Morbid Mayflowers

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

Nisbet – Quinn

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2007

Hume Nisbet – The Demon Spell: ” … a mangled corpse lying on the muddy pavement, and a demoniacal, dark, pock-marked face bending over it, with the lean claws outspread, and the dense fog instead of a body, like the half-formed incarnation of muscles.”

A pretty medium materialises the ghost of Ripper victim Polly who warns Nisbet who he’s earmarked as his next victim (you’ve guessed). Our hero bursts in on him just as he’s about to get down to business. (Jack The Knife)

Alfred Noyes – Midnight Express: As a twelve year old, Mortimer was terrified of an illustration in one of his father’s books depicting a man standing under a dreary lamp on a desolate railway platform, staring into a pitch black tunnel. This makes such an impression on the boy that he pins it to the facing page so as never to see it again.
Thirty eight years later, he finds himself on that same railway platform after dark, and there is that ominous figure stood before the tunnel mouth. He approaches, desperate to get a look at the man’s face … (Bar The Doors)

Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was it?: 26th Street, New York. Following a night of opium smoking and conversation about the supernatural, narrator Harry is attacked in his bed by an invisible being. After a fierce struggle he eventually manages to subdue the unseen assailant with the help of friend Hammond. They bind “the enigma” but have no idea what to do next; they can’t keep it in the house indefinitely, but to let it loose on the world is unthinkable.

Fortunate for them then, that the being dies through lack of sustenance and, after taking a plaster cast, they bury it in the back garden. The passages concerning the assault on Harry identity the type of food it needed to remain alive. (Where Nightmares Are)

Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner) – Compliments Of The Author: (Black Magic 6)

James Hamilton-Paterson – Salpingogram: (Unlikely Ghosts)

James Platt – The Devil’s Debt: (Black Magic 1)

Edgar Allan Poe – The Cask Of Amontillado: Fortunato, who prides himself a connoisseur of fine wine, insults Montressor, his friend and our narrator, and now must pay with his life which, on planet Poe, involves his being bricked up alive and none of this namby pamby killing him first and putting him out of his misery malarkey. As Fortunato has been participating in carnival, he’s dressed in some kind of fetishistic regalia of striped dress and jesters cap for the ordeal which adds another pervy ghoulish touch. One of Poe’s most alarming works, morbidly funny but ultimately terrifying. (Where Nightmares Are)

Edgar Allan Poe – The Man That Was Used Up: (Where Nightmares Are)

Edgar Allan Poe – Silence: (Bentlif Horror)

Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart: The narrator, at pains to assure us of his sanity, commits premeditated murder on an old neighbour with whom he has no quarrel whatsoever: he just can’t abide one of his eyes. After spying on the old fellow for several nights and revelling in his discomfort, the murderer flattens him under his own bed, dismembers the body and conceals it beneath the floorboards. There’s nothing to connect him to the crime so when he’s visited by police investigating a shriek in the night it should be a formality to convince them of his complete innocence, what with his superior brain and all. (Bentlif Horror)

Arthur Porges – The Other Side: Arthur Porges – The Other Side: “What was the best way to finish him off? He dwelled with pleasure on certain peculiary medieval tortures: so few people understood just what it meant to be drawn and quartered. Much more horrible than they dreamed …”

Dr. Irwin Craig makes use of a medieval black magic parchment to destroy his enemy, Prof. Walter Randall whose meteoric rise to the chairmanship of the Humanities Division at Midwestern Uni really rankles. Worse, Randall’s latest paper effortlessly anihilates Craig’s life work History Of The First Crusade. Oh, is he gonna suffer!

Utilizing a photo of his enemy stuck to a cardboard effigy, Craig devises a series of exquisite torments for Randall to endure before he kills him before he’s distracted by a piece on Miss Universe in the newspaper. Phwoar! He fancies a piece of her! So he sets to work with his scissors and places a love-spell. Sadly, he neglects to check the report on the other side of the page … (Black Magic 6)

J. B. Priestley – The Demon King: The company assembled for Mr. Tom Burt’s boxing day premier of Jack And Jill at the Theatre Royal, Bruddersford are a motley crew, the solitary performer with any kind of track record being their Demon King, Kirk Ireton, whose talent has been somewhat diminished by his capacity for alcohol. When he disappears after a session in The Cooper’s Arms mere hours before the pantomime it looks as though even the dubious talents of the Happy Yorkshire Lasses won’t salvage this turkey. But come the eleventh hour and Ireton – or, at least, somebody dressed in a most impressive Devil’s costume – shows up. The troupe go on to play a blinder.
(Omnibus Of Evil)

Joseph F. Pumilia – Forever Stand the Stones: (Jack The Knife)

Joseph F. Pumilia – Instrument Of Darkness: (Black Magic 3)

Seabury Quinn – The Children Of Ubasti: (Black Magic 2)

Seabury Quinn – The Hand Of Glory: “You are a scoundrel and a villain and a most unpleasant species of malodorous camel … As far as I am concerned. Monsieur, you may go to the devil, nor need you delay your departure in anywise out of consideration for my feelings.”

Flaming fingers, black sorcery, distressed pyjamas, a cat on a spying mission, falling masonry, moaning about the prohibition … in other words, just another routine investigation for the phantom fighter and his loyal friend Dr. Trowbridge.

This time, our heroes intervene on behalf of young Diane Wickwire, whose occult-crazy father is prepared to sacrifice her to the Magna Mater to learn the secret of the sacred meteorite with the bit of parchment sticking out of it (yes, that old one again). To complicate matters further, a rival Satanic outfit (German-fronted) have designs on the same girl, and, come Walpurgisnacht, it seems it’s they who will triumph as they lure her to a ruined Irish Chapel for an impressive Black Mass celebration and summon forth a miles better demon than that goat thing in The Devil Rides Out.

Can the dapper little Frenchman save her, or will he still be too busy testing out his withering barbs at the expense of the hapless Mr. Wickwire?

(Black Magic 1)

Seabury Quinn – The Incense Of Abomination: (Black Magic 3)


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