The Haunter of the Ring & Other Tales by Robert E. Howard Compiled and introduced by M. J. Elliott (Wordsworth Editions 2008)
In The Forest of Villefore Wolfshead The Dream Snake The Hyena Sea Curse Skull-Face The Fearsome Touch of Death The Children of the Night The Black Stone The Thing On the Roof The Horror from the Mound People of the Dark The Cairn on the Headland Black Talons Fangs of Gold Names in the Black Book The Haunter of the Ring Graveyard Rats Black Wind Blowing The Fire of Asshurbanipal Pigeons from Hell
Haven't availed myself much of these recent Wordsworth lovelies but fully intend to put that right in the none too distant. Slouched into Waterstones the other day to get out of the rain and emerged with this. Nice collection, pulled mainly from the pages of Weird Tales but also from Harry Bates' Strange Tales and others. More than happy to part with a couple of quid to have all these great stories in one handy place.
Post by mattofthespurs on Oct 13, 2008 18:00:48 GMT
My latest four additions from this series are; "Uncanny Stories" May Sinclair "The Temple Of Death" AC & RH Benson "The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories" Wilkie Collins and "The Power Of Darkness. Tales of Terror" Edith Nesbit.
All beautiful books. I intend to collect the entire series.
There's a liquidation/remainders store in Felixstowe - that has at least 200 of these books - ad all in great nick. Next time I'm going in - which is next Monday, I'll write down what ones they have and if you want them but can't find them anywhere - they are being sold for £2.99 each and if you can also pay postage costs around £1.45, that'll be around £4.44 - want more -we could sort that out.
Steve Jones misses a trick in not bigging the Wordsworths up something major in his yearly round-ups so it's heartening to see Vault people enthusing about them so! As I understand it, the 'Mystery & The Supernatural' department is staffed by just three people, which makes their achievements all the more laudable. The 'author must be 70 years dead' proviso is proving a stumbling block as I'd dearly love to see the works of L. A. Lewis, H. R. Wakefield, A. M. Burrage ('Ex-Private 'X') and Marcus Dare available in modern, very generously priced editions, but i'm toying with suggesting a Bernard Capes selection and perhaps an anthology idea pulphack and i have been kicking around may eventually find a home with them. Our dear friend Bob Rothwell provided the covers for the Wheatley books shortly before his untimely death - it's very sad he didn't live to see the end results.
Their site is down at present but, when normal service is resumed, you can save the tireless Johnny yet more work by ordering direct from Wordsworth as most of the titles are £2.99 to begin with. Wordsworth Book Of Horror Stories is £5.99 but, lets face it, 1110 pages of the following at under six quid - you can hardly carp!
The Wordsworth Book Of Horror Stories
A. and C. Askew - Aylmer Vance And The Vampire Honore de Balzac - The Mysterious Mansion Richard Harris Barham - The Spectre Of Tappington Ambrose Bierce - The Damned Thing Miss Braddon - Eveline's Visitant A. Clergyman - A Ghostly Manifestation A. Clergyman - Correspondence On 'A Ghostly Manifestation' Wilkie Collins - A Terribly Strange Bed Charles Dickens - The Story Of The Bagman's Uncle Charles Dickens - To Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt Charles Dickens - The Signalman Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Brazilian Cat Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Ring Of Thoth Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Lord Of Chateau Noir Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The New Catacomb Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Case Of Lady Sannox Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Brown Hand Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Horror Of The Heights Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Terror Of Blue John Gap Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Captain Of The Polestar Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - How It Happened Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Playing With Fire Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Leather Funnel Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Lot No. 249 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Los Amigos Fiasco Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Nightmare Room Amelia B. Edwards - The Phantom Coach Elizabeth Gaskell - The Squire's Story W. F. Harvey - The Beast With Five Fingers R. S. Hawker - The Botathen Ghost Nathaniel Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown W. H. Hodgson - The Gateway Of The Monster James Hogg - The Story Of Euphemia Hewit Violet Hunt - The Prayer W. W, Jacobs - The Monkey's Paw Henry James - The Jolly Corner M. R. James - A School Story M. R. James - Canon Alberic's Scrapbook M. R. James - Lost Hearts M. R. James - The Mezzotint M. R. James - The Ash Tree M. R. James - Number 13 M. R. James - Count Magnus M. R. James - 'Oh, Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad' M. R. James - The Treasure Of Abbot Thomas M. R. James - The Rose Garden M. R. James - The Tractate Middoth M. R. James - Casting The Runes M. R. James - The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral M. R. James - Martin's Close M. R. James - Mr. Humphreys And His Inheritance M. R. James - The Residence At Whitminster M. R. James - The Diary Of Mr. Poynter M. R. James - An Episode In Cathedral History M. R. James - The Story Of A Disappearance And An Appearance M. R. James - Two Doctors M. R. James - The Haunted Dolls House M. R. James - The Uncommon Prayer Book M. R. James - A Neighbour's Landmark M. R. James - A View From A Hill M. R. James - A Warning To The Curious M. R. James - An Evening's Entertainment M. R. James - There Was A Man Dwelt By A Graveyard M. R. James - Rats M. R. James - After Dark In The Playing Fields M. R. James - Wailing Well M. R. James - Stories I Have Tried To Write Rudyard Kipling - The Mark Of The Beast Perceval Landon - Thurnley Abbey John Lang - Fisher's Ghost D. H. Lawrence - The Rocking-Horse Winner J. S. Le Fanu - An Account Of Some Strange Disturbances In Aungier Street J. S. Le Fanu - Narrative Of The Ghost Of A Hand J. S. Le Fanu - Green Tea J. S. Le Fanu - Madam Crowl's Ghost J. S. Le Fanu - Squire Toby's Will J. S. Le Fanu - Dickon The Devil J. S. Le Fanu - The Child That Went With The Fairies J. S. Le Fanu - The White Cat Of Drumgunniol J. S. Le Fanu - Ghost Stories Of Chapelizod J. S. Le Fanu - Wicked Captain Walshawe, Of Wauling J. S. Le Fanu - Sir Dominick's Bargain J. S. Le Fanu - Ultor De Lacy J. S. Le Fanu - The Vision Of Tom Chuff J. S. Le Fanu - Stories Of Lough Guir Lord Lytton - The Haunted And The Haunters Guy De Maupassant - Vendetta E. Nesbit - Man-Size In Marble Howard Pease - In The Cliff Land Of The Dane Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe - The Black Cat A. M. Pushkin - The Ace Of Spades Saki - Laura Saki - Sredni Vashtar Sir Walter Scott - The Tapestried Chamber Sir Walter Scott - Wandering Willie's Tale Robert Louis Stevenson - Markheim Robert Louis Stevenson - Thrawn Janet Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest Edmund Lenthal Swifte - Ghost In The Tower William Makepeace Thackeray - The Story Of Mary Ancel Hugh Walpole - Tarnhelm Oscar Wilde - The Canterville Ghost
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Post by David A. Riley on Oct 14, 2008 10:25:38 GMT
I picked up quite a few of the Wordsworth collections at Borders in Preston a week or so back (and will be going for more this Friday on my way home from visiting my uncle in hospital - Borders stays open till a civilised 9 o'clock).
The Temple of Death by the two lesser known Bensons is a cracker. Some truly memorable stories in that collection. And an excellent, very informative introduction too with some telling details about the lives of the Bensons and their strange parents.
Must get the Howard book. I have yet to read The Pigeons from Hell and have wanted to look at it for years.
Yes, Dem, it is a pity Steve Jones hasn't given the Wordsworth series more attention. They are about the best things being published at the moment - and amazingly good value too!