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John Llewellyn Probert – Wicked Delights

Posted by demonik on March 30, 2010

John Llewellyn Probert – Wicked Delights (Atomic Fez, March 2010)


Introduction

At Midnight I Will Steal Your Soul
Special Offer
Daughter of the City
The Iconostasis of Imperfections
Ophelia
Size Matters
Recipe for Disaster
Best Man’s Speech
The Mirror of Tears
The Comeback Kid
Last Christmas
In Sickness and…
Two for Dinner
De Vermis Infestis
The Dispossessed
Your Help Needed Urgently!
The Volkendorf Exhibition
Some Must Suffer

Afterword

Blurb
The book that sucks the blood from children
The film that turns people into self-destructive sadomasochistic obsessives
The lunatic asylum that steals souls
The art exhibition of mutilated humanity … where the exhibits are still alive!

John Llewellyn Probert’s latest short story collection – containing 18 delicious selections – mixes the cruel with the carnal, the sadistic with the sexual, the erotic with the outrageous, to bring you tales of a cuckolded husband’s terrible revenge, the television channel where you can pay off your debts but at the worst price imaginable, the man willing to do anything to improve his chances of success with the ladies, a marriage guidance counsellor who goes to bloody extremes to prove her point, the woman who will do anything to keep her family, and a city made entirely from human bone. All of this, and the last Christmas ever, just to make things even more cheery

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Peter Haining – Death on Wheels

Posted by demonik on March 19, 2010

Peter Haining (ed.) – Death on Wheels (Souvenir 1999)

Introduction – Peter Haining

1. Auto Mania: The Machinery of Death

Trucks – Stephen King
The Dust-Cloud – E. F. Benson
Second Chance – Jack Finney
Used Car – H. Russell Wakefield
Duel – Richard Matheson
Who’s Been Sitting in My Car? – Antonia Fraser
Not from Detroit – Joe R. Lansdale

2. Motorway Madness: Murder in the Fast Lane

Never Stop on the Motorway – Jeffrey Archer
The Death Car – Peter Haining
Night Court – Mary Elizabeth Counselman
Accident Zone – Ramsey Campbell
The Last Run – Alan Dean Foster
The Hitch-Hiker – Roald Dahl
Crash – J. G. Ballard

3. Chrome Killers: The Future Autogeddon

The Racer – Ib Melchior
Along the Scenic Route – Harlan Ellison
Auto-da-Fé – Roger Zelazny
Violation – William F. Nolan
Thy Blood Like Milk – Ian Watson

Thanks to Steve Goodwin for providing the table of contents!

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Clarence Paget – 27th Pan Book Of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on March 19, 2010

Clarence Paget (ed.) – 27th Pan Book Of Horror Stories (1986)

Chris Barnham – On the Fisherman’s Path
Harry E. Turner – Ms Rita and the Professor
Samantha Lee – Medium Rare
Buzz Dixon – Spiders
J. Yen – A Weird Day for Agro
Alan Temperley – Pebbledene
Norman P. Kaufman – Dead Or Alive
Stephen King – I Know What You Need
Ray Askey – Red Recipe
B Seshadri – Joint Family
Jonathan Cruise – The House that Remembered
Jay Wilde – Rothschild’s Revenge

cover loaned from Alwyn Turner’s Trash Fiction

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Clarence Paget – 30th Pan Book Of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on March 19, 2010

Clarence Paget (ed.) – 30th Pan Book Of Horror Stories (1989)

Stephen King – The Lawnmower Man
Murray Pickles – Bobby Blue Eyes
David Williamson – The Too Good Samaritan
David Williamson – The Not So Good Samaritan
Jack Wainer – Princess
Alan Temperley – Revenge Of The Kittiwake
Rosemary Timperley – Unknown Territory
Rosemary Timperley – Little Boy Haunted
Christopher Fowler – Cooking The Books
Norman P. Kaufman – Vivisectionists
Jack Wainer – Trust Me Game
William Davidson – No Room At The Flat
B. Seshadri – The Cry Of The Churail
Stephen Edwards – The Scene Of The Crime
Jonathan Cruise – …. And The Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead

Grateful thanks to Johnny Mains

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The Wordsworth Book Of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on March 12, 2010

The Wordsworth Book Of Horror Stories (Wordsworth Special Editions, 2005)

