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Posts Tagged ‘H G Wells’

Dorothy L. Sayers – Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery & Horror

Posted by demonik on October 18, 2009

Dorothy L. Sayers – Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery & Horror (Gollancz, September 1928)

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Margaret Oliphant – The Open Door
Charles Dickens – Story of the Bagman’s Uncle
Charles Collins & Charles Dickens- The Trial for Murder
M. R. James – Martin’s Close
Oliver Onions – Phantas
Robert Hichens – How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Saki – The Open Window
Arthur Machen – The Black Seal
Sax Rohmer – Tcheriapin
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
A. J. Alan – The Hair
E. F. Benson – Mrs. Amworth
Ambrose Bierce – Moxon’s Master
Jerome J. Jerome – The Dancing Partner
Robert Louis Stevenson – Thrawn Janet
R. H. Benson – Father Meuron’s Tale
Marjorie Bowen – The Avenging of Ann Leete
J. F. Sullivan –  The Man With A Malady
William Fryer Harvey – August Heat
Morley Roberts – The Anticipator
Joseph Conrad – The Brute
May Sinclair – Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Green Tea
J. D. Beresford – The Misanthrope
John Metcalfe – The Bad Lands
Alfred M. Burrage – Nobody’s House
Arthur Quiller-Couch – The Seventh Man
N. Royde-Smith – Proof
Walter de la Mare – Seaton’s Aunt
Michael Arlen – The Gentleman From America
R. Ellis Roberts – The Narrow Way
Traditional – Sawney Beane
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
Violet Hunt – The Corsican Sisters
Barry Pain – The End of A Show
H. G. Wells – The Cone
Ethel Colburn Mayne – The Separate Room

The first of three epic volumes in this classic series; stories listed are the Mystery & Horror content only.  Series II and III to follow ASAP

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Vere H. Collins – More Ghosts and Marvels

Posted by demonik on October 16, 2009

Vere H. Collins – More Ghosts and Marvels: A Selection Of Uncanny Tales from Sir Walter Scott to Michael Arlen (H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1927)

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Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Old Nurses Story
Charles Dickens – No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Squire Toby’s Will
George MacDonald – The Lady In The Mirror
Walter Besant & James Rice – The Case Of Mr. Lucraft
Henry James – The Great Good Place
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The White Powder
H. G. Wells – The Door In The Wall
E. F. Benson – Negotium Perambulans
Algernon Blackwood – Running Wolf
Lord Dunsany – The Bureau D’Exchange De Main
Katherine Fullerton Gerould – Loquier’s Third Act
Michael Arlen – The Ancient Sin
Maurice Baring – Venus
R. S. Hawker – The Bothanon Ghost
John Metcalfe – Nightmare Jack
May Sinclair – Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched

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Peter Haining – Nightcaps And Nightmares

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Peter Haining (ed.) – Nightcaps And Nightmares (William Kimber, 1983)

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Peter Haining – Introduction

Thomas Ingoldsby – The Spectre Of Tappington
Charles Dickens – The Lawyer And The Ghost
F. Antsey – The Wraith of Barnjum
Oscar Wilde – The Canterville Ghost
Kenneth Graham – The Ghost Aristocracy
Jerome K. Jerome – The Haunted Mill
John Kendrick Bangs – Ghosts That Have Haunted Me
H G Wells – The Inexperienced Ghost
Ambrose Bierce – The Clothing Of Ghosts
O. Henry – A Ghost Of A Chance
Richard Middleton – The Ghost Ship
Stephen Leacock – Buggam Grange
Robert Benchley – A Trip To Spirit Land
James Thurber – The Night The Ghost Got In
Robert Graves – The White Horse
John Collier – Half-way To Hell
Robert Bloch -The Indian Spirit Guide

In this entertaining collection Peter Haining takes us into the realms where the ghostly is often blended with humour.

