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Posts Tagged ‘*Neville Spearman*’

Peter Haining – Buried Passions: Maria Marten & The Red Barn Murder

Posted by demonik on June 21, 2009

Peter Haining – Buried Passions: Maria Marten & The Red Barn Murder (Neville Spearman, 1980)

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Blurb

The story of the murder in the Red Barn is without doubt one of the most famous melodramas in the world.

The killing of the village beauty Maria Marten by the young squire William Corder in the charming, almost isolated village of Polstead in Suffolk May 1827 has become a legend over the past one hundred and fifty years, familiar to countless thousands of people.

Peter Haining has now, however, researched history and come up with some surprising new facts. Maria was just not the virtuous village beauty callously seduced and then murdered when she had served her purpose; nor was William Corder, her lover, the black-hearted local squire bent on debauchery and crime. Such simplifica­tions have come about for several reasons, yet notwithstanding the real facts, Maria and Corder are now regarded – wherever the tale is told – as the archetypal demure, cruelly-wronged maiden and mustachioed, unscrupulous Squire of melodrama. Indeed, many differing dramatisations take them as their models; and not a few of these plays are unashamedly based on what their authors imagined had happened under the decaying roof of the Red Barn. The facts, in this new assessment of the murder, make rather different, and perhaps even more fascinating, reading.

What the author has set out to do is to show how a basically unpleasant village killing became the crime of the last century. The facts present an amazing and melodramatic story of buried passions….

Profusely illustrated with line drawings and half-tones

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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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