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Archive for the ‘*Sidgwick & Jackson*’ Category

Peter Haining – Everyman Book Of Classic Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on December 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – Everyman Book Of Classic Horror Stories (Dent, 1976)

Everyman Horror

Introduction – Peter Haining

Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu -Schalken the Painter
Guy de Maupassant – The Drowned Man
ETA Hoffman – The Sandman
Ambrose Bierce – The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
MR James – ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’
Algernon Blackwood – The Old Man of Visions
HP Lovecraft – The Nameless City
Robert Bloch – That Hell-Bound Train
Ray Bradbury – The Emissary
Edogawa Rampo – The Hell of Mirrors
Mervyn Peake – Danse Macabre
Arthur Porges – The Fanatic

We’ve seen this listed elsewhere as Peter Haining’s first anthology, but Vault are not convinced. The confusion seems to have arisen from the fact that an earlier edition was published by Sidgwick & Jackson as  The Hell Of Mirrors (1974). This is not the same The Hell Of Mirrors as that published by New English Library/ Four Square in 1965!

Thanks to Alwyn Turner of Trash Fiction for providing the cover scan and contents.

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Peter Haining – The Hollywood Nightmare

Posted by demonik on September 9, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Hollywood Nightmare (MacDonald, 1970: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1973)

Hollywood Nightmare

“Tales of fantasy and horror from the film world”.Preface – Peter Haining
Introduction – Christopher Lee

Ray Bradbury – The Prehistoric Producer
Henry Kuttner – The Shadow On The Screen
Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath
August Derleth – A Wig For Miss DeVore
William F. Nolan – Death Double
Boris Karloff – The Hollywood Horror Man
Fritz Leiber – The Casket Demon

John Collier – Gavin O’Leary
Avram Davidson – Faed-Out
Richard Matheson – Mantage
Chad Oliver – Technical Adviser
J. G. Ballard – The Screen Game
Ray Bradbury – Death Warmed Over

 Hollywood Nightmare

Thanks to Steve Goodwin of Vault for the wonderful MacDonald edition cover scan.

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Peter Haining – More Tales Of Unknown Horror

Posted by demonik on September 7, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – More Tales Of Unknown Horror (Nel, Jan 1979)

Introduction – Peter Haining

Kathleen Ludwick – Dr. Immortelle
Claude Farrere – The Passing Of Van Mitten
Fred M. White – The River Of Death
Edgar Allan Poe – Morning On The Wissahiccon
Fitz-James O’Brien – The Spider’s Eye
M. P. Shiel – A Shot At The Sun
Issac Asimov & James MacCreigh – The Little Man On The Subway
E. Everett Evans & Ray Bradbury – The Undead Die
Robert E. Howard – Devendra Est
Rosemary Timperley – On The Theatre Steps
C. S. Forester – Between Eight And Eight
Stephen King – The Night Of The Tiger

A variation of this book appeared in hardcover as:

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Third Book Of Unknown Tales Of Horror (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980)

3rd Unknown Horror

Introduction – Peter Haining

Dick Donovan – Some Experiments With A Head
Phil Robinson – The Last Of The Vampires
Edgar Allan Poe – Morning On The Wissahiccon
Fitz-James O’Brien – The Spider’s Eye
M. P. Shiel – A Shot At The Sun
Issac Asimov & James MacCreigh – Legal Rites
E. Everett Evans & Ray Bradbury – The Undead Die
Robert E. Howard – Devendra Est
C. S. Forester – Between Eight And Eight
Denis Noble – Rosemary For Remembrance
Robert Haining – Spring Violets
Stephen King – The Night Of The Tiger

Kathleen Ludwick – Dr. Immortelle: The eighteenth century Dr. Immortelle and his assistant, the once negroid now ‘Caucasian’ Victor de Lyle, survive to the early 21st by means of frequent blood transfusions which invariably end in the deaths of their youthful victims – but not before Immortelle has had his wicked way with them. Immortelle even establishes an orphanage to provide him with a steady supply of donors and make everybody think what a great guy he is. It is only when Linnie Chaumelle (the only woman Immortelle has ever loved) realises that he is the man who killed her brother that de Lyle gets an attack of conscience. Having set the girl loose and drugged his master, he drives them both over the cliff. Immortelle is killed outright, de Lyle survives just long enough to tell his story to Linnie’s intended from his San Francisco hospital bed.
On a somewhat unnecessarily grim note, we learn that, after the narrator and Linnie are wed, she later dies in France when the Germans bomb a Red Cross tent during World War I.

