Morbid Mayflowers

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

Jacobi – Metcalfe

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2007

Carl Jacobi – The Aquarium: (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

John Jakes – The Man Who Wanted To Be In The Movies: George Rollo is in love with perfume clerk Mabel Fry but she only has eyes for hunky Hollywood stars like Todd St. Bartholemew who she avidly follows in movie mags. Desperate that he’s lost her when a local schmuck gets a screen test he turns to his witchy friend Yolanda and blurts out his love for Mabel and can she perform some ritual that will put him on the silver screen? Beware of what you wish for, etc. (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

M. R. James – Count Magnus: Touring Sweden, the unfortunate Mr. Wraxall discovers family papers in a house in Vestgothland, charting the career of a saturnine seventeenth century noble, a dabbler in alchemy reputed to have made the black pilgrimage to Chorazin where it’s said the Anti-Christ will be born. It is also the recommended haunt of those wishing to “obtain a long life, acquire a faithful messenger and see the blood of his enemies”. (New Chamber Of Horrors)

M. R. James – The Uncommon Prayer Book: (Bentlif Horror)

David H. Keller – In Memoriam: Dr. Brown interviews the reclusive Prof. Moyers, a man with a very peculiar tobacco bowl – the hollowed out skull of his wife. Brown is greatly relieved to leave in one piece. “Only once before I had known such a pall of horror to depress me – after a visit to an asylum for the hopelessly insane.” (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

C. M. Kornbluth – The Words Of Guru: (Black Magic 4)

Henry Kuttner – The Salem Horror: (Black Magic 6)

Henry Kuttner – Threshold: (Black Magic 3)

Noel Langley: see Tales Of Mystery And Revenge

J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla: (Omnibus Of Evil)

J. S. Le Fanu – The Familiar: (Where Nightmares Are)

J. S. Le Fanu – The White Cat Of Drumgunniol: (Where Nightmares Are)

Fritz Leiber – Four Ghosts In Hamlet: (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

H. P. Lovecraft – Dreams In The Witch-House: (Black Magic 3)

H. P. Lovecraft – The Festival: (Satanists)

H. P. Lovecraft – The Thing On The Doorstep: (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

H. P. Lovecraft – Witches’ Hollow: (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

Marie Belloc Lowndes – The Lodger: “I can’t think why he wants to go out in such weather. He did it in last week’s fog, too … ‘twould be a very bad thing for us if anything happened to him. The lodger’s the first bit of luck we’ve had for a very long time.”
That’s Mr. Bunting talking, and the stroke of good fortune he’s discussing with second wife Ellen is the self-styled “man of science”, Mr. Sleuth who moved into their Marylebone home on December 29th at a time when they were too broke to carry on. An easy date to remember as that was also when the first of the “‘Orrible murders in Whitechapel” made the headlines.

Mr. Sleuth has eccentric ways. He turns around the pictures and photo’s in the sitting room so that they face the wall because “those women’s eyes follow me about.”: he fanatically scrutinises the Bible for the worst of the anti-women references: he conducts experiments in his room at ungodly hours, experiments that require extreme heat.

Another of the murders, this time in Marylebone. Mrs. Bunting is far from sympathetic – “it serves that sort of hussy right” – but the killing disturbs her deeply because she already has her suspicions. To make matters worse, Bunting’s daughter, Daisy, is coming to spend her eighteenth birthday with them. She arrives in London just as two more mutilated corpses are discovered in Kings Cross …

The murders take place off the page, but this is among the more effective Ripper stories for the sheer suspense of the thing as Sleuth invites Daisy along with him to Madame Tussauds for a birthday treat. By now the Buntings are certain that he is the Ripper but do nothing to prevent her leaving with him. Greed has much to do with it, but Ellen Bunting doesn’t seem in the least unsympathetic to the madman’s cause and has she developed some kind of hideous crush on him?

If only the Chamber of Horrors was half as frightening these days. (Jack The Knife)

Frank Mace – The Ideal Type: Carson picks up drunken stranger Smith in a pub and drives him across town to meet his friends. As Smith sobers he realises he might be in a spot here: what if the guy’s some kind of mugger or sex-pervert? Carson assures him he’s neither of these, it just so happens that there’s something about Smith’s face that marks him out as the ideal type. So that’s all right then.

Not entirely placated, Smith allows himself to be led into a dark chamber where a disembodied hand dances on a pedestal … (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

Arthur Machen – Out Of The Earth: (New Chamber Of Horrors)

McKnight Malmar – The Storm: (Bar The Doors)

Richard Matheson – The Likeness Of Julie: (Black Magic 2)

Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire: The people of Solta, a village in the Romanian mountains, are in the habit of painting crosses on their doors and gathering garlic bulbs to ward off the undead, so when Madame Alexis Gheria wakes to find her nightdress shredded and blood seeping from her throat, they know what they’re up against. Dr. Gheria is devotion personified, keeping vigil at his wife’s bedside through the night but still the attacks continue. Karel, the devoted old butler, explains to his master that this is undoubtably due to his having been drugged by the vampire’s “mephitic presence” and assures him that, when the guilty party has been identified, he’ll do what needs to be done – just as Gheria hoped he would. He now consults his young colleague and “dearest friend” Dr. Vares who needs little persuasion to tend the woman with whom he had an affair during the summer … (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

Richard Matheson – Witch War: Seven sweet adolescent girls versus the might of the military. There can only be one outcome in such a cruelly one-sided conflict. (Black Magic 1)

Guy De Maupassant – Night: (Where Nightmares Are)

John Metcalfe – The Firing Chamber: The Rev. Noah Scallard is tormented by a terrible accident at the Double Dyker potteries – he just can’t stop thinking about the dreadful way that unfortunate man died. It seems to awaken a dormant sado-masochistic streak in him… (Dark Mind Dark Heart)


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