Morbid Mayflowers

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

Tabori – Woolcott

Posted by demonik on July 29, 2007

Paul Tabori – The Bridge: (Unlikely Ghosts)

Traditional – Sawney Beane: Sawney Beane and his clan snatch innocent travellers, drag them back to their cave then pickle and eat them. “In the conflict the poor woman fell from behind him, and was instantly butchered before her husband’s face, for the female cannibals cut her throat, and fell to sucking her blood with as great a gust, as if it had been wine”. This exciting and incredibly gory history is usually credited to Captain Charles Johnson, although it probably wasn’t new when he included it in his General History Of The Most Famous Highwaymen, etc. (1734). It’s even been suggested that ‘Johnson’ was Daniel Defoe.
(Omnibus Of Evil)

Fred Urquhart – The Ghostess with the Mostest: (Unlikely Ghosts)

Steven Utley – Someone Is Watching: “Joe Laurel was his name, and voyeurism was his game.” Eight years into his career as friendly neighbourhood Peeping Tom and he’s never been caught. In that time Joe has accumulated a mass of information on the likes of “open-minded” swinger Mrs. Martha Baldwin who “had a keen sense of humour when it came to foodstuffs”. But this one reclusive girl intrigues him. She’s different, free of scandal and he think he’s fallen in love with her. Comes the night when she beckons him in and he realises she’s been aware of his prying all along …  (Black Magic 6)

Rosalind Wade – Shepherd Show Me: (Unlikely Ghosts)

H. Russell Wakefield – The Animals In The Case: (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

H. R. Wakefield – “He Cometh And He Passeth By”: A clever reworking of M. R. James’ Casting The Runes. London, in and around Shaftsbury Avenue and Museum Street. Oscar Clinton (a thinly veiled Aleister Crowley) is a master Satanist, incorrigible sponger, ruiner of women and patron of the Chorazin Club. Philip, fearful that Clinton will abuse his friends’ good nature as he has his own, veto’s his application to join ‘Ye Ancient Mysteries’ – “it meets once a month and discusses famous mysteries of the past – the Marie Celeste, the ‘MacLachlan case’, and so on with a flippant but scholarly zeal” – and, when the black magician learns of this, he sics a demon on him via a curious paper doll he sends him in the post. Philip’s friend, Edward Bellamy is unable to save him from the huge, shadowy form so instead vows to destroy Clinton. (Black Magic 1)

Evelyn Waugh – Out Of Depth: Bloomsbury. Socialites Rip Van Winkle and Alistair Trumptington fall foul of black magician Dr. Kakophilos who is prone to giving it plenty of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” (in “horrible cockney tones” – how frightful). Alistair is temporarily thrown back five hundred years with Rip being sent in the opposite direction. Neither find the experience to their liking. (Black Magic 5)

Manly Wade Wellman – Vigil: Myersville, Pennsylvania. Hermoine Simmons steals a spell-book bound in human skin from Professor Enderby on a whim and summons forth a demon she can’t control. Enderby keeps vigil over all night explaining that the thing is obliged to drink some of her blood on a twenty-four hour basis. The familiar tries to outwit the Prof by assuming the form of his faithful Chinese servant Quong, but Enderby is too smart and stabs it through the heart with a white thorn spike.

“Oh, I think you’re wonderful”, she twittered, “I’ll never be able to repay you! Anything you ask …”
Enderby looked at her calculatingly. “I’ll ask three things.”
“Yes?”
“Wash off that paint and keep it off. Then eat your supper without talking. And finally – aren’t you in a hurry to get to wherever you’re going? Well, then, don’t let me keep you”.

(Black Magic 4)

H. G. Wells – Pollock And The Porrah Man: (Bar The Doors)

George Wetzel – Caer Sidhi: (Dark Mind Dark Heart)

Dennis Wheatley – A Life For A Life: (New Chamber Of Horrors 2)

Dennis Wheatley – The Black Magician: (extract from “The Satanist”) (Satanists)

Dennis Wheatley – The Snake: Carstairs amuses Jackson and the narrator with the story behind his rags to riches success, all of it due, he believes, to black magic. In South Africa, he’d worked as book keeper to Isaacson, a despicable loan shark who’d one day crossed swords with Umtunga, the local witch-doctor over an outstanding debt (after penalties, Umtunga owed him thirty women). Unimpressed at this rudeness, Umtunga promptly performed a cockerel sacrifice on the usurer’s doorstep, and that night the loan shark died horribly. His widow then ordered Carstairs to call in the debt. Through more luck than judgment, he survives a were-mamba attack and decides it’s time to cut a deal with the voodoo guy at Mrs. Isaacson’s expense. He’s never looked back. (Black Magic 1)

Patricia Williams – The Night Of The Beast: Osbury. Jim just hasn’t been the same man since the accident, and his interest in the occult has taken over his life. Wife Elaine consoles herself by embarking on a string of affairs, the latest with hunky toyboy Bruce. Jim’s reaction is to banish them back to pre-Christian times when the Pagans knew how to deal with an adulteress.
An eventful and unpleasant five-pager featuring a neat cameo from the Wicker Man. It’s dated 1974 but this wouldn’t have been out of place in one of the Creeps anthologies. (Black Magic 5)

Alexander Woollcott – Moonlight Sonata: A “true” story, published in America rather than the UK on account of it being far too scandalous and horrific for the English press! All names – except for that of the lunatic – have been altered to protect Woollcott from a libel suit.
Cazalet invites his friend Dr. Alvan Barach to stay at his crumbling manor house (Barach thinks of it as ‘The Creeps, Sevenoaks, Kent’). The guest is disturbed in his sleep and wakes to discover a figure intently sewing in the corner of his room. At first, he takes this to be one of the ghosts he’s been warned about, but the discovery of cook’s mutilated body disillusions him of that one … (Bar The Doors)

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