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Peter Haining – The Ancient Mystery Reader

Posted by demonik on June 19, 2009

Peter Haining  (ed.) – The Ancient Mystery Reader: Strange Stories of the Unknown & The Unsolved (Gollancz, 1975: Sphere 2 vols, 1978)

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H. G. Wells – The Grisly Folk
Lafcadio Hearn – The Mound Builders
B. Traven – A New God Was Born
Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton – The Coming Race
Arthur Machen – The Shining Pyramid
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Terror of Blue John Gap
Sax Rohmer – The Valley of the Sorceress
Edgar Allan Poe – Ms. Found in a Bottle
Geoffrey Household – The Lost Continent
Clark Ashton Smith – An Offering to the Moon
A. Merritt – The Moon Pool
H. P. Lovecraft – The Call of Cthulhu
Leslie Charteris – The Convenient Monster
Gerald Kersh – Men Without Bones
William Sambrot – Creature of the Snows
Harry Harrison – The Secret of Stonehenge
Robert Bloch – The Bald-Headed Mirage
Theodore Sturgeon – The Cave of History

Thanks to Steve Goodwin

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Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Posted by demonik on May 11, 2009

Anonymous (ed.) – Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1965)

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Arrow Book of Horror Stories

Alexander Woollcott – Moonlight Sonata
Arthur Machen – The Novel of the Black Seal
E.F. Benson – Mrs Amworth
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
H.P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror
Guy de Maupassant – Was it a Dream?
Bram Stoker – The Judge’s House
Charles Collins & Charles Dickens – The Trial for Murder
J.F. Sullivan – The Man With a Malady
Anonymous – Sawny Bean and His Family
Bram Stoker – The Squaw
A.J. Alan – The Hair
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
H.G. Wells – The Cone
F. Marion Crawford – The Screaming Skull

Thanks to James Doig for providing the cover scan & contents!

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Vere H. Collins – Ghosts and Marvels

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Vere H. Collins – Ghosts and Marvels: A Selection Of Uncanny Tales from Daniel Defoe to Algernon Blackwood (H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1924)

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M. R. James – Introduction

Daniel Defoe – The Apparition Of Mrs. Veal
Walter Scott – Wandering Willie’s Tale
F. Marryat – The Werewolf
Lord Lytton – The Haunted And The Haunters; or, The House and the Brain
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
Edgar A. Poe – Ligeia
J. S. Le Fanu – A Strange Event In The Life of Schalken the Painter George Eliot – The Lifted Veil
Mrs. Oliphant – The Open Door
R. L. Stevenson – The Body-snatcher
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
H. G. Wells – The Crystal Egg
Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries
Barry Pain – The Moon-slave
M. R. James – Casting the Runes

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Deborah Shine – Haunting Ghost Stories

Posted by demonik on April 2, 2009

Deborah Shine (ed.) – Haunting Ghost Stories: Illustrations by Reg Gray (Octopus, 1980)


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A spine-chilling collection of stories by the masters of horror and suspense.

Walter De La Mare – The Riddle
Stanley W. Fisher – The Sybarite
Roger F. Dunkley – Echoes In The Sand
Oliver Onions – The Mortal
Michelle Maurious – Fame
H. Brinsmead-Hungerford – Giovanni Paolo’s Land
H. G. Wells – The Red Room
Paul Dorrell – Lonely Boy
Colin Thiele – The Phantom Horses
Michael Joseph – The Yellow Cat
Stanley W. Fisher – A Little House Of Their Own
E. F. Benson – Expiation
John Gordon – Kroger’s Choice
Saki – Laura
Paul Dorrell – Tea And Empathy
M. R. James – The Haunted Doll’s House
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Brown Hand
W. W. Jacobs – The Well
Robert Arthur – The Haunted Trailer
Walter De La Mare – Bad Company
Lucy M. Boston – Many Coloured Glass
Ambrose Bierce – The Stranger
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
H. R. Wakefield – The Gorge Of The Churels
E. Nesbit – Man-Size In Marble
Brian Alderson – The Wooing Of Cherry Basnett
Ambrose Bierce – A Tough Tussle
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Glenn Chandler – The Late Departure
H. R. Wakefield – Damp Sheets
Sorche Nic Leodhas – The Battle With The Bogles
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch – A Pair Of Hands

Another anthology aimed at a young audience which can be enjoyed by all ages. Clung onto a copy of this for years, eventually got rid of it along with most of the young adult books i’d acquired, regretted it ever since. Found this copy in a cardboard box full of old plugs, a computer mouse and a moth-eaten dayglo pink fright wig (i was tempted but didn’t have the £3 to stump up) at the local flea market on Sunday for 50p! With all the books and mags flying around just now, it will probably be a while until i get around to a rematch, but with the likes of John Gordon, Lucy Boston and Robert Arthur fighting it out with acknowledged classics and welcome, less obvious selections from Wakefield and Benson you can hardly go wrong. Minus point for the unnecessary childish doodles repeated on the inside covers (would have been just the thing to put me off the book as a kid), ‘specially after they’d done so well with the skull photo, but otherwise a dead commendable collection!

