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Archive for December 31st, 2007

Mysteries: A Classic Collection

Posted by demonik on December 31, 2007

Mysteries: A Classic Collection (Bracken, 1994)


Jacket design: Ken Leeder. Cover, Images Colour Library

Introduction: Giles Gordon

A. J. Alan – The Diver
Michael Arlen – The Ghoul Of Golders Green
Arnold Bennett – The Murder Of The Mandarin
J. D. Beresford – Powers Of The Air
Algernon Blackwood – Keeping His Promise
Gerald Bullett – Dearth’s Farm
G. K. Chesterton – The Hammer of God
Joseph Conrad – The Secret Sharer
A. E. Coppard – The Tiger
Guy De Maupassant – The Hostelry
Lord Dunsany – A Large Diamond
Jeffrey Farnol – The Cupboard
J. S. Fletcher – The Other Sense
Pamela Hansford Johnson – Ghost Of Honour
O. Henry – Roads Of Destiny
C. D. Heriot – The Trapdoor
C. F. Hoffman – Ben Blower’s Story
Tom Hood – The Shadow of A Shade
Washington Irving – Guests From Gibbet Island
M. R. James – The Mezzotint
Jerome K. Jerome – The Dancing Partner
D. H. Lawrence – The Woman Who Rode Away
Oliver Onions – Rooum
Barry Pain – The Green Light
Eden Phillpotts – The Iron Pineapple
Alexander Pushkin – The Queen Of Spades
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch – The Seventh Man
Saki – Laura
W. B. Seabrook – Goat-Cry, Girl-Cry
May Sinclair – The Mahatma’s Story
H. De Vere Stacpool – Deep In The Forest
R. L. Stevenson – The Island Of Voices
Edgar Wallace – Man Of The Night
Hugh Walpole – Major Wilbraham
Anon – A Tale Of A Gas-Light Ghost
E. F. Benson – The Confession Of Charles Linkworth
Ambrose Bierce – The Moonlit Road
L. P. Hartley – A Visitor From Down Under
W. H. Hodgson – The Voice In The Night
W. W. Jacobs – His Brother’s Keeper
Edgar Allan Poe – Berenice
A. E. D. Smith – The Coat
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
P. C. Wren – Presentiments

Pretty much a modern, 606 page, reprint of J. M. Parrish & John R. Crossland (eds.) Mammoth Book Of Thrillers, Ghosts & Mysteries, (Odhams, 1936), but minus the contributions of Alduous Huxley, Agatha Christie, J. B. Priestly, Rebecca West, H. G. Wells, Somerset Maugham and Walter De La Mare.

There are at least three companion volumes of interest (as yet unseen): Creepy Stories introduced by Fred Urquhart, Tales Of Terror & The Supernatural introduced by Michael Moorcock and Thrillers introduced by Robert Sheckley.

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Happy New Year! News 2008

Posted by demonik on December 31, 2007


A great way to see out 2007 and usher in 2008, Justin Marriott’s  Paperback Fanatic – the site opened for business this morning! You’ll find sample pages, reviews, contact info, details of issues 3-5 and an on-line shop, so if you’ve yet to find out what all the fuss is about, now’s your chance!

Chrissie’s vamps


It being Christmas, Vault has become even more of a refuge for the bleary-eyed and hungover than usual, but we did manage to piece together some vaguely coherent end of year round up. Was your book naughty or nice in 2007? Find out in our definitive guide to the hits and misses of this and every other year in the 2007 capsule.


The long-threatened New English Library section of this sprawling, viewer hostile mess should be with you soon-ish ….


Happy New Year to all the people who’ve supported Vault in 2007 – and everyone else, come to that (barring those I permanently disclude from my well wishes, obviously: they can all go and etcetera etcetera)

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