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Archive for the ‘*Arrow*’ Category

Arrow paperbacks 1959-1979

Posted by demonik on November 14, 2011

Thought it was about time to add another tentacle to this ramshackle excuse for a site, so horror & supernatural fiction in Arrow paperback from 1959-1979 it is. Unlike previous attempts, this time i’m gonna take it nice and slow, drift up the covers & co as time permits rather than shove a hundred up in one hit. Be patient. This promises to be one of the most beautiful of the Vault galleries.


gloomy sundae

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Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Anonymous (ed.) – Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1965)

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Alexander Woollcott – Moonlight Sonata
Arthur Machen – The Novel of the Black Seal
E.F. Benson – Mrs Amworth
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
H.P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Guy de Maupassant – Was it a Dream?
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
Charles Collins & Charles Dickens – The Trial for Murder
J.F. Sullivan – The Man With a Malady
Anonymous – Sawny Bean and His Family
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
A.J. Alan – The Hair
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
H.G. Wells – The Cone
F. Marion Crawford – The Screaming Skull

Thanks to James Doig for providing the cover scan & contents!

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The Second Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Anonymous (ed.) – The Second Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1965)

2nd Arrow Book Of Horror Stories

2nd Arrow Book Of Horror Stories

F. Marion Crawford –  The Dead Smile
E.F. Benson – Caterpillars
H. Russell Wakefield – Montrous Regiment
Elizabeth Bowen – Telling
Ray Bradbury – The Veld
Graham Greene – A Little Place Off the Edgware Road
Colin Evans – Nowhere Without Her
Robert Bloch –  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
L.P. Hartley – The Travelling Grave
Edgar Allan Poe – The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Thanks to James Doig for providing the cover scan & contents!

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Michel Parry – The Hounds Of Hell

Posted by demonik on September 8, 2007

Michel Parry (ed.) – The Hounds Of Hell  (Arrow, 1975)

Hounds Of Hell

Introduction – Michel Parry

H. P. Lovecraft – The Hound
Ambrose Bierce – Staley Flemming’s Hallucination
Ivan Turgenev – The Dog
Agatha Christie – The Hound Of Death
Manly Wade wellman – Dead Dog
Catherine Crowe – The Dutch Officer’s Story
Guy de Maupassant – Vendetta
Theo Gift – Dog Or Demon?
Saki – Louis
Fritz Leiber – The Howling Tower
Feodor Sologub – The White Dog
William Faulkner – The Hound
Ray Bradbury – The Emissary
Robert Bloch – The Hound Of Pedro
Ramsey Campbell – The Whining
Dion Fortune – The Death Hound

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Cynthia Asquith – When Churchyards Yawn

Posted by demonik on September 2, 2007

Cynthia Asquith (ed.) – When Churchyards Yawn (Hutchinson, 1931, Arrow, 1963)


Elizabeth Bowen – The Apple Tree
Hugh Walpole – A Little Ghost
L. P. Hartley – The Cotillion
Ann Bridge – The Buick Saloon
Algernon Blackwood – A Threefold Cord …
Arthur Machen – Opening The Door
Shane Leslie – As In A Glass Dimly
W. S. Morrison – The Horns Of The Bull
William Gerhari – The Man Who Came Back
Mrs. Belloc Lowndes – The Unbolted Door
Oliver Onions – “John Gladwin Says”
Philip MacDonald – Our Feathered Friends
Cynthia Asquith – “God Grante That She Lye Stille”

Elizabeth Bowen – The Apple Tree: Nineteen year old Myra is finding married life difficult to cope with, not through any fault of her husband, Squire Simon who dotes on her, but on account of the tragedy which befell her as a child. Brought up in a West Country orphanage, she and Doria were thrown together through their unpopularity with the other girls. When Myra was gradually accepted into the group, Doria took it badly and hung herself from the apple tree in the yard. It was Myra who discovered the swinging corpse and the Crampton Park School affair was a seven day wonder in the newspapers. Since then, Myra has been haunted by Doria, apple tree and all, neither of whom are shy of revealing themselves in Mr. Simon’s presence either. The drain on the otherwise loving couple’s health is taking its toll. Time for interfering busybody the indomitable Mrs. Bettersley to intervene on their behalf.

Lady Cynthia Asquith – God Grante That She Lye Stille: Mosstone Village. Margaret Clewer, the youthful owner of the manor house is a charming if elusive young lady with a heart condition and “a very considerable degree of anaemia” according to the diagnosis of the narrator, Dr. Stone, with whom she has fallen in love. Margaret herself complains “I don’t feel any sense of being a separate, continuous entity … I can’t find any essential core of personality – nothing that is equally there when I’m alone, with you, or with other people. There’s no real continuity, I’m hopelessly fluid!” Stone realises too late that his patient’s ailment has a supernatural basis as her ancestress, the sixteenth century Elspeth Clewer, is gradually taking possession, causing the sweet natured girl to tear the heads off her beloved pet birds and launch a vicious attack on the nurse. Can Stone prevent the love of his life being obliterated by the vampiric Elspeth?

William Gerhardi – The Man Who Came Back: Gentle ghost story of a dying old timer who can’t bear to think of being separated from his library and imagines the afterlife as an inexhaustible supply of great books and time enough to read them.

