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Archive for June 20th, 2008

Peter Haining – Mammoth Modern Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Peter Haining (ed) – The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (Robinson, 2007)

Mammoth Modern Ghosts

Cover: Joe Roberts

1. Raising Spectres: The Modern Tradition

M.R. James – ‘Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad’
A.C. Benson – The House at Treheale
E.G. Swain – The Richpins
Arthur Gray – The Everlasting Club
A.N.L. Munby – Number Seventy-Nine

2. Ghost Writers: The “Golden Era”

Arthur Conan Doyle: Playing With Fire
Rudyard Kipling – The House Surgeon
John Buchan – The Grove Of Ashtroth
Somerset Maugham – The Man from Glasgow
D.H. Lawrence – The Last Laugh
Vladimir Nabokov – A Visit to the Museum

3. Phantom Ranks: Supernatural at War

Arthur Machen – The Bowmen
George Minto – The Ghost of U65
Algernon Blackwood – ‘Vengeance is Mine’
Lord Dunsany – The Punishment
Dennis Wheatley – The Haunted Chateau
Elizabeth Bowen – Pink May
Derek Barnes – A Gremlin in the Beer
Sir Alec Guinness – Money For Jam

4. The Ghost-Feelers: Modern Gothic Tales

Edith Wharton – The Lady’s Maid’s Bell
Marie Belloc Lowndes – The Duenna
Eudora Welty – Clytie
Daphne du Maurier – The Pool
Jane Gardam – A Spot of Gothic

5. Entertaining Spooks: Supernatural High Jinks

H.G. Wells – The Inexperienced Ghost
Alexander Wolcott – Full Fathom Five
James Thurber – The Night the Ghost Got In
Eric Keown – Sir Tristram Goes West
Kingsley Amis – Who or What Was It?
Ray Bradbury – Another Fine Mess

6. Christmas Spirits: Festive Season Chillers

Rider Haggard – Only a Dream…
Edith Nesbit – The Haunted House
E.F. Benson – The Light in the Garden
Marjorie Bowen – The Prescription
Howard Spring – Christmas Honeymoon
Hammond Innes – South Sea Bubble
Peter Ackroyd – Ringing in the Good News

7. Haunting Times: Tales of Unease

Fritz Leiber – Smoke Ghost
A.E. Van Vogt – The Ghost
William F. Nolan – The Party
J.B. Priestley – Underground
Joyce Carol Oates – Haunted
Philip Pullman – Video Nasty
Louis de Bernieres – My Beautiful House

Blurb:

This spine-chilling new anthology of 20th and 21st century tales by big name writers is in the best traditions of literary ghost stories. It is just a little over a hundred years ago that the most famous literary ghost story, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, was published and in the intervening years a great many other distinguished writers have tried their hand at this popular genre – some basing their fictional tales on real supernatural experiences of their own.

See Vault of Evil forum on Mammoth Book Of Modern Ghost Stories

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Pantechnicon 7

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Pantechnicon 7 (June 1st 2008)

Pantechnicon 7 pdf

STORIES

DF Lewis – The Web Across The Door

DF Lewis offers a short slice of weird.

Johnny Mains – The Trapper

Harsh winter, rotting food, and ghosts take their toll on a trapper and his wife.
Contains scenes of a graphic nature.

Brian Wright – Blood

New job, new boss, same old corporate life. With telepathy, a ghost, and murder.

David Barnett – Death Knock

A dead journalist seems to be visiting relatives of the recently-bereaved. It falls to the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs to investigate.

Alister Davison – The King is Dead

JFK, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley meet a newcomer to the afterlife. Only two of them have his best interests at heart.

Colin Sinclair – The Dopple Gang part two

Jake has a gun that can delete things. His only question now is who to kill first with it.

David Brookes – Tranquil Sea

An expedition to create a radio telescope using the Moon’s Daedalus Crater suffers Jovian interference.

Suzanne Jackson – Seeing the Light

She’s not crazy. And she’s going to show everyone exactly how not crazy she is. Even if it kills them.

FEATURES

Interview: Barry Wood

Caroline Callaghan chats to the Canadian author about his work and his future plans.

SF101: Olaf Stapledon

Sean Parker’s series continues with an exploration of Stapledon’s work.

Icon Oddities: The Musical Career of William Shatner.

Jamie Halliday kicks off a new series on the odd careers of genre icons, starting with the **** himself.

Horror Gems: Sundown

The next in Jamie’s Horror Gems series takes a look at this bargain-bucket treasure, unavailable on DVD.

Weird Tales: A Time-Travelling interview with DF Lewis.

Des and Caroline talk. And travel through time.

COLUMNS

The Fandom Menace

The Age of Innocence
SF: Is it really for you any more?

Time for some Perspective
And now, a look at the murky waters of Doctor Who fandom, and the raging battle of New Who vs. Old Who.

Don’t let the fact that there’s a soppy spaceship on the cover put you off – it’s obviously only there to placate the sci-fi brigade while their magazine is slowly but surely being colonised by ghastly horror! My thanks to the delightful Troo for this indepth breakdown of the content and profuse apologies for not getting around to circulating it sooner!

Download it for free from: Pantechnicon

See also Vault of Evil’s Pantechnicon 7 thread.

