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Archive for the ‘*Target*’ Category

Lucy Berman – The Creepy-Crawly Book

Posted by demonik on January 15, 2010

Lucy Berman – The Creepy-Crawly Book (Target, 1973)

Lucy Berman – The Legend of Arachne
Sir Walter Scott – The Legend of Robert Bruce and the Spider
H. G. Wells – The Valley of Spiders
Leonard Clark – Good Company
Thomas Bulfinch – The Legend of Cadmus
Rudyard Kipling – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
David Starr Jordan – Old Rattler and the King Snake
Ogden Nash – The Cobra (verse)
Carl Sandburg – Worms and the Wind
Lucy Berman – The Legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin
Bernhardt J. Hurwood – The Curse of Mouse Tower
Henry Williamson – The Mouse
William Beebe – The Vampire Bats
Joan Beadon – Rats
Randall Jarrell – Bats
Lewis Carroll – The Mouse’s Tail
Richard Henwood – The Scorpion
Gerald Durrell – Wilhelmina
Hanns Heinz Ewers – The Ants
Ogden Nash – The Ant (verse)
Ogden Nash – The Termite (verse)
Lucy Berman – The Legends of the Kraken and the Hydra
Jules Verne – The Squid (extract from [i]Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea[/i])
Victor Hugo – The Octopus
Lord Alfred Tennyson – The Kraken (verse)

Blurb:

What living thing would you LEAST like to be left alone with in a room late at night?
A large, hairy, tropical spider?
A poisonous snake?
A large rat? – with red eyes of course!
Or would you go in for smaller fry like a mouse, or a scorpion, or an ant?
Are these unpleasant creatures in every case as nasty as they seem?
Read the book and find out ….

Strictly for older boys and girls!

see also Vault’s Creepy Crawly Book thread

thanks to The Coffin Flies  and Allthingshorror for the table of contents and scans.

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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 – Vampire

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – Vampire: Chilling Tales Of The Undead (Target, 1985)

Haining Vampires

Introduction – Peter Haining

James Malcolm Rymer – Varney’s Victim
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire
Robert Thurston Hopkins – The Vampire Of Woolpit Grange
John Flanders (Jean Ray) – The Graveyard Duchess (The Guardian Of The Cemetery)
Curt Siodmak – Experiment With Evil
Alexey Tolstoy – The Curse Of The Vourdalak
Francis Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Frank Owen – The Tinkle Of The Camel’s Bell
Phil Robinson – The Last Of The Vampires
Edith Wharton – Bewitched
Robert E. Howard – The Horror From The Mound
Robert Bloch – Hungarian Rhapsody
Ray Bradbury – The Homecoming
James S. Hart – The Traitor

Another winning Vampire anthology from Haining, who clearly has a passion for the undead.

Some random picks:

James Malcolm Rymer – Varney’s Victim: In this short extract, the Vampyre explains all about what an undead existence entails to the horrified Flora Bannerworth. Varney professes his love and urges her to flee the ancestral home to be free of him. As usual, her brother bursts in at an inopportune moment.

Robert Bloch – Hungarian Rhapsody: Solly Vincent, retired racketeer, learns that his new neighbour, Helen Esterhazy, is not only “stacked” but prone to writhing nude on a bed of gold coins. When she cooly spurns his advances, Solly decides the situation calls for a course of rape, murder and pillage.

Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire
: Romania: Despite a bedroom liberally festooned with crucifixes and garlic, and the nightly vigils of her husband, Madam Alexis awakens each morning to find her nightgown shredded and blood-stained from the twin punctures in her neck.

Ray Bradbury – The Homecoming: A gathering of the clans at Halloween. An occasion for much celebration amongst the vampiric Elliott family (whose number includes witches, werewolves and sundry monsters), save for 14 year old Timothy, who, being a decidedly normal boy is shunned as the black sheep. One of the greatest stories Bradbury wrote, and utterly heartbreaking.

Francis Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
: Southern Italy: When Christina surprises a pair of thieves burying the fortune they’ve stolen from the house of a dead miser, they hit her over the head with a spade and bury her where she falls. Thereafter, she lures her lover, Angelo, the miser’s ruined son to her grave and drinks his blood.

Edith Wharton – Bewitched: Old Prudence Rutledge knows her husband is having an affair, and demands that the girls father and the townsfolk intervene. The difficulty arises from the fact that the husband-snatcher died several months ago from a wasting disease …

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