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Posts Tagged ‘David Blair’

Wordsworth Editions: Best publisher of the 00’s?

Posted by demonik on December 21, 2009


As far as i know they’ve never even been shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award but Wordsworth editions have my nomination for publishers of the decade. The good news is, the good work will continue just as soon as 2010 is upon us with a reprint of James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney The Vampyre in January followed by the James Doig edited anthology, Australian Ghost Stories, the following month.


Murderous ghosts, horrific curses and monstrous beings haunt an unforgiving landscape into which travelers stray at their peril. Journey through the dark byways of Australia’s Gothic past in the rare stories gathered in this memorable new collection. Work by acclaimed Australian writers such as Marcus Clarke, Henry Lawson and Edward Dyson appears alongside many lesser-known authors such as Beatrice Grimshaw, Mary Fortune and Ernest Favenc. Many of the stories collected here have never been reprinted since their first publication in 19th and early 20th century periodicals and showcase the richness and variety of the Australian ghost and horror story.

James Doig provides an authoritative introduction full of fresh insights into Australian Gothic fiction with detailed biographical notes on the authors represented.

my pick of those i’ve read to date would include:

M. G. Lewis – The Monk
Mark Valentine (ed) – The Werewolf Pack
David S. Davies (ed.) – The Sexton Blake Casebook
Marjorie Bowen – The Bishop Of Hell
Anonymous – Sweeney Todd
E. Nesbit – Powers Of Darkness
George W. M. Reynolds – Wagner, The Werewolf
William Fryer Harvey – The Beast With Five Fingers
David Blair (ed.) – Gothic Short Stories
Dennis Wheatley – The Devil Rides Out

Happy Christmas and thanks for such a great selection, Derek and skeleton staff!

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David Blair – Gothic Short Stories

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

David Blair (ed.) – Gothic Short Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 2002)


Anna Letitia Aiken – Sir Bertrand: A Fragment
Nathan Drake and Anonymous – Captive of the Banditti
Anonymous – Extracts from Gosschen’s Diary: No. 1
Charles Robert Maturin – The Parricide’s Tale
Anonymous – The Spectre Bride
Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Edgar Allan Poe – Berenice
Charles Dickens – A Madman’s Manuscript
J.S. le Fanu – Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Ethan Brand
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Old Nurse’s Story
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Body-Snatcher
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
Ambrose Bierce – The Death of Halpin Frayser
M.R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook
Ralph Adams Cram – No. 252 Rue M. le Prince
S. Carleton – The Lame Priest
Mary Wilkins Freeman – Luella Miller
Richard Middleton – The Bird in the Garden
E.F. Benson – The Room in the Tower


Selected and Edited with an Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent at Canterbury

This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales from the period in which Gothic diversified into the familiar forms of the ghost-and horror-story. Some of these stories, like the haunting The Lame Priest are ‘lost masterpieces’ and several have never been anthologised before.

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Aickman – Burke

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

Jack Adrian

Strange Tales From The Strand

Robert Aickman

1st Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
2nd Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
3rd Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
4th Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
5th Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
6th Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
7th Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories
8th Fontana Book Of Great Ghost Ghost Stories

Ric Alexander (Peter Haining)

The Unexplained

Dave Allen

A Little Night Reading


Anthology Of Fear
Arrow Book Of Horror Stories
2nd Arrow Book Of Horror Stories
Black Tales
A Century Of Creepy Stories
Mysteries: A Classic Collection
A Century Of Ghost Stories
50 Years Of Ghost Stories

A Century Of Thrillers: From Poe To Arlen
A Century Of Thrillers: Second Series
Chamber Of Horrors
Evening Standard Book Of Strange Stories
Evening Standard Second Book Of Strange Stories
Ghost Stories & Other Queer Tales
Horror Stories: By The Greatest Masters Of The Gruesome
The Man In Black
Readers Digest: Great Ghost Stories
Tales From Beyond The Grave
Tales Of Horror & Mystery
Tales Of The Dead
Tales Of The Supernatural
Times Anthology Of Ghost Stories
Wordsworth Collection Of Irish Ghost Stories

Margaret Armour

The Eerie Book

Mike Ashley

Weird Legacies
Mammoth Book Of Short Horror Novels

Lady Cynthia Asquith

The Ghost Book
The Black Cap
My Grimmest Nightmare
When Churchyards Yawn
Second Ghost Book
The Third Ghost Book

Denys Val Baker

Haunted Cornwall
Stories Of The Macabre
Stories Of The Night
Stories of Horror and Suspense
Stories of The Occult
Stories of the Supernatural
Stories of Fear
Cornish Ghost Stories
Ghosts in Country Houses
When Churchyards Yawn
Stories of Haunted Inns
Ghosts in Country Villages
Phantom Lovers
Haunted Travellers

Chris Baldick

The Oxford Book Of Gothic Tales

Chris Baldick & Robert Morrison

Tales Of Terror From ‘Blackwood’s Magazine
The Vampyre & Others

Christine Barnard

Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories
2nd Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories
3rd Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories
4th Fontana Book Of Great Horror Stories

Allyson Bird & Joel Lane

Never Again

Charles Birkin

Powers Of Darkness
The Creeps Omnibus
Tales Of Fear
Tales Of Death
Tales Of Dread

Tandem Book Of Ghost Stories
Tandem Book Of Horror Stories

Angus Black

The Devil’s Coven

Charles Black

The Black Book Of Horror
The 2nd Black Book Of Horror
The 3rd Black Book Of Horror
The 4th Black Book Of Horror
The 5th Black Book Of Horror
The 6th Black Book Of Horror
The 7th Black Book Of Horror
The 8th Black Book Of Horror

David Blair

Gothic Short Stories

Marjorie Bowen

Great Tales Of Horror
More Great Tales Of Horror

Randolph C. Bull

Perturbed Spirits
Upon The Midnight: An Anthology Of Ghost And Horror Stories

John Burke

Tales Of Unease
More Tales Of Unease
New Tales Of Unease

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