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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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Christopher Lee’s New Chamber Of Horrors

Posted by demonik on July 14, 2007

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

Christopher Lee's New Chamber Of Horrors

E. F. Benson – The Room In The Tower
M. R. James – Count Magnus
Mary Shelley – The Transformation
Bram Stoker – The Burial Of The Rats
Sax Rohmer – The Whispering Mummy
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Leather Funnel
Arthur Machen – Out Of The Earth
Lord Dunsany – The Magician
Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath

There’s good old Chris on the cover, refusing to cash in on his despised Dracula credentials yet again.

New Chamber Of Horrors was originally published as a hardcover by Souvenir Press in 1974 and included all the above plus:

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

I’ve not seen it, but I believe there was a second volume of … Chamber … published by Mayflower, so if I’m right on this, chances are the contents were those stories omitted from the first book.

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Christopher Lee’s Omnibus Of Evil

Posted by demonik on July 13, 2007

Michel Parry (ed.) – Christopher Lee’s Omnibus Of Evil (Mayflower, 1978)

Omnibus Of Evil

Introduction by Christopher Lee

Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Final Problem
Theodora Benson – In The Fourth Ward
Robert Louis Stevenson – Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (extract)
Ray Russell – Sagittarius
Sax Rohmer – The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu
J. S. Le Fanu – Carmilla
Bram Stoker – Dracula (extract)
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein
Traditional – Sawney Beane
Robert Bloch – The Skull Of the Marquis de Sade
J. B. Priestley – The Demon King

The idea behind this was to pick examples of each of the archetypal monsters and villains Lee has either played or confronted during his acting career. The only real surprise is Theodora Benson’s Jack the Ripper story. Ray Russell’s “Sagittarius” portrays Mr. Hyde as some kind of demon from the mists of time who, once he’s dispensed with Jekyll, continues to plague London as the Whitechapel monster and is something of a 20th century classic. The Conan-Doyle is the famous one where he “kills” Sherlock Holmes (for a few years, at least).

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