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Archive for the ‘*Severn House*’ Category

Peter Haining – Movie Monsters

Posted by demonik on December 14, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – Movie Monsters (Severn House, 1988)

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Introduction – Peter Haining

Ray Bradbury – Inviting Frankenstein into the Parlour (Bela, Boris and Me)
Gaston Leroux – Balaoo:The Demon Baboon (extract)
Chayim Bloch – The Golem
Richard Marsh  The Beetle (extract)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Mummy (The Ring of Thoth)
Edgar Wallace & Draycot M. Dell – King Kong
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley & Guy Preston – The Bride of Frankenstein
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Daughter (Dracula’s Guest)
H. G. Wells – The War of the Worlds (abridged)
Ray Bradbury – The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
M. R. James – The Night of the Demon (Casting the Runes)
George Langelaan – The Fly
John W. Campbell – The Thing (Who Goes There?)

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Peter Haining – Ghost Movies II

Posted by demonik on December 14, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.)  – Ghost Movies II: Famous Supernatural Television Programmes (Severn House, 1996)

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Peter Haining – Prologue: A Night of Terror-Vision

Susan Hill – Farthing Hall (The Woman in Black)
Bennett Cerf  – Room for One More (Great Ghost Stories)
Algernon Blackwood – The Listener (Mystery and Imagination)
M. R. James – The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral (Ghost Story for Christmas)
Elizabeth Taylor – Poor Girl (Haunted)
Leon Garfield – The Constable’s Tale (The Ghost Downstairs)
George A. Romero  – Clay (Tales from the Darkside)
William F. Nolan – Terror at London Bridge
Elizabeth Jane Howard – Three Miles Up (Ghosts)
Dean Koontz  – The Black Pumpkin (Phantoms)

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Peter Haining – The Supernatural

Posted by demonik on December 14, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Supernatural (Severn House, 1995, republished as Ghost Movies,  Severn House,1995.  Pan edition Classics of The Supernatural,  1998)

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Peter Haining – Prologue: Things That Go Bump On Screen

James Herbert Haunted – Hallowe’en’s Child
J. B. Priestley The Old Dark House– Night Sequence (aka ‘The Other Place’)
Eric Keown The Ghost Goes West – Sir Tristram Goes West
Thorne Smith Topper – A Smoky Lady In Knickers
Dorothy Macardle The Uninvited – Samhain
Gerald Kersh Dead of Night – The Extraordinarily Horrible Dummy
M. R. James Night of the Demon – Casting the Runes
Shirley Jackson The Haunting – The Bus
Nigel Kneale The Stone Tape – The Trespassers (aka ‘Minuke’)
Robert Bloch Asylum – Lucy Comes to Stay
Daphne Du Maurier – Don’t Look Now
John Carpenter Halloween – Harlequin
Michael McDowell Beetlejuice – Halley’s Passing

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Peter Haining – The Mummy

Posted by demonik on September 10, 2007

Peter Haining – The Mummy: Stories of the Living Corpse (Severn House, 1988)



Introduction – Peter Haining

Edgar Allan Poe – Some Words With A Mummy
Grant Allen – My New Year’s Eve Among the Mummies
Arthur Conan Doyle – Lot No. 249
E. & H. Heron – The Story Of Baelbrow
Guy Boothby – A Professor Of Egyptology
Sax Rohmer – The Mysterious Mummy
Théophile Gautier – The Mummy’s Foot
Jeffery Farnol – Black Coffee
Harry Houdini (written by H. P. Lovecraft) – Imprisoned With The Pharoahs
Elliott O’Donnell – The Mummy Worshippers
A. Hyatt Verrill – The Flying Head
E. F. Benson – Monkeys
Griffin Jay & Henry Sucher – The Mummy’s Ghost
Robert Bloch – The Secret Of Sebek
Dennis Wheatley – A Life For A Life
Ray Bradbury – Colonel Stonesteel’s Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy

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Peter Haining – Poltergeist

Posted by demonik on September 10, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – Poltergeist: Tales of Deadly Ghosts (Severn House, 1987)

