Morbid Mayflowers

Horror & Supernatural paperbacks ’60’s & ’70’s

Adams – Blackwood

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2007

Samuel Hopkins Adams – The Corpse At The Table: (Bar The Doors)

Robert Aickman – The Insufficient Answer: (We Are For The Dark)

Robert Aickman – The Trains: (We Are For The Dark)

Robert Aickman – The View: (We Are For The Dark)

Joan Aiken – Marmalade Wine: Journalist and would-be legendary poet Roger Hacker is walking through a beautiful woodland glade when he meets the reclusive Sir Francis Deeking, a master surgeon recently in the news for reasons Hacker can’t recall. Deeking invites him to sample his home made wine and, feeling inferior in the shadow of the great man’s achievements, Hacker boasts that he has his own special gift – he can predict the future. When he correctly guesses the winner of the afternoon’s race meeting at Manchester, Deeking sees pound signs flashing before his eyes. Hacker, who won’t be walking home any time soon, awakens from his drug-induced slumber having finally remembered why his host had made the headlines …. (Bentlif Horror)

Anonymous – In the Slaughteryard: Mr. Horace Jeafferson, fearless member of the Adventurers Club, relates his exploits of the previous evening when he found himself at the Melmouth Brothers’ slaughteryard in Whitechapel. This being 1888, you’ll possibly have guessed which famous murderer he encounters, though you may be surprised to learn that the man who evaded the massive police presence was a slobbering leper. Fantastic mockerney dialogue, notably from the old night-watchchman, and the heroic young bobby’s dying speech is another bonus. (Jack The Knife)

Martin Armstrong – The Pipe-Smoker: (Bar The Doors)

Michael Avallone: see Tales of the Frightened

Kate Barlay – The Visitation of Aunt Clara: (Unlikely Ghosts)

Charles Beaumont – The New People: Hank Prentice would prefer not to believe Matt Dystall’s drunken ramblings of the ‘group activities’ indulged in by his well-to-do neighbours – especially as, in the past, these have included wife-swapping and black magic, leading to the suicide of the previous occupant of his new house. (Black Magic 1)

E. F. Benson – The Room In The Tower: “Suddenly a voice which I knew well broke the stillness, the voice of Mrs. Stone, saying ‘Jack will show you to your room: I have given you the room in the tower.’ It seemed to come from near the gate in the red-brick wall that bounded the lawn, and looking up, I saw that the grass outside was sewn thick with gravestones. A curious greyish light shone from them, and I could read the lettering on the grave nearest me, and it was ‘In evil memory of Julia Stone.’

From his early teens the narrator has been plagued by the same ominous dream. Now aged 30, his premonition is about to be played out for real when he visits his friend John Clinton at the Sussex cottage and Mrs. Clinton repeats those words he’s come to dread: “Jack will show you to your room now. I have given you the room in the tower.” (New Chamber Of Horrors)

E. F. Benson – The Sanctuary: (Satanists), (Black Magic 2)

Theodora Benson – In The Fourth Ward: Byrnes, the New York Police chief, brags that if Jack the Ripper ever set foot in his neck of the woods, he’d show those Limey bastards how the job should be done. Thomas Goolden, a sea-dog on the Isabella C. Paterson rams Byrnes’ boasts back down his throat by slicing and dicing a mad hag English ex-pat on his first night in the city.  (Omnibus Of Evil)

Alfred Bester – Hell Is Forever: (Black Magic 5)

Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing: (Bar The Doors)

Ambrose Bierce – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Peyton Farquhar, a well-to-do Alabama planter, is about to be hung by the Yankees for plotting to sabotage the railway at the bridge. At the last moment, the rope snaps and he plunges into the river below, dodges a hail of bullets and swims to safety. He crosses a strange woodland and eventually finds his way back to his loving wife, although, obviously, the ordeal has left him close to exhaustion.

“His neck was in pain and lifting his hand to it he found it horribly swollen. He knew that it had a circle of black where the rope had bruised it. His eyes felt congested. He could no longer close them. His tongue was swollen with thirst … How strongly the turf had carpeted the untravelled avenue – he could no longer feel the roadway between his feet.”

Still, all’s well that ends well. (Where Nightmares Are)

Ambrose Bierce – Moxon’s Master: (Where Nightmares Are)

Jerome Bixby – It’s a Good Life: Nasty story of Little Anthony whose magical powers are such that he can read minds, make mice eat themselves and think people dead if he feels like it. Everybody has to think happy thoughts around him, as it just doesn’t do to upset him in even the slightest way … (Bentlif Horror)

Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries: (Satanists)

Algernon Blackwood – The Empty Sleeve: (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

Algernon Blackwood – The Terror of the Twins: The old man always wanted a son to inherit his wealth and estates but when Ernie and Edward are born twins his mind gives out and he spends his final years in an asylum. From his padded cell he offers a curse before dying: “You are not two, but one. I still regard you as one. And at the coming of age, by hell, you shall find it out.”

On the eve of their 21st birthdays the boys, by now both Cambridge undergraduates, are unnerved enough to ask their old tutor and friend the vicar to watch over them through what proves to be a truly terrifying night. (Bentlif Horror)


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