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Archive for the ‘*Arthur Baker*’ Category

Herbert Van Thal – Striking Terror

Posted by demonik on August 12, 2008

Herbert Van Thal – Striking Terror (Arthur Baker, 1963)

Jack Finney – Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets
Peter Fleming – The Kill
Angus Wilson – Rasberry Jam
Philip McDonald – Our Feathered Friends
Geoffrey Household – Taboo
Carl Stephenson – Leiningen Versus The Ants
Charles Lloyd – Special Diet
Lord Dunsay – The Two Bottles of Relish
Sidney Carroll – A Note For The Milkman
H G Wells – The Cone

A selection from thee first three Pan Book Of Horror Stories selections. Thanks to Johnny Mains for providing the cover scan and contents.

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Randolph C. Bull – Perturbed Spirits

Posted by demonik on November 29, 2007

Randolph C. Bull – Perturbed Spirits (Arthur Baker, 1954)

perturbed spirits

Grant Allen – Wolverden Tower
Rhoda Broughton – The Man With The Nose
R. W. Chambers – The Demoiselle D’y’s
Ralph Adams Cram – The Dead Valley
Dick Donovan – The Corpse Light
William Hope Hodgson – The Derelict
Erckmann-Chatrian – The Invisible Eye
H. B. Marriott Watson – The Devil On The Marsh
John Metcalfe – Mortmain
Pamela Hansford Johnson – Ghost Of Honour
Hume Nisbet – The Haunted Station
Fitz-James O’Brien – The Lost Room
Villiers De L’Isle Adam – Vera
Henry S. Whitehead – The Fireplace
Mrs H. D. Everett – The Death Mask
F. M. Mayor – The Unquiet Grave

A major influence on the Victorian ghost and horror collections of the excellent Hugh Lamb.


Thanks to Marijke van Duyn for the delightful cover scans!

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Herbert Van Thal – 2nd Bedside Book Of Strange Stories

Posted by demonik on September 17, 2007

Herbert Van Thal (ed.) – The Second Bedside Book Of Strange Stories (Arthur Baker, 1976)

John H Snellings – Flies
Dulce Gray – Mumsie
Sally Franklin – The Strange Gift Of Sidney Higgins
Robert Aickman – The House Of The Russians
Harry Harrison – The Last Train
A. L. Barker – Happy Event
Roger Malisson – Regression
Morag Greer – A Cross At Her Head And Feet
Willis Hall – Long Winter’s Night

Flies are unpleasant insects, little more than nuisances in an ordinary house – but what happens if they develop a taste for fresh blood?

Is it possible for humans and insects to exchange bodies?

What happened to the people living on an island on the ‘wrong’ side of a Finnish town?

What was the strange face that appeared momentarily at a window of a great hall?

Is there such a thing as a ghost train?


John H Snellings – Flies: Having learned by chance of their passion for raw hamburger and (her) fresh blood, Katherine Morrow takes to feeding up her secret collection of flies with the vague intent of using the big beauties to avenge herself on appalling husband Charles. Come the night when, finding the stifling heat in their bedroom uncongenial to sleep, he ventures down into the cellar for a fan …

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Herbert Van Thal – Bedside Book Of Horror

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Herbert Van Thal (ed) – The Bedside Book Of Horror (Arthur Baker, 1973)

Herbert Van Thal Bedside Horror

Foreword – Herbert Van thal

Prosper Merimee – The Venus Of Ille
R. H. Barham – Singular Passage …
Gerhart Hauptmann – The Sea Monster
Harry E. Turner – The Man Who Could Hear The Fishes Scream
Robert Aickman – The Clock Watcher
David Dixon – The Recluse
Christopher Bray – The Traveller
Roald Dahl – The Landlady
Fielden Hughes – Memoirs Of An Executioner
Alex Hamilton – A Shoal In Time

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