A. and C. Askew – Aylmer Vance And The Vampire
Honore de Balzac – The Mysterious Mansion
Richard Harris Barham – The Spectre Of Tappington
Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
Miss Braddon – Eveline’s Visitant
A. Clergyman – A Ghostly Manifestation
————-  Correspondence On ‘A Ghostly Manifestation’
Wilkie Collins – A Terribly Strange Bed
Charles Dickens – The Story Of The Bagman’s Uncle
————-  To Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt
————-  The Signalman
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Brazilian Cat
————-  The Ring Of Thoth
————-  The Lord Of Chateau Noir
————-  The New Catacomb
————-  The Case Of Lady Sannox
————-  The Brown Hand
————-  The Horror Of The Heights
————-  The Terror Of Blue John Gap
————-  The Captain Of The Polestar
————-  How It Happened
————-  Playing With Fire
————-  The Leather Funnel
————-  Lot No. 249
————-  The Los Amigos Fiasco
————-  The Nightmare Room
Amelia B. Edwards – The Phantom Coach
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Squire’s Story
W. F. Harvey – The Beast With Five Fingers
R. S. Hawker – The Botathen Ghost
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
W. H. Hodgson – The Gateway Of The Monster
James Hogg – The Story Of Euphemia Hewit
Violet Hunt – The Prayer
W. W, Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Henry James – The Jolly Corner
M. R. James – A School Story
————-  Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook
————-  Lost Hearts
————-  The Mezzotint
————-  The Ash Tree
————-  Number 13
————-  Count Magnus
————-  ‘Oh, Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad’
————-  The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas
————-  The Rose Garden
————-  The Tractate Middoth
————-  Casting The Runes
————-  The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral
————-  Martin’s Close
————-  Mr. Humphreys And His Inheritance
————-  The Residence At Whitminster
————-  The Diary Of Mr. Poynter
————-  An Episode In Cathedral History
————-  The Story Of A Disappearance And An Appearance
————-  Two Doctors
————-  The Haunted Dolls House
————- The Uncommon Prayer Book
————-  A Neighbour’s Landmark
————-  A View From A Hill
————-  A Warning To The Curious
————-  An Evening’s Entertainment
————-  There Was A Man Dwelt By A Graveyard
————-  Rats
————-  After Dark In The Playing Fields
————-  Wailing Well
————-  Stories I Have Tried To Write
Rudyard Kipling – The Mark Of The Beast
Perceval Landon – Thurnley Abbey
John Lang  – Fisher’s Ghost
D. H. Lawrence – The Rocking-Horse Winner
J. S. Le Fanu  An Account Of Some Strange Disturbances In Aungier Street
————-  Narrative Of The Ghost Of A Hand
————-  Green Tea
————-  Madam Crowl’s Ghost
————-  Squire Toby’s Will
————-  Dickon The Devil
————-  The Child That Went With The Fairies
————-  The White Cat Of Drumgunniol
————-  Ghost Stories Of Chapelizod
————-  Wicked Captain Walshawe, Of Wauling
————-  Sir Dominick’s Bargain
————-  Ultor De Lacy
————-  The Vision Of Tom Chuff
————-  Stories Of Lough Guir
Lord Lytton – The Haunted And The Haunters
Guy De Maupassant – Vendetta
E. Nesbit – Man-Size In Marble
Howard Pease – In The Cliff Land Of The Dane
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
————-  The Black Cat
A. M. Pushkin – The Ace Of Spades
Saki (H. H. Munro) – Laura
————-  Sredni Vashtar
Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
————-  Wandering Willie’s Tale
Robert Louis Stevenson – Markheim
————-  Thrawn Janet
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Edmund Lenthal Swifte – Ghost In The Tower
William Makepeace Thackeray – The Story Of Mary Ancel
Hugh Walpole – Tarnhelm
Oscar Wilde – The Canterville Ghost

thanks to Severance of Vault for typing the contents!

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Stephen Jones – The Very Best of Best New Horror

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Very Best of Best New Horror (Robinson, March 2010)

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Joe Roberts

Stephen Jones – Foreword
Ramsey Campbell – Introduction: Bettering The Best

Brian Lumley – No Sharks In The Med
Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats
Ramsey Campbell – The Same In Any Language
Christopher Fowler – Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death
Harlan Ellison – Mefisto In Onyx
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation Of Dr. Stein
Neil Gaiman – Queen Of Knives
Terry Lamsley – The Break
Caitlín R Kiernan – Emptiness Spoke Eloquent
Peter Straub – Mr. Clubb And Mr. Cuff
Tim Lebbon – White
Kim Newman – The Other Side Of Midnight: Anno Dracula 1981
Elizabeth Hand – Cleopatra Brimstone
Joe Hill – 20th Century Ghost
Mark Samuels – The White Hands
Lisa Tuttle – My Death
Clive Barker – Haeckel’s Tale
Glen Hirshberg – Devil’s Smile
Simon Kurt Unsworth – The Church On The Island
Stephen King – The New York Times At Special Bargain Rates.