Introduction – Peter Haining

Lord Lytton -The Haunted And The Haunters
Ambrose Bierce – A Fruitless Assignment
Rudyard Kipling – Haunted Subalterns
Edgar Wallace – The Death Room
Robert S. Carr – Phantom Fingers
E. F. Benson – Thursday Evenings
Seabury Quinn – The Poltergeist
Elliott O’Donnell – The Mystery Of Beechcroft Farm
Mary Elizabeth Counselman – Parasite Mansion
Laurence Housman – Maggie’s Bite
William F. Harvey – Miss Cornelius
Peter Dare – The Beam
August Derleth – A Knocking In the Wall
Charles Duff – The Haunted Bungalow
Nigel Kneale – Minuke
Kurt Singer – Poltergeist!

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Michel Parry – The Rivals of Dracula

Posted by demonik on September 8, 2007

Michel Parry – The Rivals of Dracula: A Century of Vampire fiction (Corgi, 1977; Severn House, 1978)

Introduction – Michel Parry

Rivals Of Dracula

Ramsey Campbell – Conversion
Anonymous – The Mysterious Stranger
Frederick Cowles – The Vampire Of Kaldenstein
Jean Ray – The Guardian Of The Cemetery
M. R. James – Count Magnus
E. & H. Heron – The Story Of Baelbrow
E. Everett Evans – The Undead Die
Manly Wade Wellman – The Horror Undying
Robert Bloch – The Bat Is My Brother
Charles Beaumont – Blood Brother
David Drake – Something Had to Be Done
Steven Utley – Night Life

Severn House hardback edition, 1978: Jacket photo & design by Michael R. Carter

Ramsey Campbell – Conversion: sees our old friend the Transylvanian peasant pay a visit to Castle Dracula to confront him over the death of his sister in law. When he leaves the castle, his mind is a blank – all he can remember is that he found the suspected-vampire very affable. He reaches his house but … why does it smell so horrible all of a sudden?

Anon – The Mysterious Stranger: Often cited as an influence on “Dracula”, and the early scenes, notably an attack by wolves, the setting (Carpathian Mountains) and the vampire count (Azzo Von Klakta in this case) suggest it’s not improbable that Stoker had some familiarity with it. The explanation for the hero Woislaw’s prodigious strength – which is such that Azzo mistakes him for one of his own kind – is just one example of what makes this story a cherished Victorian gem.

Frederick Cowles – The Vampire Of Kaldenstein: Derivative of Dracula, and reads like a story board for the Hammer films of a quarter of a century later. It is, of course, brilliant!
The narrator, traveling in Germany in 1933, arrives at the hamlet of Kaldenstein. There he encounters the usual dour locals at the inn, who cross themselves at the mention of Count Ludwig Von Kaldenstein, warn him against visiting the castle, etc., etc. A local priest of similar ‘superstitious’ bent likewise begs him to give it a miss, but the foolish Englishman won’t be told.

Jean Ray – The Guardian Of The Cemetery: A hobo takes a job as a keeper at St. Guitton Cemetery, where none have been buried in twenty years since the Countess Opoltchenska died. Before her death, the Countess bought the necropolis outright, had a vault readied and stipulated the grounds would be kept by three men, two of them being her servants, the third to be employed and supervised by these two.

M. R. James – Count Magnus: Touring Sweden, the unfortunate Mr. Wraxall discovers family papers in a house in Vestgothland, charting the career of a saturnine seventeenth century noble, a dabbler in alchemy reputed to have made the black pilgrimage to Chorazin where it’s said the Anti-Christ will be born. It is also the recommended haunt of those wishing to “obtain a long life, acquire a faithful messenger and see the blood of his enemies”.

E & H. Heron – The Story Of Baelbrow: The Swaffama family mansion has been haunted for centuries, but the present day family are rather fond of their spook – until it turns malefic and frightens a maid to death. Trusty Flaxman Low investigates.

