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Peter Haining – Where Nightmares Are

Posted by demonik on July 27, 2010

Peter Haining – Where Nightmares Are (Mayflower-Dell, April, 1966: Mayflower, 1969: Severn House, 1983)


Introduction – Peter Haining

Ambrose Bierce – Moxon’s Master
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Bodysnatcher
Edgar Allan Poe – The Man That Was Used Up
Guy De Maupassant – Night
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Rappaccini’s Daughter
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was it?
J. S. Le Fanu – The Familiar
Charles Dickens – The Trial For Murder
Washington Irving – The Spectre Bridegroom
Robert Louis Stevenson – Thrawn Janet
Edgar Allan Poe – The Cask Of Amontillado
Ambrose Bierce – An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
J. S. Le Fanu – The White Cat Of Drumgunniol
Robert W. Chambers – Passeur

Blurb: doesn’t have one; it just says “Horror by” and names some of the contributors

See also Where Nightmares Are thread on Vault forum.

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Robert Aickman and Elizabeth J. Howard – We Are For The Dark

Posted by demonik on July 27, 2007

Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard – We Are For The Dark (Mayflower, December 1965)

We Are For The Dark

Perfect Love
The Trains
The Insufficient Answer
Three Miles Up
The View
Left Luggage

“Conveys a curiously real sense of doom. Here are ghost stories combining the tragic, the macabre, the erotic in a way that is startlingly new.”

Shared anthology, the Aickman stories being The Trains, The View and The Insufficient Answer with Howard contributing Perfect Love, Left Luggage and the masterpiece Three Miles Up.

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Syd Bentlif – Horror Anthlology

Posted by demonik on July 17, 2007

Syd Bentlif (ed.) – Horror Anthlology (1965)

Syd Bentlif Horror Anthology

Elizabeth Howard and Robert Aickman – Left Luggage
Edgar Allan Poe – Silence
Ray Bradbury – The Dwarf
Isabel Colegate – The Nice Boys
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
M. R. James – The Uncommon Prayer Book
Jerome Bixby – It’s a Good Life
Algernon Blackwood – The Terror of the Twins
Joan Aiken – Marmalade Wine

At least Syd put more thought into his selection than he did the title.

Jerome Bixby – It’s A Good Life: The truly nasty story of Little Anthony whose magical powers are such that he can read minds and make mice eat themselves 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 …

Joan Aikin – 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 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 ….

Thanks to Justin for the cover scan. 

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Peter Haining – More Christopher Lee ….

Posted by demonik on July 17, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – More of Christopher Lee’s New Chamber of Horrors (Mayflower, 1976)

Haining Christopher Lee 2

Algernon Blackwood – The Empty Sleeve
H. P. Lovecraft – The Thing On The Doorstep
Fritz Leiber – Four Ghosts In Hamlet
John Collier – The Devil, George And Rosie
Ray Bradbury – The October Game
Dennis Wheatley – A Life For A Life
Richard Matheson – No Such Thing As A Vampire

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