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Tim Haydock – Mammoth Book Of Classic Chillers

Posted by demonik on September 9, 2007

Tim Haydock (ed.) – The Mammoth Book Of Classic Chillers (Robinson, 1986)

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Evelyn Waugh – The Man Who Liked Dickens
Edgar Allan Poe – The Case Of M. Valdemar
Martin Armstrong – The Pipe-Smoker
H. G. Wells – The Red Room
William Hope Hodgson – The Derelict
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
Blanche Bane Kuder – From What Strange Land
Honore de Balzac – El Verdugo
Elizabeth Bowen – Telling
M. R. James – The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas
Hilda Hughes – The Birthright
Guy Endore – Lazarus Returns
William Hope Hodgson – The Island Of The Ud
Guy de Maupassant – Fear
Charles Whibley – Twelve O’Clock
Edgar Allan Poe – A Descent Into The Maelstrom
Ambrose Bierce – The Stranger
Basil Tozer – The Pioneers Of Pike’s Peak
John Russell – The Fourth Man
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall Of The House Of Usher
M. R. James – A Warning To The Curious
A. M. Burrage – Nobody’s House
Frederick Marryat – The Werewolf
Honore De Balzac – The Mysterious Mansion
Charles Dickens – The Signal-Man
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Henry James – The Turn Of The Screw
Sir Walter Scott – Wandering Willie’s Tale
Guy De Maupassant – The Horla
E. Bulwer Lytton – The Haunted And The Haunters
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

One of the earliest in Robinson’s welcome attempt at reviving the Century … books from the ‘thirties, and the editor seems to have taken the “revival” aspect a little too literally. Here he’s cherry-picked the best from Wheatley’s A Century Of Horror and Hugh Walpole’s two volumes of …. Creepy Stories! Still, you certainly get your money’s worth, considering The Turn Of The Screw and The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde are short novels. The Pioneer’s From Pike’s Peak is a Victorian take on the eternal humans versus giant creepy crawlies conflict, first published in The Strand (Sept. 1897).

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