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Posts Tagged ‘Bram Stoker’

Anon – The Man in Black

Posted by demonik on October 9, 2008

Anon – The Man in Black: Macabre Stories from Fear on Four (BBC, 1990)


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Foreword – The Man In Black

William F. Harvey – The Beast with Five Fingers
Graeme Fife – Snipe 3909
David Buck – The Dead Drummer (Adapted by Haydn Middleton from an original radio script.)
Stephen Dunstone – Fat Andy
Katherine Nicholas – The Dispossessed Daughter
Stanley Ellin – The Specialty of the House
E. F. Benson – The Face
James Saunders – A Child Crying
Stephen Gallagher – The Horn
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Roald Dahl – William and Mary
Bert Coules – Every Detail But One
J. C. W. Brook – The Snowman Killing
Nick Warburton – His Last Card
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
Gwen Cherrell – Dreaming of Thee
Stephen Gallagher – By the River, Fontainebleau
Elizabeth Bowen – Hand in Glove
Bert Coules – The Journey Home
Robert Westall – St. Austin Friars
Martyn Wade – Soul Searching
Nick Warburton – Music Lovers
William Ingram – Mind Well the Tree
John Wyndham – Survival
James Saunders – Day at the Dentist’s

I don’t have a copy but a quick scrutiny of the contents suggests this as a thoughtful mix of the new and the over-familiar-but-that-doesn’t-make-’em-bad. Wasn’t the original radio ‘Man In Black’ the super-creepy Valentine Dyall of City Of The Dead/ The Haunting fame? I’m sure Day At The Dentist’s has been favourably remarked on Vault Mk. I and I can vouch for the all round superbness Stephen Gallagher’s superlative The Horn.

Thanks to John Mains for the cover scan!

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Richard Dalby – Twelve Gothic Tales

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Richard Dalby (ed.) – Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford, 1998)

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Richard Dalby – Introduction

Charles R. Maturin – Lexlip castle
Mary W. Shelley – The Dream
Edgar Allan Poe – Metzengerstein
Sabine Baring-Gould – Master Sacristan Eberhart
J. Sheridan Le fanu – Dickon the Devil
Bram Stoker – The Secret of the Growing Gold
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
Stephen Hall – By One, By Two, and By Three
L.A.G. Strong – The Buckrose Ring
Basil Copper – The Knocker at the Portico
Gerald Durrell – The Entrance

Blurb:

In this anthology we see a dozen fine examples of Gothic literature, spanning over one hundred and fifty years–from Mary Shelley and Charles Maturin’s classic fiction up to an unexpected master of the macabre, Gerald Durrell. All of the tales feature sinister settings such as castles and ancient houses, along with protagonists who are haunted by the tyranny of the past and physically or else spiritually incarcerated by their circumstances. Designed to provide an overview of the genre, and offering a balance of classic and more unusual stories, this is a book that will appeal to both the newcomer and dedicated collector of Gothic fiction.

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David Stuart Davis – Return From The Dead

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

David Stuart Davis (ed.) – Return From The Dead (Wordsworth Editions, 2006)

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Bram Stoker – The Jewel of the Seven Stars
Jane Webb – The Mummy
Edgar Allen Poe – Some Words with a Mummy
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Ring of Thoth
Arthur Conan Doyle – Lot 249

Blurb:

A collection of Mummy stories selected and introduced by David Stuart Davies

Beware, the Dead are coming back! This is a unique and fascinating collection of early mummy stories that helped to establish the chilling concept of the Dead returning to life as a potent sub-genre of horror fiction.

The main feature on the mummy bill, The Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, is generally regarded as his best work after Dracula. A weird mixture of adventure, the supernatural and science fiction is found in Jane Webb’s The Mummy, a tale written in 1827 but set in 2126. Some Words with a Mummy is by the great horror writer Edgar Allen Poe. Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Ring of Thoth is the classic mummy tale and was the basis for the 1932 movie ‘The Mummy’ starring Boris Karloff and, indeed most mummy films ever since. Lot 249, another Doyle chiller, completes this collection, which is guaranteed to entertain and possibly prompt a nightmare.

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Peter Haining – Classic Horror Omnibus

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2007

Peter Haining – Classic Horror Omnibus Volume 1 (New English Library, 1979)

Classic Horror Omnibus

Peter Haining – Introduction

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Clemence Housman – The Werewolf
Bram Stoker – Dracula
Gaston Leroux – The Phantom Of The Opera

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Peter Haining – The Vampire Hunters Casebook

Posted by demonik on September 9, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Vampire Hunters’ Casebook (Warners, 1996)

Introduction-Peter Haining
Preface: Bram Stoker (extract from “Dracula”)

