The Bitter Years - Dana Lyon The Judges House - Bram Stoker Witch - Marian Lines Natterjack - Mary Danby Meshes of Doom - Neville Kilvington Carlton's Feather - Eric Ambrose The Moon-Bog - H P Lovecraft The Dancing Partner - Jerome K Jerome
I remember getting a Helen Hoke anthology out from the library when I was a kid. There was a story in there that really scared me. I believe it was called It? It actually came with an editorial warning due to its scariness, I seem to remember. Any ideas Johnny? It described this indescribable being that was 'never born', seemed quite freaky to a young mind...would like to read it again.
Post by H_P_Saucecraft on Jul 13, 2009 12:16:53 GMT
Good to see this one again, Johnny. I borrowed it from the library as a kid & remember the cover & the 'Natterjack' story, but have been unable to remember the title for years. Thanks for posting it, I'll try my library's catalogue & see if any on the system still have it.
I also remember one, which I think was in the same series (likely a one word title), which contained a story about an apazauca spider, travelling with its mate. When one spider was killed, the other one came out of hiding & struck. Any ideas what the anthology may be?
Helen Hoke was a great example of what we often talk about when discussing these kinds of books, she put together anthologies aimed at the younger reader but didn't treat her audience like kids. That is, she'd include stories by authors you'd also find in collections aimed at a more adult market. The inclusion of "Natterjack" and "Meshes of Doom" in Creepies, as shown above, is significant. She'd often draw on the Fontana and Pan Horrors for material. This meant that, rather than presenting children with watered- down, sanitised versions, she helped introduce children to real horror stories at an age when their imaginations were most receptive.
Bush, Theodore Sturgeon's "It" was in Weirdies, Weirdies, Weirdies - that could be the one you're after.
Wow - I just slipped through a wormhole, back to the early 80s.
You've no idea how nostalgic that cover looked to me. In fact, there's a story I've been looking for for years (about something horrible that grew in a garden) that I think might be in a similar Helen Hoke anthology. I'll be doing my best to track them down.
Anyone know what other titles were in the series? I'm assuming they were all reprints.
Witches, Witches, Witches (1958) Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (1972) Monsters, Monsters, Monsters (1974) Spooks,spooks,spooks (1975) Weirdies, Weirdies, Weirdies: A Horrifying Concatenation of the Super-Sur-Real or Almost or Not-Quite Real (1975) Demons Within: And Other Disturbing Tales (1977) Eerie, Weird and Wicked (1977) Creepies, Creepies, Creepies: A Covey of Quiver-And-Quaver Tales (1977) Haunts, Haunts, Haunts (1977) Terrors, Torments and Traumas (1978) Thrillers, Chillers, and Killers (1979) Terrors, Terrors, Terrors: Terrific Triples (1979) A Chilling Collection (1980) Sinister, Strange and Supernatural (1980) More Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts (1981) Mysterious, Menacing and Macabre (1981) Tales of Fear and Frightening Phenomena (1982) Demonic, Dangerous and Deadly (1983) Ghastly, Ghoulish, Gripping Tales (1983) Uncanny Tales of Unearthly and Unexpected Horrors (1983) Spirits, Spooks, and Other Sinister Creatures (1984) Venomous Tales of Villainy and Vengeance (1984) Horrifying and Hideous Hauntings (1986) Nurses, Nurses, Nurses (2000)
Helen Hoke (ed), Ghostly, Grim and Gruesome, Dent 1976
Winston Graham, The Basket Chair Denys Val Baker, The Face in the Mirror H.G. Wells, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid C.B. Gilford, The Forgiving Ghost Miriam Allen deFord, Gone to the Dogs William Hope Hodgson, The Horse of the Invisible Kingsley Amis, Mason's Life Rosemary Timperley, The Peg-Doll Joan Aiken, The Sale of Midsummer T.H. White, The Troll Leo Tolstoy, The Porcelain Doll Elizabeth Jane Howard, Three Miles Up
If it contained It, it may have been Weirdies (1973), "A Horrifying Concatenation of the Super-sur-real or Almost or Not-quite Real".
C.S. Lewis, A Creature Imagined John B.L. Goodwin, The Cocoon A.J. Alan, The Hair Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Brown Hand H.P. Lovecraft, The Nightmare Lake Stephen Grendon, Mrs Manifold H.P. Lovecraft, The Ancient Track F.H. Lee, The Monster of Baylock John Wyndham, Phase Two H.P. Lovecraft, The Night Crawlers H.P. Lovecraft, The Howler Franz Kafka, A Crossbreed Robert Blair, The Mansions of the Dead H.P. Lovecraft, Hallowe'en in a suburb Patricia Highsmith, The Quest for Blank Claveringi August Derleth & H.P. Lovecraft, Wentworth's Day E.M. Nakuina, The Shark-man Nanaue Edmund Spencer, The Monster F. Marion Crawford, The Upper Berth Fitz-James O'Brien, What Was It? Theodore Sturgeon, It