I was thrilled to chance upon this anthology from the British Library last night in Waterstone’s. It’s part of the British Library ‘Tales of the Weird’ line. It’s a collection of ghost stories published in various magazines between 1890–1920 which have not been reprinted since. The real jewel here, at first glance, would seem to be an unpublished tale by E. F. Benson.
I’m not sure my scan really does justice to the subtlety of the cover design by Mauricio Villamayor, which seems to my mind perfect for this anthology.
I’m tempted to save this for the week leading up to Christmas but am not sure I’ll be able to hold out for that long.
£8.99 or £2.99 for a digital version from your favourite corporate behemoth.
The contents are as follows:
Introduction by Mike Ashley
On the Embankment by Hugh E. Wright The Mystery of the Gables by Elsie Norris
The Missing Word by Austin Philips
Phantom Death by Huan Mee
The Wraith of the Rapier by Firth Scott
The Soul of Maddalina Tonelli by James Barr
Haunted! By Jack Edwards
Our Strange Traveller by Percy James Brebner
A Regent of Love Rhymes by Guy Thorne
Amid the Trees by Francis Xavier The River’s Edge by Mary Schultze
A Futile Ghost by Mary Reynolds
Ghosts by Lumley Deakin
Kearney by Elizabeth Jordan When Spirits Steal by Philippa Forest The House of the Black Evil by Eric Purves The Woman in the Veil by E. F. Benson
The Treasure of the Tombs by F. Britten Austin
“I heard one cry in the night, and I heard one laugh afterwards. If I cannot forget that, I shall not be able to sleep again.”
Our friend Dr Strange has been giving us the guided tour of these treasures - starts HERE
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.