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla [extract]
Arabella Kennealy – The Beautiful Vampire
Alice and Claude Askew – Aylmer Vance and the Vampire
Uel Key -The Broken Fang
Seabury Quinn -The Man Who Cast No Shadow
Sydney Horler – The Vampire [extract]
Manly Wade Wellman – The Last Grave of Lili Warren
Peter Haining – The Beefsteak Room
Jeff Rice – The Night Stalker [extract]
Karl Edward Wagner – Beyond Any Measure
Robert Bloch – The Undead
Anne Rice – The Master of Rampling Gate
David J. Schow – A Week in the Unlife
Peter Tremayne – My Name Upon the Wind

Blurb

The Vampire Hunter is one of the most most courageous figures to stalk horror fiction’s bloody pages. Venturing into the world of the Undead armed only with a crucifix, wooden stake, garlic and a bottle of holy water, he dares the impossible – to end the existence of those already dead. And while Count Dracula is assured his place as the father of all vampires, so his nemesis in Bram Stoker’s seminal creation, Professor Abraham Van Helsing has his own immortality guaranteed within the pantheon of honor.

From its first incarnation in nineteenth-century melodrama to the works of more recent masters of the supernatural, such as Anne Rice and Robert Bloch, Peter Haining’s new anthology of short stories traces the fictional history of the Vampire’s greatest foe. Including the vampire hunter’s earliest appearance in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Carmilla’ – with one of the most gruesome scenes in all of vampire literature – Van Helsing’s shadow casts an unmistakable presence over a diverse range of authors.

Prefaced by an extract from Dracula guiding the uninitiated into the vampire hunter’s arts, the good doctor from Amsterdam is resurrected in three stories: Robert Bloch’s ‘The Undead’, Peter Haining’s own ‘The Beefsteak Room’ and Peter Tremayne’s finale, ‘My Name Upon The Wind’ (written especially for the anthology), a truly chilling tale in which Van Helsing  is transplanted to present-day Ireland.

Staking a persuasive claim for these unsung heroes of the night, THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS’ CASEBOOK is a collection to fire the imagination and curdle the blood; but one word of warning – only in daylight should it be opened

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Peter Haining – The Hell Of Mirrors

Posted by demonik on September 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Hell Of Mirrors (Four Square/ Nel, 1965)

Haining - Hell Of Mirrors

Introduction – Peter Haining

Frederick Marryat – The Werewolf
Edgar Allan Poe – Ligeia
Edgar Allan Poe – The Black Cat
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
J. S. Le Fanu – Shalken The Painter
Ambrose Bierce – The Middle Toe Of the Right Foot
Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
Guy De Maupassant – Who Knows?
Guy De Maupassant – The Drowned Man
Edogawa Rampo – The Caterpillar
Edogawa Rampo – The Hell Of Mirrors
Henry Slesar – The Knocking In The Castle
Arthur Porges – The Fanatic

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Dennis Wheatley – Quiver Of Horror

Posted by demonik on September 2, 2007

Dennis Wheatley (ed.) – Quiver Of Horror (Arrow, 1964)

Introduction – Dennis Wheatley

Margaret Irwin – The Earlier Service
Mrs. Oliphant – The Open Door
Saki – The Music On The Hill
F. Tennyson Jesse – The Canary
Ex Private X (A. M. Burrage) – Smee
Ex Private X (A. M. Burrage) – One Who Saw
William Younger – The Angelus
Theodore Drieser – The Hand
M. R. James – The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas
Bram Stoker – The Judges House
Louis Golding – The Call Of The Hand
Walter De La Mare – All Hallows
William Hope Hodgson – The Whistling Room
Charles Birkin – A Right To Know
Dennis Wheatley – A Life For A Life

A new introduction (repeated in both volumes) and the two Birkin stories would be reason enough for some of us to buy this. The C. E. Montague war story is a forgotten gem (the sweepstake involves betting on which of you will be next to die), otherwise the best of this stuff is more easily obtainable elsewhere.

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James Dickie – The Undead

Posted by demonik on September 1, 2007

James Dickie (ed.) – The Undead: Vampire Masterpieces (Neville Spearman, 1971: Pan 1973)

Richard Wilbur – The Undead (verse)
Introduction – James Dickie

Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
F. Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Clark Ashton Smith – The End Of The Story
Clark Ashton Smith – The Death Of Ilalotha
F. G. Loring – The Tomb Of Sarah
Carl Jacobi – Revelations In Black
E. F. Benson – The Room In The Tower
Ambrose Bierce – The Death Of Halpin Frayser
Eric, Count Stenbock – A True Story Of A Vampire
H. P. Lovecraft – The Hound
Manly Wade Wellman – When It Was Moonlight
Everil Worrell – The Canal
Walter Starkie – The Old Man’s Story

Blurb: (Pan edition)
`Most mysterious and intriguing of all occult phenomena, the vampire becomes in death the expression of sadistic erotomania at its intensest.’

A unique anthology to chill through flesh and blood and bone based on established lore of the vampire tradition in all its hideous detail.
The fascinating foreword by James Dickie introduces thirteen stories by such masters of the macabre as Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.
For your peace of mind, now decide where fact and fantasy merge in these tales of vampires and victims who make up the bloody legions of the undead .. .

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