Lucy Bergman – Phantom Lovers
Posted by demonik on October 24, 2011
Lucy Bergman (ed.) – Phantom Lovers: Tales Of Unearthly Passions And Fiendish Seductions (Tandem, 1970)
Cover photograph: Michael Stannard
Christianna Brand – Akin To Love
W.B. Seabrook – Toussel’s Pale Bride
General Benoit Batraville – Formula For Calling Up The Dead
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Extract From The Trial Of The Witches Of Huntingdon
Barry Pain – The Moon Slave
Graham R. Tomson – Ballad Of A Were-wolf
F. Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Robert Hitchens – How Love Came To Professor Guildea
– Madam Lucifer
Thomas Lovell Beddoes – The Phantom-wooer
Joseph Sheridan LeFanu – Schalken The Painter
Fiends from Hell and malevolent ghosts, vampires, sorcerers and succubi, even Lucifer himself; at all periods and in many lands they have captivated and seduced their victims. Sometimes these victims, men and women, resisted their unearthly lovers. Sometimes, as other stories in this collection tell, they yielded eagerly to demonic fascination and discovered too late who now possessed them body and soul.
Nervous readers, on finishing this book, may like to consult the Anglo-Saxon Leech Book, which contains the recipe for a salve ‘against elf-kin and night-walking demons and those persons with whom a devil has sexual intercourse’.
Many thanks to thecoffinflies for providing the cover scan, blurb and list of contents.