Index To Twenty Years Of Best New Horror

Blurb:

For the past twenty years the annual Best New Horror series has been the major showcase for superior short stories and novellas of horror and dark fantasy. Edited by Stephen Jones, the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning series has published more than 450 stories by around 200 of the genre’s most famous and acclaimed authors, as well as those newcomers who are just starting out on their careers. To celebrate the anthology’s twentieth anniversary, the editor has selected from each volume one story that he considers to be the “best” for reasons explained in his historical introduction to each tale. As a result, some of horror’s biggest names are represented, including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Brian Lumley and Neil Gaiman, along with newer writers such as Joe Hill, Glen Hirshberg, Mark Samuels and Terry Lamsley. With a unique Introduction by Ramsey Campbell, and an indispensable Index detailing the entire contents of the series over all twenty volumes, The Very Best of Best New Horror is a tribute to the world’s premier annual anthology of contemporary horror fiction.

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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Stephen Jones (ed.) – Best New Horror 6 (Raven, 1995)


Luis Rey
Stephen Jones – Introduction: Horror in 1994

Lawrence Watt-Evans – Dead Babies
Harlan Ellison – Sensible City
Terry Lamsley – Blade and Bone
Norman Partridge – Harvest
Charles L. Grant – Sometimes, in the Rain
Richard Christian Matheson – Ménage à Trois
Joel Lane – Like Shattered Stone
Douglas E. winter – Black Sun
M. John Harrison – Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring
Ian R. MacLeod – The Dead Orchards
Elizabeth Massie – What Happened When Mosby Paulson Had Her Painting Reproduced on the Cover of the Phone Book
Ramsey Campbell – The Alternative
Karl Edward Wagner – In the Middle of a Snow Dream
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation of Dr Stein
Garry Kilworth – Wayang Kulit
Robert Bloch – The Scent of Vinegar
Nicholas Royle – The Homecoming
Geoffrey A. Landis – The Singular Habits of Wasps
Michael Marshall Smith – To Receive Is Better
Brian Hodge – The Alchemy of the Throat
Kim Newman – Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright…
Esther M. Friesner – Lovers


Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology – 1994

see also Best New Horror 6 thread on Vault forum

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Clarence Paget – 26th Pan Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Clarence Paget (ed) – 26th Pan Book of Horror Stories (1985)

B. Seshadri – The River Bed
Rosemary Timperley – Mandragora
Alex White – Chatterbox
Harry E. Turner – Special Reserve ’75
Rosemary Timperley – Fire Trap
John H. Snellings – Flies
J. J. Cromby – Masks
Trustin Fortune – The Bath
Nicholas Royle – Time To Get Up
B. Seshadri – An Immaculate Conception
Ian C. Strachan – Death Of A Council Worker
Ralph Norton Noyes – Micro-Process
John H. Snellings – The Loft
Oscar Holmes – No Mark Of Respect
St. John Bird – Firework Night
Jessica Amanda Salmonson – Silent War
Alan Temperley – Henry And The Beautiful People

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Clarence Paget – 29th Pan Book Of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Clarence Paget (ed.) – 29th Pan Book Of Horror Stories (1988)

J. P. Dixon – The Surgeon’s Tale
Jerome Preisler – Crabs
Marcus Gold – The Cave
Gee Williams – Penny Dreadful
Stephen King – The Ledge
Murray Pickles – The Joonka Junka
Alan Temperley – Angel And Teacake
Norman P. Kaufman – Flesh
Craig Herbertson – The Heaven Maker
Alan Temperley – Florence In The Garden
Gee Williams – Beastie
Terence Merchant – Listen
Jonathan Cruise – The Missionary

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Rosemary Gray – Gripping Yarns

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Rosemary Gray (ed.) – Gripping Yarns (Wordsworth Special Editions, 2008)


