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Posts Tagged ‘Terror’

David A Sutton – Horror on the High Seas

Posted by demonik on January 20, 2015

David A Sutton (ed) – Horror on the High Seas: Classic Weird Sea Tales (Shadow Publishing, 2014)


Cover Artwork by Jim Pitts

David A. Sutton – Introduction and author notes

J. A. Barry – A Derelict
Edgar Allan Poe – MS. Found in a Bottle
William Hope Hodgson – The Riven Night
Vernon Lee – Dionea
F. Marion Crawford – Man Overboard!
Richard Middleton – The Ghost Ship
Rudyard Kipling – A Matter of Fact
W. W. Jacobs – The Rival Beauties
William Hope Hodgson – The Phantom Ship
Warren Armstrong – A Phantom of the Seas


The oceans have long been places of danger, mystery and horror. From ancient times there has been the terror that a trip might lead to edge of the world and the nameless place beyond its edge. There have been the strange lights of St. Elmo’s Fire. The sunken cities of Atlantis and Lyonesse. The Sargasso sea entrapping ships. The Bermuda Triangle. And within the ocean’s depths sea creatures both real and unreal. The great white whale in Moby Dick and the giant octopus in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The oceans beckon us… and repel us. And storytellers have used the sea as a basis for ghost and horror stories down the centuries. In this anthology there are stories about phantom ships and their phantom sailors, weird encounters with spirits, a vengeful sea sprites, and sea serpents, and all manner of horror below decks. So, readers, take a passage with us to the weird realms of the benighted oceans!

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Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Tales Of Terror From ‘Blackwood’s Magazine

Posted by demonik on January 12, 2010

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick (ed’s.) – Tales Of Terror From ‘Blackwood’s Magazine (Oxford University Press, 1996)

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Blackwood’s Magazine

‘P. F.’ (Patrick Fraser-Tytler) – Sketch of a Tradition Related by a Monk in Switzerland (June, 1817)
‘Tweedside’ (Sir Walter Scott) – Narrative of a Fatal Event (March, 1818)
Anon. (John Wilson) – Extracts from Gosschen’s Diary (Aug., 1818)
‘E.’ (Daniel Keyte Sandford) – A Night in the Catacombs (Oct., 1818)
Anon. (John Galt) – The Buried Alive (Oct., 1821)
Anon. (John Howison) – The Floating Beacon (Oct., 1821)
Anon (William Maginn) – The Man in the Bell (Nov., 1821)
Anon – The Last Man (March, 1826)
Anon (Henry Thomson) – Le Revenant (Apr., 1827)
Anon (Catherine Sinclair) – The Murder Hole (Feb., 1829)
Anon (Michael Scott) – Heat and Thirst, —A Scene in Jamaica (June, 1830)
By “The Author of ‘First and Last’” (William Mudford) – The Iron Shroud (August, 1830)
‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ (James Hogg) – The Mysterious Bride (Dec., 1830)
‘Syphax’ (William Godwin the Younger) – The Executioner (Feb., 1832)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – A ‘Man about Town’ (Dec., 1830)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – The Spectre-Smitten (Feb., 1831)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – The Thunder-Struck and The Boxer (Sept., 1832)

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Biographical Notes
Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Explanatory Notes.

The tales of terror and hysteria published in the heyday (1817-32) of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine became a literary legend in the nineteenth century. Blackwood’s was the most important and influential literary-political journal of its time, and a major institution not just in Scottish letters but in the development of British and American Romanticism. Intemperate in political polemic and feared for its literary assassinations, the magazine became just as notorious for the shocking power of its fictional offerings. These set a new standard of concentrated dread and precisely calculated alarm, and were to establish themselves as a landmark in the development of the short magazine story. The influence of Blackwood’s quickly reached many major authors, including Dickens, Emily Bronte, Robert Browning, and Edgar Allan Poe. This edition selects some of the best and most representative tales from the magazine’s first fifteen years, including work by Walter Scott, James Hogg, and John Galt, alongside talented but now almost forgotten figures like William Mudford, William Godwin (son of the philosopher), and Samuel Warren. This book is intended for students of Romantic literature, Gothic, Sensational writing, of the nineteenth century.

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Edmund Crispin – Best Tales of Terror

Posted by demonik on October 18, 2009

Edmund Crispin [Robert Bruce Montgomery] – Best Tales of Terror (Faber and Faber, 1962)


Edmund Crispin – Introduction

Ray Bradbury – The Emissary
Evelyn Waugh  – The Man Who Liked Dickens
L. P. Hartley – A Summons
L. T. C. Rolt – The Mine
John Collier – Bird of Prey
Roald Dahl – Royal Jelly
Robert Aickman – Ringing the Changes
John Metcalfe  – Mr. Meldrum’s Mania
Elizabeth Jane Howard – Three Miles Up
J. G. Ballard – Manhole 69
James E. Gunn – The Misogynist
Ray Bradbury – The Next in Line

thanks to allthingshorror for reminding me of this one’s existence

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Edmund Crispin – Best Tales of Terror 2