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BFS, Ye Olde Cock Inn, London, Sat. July 19 2008

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Justin of the legendary Paperback Fanatic writes:

The BFS is providing a forum for those recommended at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AA on Saturday 19th July, doors from 2pm the event starts at 3pm promptly. the purpose of the day is to celebrate those recommended for this years award and to give people a chance to meet those recommended and have a look at the works in question. The judges are the membership of the BFS who have until the 1st August to vote on their top 3 from each category. The winners are then announced at FantasyCon in September.

Looking for a few friendly faces/moral support. Is the British Fantasy Society award nominated anthologist Charles Black going to be in attendance?

And the nominations are …..

British Fantasy Society Awards 2008

I’m sure we all recognise a few shifty characters among that lot! Best of luck to all of yers!

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David Blair – Gothic Short Stories

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

David Blair (ed.) – Gothic Short Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 2002)

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Anna Letitia Aiken – Sir Bertrand: A Fragment
Nathan Drake and Anonymous – Captive of the Banditti
Anonymous – Extracts from Gosschen’s Diary: No. 1
Charles Robert Maturin – The Parricide’s Tale
Anonymous – The Spectre Bride
Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Edgar Allan Poe – Berenice
Charles Dickens – A Madman’s Manuscript
J.S. le Fanu – Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Ethan Brand
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Old Nurse’s Story
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Body-Snatcher
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
Ambrose Bierce – The Death of Halpin Frayser
M.R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook
Ralph Adams Cram – No. 252 Rue M. le Prince
S. Carleton – The Lame Priest
Mary Wilkins Freeman – Luella Miller
Richard Middleton – The Bird in the Garden
E.F. Benson – The Room in the Tower

Blurb:

Selected and Edited with an Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent at Canterbury

This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales from the period in which Gothic diversified into the familiar forms of the ghost-and horror-story. Some of these stories, like the haunting The Lame Priest are ‘lost masterpieces’ and several have never been anthologised before.

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Richard Dalby – Twelve Gothic Tales

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Richard Dalby (ed.) – Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford, 1998)

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Richard Dalby – Introduction

Charles R. Maturin – Lexlip castle
Mary W. Shelley – The Dream
Edgar Allan Poe – Metzengerstein
Sabine Baring-Gould – Master Sacristan Eberhart
J. Sheridan Le fanu – Dickon the Devil
Bram Stoker – The Secret of the Growing Gold
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
Stephen Hall – By One, By Two, and By Three
L.A.G. Strong – The Buckrose Ring
Basil Copper – The Knocker at the Portico
Gerald Durrell – The Entrance

Blurb:

In this anthology we see a dozen fine examples of Gothic literature, spanning over one hundred and fifty years–from Mary Shelley and Charles Maturin’s classic fiction up to an unexpected master of the macabre, Gerald Durrell. All of the tales feature sinister settings such as castles and ancient houses, along with protagonists who are haunted by the tyranny of the past and physically or else spiritually incarcerated by their circumstances. Designed to provide an overview of the genre, and offering a balance of classic and more unusual stories, this is a book that will appeal to both the newcomer and dedicated collector of Gothic fiction.

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David Stuart Davis – Return From The Dead

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

David Stuart Davis (ed.) – Return From The Dead (Wordsworth Editions, 2006)

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Bram Stoker – The Jewel of the Seven Stars
Jane Webb – The Mummy
Edgar Allen Poe – Some Words with a Mummy
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Ring of Thoth
Arthur Conan Doyle – Lot 249

Blurb:

A collection of Mummy stories selected and introduced by David Stuart Davies

Beware, the Dead are coming back! This is a unique and fascinating collection of early mummy stories that helped to establish the chilling concept of the Dead returning to life as a potent sub-genre of horror fiction.

The main feature on the mummy bill, The Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, is generally regarded as his best work after Dracula. A weird mixture of adventure, the supernatural and science fiction is found in Jane Webb’s The Mummy, a tale written in 1827 but set in 2126. Some Words with a Mummy is by the great horror writer Edgar Allen Poe. Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Ring of Thoth is the classic mummy tale and was the basis for the 1932 movie ‘The Mummy’ starring Boris Karloff and, indeed most mummy films ever since. Lot 249, another Doyle chiller, completes this collection, which is guaranteed to entertain and possibly prompt a nightmare.

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Rex Collings – Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Rex Collings (ed) – Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Classics, 1996)

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Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Richard Harris Barham – The Spectre of Tappington
R.S. Hawker – The Botathen Ghost
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Squire’s Story
William Makepeace Thackeray – The Story of Mary Ancel
Charles Dickens – The Story of the Bagman’s Uncle
Charles Dickens – To Be Taken With a Grain of Salt
J.S. le Fanu – An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Steert
J.S. le Fanu – Narrative of a Ghost of a Hand
John Lang – Fisher’s Ghost
Wilkie Collins – The Traveller’s Story of a Terribly Strange Bed
Amelia B. Edwards – The Phantom Coach
Miss Braddon – Eveline’s Visitant
Robert Louis Stevenson – Markheim
Edith Nesbit – Man-Size in Marble
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
M.R. James – The Haunted Doll’s House
M.R. James – A School Story
Perceval Landon – Thurnley Abbey
Howard Pease – In the Cliff Land of the Dane
Saki – Laura

Blurb:

This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter’s night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked.

The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as ‘real’ apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting new selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural.

There are stories from distant lands – Fisher’s Ghost by John Lang is set in Australia and A Ghostly Manifestation by ‘A Clergyman’ is set in Calcutta.

In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.

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