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Anonymous – One Night Of Horror
————- The Pipe
————- The Puzzle
————- The Closed Cabinet
————- The Alibi
Stacey Aumonier – Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty
————- A Source Of Irritation
————- Where Was Wych Street?
Harold Auten – a Fight To The Finish
Etienne Barsony – The Dancing Bear
Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe – The Amputated Arms
Ambrose Bierce – The Moonlit Road
————- A Tough Tussle
————- A Jug Of Syrup
————- The Middle Toe Of The Right Foot
————- John Bartine’s Watch
Algernon Blackwood – a Silent Visitation
————- The Wood Of The Dead
————- A Suspicious Gift
————- Skeleton Lake : An Episode In Camp
George Brame – On The Belgian Coast
John Buchan – The Wind In The Portico
————- The Loathley Opposite
George Washington Cable – The Young Aunt With White Hair
Egerton Castle – The Baron’s Quarry
Wilkie Collins – The Dream Woman
Joseph Conrad – The Secret Sharer
————- A Smile Of Fortune
————- The Black Mate
A. R. Cooper – With The Foreign Legion In Gallipoli
Stephen Crane – Manacled
————- An Illusion In Black And White
————- Twelve O’Clock
F. Marion Crawford – By The Waters Of Paradise
Guy De Maupassant – The Wreck
————- The Terror
John Charles Dent – Gagtooth’s Image
Thomas De Quincey – The Avenger
Arthur Conan Doyle – A Foreign Office Romance
————- The Striped Chest
————- The Croxley Master
————- The New Catacomb
————- The King Of The Foxes
————- The Green Flag
————- The Lord Of Chateau Noir
————- The Three Correspondents
————- The Debut Of Bimbashi Joyce
————- The Doings Of Raffles Haw
Arthur Elck – The Tower Room
A. J. Evans – Exploits Of The Escaping Club
J. S. Fletcher – The Lighthouse On Shivering Sand
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman – The Shadows On The Wall
E. W. Hornung – The Wrong House
————- The Rest Cure
————- A Bad Night
————- The Spoils Of Sacrilege
Bernard Severin Ingemann – The Sealed Room
Maurus Jokai – Thirteen At Table
Rudyard Kipling – My Own True Ghost Story
————- Bubbling-Well Road
————- At The End Of The Passage
————- The Return Of Imray
————- The City Of Dreadful Night
Leoplod Lewis – A Dreadful Bell
Jack London – Siwash
————- The Man With The Gash
————- Where The Trail Forks
Anselme Marchal – Hoodwinking The Germans
Ferenc Molnar – The Living Death
Frank Norris – A Memorandum Of Sudden Death
————- The Ghost In The Crosstrees
Fitz-James O’Brien – My Wife’s Temper
David Phillips – At A Sap-Head
William Pittinger – The Locomotive Chase In Georgia
A. O. Pollard – I Charge!
Saki – Sredni Vashtar
————- The Hounds Of Fate
Mary Shelley – The Mortal Immortal
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Pavilion On The Links
————- The Sire de Maletroit’s Door
Anthony Trollope – The Man Who Kept His Money In A Box
Edgar Wallace – The Lone House Mystery
————- The Dark Horse
————- Clues
————- Romance In It
————- A Certain Game
————- The Swift Walker
————- Nine Terrible Men
————- The Sickness-Mongo
Edith Wharton – A Bottle Of Perrier
————- The Lady’s Maid’s Bell
————- The Bolted Door
John Taylor Wood – Escape Of General Beckinridge
Walter Wood – How Trooper Potts Won The V.C. On Burnt Hill
E. D. Woodhall – Secret Service Days

Blurb
For those who sometimes long to escape the strictures of modern life or to inject a little more drama and excitement into their workday world, the remedy could be the collection of stories you hold in your hand. Here for the taking are tales of high adventure and low intrigue from masters of the genre like John Buchan and Robert Louis Stevenson, classics of crime and detection from veteran thriller writers like Edgar Wallace and Arthur Conan Doyle, spine-chillers from the pens of Ambrose Bierce and other purveyors of suspense and horror, and true accounts of courage and survival from heroic and intrepid individuals caught up in the rigours and insanity of war or battling against the elements on gruelling expeditions of discovery and exploration. Between the covers of this crowded volume, Wordsworth Editions has assembled from the work of famous, less well-known and totally unsung writers a treasure trove of rattling good yarns to fire the imagination, chill the blood and perhaps awaken (or reawaken) the spirit of adventure in any reader who dares to plunge in!

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