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Michel Parry – Jack The Knife

Posted by demonik on July 13, 2007

Michel Parry (ed) – Jack The Knife:: Tales of Jack the Ripper (Mayflower, 1975)

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Introduction – Michel Parry

Joseph F. Pumilia – Forever Stand the Stones
Hume Nisbet – The Demon Spell
Marie Belloc Lowndes – The Lodger
Anonymous – In the Slaughteryard
Anthony Boucher – A Kind of Madness
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – The Gatecrasher
Philip Jose Farmer – My Father the Ripper
Robert Bloch – Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
Ramsey Campbell – Jack’s Little Friend
Harlan Ellison – The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World

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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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Michel Parry – Black Magic #5

Posted by demonik on July 13, 2007

Michel Parry (ed.) -The 5th Mayflower Book Of Black Magic Stories (Mayflower, 1976)

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Frederick Cowles – The House On The Marsh
Evelyn Waugh – Out Of Depth
Alfred Bester – Hell Is Forever
Henry Slesar – The Wish-Giver
Patricia Williams – The Night Of The Beast
Ramsey Campbell – Lilith’s
Anthony Boucher – Nellthu
Roland Caine – Red Christmas

I’m still working through the Alfred Bester mini-novel – six decadents hold one of their sordid shin-digs in a bomb shelter during the blitz and laugh at the thought of London being obliterated – but it’s been great fun reacquainting myself with this one. Campbell and Cowles are on top form, Ronald Caine is supremely ghastly (imagine an E.C. comic strip minus a moral), Patricia Williams is all intensity and gloom: really, the only story that didn’t do it for me was Evelyn Waugh’s effort which has something of The Daily Mail about it.

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Michel Parry – Black Magic #1

Posted by demonik on July 13, 2007

Michel Parry (ed.) – The 1st Mayflower Book of Black Magic Stories (1974)

Introduction – Michel Parry

Ramsey Campbell – Potential
Dennis Wheatley – The Snake
Anthony Boucher – They Bite
Aleister Crowley – The Vixen
H. R. Wakefield – “He Cometh And He Passeth By”
Feodor Sologub – The Invoker Of The Beast
Richard Matheson – Witch War
Madame Blavatsky – The Ensouled Violin
Frederic Brown – Nasty
Charles Beaumont – The New People
Sax Rohmer – In The Valley Of The Sorceress
James Platt – The Devil’s Debt
Seabury Quinn – The Hand Of Glory

Warning

The stories in this book are fiction, but Magic, Black or White, is real and is best left to experienced Magicians. Under no circumstances should the Reader attempt to carry out the rituals or invocations described in these pages. The Editor and Publishers will not be held responsible for the consequences in cases where this warning has been ignored.

Hows that for a wonderful come-on?

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