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Archive for the ‘R. Chetwynd-Hayes’ Category

R. Chetwynd-Hayes & Stephen Jones – Tales to Freeze the Blood

Posted by demonik on May 8, 2009

R. Chetwynd-Hayes & Stephen Jones – Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories (Carroll & Graf, 2006)

Foreword – Stephen Jones
Introduction – R. Chetwynd-Hayes

O. Henry – The Furnished Room
Ambrose Bierce – The Night Doings At “Deadman’s”
Sydney J. Bounds – A Little Night Fishing
Anon – Not Yet Solved
Guy de Maupassant – The Hostelry
Mrs Claxton – The Grey Cottage
Mrs Crowe – Round The Fire
F. Marion Crawford – The Doll’s Ghost
J. S. Le Fanu – Madam Crowl’s Ghost
Mary Elizabeth Braddon – The Cold Embrace
Anon – At Ravenholme Junction
Amelia B. Edwards – How The Third Floor Knew The Potteries
Sir Richard Burton – The Saving Of A Soul
Fritz Hopman – The Bearer Of The Message
M. R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book
E. & H. Heron – The Story Of Medhans Lea
Richard Middleton – The Passing Of Edward
E. Owens Blackbourne – An Unsolved Mystery
Emily Bronte – The Horrors Of Sleep
Tony Richards – Streets Of The City
Mary E. Penn – In The Dark
Steve Rasnic Tem – Shadows On The Grass
Rick Kennett – The Roads Of Donnington
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Day That Father Brought Something Home

Blurb:

With twenty-four more chilling tales culled from the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories series, edited from 1972 to 1984 by acclaimed horror fiction writer and anthologist R. Chetwynd-Hayes, this follow-up to 2004’s Great Ghost Stories features rarities and classics from the masters of the ghost story like O. Henry, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, M.R. James, and Guy de Maupassant, as well as haunting stories from lesser-known greats.

From a dead man emerging from a hole in the cabin floor in Ambrose Bierce’s The Night-Doings at ‘Deadman’s’ and Mrs. Crowe’s tale of supernatural experiences in polite Victorian society, to Richard Burton’s “authentic” account of a haunting in the Castle of Weixelstein in 1559 to Emily Bronte’s poem The Horrors of Sleep about a mystic world that exists just beyond the frontiers of ours, this collection resurrects two dozen eerie tales of suspense and horror.

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Great Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on April 22, 2009

R. Chetwynd-Hayes and Stephen Jones (eds.) – Great Ghost Stories (Cemetery Dance, Carroll & Graf, 2004)

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Les Edwards

Foreword – Stephen Jones
Introduction – R. Chetwynd-Hayes

Amelia B. Edwards – The Four-Fifteen Express
Richard Middleton – On the Brighton Road
Ambrose Bierce – The Moonlit Road
G. B. S.- The Whittaker’s Ghost
S. Baring-Gould – The Leaden Ring
Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Ghost Stories Of The Tiled House
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
Daniel Defoe – The Ghost of Dorothy Dingley
Anon – The Dead Man Of Varley Grange
E. Nesbit – John Charrington’s Wedding
Sydney J. Bounds – The Night Walkers
Amyas Northcote – Brickett Bottom
John Kendrick Bangs – The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
Stephen King – The Reaper’s Image
Jerome K. Jerome – Christmas Eve in the Blue Chamber
Steve Rasnic Tem – Housewarming
Ramsey Campbell – The Ferries
Tina Rath – The Fetch
Washington Irving – Guests From Gibbet Island
Garry Kilworth – The Tryst
Guy de Maupassant – An Apparition
Brian Lumley – Aunt Hester
Tony Richards – Our Lady Of The Shadows
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – She Walks on Dry Land

Can anyone see the sense in this? Take a series of everyman pocket paperbacks like The Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Stories, which, in their day were available in just about every newsagent and supermarket up and down the country, and like as not got several people on here reading the stuff. Make a random selection from volumes 17-20. Get Les Edwards to design you a terrific cover, fully in sympathy with the original series. Now, have the thing printed, making sure it’s as unnecessarily bulky as possible, and run off just enough copies so that it sells out prior to publication. Appealing to the “I’ve still got my factory sealed, never been opened, worth a bomb!” non-reading market is all very well, but it’s also driving another stake into the heart of what’s supposed to be ‘popular fiction’. Hope they won an award for it.

Anyway, here’s the Blurb:

Eerie atmospherics, a sense of foreboding, then the unease, a chill, a shudder, ghosts, terror — again and again, in the twenty-five superbly scary tales of this standout anthology, they’re conjured artfully, both by modern masters of the macabre, among them Stephen King, Garry Kilworth, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, and Tony Richards, and by literary greats like Ambrose Bierce, Washington Irving, Sir Water Scott, and J Sheridan Le Fanu. Culled from the renowned Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories series, which was edited from 1972 to 1984 by horror fiction writer and erudite anthologist R Chetwynd-Hayes, these highly original, and often long-obscure tales reflect the enduring fascination in our literary tradition with phantoms, specters, ghouls, and wraiths. There’s a fetch (i.e., doppelganger) too — in Tina Rath’s nasty take on a violent husband, his shrinking wife, and a scheming woman. And behind Guy de Maupassant’s simply titled “An Apparition” lurks a tale that Chetwynd-Hayes places among the top ten most terrifying ghost stories ever written. From Daniel Defoe’s engaging period piece, “The Ghost of Dorothy Dingley,” set in 1665, to the subtle slice of contemporary ghostly life in Stephen King’s “The Reaper’s Image,” dread takes many fearsome guises in the three centuries of chilling fiction collected here, and solace lies only at the feet of a very dark angel.

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R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Doomed To The Night

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

R. Chetwynd-Hayes (ed.) – Doomed to the Night (William Kimber, 1978)

Doomed To The Night

Acknowledgements – R. Chetwynd-Hayes

Introduction – R. Chetwynd-Hayes

W. Somerset Maugham – A Man from Glasgow
Barbara Joan Eyre – A Visit to Amelia Pride
A. M. Burrage – Browdean Farm
Daphne Froome – Strange Happenings at Canalps
Miss Braddon – The Cold Embrace
J. S. Lefanu – An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House
The Marquess of Lorne – The Double-Bedded Room
Mary E. Penn – In the Dark
Margaret Chilvers Cooper – And Not One Penny to the Innkeeper
Anonymous – At Ravenholme Junction
Richard Middleton – The Conjurer
Amelia Edwards – How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries
Martin Armstrong – The Pipe Smoker
Ambrose Bierce – A Jug of Syrup
Anonymous – The Legend of Gorie Grange
Eric Ambrose – The Man Who Died
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Day that Father Brought Something Home

Thanks to Burl Veneer for providing the cover scan and contents.

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