E. Everett Evans – The Undead Die: Robert Warram wakes during a storm to discover that the splintered limb of a great tree has smashed through the lid of his beloved wife’s coffin, impaling her through the heart. He reminisces on their several decades together, pre- and post- their being vampirised. Now Lisa has gone, he has nothing to unlive for.

Manly Wade Wellman – The Horror Undying: Seeking shelter from a snowstorm in a deserted cabin, he discovers papers detailing the careers of Captain Stanslas – a cannibal sentenced to death by firing squad for his grisly exploits – and Maxim, hung for drinking the blood of a labourer he murdered in 1879. The narrator arrives at the dreadful conclusion that these two are one and the same man – “a werewolf, killed and left to rise from death to be a blood drinking vampire.” And Then …

Robert Bloch – The Bat Is My Brother: Recently resuscitated Graham Keene is the plaything of an unnamed Prussian undead who regards the human race as “cattle” and will stop at nothing to achieve global domination. Keene seems to be going along with him, but sentiments like “let him suffer until the maggots at last reach his corrupt brain and eat away his evil consciousness” suggest there are still some bridges to be built in their relationship.

Charles Beaumont – Blood Brother: Modern day vampire on the psychiatrists couch, moaning about his lot. Mention of name ‘Dorcas’ drives shrink to desperate measures.

David Drake – Something Had To Be Done: Absolutely horrible. Captain Richmond visits the Lunkowski family to relate the details of their son’s death in ‘nam. He’s accompanied by Morzec, who witnessed the lad’s final moments. Morzec is a truly hideous figure, a victim of malignant melanoma (“in another two weeks I’ll be warted to death”). It comes in handy that he’s nothing to live for.

Stephen Utley – Night Life: The Vampire as Charles Bronson in Death Wish. Erich arrives in NY. On his first night, he dines on a Central Park mugger and a hooker. He flies off over the city, satisfied that he’ll thrive here.

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Peter Haining – Zombie

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining  (ed) – Zombie: Tales Of The Walking Dead  (Severn House, 1985, Target, 1985)

Introduction: Peter Haining

William Seabrook – Dead Men Working In The Cane Fields
G. W. Hutter – Salt Is Not For Slaves
Lafcadio Hearn – The Country Of The Comers-Back
Henry S. Whitehead – Jumbee
Vivian Meik – White Zombie
Inez Wallace – I Walked With A Zombie
Dr. Gordon Leigh Bromley – America Zombie
Thorpe McClusky – While Zombies Walked
August Derleth – The House In The Magnolias
W. Stanley Moss – The Zombie Of Alto Parana
Charles Birkin – Ballet Negre
Thomas Burke – The Hollow Man

Blurb (Target paperback)
Even the human fear of death pales beside the terror of the undead.
The zombie – the walking dead man – brings the realms of the supernatural well within the bounds of belief, for the reawakened corpse is a horrifyingly imaginable phenomenon.
From the early ‘Dead Men Working in the Cane Fields’ by W. E. Seabrook to W. Stanley Moss’s masterly ‘The Zombie of Alto Parana’ and the more recent ‘Ballet Negre’ by English writer Charles Birkin, Peter Haining’s collection of the best of zombie stories is guaranteed to chill the blood and raise the hairs on the back of your neck…

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Peter Haining – Werewolf

Posted by demonik on September 6, 2007

Peter Haining  (ed) – Werewolf: Horror Stories Of The Man-Beast (Severn House, 1987)

Cover: Trevor Newman

Introduction – Peter Haining

Catherine Crowe – The Lycanthropist
Henry Beaugrand – The Werwolves
Algernon Blackwood – The Wolves Of God
Oliver Onions – The Master Of The House
Montague Summers – The Phantom Werewolf
Guy Endore – The Wolf Girl
Seabury Quinn – Fortune’s Fools
Robert E. Howard – Wolfshead
Paul Selonke – Beast Of The Island
Jane Rice – The Refugee
Robert Bloch – The Man Who Cried ‘Wolf!’
Ralph Thornton – I Was A Teenage Werewolf
T. H. White – The Point Of Thirty Miles
Basil Copper – Cry Wolf
James Farlowe – The Demythologised Lycanthrope

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