Posted by demonik on October 18, 2009

Edmund Crispin [Robert Bruce Montgomery] – Best Tales of Terror 2 (Faber and Faber, 1965)

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Edmund Crispin – Foreword

Ambrose Bierce – Moxon’s Master
M. R. James – A Warning to the Curious
William Hope Hodgson – The Voice in the Night
John Metcalfe – Time-Fuse
Lord Dunsany – The Electric King
Nugent Barker – Curious Adventure of Mr. Bond
W. F. Harvey – The Dabblers
John Keir Cross – “Happy Birthday, Dear Alex”
Ray Bradbury – The Small Assassin
H. Russell Wakefield – The Frontier Guards
Elizabeth Bowen – The Cat Jumps
Anthony Boucher – They Bite
L. P. Hartley – The Two Vaynes
Kit Reed – Tell Me, Doctor – Please

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C. A. Dawson Scott & Ernest Rhys – Twenty And Three Stories

Posted by demonik on October 5, 2009

C. A. Dawson Scott & Ernest Rhys (eds.) – Twenty And Three Stories: By Twenty And Three Authors (Thornton Butterworth, 1924)



Introduction: Ernest Rhys & C. A. Dawson Scott

Edith Wharton – Kerfol
L. de Bra – A Life – A Bowl Of Rice
W. B. Yeats – The Crucifixion Of The Outcast
The Marquess Curzon Of Kedleston – The Drums Of Kairwan
T. F. Powys – Alleluia
A. E. W. Mason – Hatteras
Elinor Mordaunt – Hodge
Thomas Burke – The Chink And The Child
Robert Hichens – The Nomad
Cutcliffe Hyne – The Ransom
Edwin Pugh – The Other Twin
Morley Roberts – Grear’s Dam
Ward Muir – The Reward Of Enterprise
H. de Vere Stackpoole -The King Of Maleka
Algernon Blackwood – Violence
A. Conan-Doyle – Captain Sharkey
Arthur Lynch – The Sentimental Mortgage
Ellis Roberts – The Narrow Way
Louis Golding – The Call Of The Hand
Walter De La Mare – The Creatures
W. Somerset Maugham – The Taipan
John Masefield – Davy Jones’ Gift
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw

“The New Terror is apt to be more psychical, more psychological perhaps, than the old. The method of the latter is based on EDGAR POE and the writers for Blackwoods Magazine, while the former is akin to the Russians, to SOLOGUB and TCHEKKOV.”

Strong mixed bag of Ghost stories, mysteries and thrillers – “stories of sensation” as the authors put it – with enough of a horror bent to be included here. A companion piece to their Thirty And One Stories of the previous year which is more diverse in its approach but still finds time to include genre contributions from Percival Gibbon, Violet Hunt, May Sinclair and H. G. Wells of those I recognise.

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Wise & Fraser – Great Tales Of Terror

Posted by demonik on November 6, 2007

Herbert A. Wise & Phyllis Fraser (eds) – Great Tales of Terror & the Supernatural (Hammond, Hammond & Co., 1949: Book Club, 1982)

Great Tales Of Terror Book Club edition

Tales of Terror

Honore de Balzac – La Grande Breteche
Edgar Allan Poe – The Black Cat
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Wilkie Collins – A Terribly Strange Bed
Ambrose Bierce – The Boarded Window
Thomas Hardy – The Three Strangers
W. W. Jacobs – The Interruption
H. G. Wells – Pollock and the Porroh Man
H.G. Wells – The Sea Raiders
Saki – Sredni Vashtar
Alexander Woollcott – Moonlight Sonata
Conrad Aiken – Silent Snow, Secret Snow
Dorothy L. Sayers – Suspicion
Richard Connell – The Most Dangerous Game
Carl Stephenson – Leiningen versus the Ants
Michael Arlen – The Gentleman from America
William Faulkner – A Rose for Emily
Ernest Hemingway – The Killers
John Collier – Back for Christmas
Geoffrey Household – Taboo

Tales of the Supernatural

Edward Bulwer-Lytton – The Haunted and the Haunters
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Rappaccini’s Daughter
Charles Collins & Charles Dickens – The Trial for Murder
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Green Tea
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
Henry James – Sir Edmund Orme
Guy de Maupassant – The Horla
Guy de Maupassant – Was It a Dream?
F. Marion Crawford – The Screaming Skull
O. Henry – The Furnished Room
M. R. James – Casting the Runes
M.R. James – Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad
Edith Wharton – Afterward
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
Robert Hichens – How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Rudyard Kipling – The Return of Imray
Rudyard Kipling – “They”
Edward Lucas White – Lukundoo
E. F. Benson – Caterpillars
E. F. Benson – Mrs. Amworth
Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries
Algernon Blackwood – Confession
Saki – The Open Window
Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One
Walter de la Mare – Out of the Deep
A. E. Coppard – Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
E. M. Forster – The Celestial Omnibus
Richard Middleton – The Ghost Ship
Karen Blixen – The Sailor-Boy’s Tale
H. P. Lovecraft – The Rats in the Walls
H. P. Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror

Thanks to Paisleycravat for typing out the contents.

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