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Hugh Walpole – A Second Century of Creepy Stories

Posted by demonik on September 17, 2007

Hugh Walpole (ed.) – A Second Century of Creepy Stories (Hutchinson, 1937)

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Thanks to Rob Humphreys for the cover scan

Wilkie Collins – Mad Monkton
John Metcalfe – Mortmain
Anonymous – The Dead Bride
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Bartimeus – The Green Door
Hugh Walpole – Tarnhelm
Ambrose Bierce – A Watcher by the Dead
Walter De La Mare -The Trumpet
Ralph Strauss – The Most Maddening Story In The World
Arthur Machen – Change
Algernon Blackwood – Keeping His Promise
Ex-Private X – The Oak Saplings
M.R. James – Mr. Humphreys And His Inheritance
Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One
Guy de Maupassant – The Horla
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
Hector Bolitho – The House In Half Moon Street
T. O. Beachcroft – The Inn In the Estuary
Marjorie Bowen – The Crown Derby Plate
Henry James – The Turn Of The Screw
Margaret Irwin – Monsieur Seeks a Wife
Ann Bridge – The Accident
Martin Armstrong – Mrs. Vaudrey’s Journey
A.M. Burrage – Browdean Farm
M. Joyce – Perchance to Dream
Shane Leslie – The Drummer of Gordonmuir
Rupert Croft-Cooke – Banquo’s Chair

Hugh Lamb, writing in Steve Jones & Kim Newman’s Horror: 100 Best Books (Xanadu, 1988), says of this one:  “Simply the best anthology ever assembled; I’ve held this view for over thirty years”.

2 Responses to “Hugh Walpole – A Second Century of Creepy Stories”

  1. Jan said

    Do you have any idea when this book’s copyright will expire i.e when he will be in the public domain?

  2. demonik said

    No idea, Jan, i’m afraid although many of the individual stories are public domain. Perhaps some of our more clued-up readers can help?

    Bracken published an abridged version of the first volume, ‘A Century of Creepy Stories’ in 1994 as ‘Creepy Stories’, introduced by Fred Urquhart.

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