Peter Haining (ed.) -Great Irish Tales of Horror (Souvenir Press, 1995: Barnes & Noble, 1995)
Caspar David Friedrich, The Abbey in the Woods
Peter Haining - Introduction
1. Lurking Shadows: Stories Of Fear. Jack Higgins - The Morgan Score Charles Maturin - The Doomed Sisters Fitz-James O'Brien - The Child That Loved a Grave Shane Leslie - The Diplomatist's Story Dorothy Macardle - The Portrait of Roisin Dhu L. A. G. Strong - Danse Macabre Elizabeth Bowen - The Happy Autumn Fields Brian Cleeve - Mr Murphy and the Angel
2. Wake Not The Dead: Traditional Terror William Trevor - The Raising of Elvira Tremlett Gerald Griffin - The Unburied Legs Bram Stoker - The Man from Shorrox' Sax Rohmer - A House Possessed George Bernard Shaw - The Miraculous Revenge J. M. Synge - Five Pounds of Flesh John Guinan - The Watcher o' the Dead Peter Tremayne - The Samhain Feis
3. To Make The Flesh Creep: Chilling Tales. Brian Moore - Fly Away Finger, Fly Away Thumb Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - Footsteps in the Lobby Patrick Lafcadio Hearn - The Cedar Closet Vincent O'Sullivan - Will M. P. Shiel - The Bride Mary Frances McHugh - Encounter at Night Catherine Brophy - Arachnophobia Neil Jordan - Last Rites
Horror is in the mind and of the darkness. Those who seek to indulge in nightmare will find more than enough here to set their pulses racing - satanic figures grope in the shadows, people long dead return to haunt the scenes of their lifetime, victims fly shrieking from a doom they cannot escape. Drawn from 200 years of short story writing, Great Irish Tales of Horror includes twenty-four of the most powerful examples of horror ever conceived. Many of them are all the more terrifying because the looming dread is understated or unseen; food for the imagination.
The writers extend from the giants of classic horror ﬁction - Bram Stoker, Sax Rohmer, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and M. P. Shiel - through such masters as George Bernard Shaw, J. M. Synge, and Dorothy Macardle. Also included are some of the great modern exponents of the genre, among them William Trevor, Brian Cleeve, Peter Tremayne, Jack Higgins, and Hollywood director Neil Jordan. Each brings his or her unique flair for creating an atmosphere that sends shivers up the spine and leaves the reader with the uneasy sense of being watched.
Peter Haining has chosen the best of Irish horror stories, from classic tales of the supernatural to modern, more sophisticated psychological thrillers. The Irish fascination with fear permeates these works, making this perhaps the most frightening collection of stories ever published.
Am pretty certain he's messed around with the original titles of a few of these. There's also a companion volume. Not got a copy, but here are the details.
Peter Haining (ed.) - Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (Souvenir Press, 1992)
Peter Haining - Introduction Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - The Spectre Lovers Patrick Kennedy - The Ghosts and the Game of Football Mrs. J. H. Riddell - Hertford O'Donnell's Warning Elizabeth Bowen - Hand in Glove Sean O'Faolain - The End of the Record Bram Stoker - The Judge's House Micheál Mac Liammóir - The Servant L. A. G. Strong - Let Me Go William Trevor - Autumn Sunshine Peter Tremayne - Aisling James Stephens - The Carl of the Drab Coat William Butler Yeats - The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows Liam O'Flaherty - The Fairy Goose Frank O'Connor - The Old Faith Catherine Brophy - The Science of Mirrors Dr. Douglas Hyde - Teig O'Kane and the Corpse Thomas Crofton Croker - The Haunted Cellar A. E. Coppard - The Gollan Lord Dunsany - The Crock of Gold William Carleton - The Three Wishes Donn Byrne - Tale of the Piper J. M. Synge - The Devil of a Rider James Joyce - The Devil and the Cat Gerald Griffin - The Brown Man George Moore - A Play-House in the Waste Daniel Corkery - The Eyes of the Dead Benedict Kiely - The Dogs in the Great Glen Mary Lavin - The Green Grave and the Black Grave
Blurb No country is more richly endowed with faerie folk and restless spirits than Ireland, and Irish folklore contains hundreds of tales of ghosts, devils and witches. This collection includes chilling tales by writers ranging from Brams Stoker to W.B. Yeats with stories grouped according to the type of spirit. Intriguing titles include The Spectre Lovers by Le Fanu, The Fairy Goose by Liam O'Flaherty, The Eyes of the Dead by Daniel Corkery and many more.
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.