Dick Donovan – Some Experiments With A Head: The head in question is that belonging to Gaspard Thurreau who hacked his wife, mistress and children to pieces so can’t have too many complaints about being sentenced to the Guillotine. Despite it all, he’s an obliging chap and readily agrees to co-operate with Dr. Grassard and the narrator, a young medical student, in their quest to determine whether or not the brain briefly lives on after death. Thurreau meets his death with great dignity, his head is placed in a basin of softened wax to seal the bleeding and,, by means of his eye-movements, he manages to answer a couple of questions until, when an electric current is applied to the blob of grey matter, his eyes roll in their sockets and that’s the end of him.

Claude Farrere – The Passing Of Van Mitten: Straightforward account of the last moments of a man on his deathbed and his reincarnation as a new born baby. Maybe it’s because I can think of no worse fate that I rated this one not a jot.

Phil Robinson – The Last Of The Vampires: A professor from the university of Bierundwurst wounds and captures Arinchi, the prehistoric vampire of the Amazons. From the cave there follows an endless journey downriver, a terrifying race against time for the German as twice the desperate bloodsucker breaks its muzzle while he slowly succumbs to the lethal black fever …

E. Everett Evans & Ray Bradbury – 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.

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Peter Haining – Summoned From The Tomb

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – Summoned From The Tomb (Digit, 1966: Sidgwick & Jackson,  1973)

Haining Summoned From The Tomb

Contents & cover shown are of the Sidgewick & Jackson hardcover, 1973. The original Digit paperback edition is significantly different

Introduction – Peter Haining

Washington Irving – Guests From Gibbet Island
Edgar Allan Poe – Hop-Frog
J. S. Le Fanu – The Bully Of Chapelizod
Alexander Pushkin – The Coffin-Maker
Bram Stoker – The Judges House
Jules Verne – The Ordeal Of Dr. Trifulgas
Ambrose Bierce – A Watcher By The Dead
Thomas Mann – The Wardrobe
M. R. James – There Was A Man Dwelt By A Churchyard
Algernon Blackwood – The Goblin’s Collection
H. P. Lovecraft – Beyond The Wall Of Sleep
August Derleth – The Whippoorwills In The Hills
Edogawa Rampo – The Caterpillar
Basil Copper – The Academy Of Pain
Robert Bloch – Floral Tribute
Ray Bradbury – The Scythe

As with many of the early Hainings, this one falls into the “nice to have” as opposed to the “indispensable” category. The original Summoned From The Tomb was, according to Haining “my first professionally compiled collection (I had prior to it edited one anthology of classic horror stories but this had been before I became fully involved in the world of publishing)”. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to locate the ’66 original, but he was doing a fair bit of business with Nel at the time ….

Writing in 1973, Haining reflects in his introduction:

“Finally, let me add that in revising this volume I have added to it one or two stories from another subsequent collection of mine, Legends For The Dark, which is similarly out of print and while not in my opinion being worthy of reissue itself, did contain some gems which should not suffer because of the dross they appeared with”

Actually, he reprinted five stories from Legends …, namely, those by Verne, Lovecraft, Copper, Bloch and Bradbury. But it’s the alleged “dross” we’re all interested in, so here’s the roll of shame:

Arthur Porges – Solomon’s Demon
Robert Sheckley – The Altar
August Derleth – Here, Daemos!
Wesley Rosenquest – The Secret Of The Vault
Edward D. Ludwig – A Night With Hecate

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