M. Burrage – The Waxwork
Robert Bloch – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Marcel Ayme – The Dwarf
J. B. Priestly – The Demon King
Hazel Heald – The Horror In The museum
H. R. Wakefield – Farewell Performance
Barry Pain – The End Of A Show

A second version of the book, published in paperback the following year replaces some stories:

Peter Haining (ed) – Dr. Caligari’s Black Book (Nel, 1969)

Dr Caligari’s Black Book

Cover: Bruce Pennington

Amber Print – Basil Copper
The Second Awakening Of A Magician – S L Dennis
The Haunted Cinema – Louis Golding
The Jar – Ray Bradbury
The Theatre Upstairs – Manly Wade Wellman
The Last Seance – Agatha Christie
Headlines For Tod Shayne – August Derleth
The Sorceror’s Apprentice – Robert Bloch
The Harlem Horror – Charles Lloyd
The End Of A Show – Barry Pain

Thanks to Calenture at Vault Of Evil for the NEL cover scan and contents.

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Filthy Creations

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Filthy Creations is a showcase for the fiction and artwork of Vault of Evil’s creative members.

“These would not be out of place in the old Pan Book Of Horror Stories” – Michel Parry.

Filthy Creations 1

Filthy Creations 1.

44 pages of horror fiction.

Ripton Torn by Franklin Marsh
Tendrils by Roger B. Pile
Midnight Snack by Charles Black
Love by Steve Goodwin
The Horror on Dreadstone Moor by Franklin Marsh
Martyr’s Window by Victoria J. Dixon

Artwork: Rog Pile, Adrian Salmon, Chrissie Demant.


Filthy Creations 2

Pith by James Stanger
Twisted by Peter Coady
Visionary by Victoria J. Dixon
The Horror on Dreadstone Moor (Part 2) by Franklin Marsh
Kindness by Steve Goodwin and Rog Pile
Under the Streetlight by Rog Pile

Artwork: Rog Pile, Adrian Salmon and various hands.

And poems from: Victoria J. Dixon, Lanaia Lee, and Craig Herbertson, who had a story in Pan Book of Horror 29.

Plus this issue features articles including an interview with Pan Book of Horror author Ian C. Strachan.

£2.50 each (including P&P), made out to R Pile

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North Country
Cornwall TR16 4AH

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