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Jack Adrian – Strange Tales from the Strand

Posted by demonik on February 11, 2009

Jack Adrian (ed.) – Strange Tales from the Strand (Oxford University Press, 1991)

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Julian Symons – Foreword
Jack Adrian – Introduction

Graham Greene – All But Empty (March 1947)
J. B. Harris-Burland – Lord Beden’s Motor (Dec. 1901)
Hugh Walpole – The Tarn (Dec. 1923)
Rina Ramsay – Resurgam ( Aug. 1915)
F. Tennyson Jesse – The Railway Carriage (Nov. 1931)
Beverley Nichols – The Bell (Aug. 1946)
W. W. Jacobs – His Brother’s Keeper (Dec. 1922)
Sapper – Touch And Go (Feb. 1926)
W. L. George – Waxworks (July 1922)
B. L. Jacot – White Spectre (Jan. 1950)
D. H. Lawrence – ‘Tickets, Please!’ (Apr 1919)
Villiers de l’Isle-Adam – A Torture By Hope (June 1891)
L. T. Meade – A Horrible Fright (Oct. 1894)
H. Greenhough Smith – The Case Of Roger Carboyne (Sept. 1892)
Ianthe Jerrold – The Orchestra Of Death (Dec 1918)
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne – The Lizard (June 1898)
L. G. Moberly – Inexplicable (Dec. 1917)
L. de Giberne Sieveking – The Prophetic Camera (The English Review, Nov. 1922)
Henry A. Hering – Cavalanci’s Curse (March 1899)
H. G. Wells – The Queer Story Of Brownlow’s Newspaper (Ladies Home Journal, Feb. 1932)
Edgar Wallace – The Black Grippe (March 1920)
Morley Roberts – The Fog (Oct. 1908)
Grant Allen – The Thames Valley Catastrophe (Dec. 1897)
Martin Swayne – A Sense Of The Future (Aug 1924)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Silver Mirror (Aug. 1908)
E. Bland (Edith Nesbit) – The Haunted House (Dec. 1913)
Arthur Conan Doyle – How It Happened (Sept. 1913)
Edith Nesbit – The Power of Darkness (April 1905)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Horror of the Heights (Nov 1913)

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Jon E. Lewis – The Mammoth Book of Boys Own Stuff

Posted by demonik on November 10, 2008

Jon E. Lewis – The Mammoth Book of Boys Own Stuff (Robinson, 2008)


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Cover Design: Ken Leeder

From the back cover blurb:

A staggeringly large guide to all that a modern boy needs to know and to do
Step 1: Turn off the TV, the PC, the PS3, the Wii…
Step 2: Open up The Mammoth Book of Boy’s Own Stuff and get into boyhood like it’s meant to be …

A guide to life, the universe and pretty much everything The Mammoth Book of Boy’s Own Stuff is full of fun as well as important facts on how to be top and an all round great person – from essential Latin to making your own volcano, from SAS survival skills to basic movie making.

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Herbert Van Thal – Striking Terror

Posted by demonik on August 12, 2008

Herbert Van Thal – Striking Terror (Arthur Baker, 1963)

Jack Finney – Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets
Peter Fleming – The Kill
Angus Wilson – Rasberry Jam
Philip McDonald – Our Feathered Friends
Geoffrey Household – Taboo
Carl Stephenson – Leiningen Versus The Ants
Charles Lloyd – Special Diet
Lord Dunsay – The Two Bottles of Relish
Sidney Carroll – A Note For The Milkman
H G Wells – The Cone

A selection from thee first three Pan Book Of Horror Stories selections. Thanks to Johnny Mains for providing the cover scan and contents.

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