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Archive for the ‘*Hamlyn*’ Category

Peter Haining – Witchcraft And Black Magic

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Peter Haining – Witchcraft And Black Magic (Hamlyn, 1971)

Illustrations: Jan Parker

Illustrations: Jan Parker


The History Of Witchcraft to 1736
The Facets Of Witchcraft
Modern Witchcraft & Black Magic
Books To Read


Peter Haining has been writing about witchcraft and Black Magic for ten years now. It all began when he was working in Essex as a journalist and was asked to cover an outbreak of church desecration in the county. He met self-confessed witches and witnessed many ceremonies in the course of writing that article and, as a result of what he had seen, he became very dissatisfied with the mixture of half-truth, rumour and sensationalism surrounding the subject. Since then, in his many broadcasts and newspaper articles and now in this he has argued for a more practical realistic attitude to witchcraft.

Fertility rite or devil worship? The true purpose of witchcraft has always been debated. Peter Haining believes that witchcraft is an ancient fertility religion and has written a refreshinglystraightforward survey of the subject. He tells the story of witchcraft from prehistory to the present day, explains its association with Black Magic, and investigates many of the strange practices and phenomena which have been attributed to the craft. Exciting illustrations contribute to this lively account of one man’s most intriguing, most misrepresented, activities.

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Mike Jarvis & John Spencer – Echoes Of Terror

Posted by demonik on November 12, 2007

Mike Jarvis & John Spencer – Echoes Of Terror (Hamlyn, 1980)


Gordon Crabb

Charles Dickens – A Madman’s Manuscript
Lord Halifax – Three In A Bed
Edgar Allan Poe – Masque Of The Red Death
Bram Stoker – Dracula (Extract)
O. Henry – The Furnished Room
William Mudford – The Forsaken Of God
Frederick Marryat – The Werewolf
Matthew Lewis – The Midnight Embrace (Extract from “The Monk”)
William Makepeace Thackery – The Devil’s Wager
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Saki – The Seventh Pullet

As ade has pointed out elsewhere, this over-sized collection isn’t about the largely over-familiar written content, but the marvellous illo’s, many of which would go on to become cover paintings themselves.

For the record, the artists showcased are Jim Burns, Gordon Crabb, Les Edwards, Bob Fowke, Peter Goodfellow, Stuart Hughes, Terry Oakes and George Smith.

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Charles Fowkes – The Best Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on November 12, 2007

Anonymous – The Best Ghost Stories (Hamlyn, 1977)


Introduction – Charles Fowkes

Edward Bulwer-Lytton – The House And The Brain
Edgar Allan Poe – The Masque Of The Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
Guy de Maupassant – The Horla
Guy de Maupassant – Was It a Dream?
M. R. James – Count Magnus
M.R. James – An Episode Of Cathedral History
M. R. James – Casting the Runes
M.R. James – The Diary Of Mr. Poynter
O. Henry – The Furnished Room
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The White Powder
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The Black Seal
Robert Hichens – How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Edward Lucas White – Lukundoo
E. F. Benson – The Man Who Went Too Far
E. F. Benson – Negotium Perambulans ….
Algernon Blackwood – The Willows
Algernon Blackwood – The Glamour Of The Snow
Algernon Blackwood – The Decoy
Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries
Saki – Gabriel-Ernst
Saki – The Music On The Hall
Walter de la Mare – All Hallows
Walter de la Mare – Mr. Kempe
Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One
E. M. Forster – The Story Of A Panic
E. M. Forster – The Story Of The Siren
Karen Blixen – The Sailor-Boy’s Tale
H. P. Lovecraft – Pickman’s Model
H. P. Lovecraft – The Music Of Erich Zann
H. P. Lovecraft – The Rats in the Walls
H. P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Robert Graves – The Shout
John Collier – Are You Too Late Or Was I Too Early?
William Sansom – A Woman Seldom Found

I rate this as one of the finest introductions to the classic ghost story ever compiled, even if it does borrow heavily from the Herbert A. Wise & Herbert A. Wise & Phyllis Fraser selection, Great Tales of Terror & the Supernatural from 1949. This collection gave me my first exposure to Lovecraft (I never enjoyed him as much again), Machen’s The Great God Pan and Walter de la Mare’s Mr. Kempe, the nearest thing to a pure horror story I’ve read of his and by far my favourite. And then there’s the little matter of The Beckoning Fair One ….

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