W. S. Morrison – The Horns Of The Bull: “But sons, if either of you leaves his island for the blood of the other, my curse will strike him … and his brother will triumph over him” – so says the dying elder of the Isle of the Lamb. The two sons, Orm and Iain, have loathed each other all their lives so their father leaves Orm the Isle of the Lamb and Iain the neighbouring Isle of the Bull to prevent them killing each other the minute he’s dead. Orm, the more war-like and devious of the pair, rules his people with black magic and terror while his brother lives as a hermit. You have probably already deduced who is responsible for triggering the final conflict and who prevails in a story that has more to do with folklore than terror.

Mrs. Belloc Lowdnes – The Unbolted Door: Mr. Jack Torquil refuses to accept that his son John, euphemistically reported “missing” in conflict toward the close of WW1 is dead. It’s possible that the Germans took him prisoner or he may have been committed to a mental hospital so the door has stayed unlatched for years awaiting his happy return. His wife Anne detests her husband his delusion, his inability to the truth and their once happy marriage has been dead since the day that curt telegram arrived. Now, on the anniversary of the Armistice, the handle of the unbolted door turns in the darkness ….

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Dennis Wheatley – Quiver Of Horror

Posted by demonik on September 2, 2007

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Quiver Of Horror (Arrow, 1964)

Introduction – Dennis Wheatley

Margaret Irwin – The Earlier Service
Mrs. Oliphant – The Open Door
Saki – The Music On The Hill
F. Tennyson Jesse – The Canary
Ex Private X (A. M. Burrage) – Smee
Ex Private X (A. M. Burrage) – One Who Saw
William Younger – The Angelus
Theodore Drieser – The Hand
M. R. James – The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas
Bram Stoker – The Judges House
Louis Golding – The Call Of The Hand
Walter De La Mare – All Hallows
William Hope Hodgson – The Whistling Room
Charles Birkin – A Right To Know
Dennis Wheatley – A Life For A Life

A new introduction (repeated in both volumes) and the two Birkin stories would be reason enough for some of us to buy this. The C. E. Montague war story is a forgotten gem (the sweepstake involves betting on which of you will be next to die), otherwise the best of this stuff is more easily obtainable elsewhere.

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Dennis Wheatley – Shafts Of Fear

Posted by demonik on September 2, 2007

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Shafts Of Fear (Arrow, 1964)

Introduction – Dennis Wheatley

Evelyn Waugh – The Man Who Liked Dickens
Martin Armstrong – The Pipe-Smoker
Michael Joseph – A Glass Of Milk
William Hope Hodgson – The Island Of The Ud
William Hope Hodgson – The Derelict
T. F. Powys – The House With The Echo
A. E. Coppard – Arabesque: The Mouse
Alec Waugh – The Last Chukka
Charles Birkin – A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
Thomas Burke – The Bird
Guy de Maupassant – Vendetta
James Hilton – The Mallet
Hugh Walpole – The Silver Mask
C. E. Montague – The First Blood Sweep
John Russell – The Fourth Man
John Russell – The Price Of The Head
John Russell – The Lost God
Ambrose Bierce – A Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Dennis Wheatley – The Snake

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Anthony Masters – Cries Of Terror

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Anthony Masters (ed) – Cries Of Terror (Arrow, 1976)

“Chilling echoes from the world of fear and darkness”

Introduction – Anthony Masters

Thomas Burke – The Hands Of Mr. Ottermole
Saki – The Open Window
H. P. Lovecraft – In The Vault
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Brazilian Cat
William Hope Hodgson – The Whistling Room
C. M. Eddy – The Loved Dead
Jane Rice – The Idol Of The Flies
John Collier – Thus I refute Beelzy
J. D. Beresford – The Misanthrope
John Keir Cross – Music When Soft Voices Die
W. F. Harvey – August Heat
John Metcalfe – The Bad Lands
M. R. James – A School Story
W. W. Jacobs – The Interruption

Impeccable selection from the author of the excellent “The Natural History Of The Vampire” (Mayflower, 1974).

Lovecraft leaves his tentacled monsters alone for five minutes to leave us locked “In The Vault” overnight with Birch the village undertaker and his dead nemesis old Asaph Sawyer, a vindictive character in life with “a tenacious memory for wrongs, real or imagined.”

C. M. Eddy charts a necrophilliac’s progress in the notorious, impossibly entertaining “The Loved Dead”. Burkes story is very reminiscent of Bloch’s “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” in plot, except this time we’re up against a London strangler. For sheer grim, over-compensatory retribution you’ll have to go a long way to beat the murderer in “Music When Soft Voices Die”, and Jane Rice’s demonic Pruitt is among the least tolerable children in horror fiction. Trust me, you’ll be itching for the little git to get his from the moment you’re introduced to him.

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Alex Hamilton – Splinters

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

Alex Hamilton – Splinters (Arrow, 1970)

Ales Hamilton Splinters

Jane Gaskell – June
Michael Baldwin – The Ice Palace
Hugh Atkinson – The Language Of Flowers
Derwent May – Grace Note
William Trevor – Miss Smith
Anthony Burgess – An American Organ
John Brunner – The Biggest Game
Richard Nettell – The Way That Ladies Walk
Patrick Boyle – Home Again, Home Again, Jigetty-Jig
Montague Haltrecht – Indoor Life
John Burke – Don’t You Dare
J. A. Cuddon – Isabo
Peter Brent – Mewed Up
Alex Hamilton – Under The Eildon Tree

Thanks to Andy/ Nightreader for the cover scan and contents listing.

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